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End of the Roadie #3, in A Mystery for D. I. Costello, by Elizabeth Flynn
Oliver Joplin is a member of the road crew in a rock band. A gun shot sounded at the climax of a show and shortly after, his body was found lifeless outside the stage door.
After investigating, Detective Inspector Angela Costello and her team find that the majority of the band carry fire arms and that they did not like nor trust Oliver. When reviewing his emails, Angela finds mention of a shadowy figure lurking about. Can she find out who may profit from his death? If everyone keeps on with the lie, she may never crack the case.
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Lion Fiction
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.00 (inches)|
Series: Mystery DI Costello
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5enjoyable mysteryNovember 14, 2016lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Detective Inspector Angela Costello has a new case to solve. A roadie on tour with superstar singer Brendan Phelan has been shot and killed in a back alley outside the venue of the latest concert with Brendan standing near the body. Angela and her team quickly discover that the victim, Oliver Joplin, was not the best roadie as far as his work ethic; yet, his name repeatedly appeared on the hire sheet for each concert tour. Why? She also learns that Oliver was not friends with any of his co-workers; he was a loner with the exception of intermittent conversations involving Brendan.
Angela repeatedly questions those present at the concert hall and discovers a ticket scalping scheme in addition to one of the suspects being blackmailed. Was Oliver really the intended victim or is someone trying to kill Brendan? If Oliver was the intended victim, who cared enough about him and what he was doing to kill him? The clues will keep readers guessing right up until the very end!
If you like British mysteries, then you will want to read this one. It starts off slow, but dont give up. I initially had a difficult time getting involved in the story, but I kept reading and Im glad I did. The story does pick up and I was able to really revel in the comradery among all the various constables and inspector investigating the crime. They were like a family. The patience involved in solving this crime was enormous, going back again and again to question suspects. I havent read the first two books in the series, but I dont think that affected my ability to enjoy the mystery too much. The writing was crisp and made the story nearly effortless to read.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Mix of character development and police procedureNovember 13, 2016bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I 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.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
joyful334209FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5an interesting readOctober 7, 2016joyful334209FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4A great detective novel - it keeps you wondering who it is to the very end and I know you read that in every review but I do not say this very lightly - I will even tell you it is a slow upturn but then once you get your sea legs it is a faster move. It is about a rock band that uses guns that they shoot during their rock concert and during one concert one shot is shot the same time someone shoots someone else (their roadie) - thus - the detectives come into the scene - now the person who ends up dead - well no one gets along with him - and they have an endless supply of suspects and with that reasons to kill him and secrets - and rumors - you think you know who it is - well you may be wrong - good hunting - or detecting.