Murder to Music by Margaret Newman


Books set in periods I am unfamiliar with, even more, if they have actually been published in decades before even my parents were born (originally published 1959) usually feel a lot more similar to each other. This one stood out with its content as well as the leading duo! 

This is a police procedural for one half of the book, and the other half shows us the inner working of an orchestra. I do not know one word from another when it comes to western music, so it took me a while to get into my usual stride. The narrative explains specific nuances in a very patient manner to get unfamiliar readers (like me) up to speed. The romance between Delia and Detective Superintendent Hudson is very charmingly done, by spacing their interactions with tasteful blanks. I have not come across such usage of ‘time’ before, but it was quite entertaining. Delia is part of an orchestra, she is also part of the committee, and their junior conductor is a very harsh man. He makes no friends in putting together something new and well written. This man dies at a very symbolic moment of the music, and the investigation begins immediately. Our detective was part of the audience, this, as well as the fact that he has an ‘in’ to all the small battles within the group, gives him the required ammunition to come to the solution.

What I found appealing about this was its straightforward simplicity. There are clues, each are followed up. Alibis are found and theories voiced. I came to the correct solution at the same time as the detective which works out well in terms of satisfaction.

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but this review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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