Fatal Music

Written by Peter Moorfoot

Review written by Russell James

Russell James has been named “the Godfather of Noir” by Ian Rankin. Russell writes crime novels - about criminals and victims, not the cozy procedural or whodunnit. He is the editor of Great British Fictional Detectives.


Fatal Music
Titan Books
RRP: £7.99
Released: April 4 2017
PBK

Where to set a new crime series – how about beautiful Nice, on the French Riviera? 

Doesn’t sound like a nest of vipers?  Well, to Police Captain Paul Darac of the Brigade Criminelle, the French Riviera most certainly is.  Asked – no, told – to investigate the apparently accidental death of a naked old lady in a hot tub he finds Nice’s vipers in an incredibly complex tangle.  Practically everyone in this story has a secret to hide: art crime, sex crime, theft and misdemeanour and, of course, murder most foul.  Or murder most devious.  (Darac’s only misdemeanour, incidentally, is to be a part-time jazz guitarist.)

Peter Morfoot knows his Nice while being British, and Fatal Music is the second in his Captain Darac series – although given what happens to the poor cop in the closing pages it may be a moot question whether he wants, or is able, to face more of this French venom.

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