Musical Murders: A cozy mystery series

Update: I am so excited to announce that the second book in the series, Ballistics at the Ballet, is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target, or at any independent bookstore through Ingram. It was released Sept.14, 2022.


The first book, Music is Murder, is available from Amazon, Music 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 June 8, 2021. 

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.   


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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.

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Ballistics at the Ballet
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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. Coming 9-14-22.

The Symphony's annual Fourth of July extravaganza in the park  features cannons, liberty bells, and fireworks. When a shifty Board member collecting donations is killed, Emily Wilson's friend, KC, is the prime suspect in the murder. Emily believes in KC's innocence, but faces personal danger when she sets out to find the true killer. Camel Press. Release Date TBA.