About The Mussorgsky Riddle

Psychic Mira Tejedor possesses unique talents that enable her to find anything and anyone, but now she must find a comatose boy wandering lost inside the labyrinth of his own mind. Thirteen-year-old Anthony Faircloth hasn’t spoken a word in almost a month and with each passing day, his near catatonic state worsens. No doctor, test, or scan can tell Anthony’s distraught mother what has happened to her already troubled son. In desperation, she turns to Mira for answers, hoping her unique abilities might succeed where science has failed.

At their first encounter, Mira is pulled into Anthony’s mind and finds the child’s psyche shattered into the various movements of Modest Mussorgsky’s classical music suite, Pictures at an Exhibition. As she navigates this magical dreamscape drawn from Anthony’s twin loves of Russian composers and classical mythology, Mira must contend with gnomes, troubadours, and witches in her search for the truth behind Anthony’s mysterious malady.

The real world, however, holds its own dangers. The onset of Anthony’s condition coincides with the disappearance of his older brother’s girlfriend, a missing persons case that threatens to tear the city apart. Mira discovers that in order to save Anthony, she will have to catch a murderer who will stop at nothing to keep the secrets contained in Anthony’s unique mind from ever seeing the light.

“Both a psychological thriller and a fantasy quest, The Mussorgsky Riddle is imaginative, thoughtful and ambitious.” - A.J. Hartley, New York Times and USA Today Best Selling Author of The Mask of Atreus and On The Fifth Day

“Genius, madness, magic and murder in a well-spun, suspenseful tale.” - Gail Z. Martin, author of Deadly Curiosities

“Darin Kennedy nailed it. His debut is as strong as it is solid. Fast-paced and filled with twists that will keep you turning pages, The Mussorgsky Riddle is a fresh idea executed with all the finesse of a seasoned author. Don’t miss this book!” - Linda Robertson, author of the Persephone Alcmedi series

“Darin Kennedy’s debut novel, The Mussorgsky Riddle, is a masterfully written ode to Pictures at an Exhibition and a thrilling, psychological page turner!” - Roy A. Mauritsen, author of Shards of the Glass Slipper

Reviews for The Mussorgsky Riddle

Really intriguing storyline, combined the thrill of a murder mystery with enough elegantly written mythology to keep the average fantasy reader interested. Reminiscent of The Cell with Jennifer Lopez (not sure if this book came out before or after the movie) psychic Mira Tejedor enters the mind of young Anthony Fairclough who normally somewhat on the spectrum has gone completely catatonic following the disappearance of his older brothers girlfriend. Author Darin Kennedy does an awesome job of leading you through Mira's experiences in Anthony's mind, jumping back and forth from the dreamscape of Anthony's subconscious to the reality of the [...]

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The Mussorgsky Riddle is a cleverly constructed mystery. It takes a trip down a very sinister yellow brick road in time to the musical score of a piano suite entitled: Pictures at an Exhibition written by Russian composer, Modest Mussorgsky.

Young Antony Faircloth is a special lad with talents beyond anything we could understand. It’s been suggested he has Asperger’s or Autism, as he doesn’t communicate well with the outside world with the exception of his younger sister.

Recently he’s been obsessing over his favourite thirteen note passage of music written by Mussorgsky, rocking gently to the tune as he continuously hums [...]

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The Mussorgsky Riddle by Darin KennedyFilled with the looming horror, comedy, hope, gritty images, and soaring possibilities of its inspiration, Kennedy has created a novel that encompasses several genres without sacrificing the depth of any.

Mira Tejedor makes her career as a psychic, finding people and objects when others can’t. Compared to the harrowing images of a kidnapping case, the request to help a psychologist find the cause of a thirteen-year-old boy’s semi-catatonia seems like the rest she needs. She quickly discovers Anthony Faircloth’s psyche is shattered into pieces matching the movements of Pictures at an Exhibition. At first, the greatest [...]

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It has taken me about an hour to compose myself after finishing the last few pages of this book. Having heard good things about this book prior to reading it, I was expecting it to be good. It exceeded those expectations.I was more than a little excited that music inspired this story but admittedly had no idea it would be the very core of it. Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky was a new piece for me. I listened through it several times before opening the book and it succeeded in furthering my excitement.

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