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A Merry Band of Murderers: An Original Mystery Anthology of Songs and Stories

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A Merry Band of Murderers is more than a compilation of short mystery stories from some of the genre's finest writers. It is also an exploration of music. Conceived by Claudia Bishop and Don Bruns, the collection is staged in two acts: first, a non-fiction discussion of short stories, mysteries, and music; and second, a compilation of musical short mysteries. The first act opens with an essay by Bishop explaining the role of the short story in mystery writing and another essay by Bruns discussing writers who ...
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Overview

A Merry Band of Murderers is more than a compilation of short mystery stories from some of the genre's finest writers. It is also an exploration of music. Conceived by Claudia Bishop and Don Bruns, the collection is staged in two acts: first, a non-fiction discussion of short stories, mysteries, and music; and second, a compilation of musical short mysteries. The first act opens with an essay by Bishop explaining the role of the short story in mystery writing and another essay by Bruns discussing writers who play, sing, and compose. The second act is more whimsical. There are thirteen music-centered stories from authors Mary Anna Evans, Jim Fusilli, Bill Moody, Rupert Holmes, Rhys Bowen, John Lescroart, Nathan Walpole, Peter Robinson, Jeffery Deaver, Tom Cocoran, Val McDermid, and, of course, the editors themselves. Each story is accompanied by a short introduction, song lyrics, and an interview with the writer.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This anthology of 13 stories includes a few hits, but on the whole, the volume strikes many a false note. Each mini-mystery somehow involves music; Val McDermid's story, for example, riffs on "The Long Black Veil," the song made famous by Johnny Cash. Rupert Holmes's clever tale "Shuffle Off This Mortal Coil" features a man who believes his iPod talks to him, and Claudia Bishop's droll "The Melancholy Danish" turns on a production of Hamlet. But lackluster stories like Bill Moody's "File Under Jazz," about a jazz artist's murder, and John Lescroart's "Something out There," about a young woman who finds love with a cop, dominate the book. The interviews with each author and introductory essays by Bishop (A Dinner to Die For), Bruns (Barbados Heat) and the publisher pad this anthology based on a gimmick cleverer in conception than execution. A companion CD of original songs provides the soundtrack. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"A Merry Band of Murderers contains short stories by some of the most prolific mystery and suspense writers in today's society. What is unique about these short stories is that they are all based on music and written by writers who have some music background. Some of the authors include: Jeffery Deaver, Val McDermid, Mary Anna Evans, and Tom Corcoran.

As with all anthologies, some short stories are better than others, but all are worth reading. After each story, there is an interview with the author about their musical background, growing up, and where the short story idea came from. There is a CD that will be sold with A Merry Band of Murderers that contains songs for each story that each author had a hand in developing. The lyrics for the songs are included with the story that they match. This advanced reader copy of A Merry Band of Murderers did not contain the CD. This reader is hoping that when A Merry Band of Murderers is released, that the CD will be available .

Overall, A Merry Band of Murderers is a great collection of short stories about murder and music.The Book" -MyShelf.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781458731760
  • Publisher: ReadHowYouWant, LLC
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Pages: 492
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Claudia Bishop lives in Palmyra, NY.

A musician, songwriter, advertising executive, and award-winning novelist, Don Bruns is the author of Stuff to Die For, which was named a finalist in the National Best Books 2007 Awards and the 2007 Lefty Awards. Bruns has also authored Jamaica Blue, Barbados Heat, South Beach Shakedown, and St. Barts Breakdown, a mystery series featuring rock and roll journalist Mick Sever.

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