Book Giveaway: ARE of Charles Jessold, Considered As A Murderer

Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer, by Wesley Stace
ISBN 978-0-312-680107
352 pages
Picador Paperback Original (February 2011)

Giveaway Open from February 18th through February 25th, 2011 (5:00 pm PST)

I am pleased to be able to offer one lucky winner my unread Advance Readers Edition of Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer. I recently read and enjoyed this intriguing novel (read my review), and because the publisher sent me two copies of it, I decided to share the love with a reader of my blog.

Synopsis of the Book (from the Author’s Website):

England, 1923. A gentleman critic named Leslie Shepherd tells the macabre story of a gifted young composer, Charles Jessold. On the eve of his revolutionary new opera’s premiere, Jessold murders his wife and her lover, and then commits suicide in a scenario that strangely echoes the plot of his opera—which Shepherd has helped to write. The opera will never be performed.

Shepherd first shares his police testimony, then recalls his relationship with Jessold in his role as critic, biographer and friend. And with each retelling of the story, significant new details cast light on the identity of the real victim in Jessold’s tragedy.

This ambitiously intricate novel is set against a turbulent moment in music history, when atonal sounds first reverberated through the concert halls of Europe, just as the continent readied itself for war. What if Jessold’s opera was a betrayal not only of Shepherd but of England as well?

Wesley Stace has crafted a dazzling story of counter-melodies and counter-narratives that will keep you guessing to the end.

Read more about the book, listen to the author read from the book, and listen to composer Daniel Felsenfeld’s envisioning of Charles Jessold’s music on this page of the author’s website.

Visit the website of the Charles Jessold Music Trust.

About the Author:

Wesley Stace has published two previous novels: Misfortune AND by George. He is also a musician who has released fifteen albums under the name of John Wesley Harding. He currently lives in Philadelphia.


  • Contest is open world-wide (internationally).
  • Leave a comment on this post no later than February 25th at 5:00 pm PST. In your comment tell me about why you enjoy reading either/or historical fiction, literary fiction, or mysteries. One entry per person, please.
  • I will randomly draw ONE person’s name and announce the winner on February 26th here on my blog (I will also send the winner an email which they must respond to within five days with their snail mail – if I get no response within five days, I’ll pick another winner).

Good Luck!!

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  1. I love reading Historical Fiction because it completely transports me to another time, it is a feeling unlike any other!

    • Shannon Lind on February 18, 2011 at 11:28

    Historical fiction is the ultimate in escapism for me. Can’t get enough!

  2. I like literary and historical fiction and enjoy mysteries, so this sounds like a great read regardless of whether or not I win! I like literary fiction because it’s more challenging (not necessarily in reading difficulty, but in how it makes you think), historical fiction because I love seeing history come alive, and mysteries because a really good one captivates your attention and you devour it in one setting.

    • anne on February 18, 2011 at 13:12

    Literary fiction and historical fiction are fascinating and compelling. Mysteries are gripping and the combination is wonderful. I enjoy the writing, and the era that they portray within the pages. I get lost and find this type of book memorable.

    • Yvann on February 18, 2011 at 13:23

    I love reading mysteries because they are a (usually gentle) academic exercise combined with a lovely escape from the tedium of reality!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Tina on February 18, 2011 at 15:51

    Please enter me. This one sounds great!

    • Heather on February 18, 2011 at 16:13

    To me, historical fiction allows for me to see a time different from my own. It makes me wonder how things would be is life were as simple now. Mysteries make me use my brain in trying to figure out what is going on. Thanks for doing this giveaway.

    • suzanne zeitouni on February 18, 2011 at 16:58

    Historial fiction tricks you into learning something while entertaining you! Without the dryness that can come from non-ficiton, historical fiction can give you a history lesson that is usually fairly accurate but keeps you turning the pages instead of giving up…..

    • Mystica on February 18, 2011 at 18:22

    I like the historical fiction as it invariably takes me to a different period in time – I enjoy the difference though I am invariably glad I am born in present times!

    • Aths on February 18, 2011 at 19:42

    I love literary fiction and historical fiction (that’s not romance). In the case of historical fiction, there’s something really magical about being transported to a different time and space and live the lives of people whose manners, customs, even vocabulary could be so different from ours. It makes me thankful for a medium that talks of a time we would never know about otherwise.

    • Elisabeth on February 19, 2011 at 04:10

    I am always up for a good mystery!

  3. Who doesn’t love historical fiction?!?!? Encompassing the best of fiction and the best of history, historical fiction always makes me learn while having the best time. What could be better?

  4. Love, love historical fiction. It opens my eyes to how people lived (and survived) in another time. I usually come away with more appreciation for (most of) the modern conveniences of today.

    • Lori L on February 19, 2011 at 11:41

    I love literary novels that are truly set in a definite place and time. From your review this sounds like a novel I would enjoy, based on your feelings that Wesley Stace takes care to develop the characters, the historical setting, and establish the facts until the puzzle pieces of whole story are set into place.

    • Audrey Cherry on February 20, 2011 at 07:05

    Through out school we learn dates and names when we study history. Whcih I enjoy but historical fiction when well done can make history come alive.

    • Tracey on February 20, 2011 at 07:14

    It is a way to time experience (in the comfort of your armchair, with a cup of steaming hot tea) how folk lived, worked, played etc in another age.

    • Robyn on February 20, 2011 at 08:19

    I like historical fiction because it’s fun to imagine what it would be like to live in those time periods. I’m especially interested lately in books about music, so this sounds very exciting.

  5. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres to read! I hated history in school – I’ve since discovered that was because I had teachers who didn’t understand that history is more than names and dates – it’s STORIES! And that’s why I love historical fiction – great stories of the times and places and people that came before us.

    • Sheila on February 20, 2011 at 15:24

    I love mysteries because they are puzzles to be solved, and it is great fun to follow the clues and put together the pieces!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

    • Gypsi on February 20, 2011 at 17:18

    Thanks for yet another giveaway!

    I love historical fiction because history has always been my area of interest. (I even have a BA in history.) Good historical fiction brings an era alive and often generates interest in it to the point of further research. Mysteries were the very first genre I learned to love. I have Asperger Syndrome and when I discovered Sherlock Holmes, his logic appealed to me so much. I’ve been a mystery fan every since. As for literary fiction. . . I was introduced to literary greats in college and my reading world has never been the same. I am one of the few people I know that reads Woolf for pleasure. 😛

    Thanks again for sharing the ARC with us!

    • zibilee on February 20, 2011 at 17:22

    I’d love the chance to read this one, and thanks for hosting such an awesome giveaway. I think I love to read historical fiction because it’s such an entertaining and imaginative way to learn things. I sort of find reading history a bit dry, but when you inject history with fascinating and believable characters who you can sort of live alongside for awhile, it seems to bring everything to life for me!

    • Linda Kish on February 22, 2011 at 17:07

    I like to read mysteries because I enjoy trying to figure out “whodunit”. I like to think about things when I read.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

    • Lady K on February 23, 2011 at 02:26

    I enjoy reading historical fiction because I “visit” an other time. And because I like so much History. I like to dream that I am a XV (or another) century heroine ! Historical fiction books help me ! 😀

    Thank you so much !

    • Margie on February 23, 2011 at 04:07

    I love a good mystery. I like twists and turns in the plot, and I want to be surprised by the ending. A good mystery is one that I can’t put down.

    • carol on February 23, 2011 at 12:55

    I love mysteries. I think I like seeing how the author takes all the pieces and pulls it together in the end. A great setting makes it even better.

    • Dinda on February 25, 2011 at 00:24

    Mysteries are very fascinating. Mysteries makes me learn something but still entertain. it is so fun to follow the clues and solve the mystery.

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