Shades of Blue by Bill Moody
An Evan Horne Mystery (Evan Horne Series)

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After several months of successful work in London and Amsterdam with American expatriate Fletcher Paige, Evan Horne returns to the states and settles in the San Francisco Bay Area. There he reunites with his girlfriend, FBI agent, Andie Lawrence. And Evan quickly makes inroads into the Bay Area jazz scene. Life is good until a phone call from a Los Angeles attorney turns his life upside down. Evans old friend and former mentor, pianist Calvin Hughes, has died, and named Evan as his sole beneficiary. Evan is shocked to learn that Hughes has left him his small Hollywood house, money, and all his possessions. But when Evan begins to play through some hand-written sheet music, he recognizes one as a song from the landmark Miles Davis recording Birth of the Cool, and another from Kind of Blue, arguably one of the most important recordings in modern jazz. Was Calvin Hughes the uncredited composer of one or both of these tunes, or was it simply Hughes’ transcriptions from the recordings? In addition, Evans finds a cryptic note, and a photo taken almost 40 years earlier a young Cal with his hand on a baby carriage. Both are taped to the bottom of a dresser drawer. A friend of Cal’s Lisa Gaines will continue to take care of Milton and rent from Evan. Evan is soon on a whirl-wind journey across the country to find answers from his family and to confront his mother. What was her relationship with Calvin Hughes? And just how did Jazz come into the equation?

About Bill Moody

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Bill Moody's background as a musician and his talents as a writer have made the Evan Horne mysteries a favorite of jazz aficionados and crime-fiction fans alike. Moody, a professional drummer and noted critic, teaches at Sonoma State University in northern California.
Published June 17, 2011 by Poisoned Pen Press. 273 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The note identifies the photo, which pictures a handful of people, as a clue and challenges Evan to solve a mystery that becomes more urgent when Evan learns that he’s listed as Cal’s next of kin.

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Moody’s tepid sixth Evan Horne mystery (after 2002’s Looking for Chet Baker ) finds the jazz pianist at peace, living in Northern California and reunited with his girlfriend, FBI agent Andie Lawrence.

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Review: After an absence of nearly 6 years, Bill Moody returns with Shades of Blue, the 6th book in his series featuring jazz musician Evan Horne.

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