Chord of Evil (Phineas Fox #2) by Sarah Rayne

Chord of Evil (Phineas Fox #2)

A mysterious 1940s’ portrait leads researcher Phineas Fox to uncover a devastating wartime secret in this chilling novel of suspense. Phineas Fox finds it impossible to refuse when his sport-loving neighbour Toby begs for his help in finding out what’s happened to his cousin Arabella, who seems to have disappeared without trace. The only clue to her whereabouts is an obscure 1940s’ portrait left in her flat, a gift from her godfather, Stefa...

Details Chord of Evil (Phineas Fox #2)

TitleChord of Evil (Phineas Fox #2)
Release DateDec 1st, 2017
PublisherSevern House Publishers
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Music

Reviews Chord of Evil (Phineas Fox #2)

  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    EXCERPT: On the first night she knelt on the window-seat of her room, staring across the darkening landscape towards a huddle of buildings. At first she was not sure what they were. They were too large to be farm buildings, and too neatly laid out to be a village. She thought the word for it might be regimented. Might it be a factory? But as she went on looking, her eyes began to adjust to the darkness - or perhaps the moon simply came out from b...
  • Rissa
    3.75⭐Thank you so much to severn house publishing via netgalley for sending me an ARc copy of chord of evil by Sarah Rayne . will be released on December 1, 2017. Toby and Phin are attending a neighbors party but tobys cousin, Arabella doesn't show up so they go looking for her at her apartment and find that she is missing. The only thing left in her apartment is a painting drawn by a women named Christa. A vague note is left on the painting. W...
  • Sue
    Chord of Evil is a mystery set in two eras. The story moves between the past, the early war years (the late 1930s) in Germany, and present-day England with a missing person in the present and questions about links to people from that unknown past. As in the first book in the series, Death Notes, there is music, mystery, a touch of the fantastic and much history. Here that history involves Nazi Germany, their use of forced labor to turn out propag...
  • Annette Gisby
    ARC from Netgalley courtesy of the publisherThis is the second adventure for music historian and researcher Phineas Fox. You don't need to read the first one to be able to enjoy this one as it is a self-contained mystery, but the first one would give more insight into the characters. And it's an excellent read too, so why not?Like most of Sarah Rayne's books, we get different interwoven tales, some in the present, some in the far past and some in...
  • Helen Carolan
    I am such a huge Sarah Rayne fan. I think she could write a book about paint drying and I'd still enjoy it. Thankfully she hasn't. Instead it's a second outing for Phineas Fox, music historian and lover and a man who seems to have a way with the ladies. Well I like him anyway!!! In this second outing Phin is asked by his neighbour Toby to help find his cousin Arabella who has disappeared. Her disappearance seems to be linked to a picture of Chris...
  • Eustacia Tan
    I requested this book because Sarah Rayne is one of the few horror writers that I enjoy (because I'm too much of a scaredy-cat to explore the horror genre). While I haven't read her works in a while - something that I should remedy soon - Chords of Evil has the same suspense and crescendoing dread that the other works have.Chords of Evil is a story told in two time periods and through four points of view. It starts in the modern day, with Phineas...
  • Judy Lesley
    Thank you to NetGalley and Severn House Publishing for a digital galley of this novel.I have read other books by Sarah Rayne and liked them very much. I began this series with the first Phineas Fox novel and rated it a three star experience. I had hoped this second book would suit me better, but I've only given this one three stars so I don't think I'm going to ever warm up to Phineas enough to follow the series. This second story relies too heav...
  • Kathleen Gray
    Well done dual time line mystery. I'd not read Rayne before and was impressed with her ability to manage a lot of characters and events in a fairly short read. You'll learn a bit about WWII and musicians - Giselle is forced to create a piece of music for the Nazis. This echoes down through the years until Toby and Phin become involved in the mystery of what really happened. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Try this one for a complex and well thou...
  • Lizzie Hayes
    ‘Chord of Evil’ by Sarah RaynePublished by Severn House, 31 August 2017. ISBN: 978-0727887412 (HB)We first met Phineas Fox, a professional music researcher, in 'Death Notes'. At that time, he had just moved into a new apartment that had rather stretched him financially, and become aware of his upstairs neighbour Toby who had a penchant for noisy parties, although he seemed a pleasant enough guy, who sensibly always invited Phineas to his part...
  • Joyce
    5 plus starsI read the kindle edition.Toby Tallis, Phineas “Phin” Fox’s neighbor is having a party. When Toby’s cousin Arabella doesn’t show up, Toby is concerned. Toby and Phin go to Arabella’s apartment and discover that she is missing and the only thing left behind is a painting of a woman named Christa which was painted in the 1940’s. Christa died years ago but was the sister of their godfather Stefan. In the painting, Christa i...
  • Heather Fineisen
    This is a creepy mystery that flashes back to Nazi prison camps and a piece of music that may have been written for Hitler. Phineas Fox is on the outskirts of the story, a charming sleigh who provides modern day assistance in tracing the music. There is a disappearance of an eccentric cousin that leads to a murder mystery from the war years. Kind of a cross between a cozy mystery and a wartime novel. Copy provided by publisher and NetGalley
  • Hannelore Cheney
    This is the 2nd book in the Phinias Fox series and I enjoyed it immensely, even more so than the 1st one.Phin and his neighbor Toby go on a road trip to Germany after Toby's cousin Arabella doesn't show up for his party, a very uncharacteristic action for her. Not answering her cell and not at her flat, Toby is convinced something bad has happened to her. A painting and a handwritten music score send the duo to Wewelsburg Castle, looking for answ...
  • Alyson Rhodes
    I am a huge Sarah Rayne fan having read all of her psychological thrillers, sometimes twice or more times. So a new Rayne is a big thrill for me in my fictional world of adventure and excitement. I must confess to being a little disappointed with her debut Phineas Fox thriller, 'Death Notes' but this second instalment was entertaining, creepy, disturbing, interestingly informative about Nazi Germany and the death camps, gripping and kept me readi...
  • Sarah1983
    I received a free copy of this via Netgalley in exchange for a review.I really enjoyed this book. Caught my interest from the start and kept it the whole way through. There were several mysteries intertwined throughout it but it never became confusing or too complicated to easily follow. And it all tied in together very well. It does jump backwards and forwards between past and present which is something I'm often not a fan of but this worked ver...
  • Anya Leonard
    While reading this book, I felt the need to google the various settings to see if my minds eye view of the book matched up and sure enough, Ms. Rayne's descriptions had transported me to England and World War II Germany. I am a sucker for books about the Holocaust and this book was no different. I was pulled into a wonderful multi-faceted story that I would recommend highly to anyone wishing for a great, shorter read!
  • Ionia
    For the first chapter or so of this novel I wasn't sure I was going to get into it, but I kept reading and now I'm happy that I did. This turned out to be a fantastic book with a lot to offer the reader, particularly if you are interested in the time period around WWII. There is a wide variety of different characters in this book, some that I loved and some that I couldn't stand, as the author intended, I'm sure. The important thing for me, was t...
  • Sally
    At last! Amazon wouldn't let me post a 5 star review because apparently, I'd not spent £40 minimum on books. This is out of order - am buying books all the time, and this is one of the best. Intriguing and compulsive from the start, with fascinating characters - all with their own agendas - and settings which are so real, I was really there. The dark history relating to WWII is skilfully revealed with surprises and shocks along the way. A terrif...
  • Michelle
    This is a book about a difficult subject. I found myself dreading it at times because it's painful to read about concentration camps and Nazi Germany. I think that shows how effective the writing is. I was absorbed and completely emotionally connected. This is a terrific mystery in a rather horrific setting. I skipped a torture scene because I just didn't want to read the details. The mystery ensured I kept returning to the story.
  • Melora
    Chrissake, this book is terrible. There are so many spelling mistakes,and the author apparently believes the Koran is the Jewish bible. Also, the author refers to a penis as "insistent male hardness," which is ridiculous but would perhaps be a great rock band name. I'll add this author to the ever growing list to avoid in the future.
  • Jan
    Excellent find for me as a prolific reader of mysteries. Not too heavy & not too light weight.
  • Jen
    Nothing about the late 1930's in Germany rang true.
  • Breakaway Reviewers
    Phineas Fox investigates the mystery of a portrait featuring hand written music from WWIIToby Tallis asks his friend Phineas to look into the disappearance of his cousin, who has suddenly vanished without a trace. At her flat they find a portrait of a woman holding a sheet of music titled ‘Giselle’s Music’. The portrait belongs to her godfather, Stefan Cain, who came to England as a young boy; a refugee after World War Two. Looking closer a...