A personal note from the author:

I studied Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University in the U.K. I love to see and read about new art as much as I can. Recently, I discovered the work of the German conceptual artist Aram Bartholl. He makes work about how technology impacts our lives, a subject that really interests me. In 2010 he launched his: “Dead Drop Manifesto”, in which he encourages the public to share information by cementing USB drives into walls, steps and kerbs in public spaces. I absolutely loved this idea.

Around the same time, I found myself emotionally “moved” listening to Chopin's Raindrop Prelude (Opus 28, number 15). This is a remarkable piano score composed in 1839 and in my opinion, way ahead of its time. It encouraged me to look into Chopin's life and I became fascinated by it. Chopin died from Tuberculosis at the tender age of 39 and I believe his suffering was a driving force in his creative process. This, in turn, made me think about the creative process as a whole and why some people feel the need to express their creativity and why others choose to repress it.

I developed the idea of a “missing Chopin manuscript” that could only be discovered by following a series of clues implanted in Dead Drops. I also wanted to explore the similarities and contrasts between creating in the 1830's and creating in the fast-paced modern world of today.

–Susan Jane Denman

When an unpublished musical score thought to have been written by the composer Frédéric Chopin is unearthed, a group of villains fight it out to lay claims on it!

There is just one problem…the location of the manuscript can only be reached by following a series of clues implanted in USB sticks buried around the two cities of Paris and London.

And when innocent cabin crew member Clarissa Belmonte takes on the challenge, enlisting the help of a charming but volatile Irish busker, she is thrown into the midst of a murder investigation.

Can Clarissa find the manuscript and the murderer's identity before she is arrested for the crime herself?

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