Blog Tour | The Mussorgsky Riddle by Darin Kennedy (@DarinKennedy)

19 January 2015

I was recently gifted an ARC of this book by Curiosity Quills. Read on the find what my thoughts and all you need to know about the book and its author.


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.


When I read the synopsis of this book I knew I needed to read it. It's been a long time since I've read something like this and I just had to give it a go and I'm so glad I did! 

Mira is a woman with unique psychic, she can sense people's feelings and emotions. From time to time she is employed to help people help their loved ones. When the book opens she has arrived in North Carolina to help a young boy who has been comatose for a few weeks and traditional medical routes haven't helped. Mira then has to go into his mind to try and free him and what follows is a great paranormal book with mystery elements.

When Mira first heads into Anthony's mind she is faced with the Exhibition, a place, she soon comes to find out is based on some of Anthony's favourite classical music and the characters in the world based on people he loves in his life. I loved when Mira was in the exhibition, the descriptions are amazing and you can just picture the place she's in perfectly! It's so well thought out and the witch, when you first meet her, sends a chill through you. 

While Mira is there, she needs to find out why Anthony has retreated into himself and that's where the mystery comes. You see the day Anthony entered his comatose state someone who he was close to went missing, his brothers ex-girlfriend. Mira is convinced that his situation is somehow connected and as she takes more trips into his mind she brings to piece everything together with explosive results! 

I don't want to say too much because I think these books is one of those that is best to go in not knowing too much, but it's a great story! The characters in here are amazing and their counterparts in Anthony's mind are even better! Especially, Tunny, the gnome in the exhibition who is somewhat of an ally to Mira and the witch who is horrid but comes through in the end as an ally as Mira inches closer to the truth.

About the Author:

Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in 2003 in the sands of northern Iraq.

His debut novel, The Mussorgsky Riddle, was born from a fusion of two of his lifelong loves: classical music and world mythology. His short stories can be found in various publications and he is currently hard at work on his next novel.

Doctor by day and novelist by night, he writes and practices medicine in Charlotte, North Carolina. When not engaged in either of the above activities, he has been known to strum the guitar, enjoy a bite of sushi, and rumor has it he even sleeps on occasion.

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