If Music Be The Food of Crime by Marie Helene Visconti
Reviewed by Iris Carden
It begins with some missing jewels, and quickly moves to murder, maiming and general mayhem. Someone clearly has it in for the Orchestre Symphonique de Medianie, but who? With an entire orchestra as potential suspects, and as potential victims, there is no end of loose ends, and wild goose chases. And of course, there is the one clue that is overlooked and is the key to everything. (No, I'm not going to tell you what it is.)
There are some language and formatting issues which distract a little from this otherwise intriguing story. Direct speech is indicated by dashes instead of inverted commas. Some of the translation to English left me wondering a little; it took me to chapters to work out that "rpat" meant "father".
Aside from those couple of distracting issues, I did find it possible to immerse myself in the story, to wonder at all of the behind-the-scenes intrigue in the dysfunctional orchestra, and to desperately want to know not only who did it and why, but who would actually solve the case.