Song-to-Scene Soundtrack Editorial


Connecting the Dots

The chapter-by-chapter quick list provides a nice, simple overview of how the songs align to each chapter. But, given nearly every chapter has multiple scenes, the song-to-scene editorial offers a bit more context to create that 'instant replay reverie' experience, making each melody meaningful and memorable. 

NOTE: At the end of each excerpt you'll see a more insights placeholder/link that will jump you to that particular song on the lyric-to-line commentary page. Each link will be made 'live' only when the corresponding commentary is available.  

Complete CONFLICT OF INTRIGUES Soundtrack (on YT Music or Spotify)


Days Gonna ComeThe Fureys

Compelling in lyric, melody and performance, this thundering Irish ballad serves as an overarching theme for this first book (if not the entire series)  [More insights...]

CHAPTER 1―Lost in Fraught

My Hero — Foo Fighters

While a simple, introductory sketch of Dr. Jon Markston, this song is a playful nod to Jon’s underground reputation in the IC, but it’s also astutely indicative of how Charlie views his academy professor (not to mention why both Qadir and Sherman exhort his help)  [More insights...]

CHAPTER 2―Authors Anonymous

Katherine — Simon Apple

This breezy track makes for an insightful glimpse into Katherine McKenna. As a poignant accompaniment for the narrative backstory that underscores her trek to the bookshop, it represents a slice of what we see in her now… and perhaps some contextual bits to be uncovered later   [More insights...]

Intrigue — Toby

With full 'Zoe' potential, Intrigue exposes Katherine's calculatingly repressed thoughts as she studies and engages with the 'stranger' in the bookshop  [More insights...]

You Fascinate Me So — Mark Murphy

Jon's distracting internal monologue is an equal prompt for a Zoe-like number as he takes in the curious and captivating woman who has inexplicably thrown him off his game  [More insights...]

CHAPTER 3―Reconnaisance Rendezvous

(Here's To) the Ghosts of the Past — Dot Dash

This ironic nod to the unexpected turns of events the two friends are about to share with each other harks back to their mutual past intersection which neither relish revisiting  [More insights...]

I've Just Seen a Face Jason Consolacion

This sentimental cover of the classic Beatles tune sets the perfect tone for Jon’s reflective, amorous grin… an out of place grin prompting Qadir to tease Jon about the woman who put the besotted smile on his face  [More insights...]

CHAPTER 4―Querying Quondam

Follow the Clues — Zoo Trippin'

While equally on point with the mysterious, clue-rich conversation from the previous chapter, this song is a great companion for Jon's meandering trek from Bloomsbury to Marylebone as he makes his way to the Quondam office, only to be met with more mystery from Margret  [More insights...]

You've Got Something I Want — Blossom Dearie

This Blossom Deary original is a nod to Katherine's alluring tease to Jon, coaxing him to give her his 'story'  [More insights...]

Aristotle — HawkBaby

Spurred more by the chorus than verse, this is a high-level nod to the first reveal of Jon and Katherine's shared fondness for Aristotle  [More insights...]

You Fascinate Me So — Blossom Dearie

This second little lilt from Blossom Dearie is a subtle turnabout of Jon's distracting fantasy in the bookshop as Katherine's own intrigue shifts from the 'story' to the person  [More insights...]

CHAPTER 5―Quid Pro Quo

I've Been Seeing Things — They Might Be Giants

This is playful take on Donovan's hit-or-miss success tailing Katherine on her morning walks to the bookshop, which, as revealed through Margret and Harold's side bet, has had hit-or-miss success during his protective detail training  [More insights...]

BONUS SONG:  Tea For Two — Blossom Dearie

Not a proper inclusion for the playlist (in the sense that the lyrics do not represent a plot point or character perspective), but the song itself is referenced as the tune Jon is whistling in Katherine's office as he rinses the cups at her tea station  [More insights...]

Hey John — Monica Ramey

This smooth Monica Ramey cover of a Blossom Deary original is an ironically on-point expression of Katherine's realization that she is quite taken by Jon, no longer exclusively interested in his 'story'   [More insights...]

CHAPTER 6―Delicate Disclosure

In the Clues —Martin Wardley

An amusing sentiment to underscore Qadir's door-bump encounter with 'Mr-Needs-a-Shave' at The Guardian, which is then followed by his flashback to Iraq and his work with Jon's covert detachment '64'  [More insights...]

Stuck In the Middle Again — Curtis Smith

Jon's internal admission that his convoluted methods to extract the information he seeks from Katherine have gone nowhere, thus his surrender to greater disclosure, find several eerie parallels in these lyrics  [More insights...]

Trouble Me — Megan Joy

Here again, the insightful lyrics seem to parallel Katherine's sentiments… encouraging and assuring Jon that he can trust her with his delicate disclosures  [More insights...]

CHAPTER 7―More Complicated Lane

Help! — Ed Payne

Although not overtly solicited by Jon, this Beatles cover serves as a more direct proclamation that he both needs and wants Margret’s volunteered help to reconnect him with Katherine later  [More insights...]

Stuck in the Middle with You — Karizma Duo

This cover from the Karizma Duo stands as a playful parallel to the verbal exercise between Margret and Katherine after Jon leaves the office, debating what information would be innocuous enough to reveal to Jon, while revealing a not so innocuous secret to Margret  [More insights...]

CHAPTER 8―Chemistry Lesson

What Are You Hiding — The Bullocks

This ditty is meant as a humorous take on Margret's frustration with Harold, while also revealing her comfort level to let down her 'posh' with him and speak plainly  [More insights...]

CHAPTER 9―Major Help

Stuck in the Middle — Adam Harvey (feat. Guy Sebastian)

This fun yet striking duet is a perfect pairing for the friendly yet adversarial tête-à-tête between Harold and Jon during their spontaneous café meet up and ‘verbal waterboarding’  [More insights...]

What Are You Hiding — Podplays (feat. New Hope Honkytonk Revival Band)

Sparked by Jon's musings at the end of the chapter, it's the perfect underscore for the soup-shopping scene intimated between chapters 9 and 10, which provides the Walter Mitty-like flashback that kicks off chapter 11  [More insights...]

CHAPTER 10―Predictably Unpredictable

Stuck in the Middle with You Amy & Stuart

This quirky duet rendition of the recurring stanza is a humorous nod to the ignored banter that cast Jon a third wheel to Harold and Margret's dominating debate about Katherine’s state  [More insights...]

Man Behind the Curtain — The Bears

Ironic in its simplicity (much like Harold himself), this unique find is an obvious call-out to the so-titled exchange between Harold and Katherine (… and could easily be a repeating theme song for the mischievous Major MacAlister)  [More insights...]

I Like You, You're Nice — Janet Seidel

Making yet another playlist-cameo, this Blossom Deary original covered by Janet Seidel encapsulates Katherine's unexpected comfort-level with Jon’s impromptu return to her office with takeaway for two  [More insights...]

CHAPTER 11―Pay No Attention

Trouble — Cage the Elephant

Concurrent to the dubious exchange that closed chapter 10, this lyrically poignant pairing opens chapter 11 where we find Harold staged at the restaurant across the street, spying on Jon and Katherine while simultaneously redirecting Margret’s texting wrath  [More insights...]

Trouble Me — Gabriel Mann

Another tune-turnabout for the couple (harking back to chapter 6), now it’s Jon’s turn to implore and encourage Katherine to share her burdens with him  [More insights...]

Deep End — Ruelle

Katherine's recognition that she has allowed herself to become too invested too quickly (which could compromise both her and Jon) is hauntingly captured in the Deep End lyrics  [More insights...]


Stuck in the Middle with You — The Penguins Band

The fourth cover of this classic melody is a lighthearted rendition to underscore Qadir's third run-in with Mr-Needs-a-Shave while enjoying happy-hour drinks with his colleagues from The Guardian down at The Angel tavern  [More insights...]

Some Other Time — Blossom Dearie

This ironically fitting tune marks the fifth and final Blossom Dearie playlist-nod, providing the melody in Katherine's head as she dances with Jon—a trigger for the sentimental flashback to Anne’s “Blossom-Dearie-style croon” of the tune to serenade her beloved husband Harold before he deployed  [More insights...]

All of the Above — Slowrush

Playing on the 'C: all of the above' expression repeatedly bantered between the two, this soldierly cadence is a lament for Jon after Katherine reveals his Quondam lead is a dead end  [More insights...]

Warm Whispers — Missy Higgins

Following Katherine's unintended disclosure about her parents’ death and her mother's 'milk and honey' mission in the 'promised land' of Ireland, Jon comforts her with his warm whispers before quickly lightening the mood  [More insights...]

CHAPTER 13―The Man

Like Someone in Love — Bruno Major

Ignoring Harold’s eavesdropping from behind the wheel, this skipped-beat rendition is an echo of Jon's heart during the backseat banter he and Katherine exchange during the trip to Waterloo station  [More insights...]

You'd Better Go Now — Diana Panton (feat. Don Thompson)

As Jon and Katherine’s time together comes to a definitive end, this denotes the soft signal that Katherine is intentionally re-raising her protective shields  [More insights...]

CHAPTER 14―Behind the Curtain

Someone Following Me — Freddie Steady KRC

Changing gears for the impromptu meet-up between Jon and Qadir, this twangy tune is a firm fit for the discovery of the MI6 operative who tracked Qadir to the train station  [More insights...]

I've Just Seen a Face — Victoria Lanser

As the final melodic turnabout of Jon’s wistful musings to Qadir in chapter 3, Katherine's lament to Harold wishes for a life so unencumbered that she could simply follow her heart without the inevitable fall of high-impact dominoes  [More insights...]

Life In Her Yet — Rag'n'Bone Man

Harold's internalized regret for Katherine, lamenting how complicated her life has been and the troubles from which she has yet to be freed, is powerfully delivered through this gritty dirge  [More insights...]

CHAPTER 15―Planes, Trains and Artful Reveals

Moonlight Kiss — Bap Kennedy

Drawing on Jon's wordplay for the 'Moonlight [chocolate] Kisses' he snuck into Katherine's carryon bag, this reminiscent tune is serendipitously on-point for their playful texting/mobile chat from the train/airport lounge  [More insights...]

Desert Storm — Rhett Robertson

Cuing in as Jon begins to clock Katherine's trepidation about her Dubai trip, then his press for what's behind it, this tapped and plucked requiem could easily reflect thoughts running through both Jon's and Katherine's minds  [More insights...]

CHAPTER 16―Strangers on a Train

Lucky to Be Me — Mark Winkler

Paralleling the ups and downs of Jon's 'rollercoaster' day, this upbeat melody wedged between two Storms captures the renewal of Jon's hope for a future not spent alone, but "a future that might be shared"  [More insights...]

Storm Coming — Once Monsters

With lyrics eerily meaningful, this final opus teases at the puzzle pieces of Jon's 'It's time' revelation while steering unswervingly into the swelling Desert Storm forewarned  [More insights...]