Psychological mystery thrillers featuring the music historian and professional researcher, Phineas Fox. There are six books in the series.
“The Fox novels are a joy to read. They’re beautifully written, with a strong protagonist and very cleverly constructed stories. Each of the Fox novels has been better than the last – with more complex stories that ratchet up the suspense to a new level…” – Booklist Starred Review
“Rayne is a fine writer, a sure-handed plotter and skillful character builder … Fox is perhaps her most intriguing creation…” – Booklist on Music Macabre
“Fans of erudite mysteries with a musical slant are in for a treat…” – Publishers Weekly
“Rayne writes with panache and imagination … A chocolate box of classical music, banter, historic tidbits, and spooky stories” – Kirkus Reviews
Phineas Fox uncovers the shocking truth about a scandalous 19th century violinist, believed to have been one of the murderers of the Russian Tsar, Alexander II in 1881 – encountering dangers that have survived into the present.
Just what was Franz Liszt’s connection to the notorious music-hall performer known as Scaramel … and, through her, to the infamous Victorian serial killer, Jack the Ripper? In following the trail, Phin Fox plunges his own life into jeopardy.
The discovery of an old scrapbook in a Warsaw library uncovers evidence of a devastating wartime atrocity – and also of a piece of music known as the Dark Cadence believed never to have been written down, and only ever played at a traitor’s execution.
Researching the history of a dilapidated Elizabethan manor house, Phineas Fox uncovers the shocking truth behind a mysterious – and deadly – dance, and secrets stretching back more than six hundred years.