Terence O'Grady

Biography

A musicologist by profession, I've written two music-themed mysteries (The Beethoven Quandary and The Mephisto Mysteries) as well as a handful of children’s books in a variety of genres.

Books

Archibald the Giant-Slayer
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Price: Free! Words: 11,930. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Archibald’s mother is determined that he will follow in his father’s footsteps as a great giant-slayer. But Archibald isn’t too sure about that idea and some of the kids at school tease him mercilessly about it. Is there a way that Archibald can become a hero without risking his life in the process? His friend Lester has a plan to do just that, but the plan doesn't turn out quite as expected.
A Time for Mercy
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Price: Free! Words: 6,850. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Intermediate
Emily is great friends with Mr. Kline, an elderly gentleman whom she visits almost every day after school. But Mr. Kline is hiding a dark secret, and when his secret comes out, Emily strives to make sure that justice is tempered with mercy.
Terror at the Lighthouse
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Price: Free! Words: 44,250. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Historical / United States / 20th Century
Twelve-year old William and ten-year old Rebecca have come to live with their family at a lighthouse on the edge of Lake Michigan in Door County, Wisconsin in the 1920s.They soon find themselves facing a series of adventures and dangers climaxing with a terrible catastrophe that threatens the lives of the entire family.
The Dragon's Christmas Gift
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Price: Free! Words: 8,090. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
It was the first weeks of winter and Bostwick the dragon knew that he was missing something. Something unusual was going on in the village at the foot of the mountain and he had to discover what it was. Along with his dragon pal Mortimer, Bostwick manages to save the villagers from a terrible disaster and at the same time discover the meaning of Christmas and “peace on earth, good will to all."
Beethoven's Early Chamber Music: A Listening Guide
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 108,580. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Music » Chamber
Beethoven’s early chamber music is, for many listeners, largely an unexplored treasure trove of fresh, often highly creative, sometimes surprising music. This listening guide will help the interested listener experience this music more fully, by providing detailed examples of what to expect and what to listen for in Beethoven’s chamber works up to and including the famous string quartets of Op.18.
The Beethoven Quandary
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 33,530. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
In this mystery novella, pianist Jeremy West comes across a nineteenth-century music manuscript that he believes to be a newly discovered symphony by Beethoven. But the manuscript is stolen and a murder is committed before Jeremy’s friends,David Currant and Elizabeth McDermitt,are able to unwind the many threads that are interwoven in this complex and surprising case.
Jonathon Wart and the Risk Factor
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Price: Free! Words: 14,890. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books
Twelve-year old Jonathon Wart has inherited his uncle’s fabulous fortune. But it comes with a big catch. If Jonathon is to control the family fortune, he must take some serious financial risks and make himself even richer in the process. That'll be tough to do, but it becomes even tougher when Uncle Wart’s greedy daughter and Mr. Thumbs, his financial advisor, try to thwart him at every turn.
The Mephisto Mysteries
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 56,090. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Elizabeth is a finalist for a Viennese competition featuring the best young pianists in the world. But things turn sinister when two young pianists are injured and strange, perhaps even supernatural events put everyone on edge. When a suicide of one of the pianist’s teachers turns out to be a murder, Elizabeth's friend David has all he can do to save the festival and Elizabeth herself.
King Arthur Returns
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Price: Free! Words: 15,840. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
In the village of St. Bees on the western coast of England in the early years of World War II, Twelve-year old James, his younger sister Susie and four other friends encounter a Nazi raiding party as they explore an old, abandoned coalmine. But, when things look bleakest, King Arthur and his Knights, fulfilling a vow to return in England's "hour of greatest need," appear to rescue the children.
Due North to Freedom
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 38,420. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
It is the autumn of 1864 and Richmond is surrounded on three sides by Union troops. This time the Yankees are not going away. Things become desperate for the O'Toole family, including thirteen year-old Ryan and eleven year-old Matthew, when they help a young freeman and his father escape from the city and the people of Richmond turn against them. Then they too must escape north to freedom.
An Irish Tale
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Price: Free! Words: 15,400. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Katherine is a 12-year old Irish girl whose brother Sean has gotten himself into deep trouble by defaulting on a loan to the nasty Mrs. O'Hara. Katherine is at a loss about how to help when, suddenly, she stumbles across Shamus, a leprechaun. He's willing to help, but under certain conditions. Things get worse before they get better, but in the end Shamus saves the day in the unlikeliest of ways.

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Smashwords book reviews by Terence O'Grady

  • Murder in the Philosophy Department on May 20, 2011

    Neat little mystery. The author has obviously experienced teaching at a university and it shows in her mostly cynical humor. Occasionally that humor oversteps, but for the most part it's quite effective. It's well plotted with some interesting twists and turns although, as another reviewer has suggetsed, the ending is just a bit abrupt. Nevertheless, it's well paced amd keeps the reader';s attention.