Review of In The Key of 13 by The Mesdames of Mayhem

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Vanessa Westermann

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The Mesdames of Mayhem are in perfect harmony In The Key of 13: An anthology of music and murder. The focal point of every story in this anthology is music. The theme and tone of the stories riff on the style and tone of various musical genres. The story featuring punk rock revolves around drugs and sex. “Requiem” is about the comfort tradition provides, even in the face of a trauma that is underscored by a Mozart concerto. “Moonlight Sonata” features a moonlit showdown on a balcony, while other stories replicate the haunting madness of a “Brainworm” or show what happens the day the music dies and you have to “keep schtum”. The stories build to a crescendo and I found myself turning the pages, eager to find out how music would be entwined with the next crime. The reader is sure to be left applauding.

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About Vanessa Westermann

Vanessa is a Canadian crime writer. She is the author of Cover Art and other books. At the heart of all of her stories are strong female protagonists.

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