Morley Torgov

Historical Mystery

Praise for The Mastersinger From Minsk

"You dont have to be a classical music lover to enjoy this one."

Publisher's Weekly

"The second Hermann Preiss novel by Morley Torgov, set in 19th-century Munich, is even better than the first... Torgov’s loudmouthed, demanding, entitled, screeching lecher [Vagner] may just be the real thing. In any event, it makes for a great story."

The Globe and Mail

Dundurn 2012 
Actes Sud France 2013

Mastersinger From Minsk

In the City of Munich, 1868, composer Richard Wagner has finally completed the libretto and score for his new opera “Die Meistersinger von Nuremberg,” an undertaking of sixteen years of starts and stops, and limitless revisions.   After a string of extremely difficult years consisting of political exile; severe financial problems; incessant slings and arrows from his music critics and a chaotic domestic life - Wagner’s reputation and financial stability depend on the critical and popular success of this new work.

When an anonymous note arrives threatening the success of Wagner’s premiere, Inspector Hermann Preiss is called to investigate. With the premiere less than two months away, and an enemy list stretching from one opera act to another, discovering the perpetrator before opening night will be Preiss’ Magnum Opus. As Preiss narrows his search, a series of calamitous murders of people involved in the opera production eliminate his prime suspects and leaves him wondering if Wagner himself may be the culprit.  

Join Düsseldorf’s top detective, in the second installment of the Hermann Preiss Series, for another mystery in the world of classical rock stars, where life and death hangs on a single note.

Morley Torgov is an award-winning author of five previous novels and has won the Leacock Medal for Humour twice. The Outside Chance of Maxmilian Glick was made into a movie that took the main prize at the Toronto International Film Festival and was also the basis of a 26 part CBC TV sitcom. His first book A Good PLace to Come From was adapted for TV and for three full-length stage plays by Israel Horovitz that have enjoyed productions at numerous community theaters in the US. 

Morley Torgov's Interview on CBC Radio