Edwin Drood Composer Rupert Holmes Publishes New Mystery Novel With Music, "Swing"

News   Edwin Drood Composer Rupert Holmes Publishes New Mystery Novel With Music, "Swing"
Composer-playwright Rupert Holmes, who published his first novel, "Where the Truth Lies," in fall 2003, has returned to the bookstores with "Swing," published March 22 by Random House.
Rupert Holmes
Rupert Holmes

The new tale takes place at the 1940 Golden Gate International Exposition, where jazzman Ray Sherwood is stationed with his band. Gail Prentice asks Sherwood to orchestrate her composition "Swing," which is set to play at the fair, and the musician quickly falls for the attractive songwriter. When she plunges to her death, however, Ray becomes embroiled in a mystery. The unusual release comes with an enclosed CD of jazz-inflected tunes written by Holmes, the author of many a pop tune and the Broadway musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood. He furnishes the vocals on the CD's "Beef Lo Mein."

Holmes was most recently represented on the New York stage with Say Goodnight, Gracie. His musical with Charles Strouse and Lee Adams, Marty, is frequently mentioned as a prospect for Broadway. He won five Tony Awards for The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

The English born Holmes is something of a Renaissance man. He has plied his hand, with success, in various artistic fields, including pop composer and arranger (Gene Pitney, the Platters, the Drifters and the Partridge Family), music producer (Sparks, Barbra Streisand) pop star ("Escape" aka "The Pina Colada Song," the '70s pop group The Buoys), theatre (Drood), television ("Remember WENN") and film scoring ("A Star Is Born"). "Where the Truth Lies" has been made into a film by director Atom Egoyan. Kevin Bacon, Colin Firth and Alison Lohman star.

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