I enjoyed this British police procedure mystery, the third featuring D.I. Costello. It starts out with a bang, literally. D.C. Houseman and his date attend the concert of a popular singer. The rock star uses guns and whips to add sound effects to his performance. All goes well until after the concert is over. Houseman hears noise in the alley by the theater. Investigating, he finds the body of one of the band members. The man has been shot.
Flynn has given us a narrative with a good mix of police work and character development. The action is methodical and consistent. There are no scenes of suspense nor is there really any danger to any officers. I do like the personal nature of the narrative, getting to know Costello as she interacts with her team. We get to learn a bit about the theater, especially how a possible ticket scam might be run.
I recommend this novel to those who enjoy a good one about British police investigations. The thorough nature of Costello's work uncovers layers of misdeeds, including blackmail. This book is from England so there might be a little confusion with some of the terms. Nonetheless, I did enjoy the novel, the consistent police work, and knowing a bit more about Costello's team.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Elizabeth Flynn is a Londoner of Anglo-Irish parentage. She has a background in theater as both an actress and in stage management. You can find out more at http://elizabethflynnauthor.com/.
Lion Hudson, distributed in the U.S. by Kregel, 304 pages.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.