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Murder on Music Row: A Music Industry Thriller by Stuart Dill

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Murder on Music Row: A Music Industry Thriller by Stuart Dill


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Stuart appears at Author! Author! event in Brentwood, Tennessee (June 25, 2012)

Stuart speaks with BookTalk on WYPL Radio in Memphis, Tenn. (original air date: Dec. 17, 2011).

Stuart speaks with Fox TV in Memphis (original air date: Oct. 24, 2011).

Stuart speaks with Maggie Poteau at ABC 33/40's Talk of Alabama in Birmingham, Ala. (original air date: Oct. 19, 2011).

Stuart speaks with WBRC Fox 6 TV in Birmingham, Ala. (original air date: Oct. 19, 2011).

Inside Music Row interviews Stuart Dill at his book launch in Nashville September 29, 2011.


“Remember your first John Grisham? Country music veteran Dill (he served as a personal manager for Minnie Pearl, Dwight Yoakam, and other greats) doesn’t miss a beat in this debut high-adrenaline thriller full of twists and turns.”
Library Journal, starred review

Murder on Music Row is the best mystery written to date about how Nashville's music industry really operates.”
Edward Morris, Foreword Reviews

“Dill, who has served as the personal manager for Minnie Pearl, Billy Ray Cyrus, and other notables in the Nashville country music world, brings his insider’s expertise to his solid debut, a mystery thriller...the conclusion is stunning.”
Publishers Weekly

“In this absorbing debut tale of excess and entertainment, the truth of both the music business and the artists themselves screams out from every page — testament not only to Mr. Dill’s quarter of a century as an industry insider but also to his acute observation skills.”
Stevie Godson, New York Journal of Books

“Murder On Music Row reads like the best novel that John Grisham never wrote. The story is downright compelling, making for an easy, page-turning read. The writing is so vivid and cinematic that it likely won’t be long before Murder on Music Row is optioned into a movie. Stuart Dill...leaves you very satisfied with how Murder on Music Row ends.”
Matt Bjorke,

“The writing style is concise and the dialogue feels real…. The book seems tailor made to come alive on the silver screen…it’s a home run. Once you get to turning a few pages you’ll find yourself caught in the intrigue like the draft behind a fully-loaded 18 wheeler barreling down interstate I-65.”
Dave Ross,

“What pleases and surprises is the quality of dialogue from first-time novelist Dill. As the cliché goes, he has a real ear for it…. As in Stephen King's work, the best part of Dill's writing might be his timely pop-culture and regional references. You feel like you know something about both managing a country-music act and also quite a bit about the culture of the Nashville music industry after reading this novel.”
Ross Johnson, Commercial Appeal

“Murder On Music Row isn’t just for country music fans. It is a well-written story that satisfies the requirements of a good whodunit.”
Greg Victor,


BookPage listed Murder on Music Row as one of their "Good books for people who love Nashville"

Library Journal listed Murder on Music Row as one of the “forthcoming first novels that promise good reading” for Fall 2011.

Interviews and Features

“In the process of telling its story, Murder on Music Row also offers one of the most lucid but least ‘teachy’ explanations of how popular music is created and marketed. . . .Dill balances his serious intentions [of portraying the music industry honestly] with some wickedly deft humor.”
BookPage, interview and review feature

“The quality that sets this book apart from other Nashville-based mysteries — including last year's Nashville Noir from the Murder, She Wrote series — is that Dill brings 26 years of Music Row experience to his story, which begins with an assassination attempt during a video shoot on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. Dill freely mixes real and fictional people in his plot, and Music Row insiders will notice similarities between certain of his characters and actual industry figures.” feature

“In his new mystery novel . . . artist manager Stuart Dill sheds some light on the inner workings of the Nashville music scene. . . . Murder on Music Row clearly demonstrates the delicate balancing act that exists between artists and their personal managers”
Country Weekly interview

“Just like any great mystery, some of the characters in Murder On Music Row have a dark side that you don’t see — until the final chapters of the book. [It's] like a roller coaster. At the beginning, you are clicking your way up the top of the hill, then all of a sudden, you take a nosedive down and there are some twists and turns, and it gets pretty furious at the end.”
Music News Nashville interview

“Dill has seen and learned some things in his quarter century as a manager, and his book, Murder on Music Row, is a window into some of those experiences. It’s also a thriller, which is where the murder part comes in…. In the book’s 341 pages, Dill spills a few secrets about ways to effectively manage recording artists.”
Peter Cooper, Tennessean interview

Praise for Murder on Music Row

“The façades, the egos, the naiveté. Perfect. I loved how the hidden agendas were brought to light — an unfortunate reality on Music Row. The twists and turns kept me hanging on. When I was done reading, I wanted to pick it up and start over again. It was an awesome read.”
Jo Dee Messina, CMA and ACM award-winning multi-platinum recording artist

Murder on Music Row: A Music Industry Thriller has more twists and turns than a spring tornado in Tennessee. This book will have you diving under the covers -- with a flashlight, of course. A terrific read.”
Marshall Chapman, critically acclaimed musician and author

“Well conceived, well paced, and well written, Stuart Dill’s Music City crime novel is a joy to read. Pop country culture now has a dark side.”
Rodney Crowell, Grammy Award winner, member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and acclaimed author of Chinaberry Sidewalks

“Stuart Dill’s novel is the ultimate music insider’s whodunit. He gives us a front-row seat to watch folks driven more by ambition, power, deceit, and greed than by music. I was reluctant to read Murder on Music Row for fear that it might turn out to be a book I had always wanted to write myself. My fears were proven true.”
Robert Hicks, author of The New York Times' bestseller The Widow of the South and A Separate Country


Laura Bell Bundy and her crew can't get enough of Stuart Dill's Murder on Music Row! (Photo credit: Chad Davis Creative)

Laura Bell Bundy shows off Murder on Music Row

Shocking Murder on Music Row

Laura Bell Bundy and crew can't get enough of Murder on Music Row, by Stuart Dill

Jo Dee Messina and her band love Murder on Music Row as well! (Photo credit: Randi Radcliff)

Jo Dee Messina and the band love Murder on Music Row as well!

Stuart backstage with Billy Ray Cyrus (Photo credit: Maral Mirissian-Dill)

Billy Ray Cyrus with Murder on Music Row and Stuart Dill

Trace Atkins with Stuart Dill and Murder on Music Row.

Trace Atkins with Murder on Music Row and Stuart Dill