Musical Fiction

The following books either have characters that may be musicians or composers, or simply have music as a background theme. Read and see if you can hear the music! All of these titles are located in the Adult Fiction section of the Library unless otherwise noted.


Alexie, Sherman. Reservation Blues. (Blues). 1995.

Anthony, Pier. The Gutbucket Quest.(Blues). 2000.
(Adult Science Fiction ANT).

Bass, Rick. Nashville Chrome. (Country). 2010.
     Also available: CD

Bell, Madison Smart. Anything Goes. (Rock). 2002.

Benson, Raymond. Dark Side of the Morgue: A Spike Berenger Rock 'n' Roll Hit.
(Rock).
2009. (Adult Mystery BEN).

Cameron, Julia. Mozart’s Ghost. (Classical). 2008. (Adult Romance CAM).
     Also available: eAudiobook

Carved in Rock: Short Stories by Musicians. (Rock). 2003. (Adult Nonfiction 813.008 C).

Cash, Dixie. I Can’t Make You Love Me, But I Can Make You Leave. (Country).
2011. (Adult Mystery CAS).

Cobb, Thomas. Crazy Heart. (Country). 1987.

Conroy, Frank. Body and Soul. (Classical-Piano). 1993.

Crouch, Stanley. Don't the Moon Look Lonesome. (Jazz). 2000.

Doyle, Roddy. Oh Play That Thing. (Jazz). 2004.
     Also available: CD

Dunn, Robert. Meet the Annas. (Rock). 2007.

Dyer, Geof. But Beautiful. (Jazz). 1991.

Edgerton, Clyde. The Night Train. (Jazz and Soul). 2011.

Egan, Jennifer. A Visit from the Goon Squad. (Punk Rock). 2010.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook

Fitch, Stona. Give + Take. (Jazz Piano). 2010.

Flanagan, Bill. Evening’s Empire. (Rock). 2010.

Galloway, Janice. Clara. (Classical). 2002.

Galloway, Steven. The Cellist of Sarajevo. (Classical). 2008.
     Also available: eBook

Grabien, Deborah. Rock & Roll Never Forgets. (Rock). 2008. (Adult Mystery GRA).

Grushin, Olga. The Line. (Classical). 2010.

Hall, Barbara. The Music Teacher. (Classical-Violin). 2009.

Halpin. Brendan. Dear Catastrophe Waitress. (Rock). 2007.

Harrod-Eagles, Cynthia. Orchestrated Death: A Mystery Introducing Inspector Bill Slider. (Classical). 1991. (Adult Mystery HAR).

Hassler, Jon. Rookery Blues. (Jazz). 1995.

Hijuelos, Oscar. Beautiful María of My Soul, or, The True Story of María García y Cifuentes, the Lady Behind a Famous Song. (Cuban-Mambo). 2010.

Hornby, Nick. Juliet, Naked. (Rock). 2009.
     Also available: CD, eBook

Ishiguro, Kazao. Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall. (Various). 2009.
     Also available: CD

Jelinek, Elfriede. The Piano Teacher. (Classical). 1988.

Kruger, Michael. The Cello Player. (Classical). 2004.

Lee, Janice Y. K. The Piano Teacher. (Classical). 2008.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook, eAudiobook

Mason, Daniel. The Piano Tuner. (Classical). 2002.
     Also available: CD

McCall Smith, Alexander. LA’s Orchestra Saves the World. (Classical). 2008.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook

Miller, Christopher. Simon Silber: Works for Solo Piano. (Classical). 2002.

Moody, Bill. Fade to Blue. (Jazz). 2011.(Adult Mystery MOO).

Murder-- and All That Jazz: 13 Showstopping Stories of Crime and Jazz. (Jazz). 2004. (Adult Mystery 813.087209 M).

Patchett, Ann. Bel Canto. (Opera). 2001.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook, eAudiobook

Pollack, Neal. Never Mind the Pollacks. (Rock). 2003.

Quick, Barbara. Vivaldi’s Virgins. (Classical). 2007.
     Also available: Large Type, eBook

Salzman, Mark. The Soloist. (Classical). 1994.

Seth, Vikram. An Equal Music. (Classical). 1999.

Smith, Lee. Devil’s Dream. (Country). 1992.

Thornton, Tim. The Alternative Hero. (Alternative Rock). 2009.

Wheeler, Susan. Record Palace. (Jazz). 2005.