Arthur Wenk's The Quarter Note Tales ($23.95 signed trade paperbacks) is a delightful collection of three novellas, featuring Axel Crochet, professor of music history. At a hundred or so pages each, but with the small type and slim margins, these are plenty long enough to give the author space to flesh out the characters, throw in lots of stuff about composers and music history, develop intricate plots and throw in enough academic small-mindedness and bureaucratic nonsense to keep you hooked and laughing all the way.
(J.D. Singh, The Merchant of Menace, July 2006)
Arthur Wenk, probably best known to the music community for his work on Debussy has turned his attention to the genre of mystery. The characters are believable and may remind readers of people they know. The denouements move quickly, and readers should have no trouble figuring out whodunit. Axel places himself in physical danger each time, but manages to elude the killers. All-in-all, while this volume may not join the ranks of timeless mysteries, it is a delightful read. (BONNA J. BOETTCHER, Music Library Association Notes)