Lesley Kelly's "Murder at the Music Factory"

The Pandemic is Spreading

The body of Paul Shore toppled on to him, a stream of blood pooling around them on the concrete. Bernard lay back and waited to see if he too was going to die.
An undercover agent gone rogue is threatening to shoot a civil servant a day. As panic reigns, the Health Enforcement Team race against time to track him down - before someone turns the gun on them.


In some ways, reading this was uncomfortable - there are some scary parallels with what is currently happening with covid-19, and even though I knew it had been written before the current crisis, I did wonder at times! The book is the fourth novel in the Health of Strangers series, and it definitely benefits from being read after reading the other books, as threads from previous novels are picked up in this one. I've had the delight of reading all of the books in the series, and it was a joy to be reunited with the Health Enforcement Team (HET) again.

The opening of Murder at the Music Factory throws you straight into the action, with some of the HET team getting caught up in an assassination attempt near the Scottish Parliament building. We then follow the HET as they try to unravel a series of interlinked puzzles. As ever, the plot is complex and twisty, and the strengths and weaknesses of the characters play off well against each other.

If you haven't yet read the Health of Strangers series, I can thoroughly recommend them to you.

About the Series

The Health of Strangers thrillers are set in a world where a deadly flu virus has left Edinburgh in a bureaucratic nightmare.

About the Author

(c) Chris Scott
Lesley Kelly has worked in the public and voluntary sectors for the past twenty years, dabbling in poetry and stand-up comedy along the way. She has won a number of writing competitions, including the Scotsman's Short Story award in 2008. Her first novel, A Fine House in Trinity, was long-listed for the McIlvanney prize.