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Although the settings for my Scott Drayco series are largely fictitious sites on the Eastern Shore of Virginia (e.g., Cape Unity and Prince of Wales County), many real towns and landmarks are referenced in the books. Here are some photos with scenes from this largely undiscovered gem of the Mid-Atlantic.

Drayco also lives and works in Washington D.C., from his office and townhome near Capitol Hill.



The Beverly Labordge and Adam Dutton series is set in Vermont in the fictitious town of Ironwood Junction. Vermont is often called "God's Country," and it doesn't much imagination to see why, as in these scenic photos from the Green Mountain State.


Scott Drayco is a former classical concert pianist, so music is very much at the center of his life. Since he also has chromesthesia—a type of synesthesia where he experiences sounds as having colors, shapes, and textures—he experiences the world as a multi-sensory orchestra.

Here's a text listing of music referenced in PLAYED TO DEATH:


  • Beethoven’s “Pathetique” piano sonata

  • Seduction Aria from the opera Carmen by Georges Bizet

  • “The Windmills of My Mind” music by French composer Michel Legrand and English lyrics written by Alan and Marilyn Bergman

  • The song “I want what I have not,” poem by Bohdan Zaleski, music by Frédéric Chopin

  • Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Goldberg Variations”

  • Bach’s “The Art of the Fugue”

  • "The Black Angel's Death Song" by The Velvet Underground

  • Dies Irae (no composer listed, but the tune has been used in such works as “Totentanz” by Franz Liszt and "Symphonie Fantastique" by Hector Berlioz)


Here's a text listing of music referenced in REQUIEM FOR INNOCENCE:


  • Debussy's "Clair de Lune"

  • Debussy's "Pavane pour infante defunte"

  • Brahms Intermezzo in A Major from Opus 118

  • Bach fugues

  • Liszt Totentanz

  • Liszt Mephisto Waltzes

  • Chopin's Etude Opus 25, #1, arranged by Godowsky for the left hand alone


Here's a text listing of music referenced in DIES IRAE


  • Chopin - Nocturne Op. 27 No. 2

  • Claude Debussy, La cathédrale engloutie

  • Puccini’s aria “O mio babbino caro” from the opera Gianni Schicchi

  • "Ave Maria" by Bach

  • "Ave Maria" by Schubert

  • Beatles, "Eleanor Rigby"

  • Bach's Italian Concerto, BWV 971

  • "Mira, O Norma" from the opera Norma by Bellini

  • Ondine by Ravel

  • Transcription of Dvorak's "Hymn to the Moon" from Russalka

  • "Climb Every Mountain" from Sound of Music

Here's a text listing of music referenced in ELEGY IN SCARLET

  • Intermezzo in A Major from Opus 118 by Brahms

  • J.S. Bach Prelude and Fugue No. 2 in c minor BWV 847

  • J.S. Bach Shepherd Cantata (“Fly, vanish, flee, o worries")

  • Beethoven Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Major WoO. 36

  • Frédéric Chopin Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Élégie in E-flat minor

  • Frédéric Chopin Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58

Here's a text listing of music referenced in THE SUICIDE SONATA

  • John Denver tribute song to Jacques Cousteau, "Calypso"

  • Add Barber's Agnus Dei (choral)

  • Chopin etude  (unnamed)

  • Schubert Impromptu Opus #90, #3

  • Rachmaninov Prelude Op 23, #5 g minor

  • Bartok - Romanian Folk Dances (1915) Sz. 56, BB 68

  • Bartok - Marche funebre Sz. 75b, BB 31

  • Danse Macabre by Saint-Saens

  • Duo Concertante by Stravinsky

  • J. S. Bach English Suite No. 5 BWV 810 in E Minor

  • Brahms Intermezzo Op. 118, No. 6, in E flat minor

  • Debussy’s Reflets dans l’Eau

  • The Suicide Sonata and Song by "Adojan Dobos" are fictitious. However, the song on which they are
    based is called "Gloomy Sunday" by Rezso Seress and László Jávor



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