Submitted by Tess from Lexington Park!
The Composer Is Dead is a wonderful book by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Carson Ellis, and featuring music by Nathaniel Stookey! As the title indicates, the composer is, well, decomposing, and it's up to one handsome and intelligent inspector to find the culprit. He will question the entire orchestra! Is the murderer lurking in the strings? No--they were performing waltzes all night. How about the woodwinds? Inspector thinks they're pretty sneaky until the clarinets compliment the shiny buttons on his jacket. It might be the brass! But they were off playing important songs, as they boisterously proclaim. It must be the conductor! Wherever you find a conductor you find a dead composer! Beethoven, Bach, Brahms--all dead! Actually, anyone who plays an instrument is guilty of butchering a composer every now and then... If you want justice, go to the police, "but those who want something a little more interesting should go to the orchestra!" See this book listed in our catalog