Will Schaefer, a New Yorker transplanted from the Midwest, earns his living crafting press releases for a shady corporation. One night a week he hosts a writers’ group in his apartment, to which the members—four women and two men besides himself—bring their stories and all the intense emotions that inspired them. Will is cast in the role of amateur therapist mediating among unreliable narrators, even as he falls in love with the elusive Sara. When one of the other women is brutally murdered, the group begins to turn on itself. And when more deaths follow, those who remain are left to face the suspicion—and finally the terrifying certainty—that one of them is a psychopathic killer. Is a sequel to Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None (Ten Little Indians) being played out in their lives?
Fans of Agatha Christie and her classic And Then There Were None (also known as Ten Little Indians), as well as mystery readers looking for an unusual, rather noir but still humorous and romantic literary mystery with an urban setting, will find this a captivating reading experience. It should appeal to any fiction writer who has participated in a creative writing workshop or writers group or even wondered what psychological twists and turns might ensue if the members of the creative writing class or writers group started dropping like flies!
“…A fun page-turner where we all become armchair detectives… The Muse of Violence by Bruce Hartman has an exciting, entertaining, and multi-layered plot that makes it a must-read for all mystery lovers” – Five Stars – Jean Hall for Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews.
“The Muse of Violence is a wonderful mystery that, in the vein of all good mysteries, keeps you guessing until the very end!” – Melinda Hills for Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews