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Musical Murders: A cozy mystery series

Update: I am so excited to announce that the third book in the series, Fireworks on the Fourth, is available for from, and It was released 5-8-2023.


The second book in the series, Ballistics at the Ballet, is available at,, and Ballistics at the Ballet a book by B. J. Bowen ( or at any independent bookstore through Ingram. It was released 9-14-2022.

The first book,  Music is Murder, is available from Amazon, Music is Murder by B. J. BowenMusic is Murder by B. J. Bowen, Paperback | Barnes & Noble® ( , Music is Murder a book by Barbara Bowen (, or any independent bookstore through Ingram Book Company. It was released 6-8-2021. The mass market edition from Harlequin's WorldWide Mysteries is available at

Emily Wilson, second flutist of Colorado's Monroe Symphony, has a quiet, normal life.  That all changes when she is forced to become a sleuth in defense of herself, her friends, and her relatives.  The mysteries are set in the dysfunctional world of the orchestra - its personalities, rehearsals, and performances. 

The first book in the series, Music is Murder, is now available from Harlequin's WorldWide Mysteries, at

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Music Is Murder

When a symphony bassoonist is killed - bludgeoned to death with her own bassoon - divorced, disillusioned second flute player Emily Wilson becomes the prime suspect and must evade police to find the true killer and save herself. Camel Press. Release Date June 8, 2021.

Ballistics at the Ballet
Fireworks on the Fourth

Nobody is truly surprised when temperamental conductor Felix Underhayes is killed before a Nutcracker ballet rehearsal.  Emily's nephew is accused of the murder. She must find a way to prove he was framed while juggling family dynamics, performances, and a demented killer who wants to silence her.  Camel Press. Release Date Sept. 14, 2022..

The fiery festivities of the Symphony’s annual Fourth of July extravaganza feature cannons, liberty bells, and fireworks. But the noise covers gunshots which leave a shifty Board member dead and Emily Wilson’s friend, KC, the prime suspect. Can Emily face down blackmail, danger, and a threat to her loyal companion to find the killer? Camel Press. Release Date May 8, 2023.

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