A few of the stories really stand out…Mind Over Matter with the death of a boxer just after a fight; The Inner Circle with a combination investment fund and deadpool; The Dauphin’s Doll with the planned theft of a doll collection; and the Three Widows with one of them slowly being poisoned. The Glass-domed Clock and Man Bites Dog are also pretty well-done.
What I Didn’t Like
A few places where the story creates a red herring through vague wording, but not obnoxious.
As mentioned before, my wife and I have tickets for the Pops series at the National Arts Centre. Six times a year, we head out to listen to the brilliant NAC orchestra play everything from Big Band to Broadway, from golden oldies to current pop, and from classic cinema to modern soundtracks. It’s an eclectic group of shows, and it keeps it a bit more lively than two or three pieces by Mozart in the Classic series (which we also enjoy, just different). The Pops series is a little lighter fare.
Now, note that orchestral treatments of some of the material is sometimes challenging. Not musically, that’s relatively straightforward. But first they have the challenge of an orchestral treatment adding anything to the performance — often times it’s good music, but you end up just hearing the singer, not the amazing musicians behind them, unless there is a special solo or instrumental section. » Read the rest