Welcome to the Blog Tour! Two days later than promised; I apologise.
An old-school who-dunnit with more feel-good than edgy grit or slime.
Readers are getting so used to the latter that I’m sure some are disappointed when there is less of the blood and guts than our TV series show us every day.
Set in London, at the Apollo theatre where a hot rock-band draws their fans like a vacuum cleaner, a roadie lies in the rear alley, shot dead, with the rock-star standing over him in shock. Nobody else is there and the first on the scene is a Detective Constable who has just attended the show.
His senior, Detective Inspector Angela Costello, will be the chief investigator. Her team gets to work interviewing all those involved in making the rock concert possible, from ticket sales to backstage, from bandsmen to managers and groupies.
The threads are unplucked and, as they unravel, discussed in the brainstorming sessions of the team in the incident room, we are privy to the suspects and the motives, the logic and the questions. The trail changes direction, from switchbacks to deadends until the final twist.
Blackmail? Petty ticket touting or big time business? Both or neither?
Sorry to disappoint those who prefer hardbitten misfit detectives, but Angela is a happily married woman, not an alcoholic divorcee. The members of her team are enthusiastic men and women with normal hopes and dreams. Elizabeth Flynn gets away with likeable clean characters because their humour and warmth appeal. Not a lot of nail-biting, maybe, but I found it to be a great read.
More to follow, I hope.
BOOK POSTMORTEM’s review is part of the blogtour as this enjoyable novel is launched. This is the third in the D. I. Angela Costello Series, published by Lion Hudson. (WWW.LIONHUDSON.COM )