The Music Box Enigma

Could a mysterious music box hold the key to unlocking the puzzle behind a gruesome murder for Detective Chief Inspector Silas Quinn?

Despite a number of setbacks, rehearsals for The Hampstead Voices’ Christmas concert are continuing apace. The sold-out event is raising funds for war refugees, and both Winston Churchill and Edward Elgar are expected to attend. But the most disturbing setback of all occurs when the choirmaster, Sir Aidan Fonthill, is discovered dead at a piano, a tuning fork protruding from his ear.

Detective Chief Inspector Silas Quinn and his team from the Special Crimes Department at New Scotland Yard soon discover that Sir Aidan had a number of enemies, but who hated him enough to carry out such a heinous crime? Could the answer be linked to a mysterious music box delivered to Sir Aidan’s house shortly before the murder, and can Silas solve the puzzle of the music box enigma and catch the killer before the concert takes place?

What the critics say

Fans of period police procedurals are in for a treat… If you want something to lose yourself in for a few hours and a diversion to push to one side the misery and discomfort of the lock-down, then you will find nothing better than The Music Box Enigma.

Fully Booked

“A crisp and clever whodunit with a juicy gallery of suspects.”


“The perfect historical mystery.”

Lisa S. Librarian, NetGalley review

R.N. Morris is fast becoming my favourite author and Silas Quinn my favourite detective… A superbly written book which I would highly recommend.”

NetGalley review

“R. N. Morris’s “Music Box Enigma” is an entertaining tale, immaculately planned and brilliantly executed. Dark and dangerous in places, witty and wonderfully inventive throughout…

Michael J., NetGalley review

“[E]xtremely well written and plotted.”

Joyce F., NetGalley review

“This book is hugely entertaining… Definitely recommended.

It Takes A Woman blog

“[A] welcome addition to the Silas Quinn series of mysteries… With cameo appearances by Winston Churchill and composer Sir Edward Elgar, The Music Box Enigma is more than a crime novel. This book, and the Quinn series, strike multiple chords.”

Historical Novels Review