Music of the Night – A Crime Writers Association Anthology
Waltz and embody the tune of crime in Music of the Night Anthology and hit the high notes with some new crime writers and soar into the crescendo with many top, critically acclaimed crime writers all waxing lyrical together with stories as twisty as a treble clef. Discover more in the blurb and the rest of my review below… Firstly, thanks to The Crime Writer’s Association and Random T Tours for inviting me to review and for gifting me a copy of the book.
Music of the Night is a new anthology of original short stories contributed by Crime Writer’s Association (CWA) members and edited by Martin Edwards, with music as the connecting theme. The aim, as always is to produce a book which is representative both of the genre and the membership of the world’s premiercrime writing association.
The CWA has published anthologies of members’ stories in most years since 1956 with Martin Edwards as editor for over25years during which time the anthologies have yielded many award-winning and nominated stories by writers such as Ian Rankin, Reginald Hill, Lawrence Block,and Edward D. Hoch.
Stories by long-standing authors and stellar names sit alongside contributions from relative newcomers, authors from overseas,and members whose work haven’tappeared in a CWA anthology before. Among the gifted stars of today whose fiction featured in a CWA anthologyatan early stage of their crime writing careers are Mick Herron, Frank Tallis,and Sarah Hilary. It isn’t a closed shop, and never has been.
This book is full of original crime based stories from new and well-known crime writing talents, brought to readers by the Crime Writers Association (CWA), expertly edited by Martin Edwards.
The contributing authors are:
Abi Silver, Alison Joseph, Andrew Taylor, Antony M. Brown, Art Taylor, Ben Price, Cath Staincliffe, Catherine Aird, Chris Simms, Christine Poulson, David Stuart Davies, Dea Parkin, Jason Monaghan, Kate Ellis, L.C Tyler, Leo McNeir, Martin Edwards, Maxim Jakubowski, Neil Daws, Paul Charles, Paul Gitsham, Peter Lovesey, Ragnar Jonasson, Shawn Reilly Simmons, Vaseem Khan.
There is an eclectic mix of crime and music. I have highlighted the titles in navy blue.
The theme is music related and they have all tackled it with aplomb! Be Prepared is the opening title. Be prepared like a Scout and a Guide for music and song and suspense as a minor key weedles itself in, changing the atmosphere. The notes soon change to sharps in The Sharp Thorn as the harpsichord plays its chilling tune and who is to say they were the right notes? So, next comes Wrong Notes and a concert with something wrong with the piano as the bars of music are waiting to be played with a chilling sting in the notes tails, before The Melody Of Murder begins in the next story, with innocent talk about tv shows that then plays out to scenes of murder and what Netflix does.
Pick up a violin and will you play to the tune and see what happens in Violin CE. It isn’t just any violin, it is a Stradivarius, or will you hear a certain fragment of a tune at all in the sinister Love Me Or Leave Me: A Fugue in G Minor or feel the emotion of music and hit a crescendo as it climaxes with in The Sound and the Fury. Find out more if people live or die as the music plays loudly, filling the room.
Head to Berkeley Square to find, the nightengale has flown off and has been replaced in the twisty A Vulture Sang in Berkeley Square in a war and any sweetness there was has been cut through.
How about Not A Note with a piano lesson that has fast developing atmosphere or having The Greatest Hit with lots of emotion or creating a Mix Tape. Read stories featuring names of well-known popstars and bands, like a love letter to musicians.
Enter the darkside of romance in The Crazy Cries of Love that has notes that grip with their musical tie and a sense of danger. The writing is sharp as the sinister flat notes play, creating atmosphere or listen to the blues in Bombay Blues and compose some music in a way you may not ever imagine in A Death In Four Parts and there is A Scent of An Ending with a melancholic tune that reels you in along with its scent.
Waltz into the darkest of secrets to be revealed in And The Band Played On.