The Composer Is Dead [With CD (Audio)]

The Composer Is Dead [With CD (Audio)]

By Lemony Snicket; Nathaniel Stookey (Composer); Carson Ellis (Illustrator)

HarperCollins Publishers, Library Binding, 9780061236280, 40pp.

Publication Date: March 2009


There's dreadful news from the symphony hall--the composer is dead

If you have ever heard an orchestra play, then you know that musicians are most certainly guilty of something. Where exactly were the violins on the night in question? Did anyone see the harp? Is the trumpet protesting a bit too boisterously?

In this perplexing murder mystery, everyone seems to have a motive, everyone has an alibi, and nearly everyone is a musical instrument. But the composer is still dead.

Perhaps you can solve the crime yourself. Join the Inspector as he interrogates all the unusual suspects. Then listen to the accompanying audio recording featuring Lemony Snicket and the music of Nathaniel Stookey performed by the San Francisco Symphony. Hear for yourself exactly what took place on that fateful, well-orchestrated evening.

About the Author
LEMONY SNICKET is a broken man, wracked with misery and despair as a result of writing the phenomenally successful A Series of Unfortunate Events, which has sold over 60 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 39 languages. He is known to communicate through his dashing emissary, Daniel Handler, whose most recent novel, "Why We Broke Up", was a Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and received starred reviews from six major publications. Visit him at

SETH has portrayed suspicious circumstances and shady characters in much of his work. He is a multi-award-winning cartoonist, author and artist, whose works include "Palookaville, Clyde Fans", and "The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists".

Colin Meloy once wrote Ray Bradbury a letter, informing him that he "considered himself an author too." He was ten. Since then, Colin has gone on to be the singer and songwriter for the band the Decemberists, where he channels all of his weird ideas into weird songs. With the Wildwood Chronicles, he is now channeling those ideas into novels.

As a kid, Carson Ellis loved exploring the woods, drawing, and nursing wounded animals back to health. As an adult, little has changed except she is now the acclaimed illustrator of several books for children, including Lemony Snicket's The Composer Is Dead, Dillweed's Revenge by Florence Parry Heide, and The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart.

Colin and Carson live with their sons, Hank and Milo, in Oregon.