The Music of Murder & Other Crimes of a Strange and Bloody Nature by Kurt Newton (2021) Snapshot

Delicious bites of horror

 The music of murder is a compilation of short stories written by a brilliantly twisted mind.

The longer stories are The Music of Murder – the story of a serial killer determined to use his victim’s pain to create the perfect symphony. And The Bleeding of Mary Cross – the horrifying story of the golden girl turned murdered.

Shorter stories include:

  • The Freak Hunter’s Casebook – is the disturbing story of a private detective looking for a missing girl
  • The Wedge, Anatomy of a Betrayal, and The Mole Trap are love triangles gone wrong
  • Visits with Mother and The Red Leaf – are stories you’d better go in blind.

I enjoyed the way Newton writes, and his narrative shines in short stories. I preferred the shorter stories to the novellas, but they were all creepy, atmospheric, and unsettling. 

The order chosen for the stories made me feel like I was reading amazing episodes from The Twilight Zone sandwiched between the most gruesome of Criminal Minds’. My favourite stories were Anatomy of a Betrayal and The Music of Murder. Even though I wish the latter’s ending had been more open. 

I’ll be checking out other stories by Kurt Newton and recommend this book to any horror fans looking for a quick read!

Enjoyability     10

Characters       9

Ambience        10

Fairness          10

Plot                  10

Execution        9

My total rating: 4.83

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Disclaimer: I first read it as an ARC. In exchange for an honest review, I am thankful to NetGalley, Kurt Newton, and Unnverving for providing me with a copy of The Music of Murder & Other Crimes of a Strange and Bloody Nature.

Until next book, be the hummingbird!

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