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A detective with brains and heart
on 15 January 2014
I'm a tennis fan and a mystery fan - choosing to read this book was a no-brainer. I wish though I could have read it during the Wimbledon fortnight. (However, as I read it I really felt as if I were at Wimbledon, anyway). Elizabeth Flynn has recreated the atmosphere of that iconic tennis tournament and followers of the sport will relish spotting the cameo types of the different players. One of the finest pieces of writing in the book was the 'grudge match' between two of the main suspects which for me was the emotional highlight of the book. On the mystery front, this is a classic whodunnit - but with a twist. The plot gradually unfolds through a series of interviews with the suspects, led by DI Angela Costello on her first case in her new job. Costello knows there is a lot riding on the case - not least identifying the killer of tennis ace Petar Belic. She is more than an intellectual match for her opponents, but it is the detection she does with her heart that sets this book apart. Angela cares for people, whether they are part of her investigation or not. And in fact, it is while she is allowing herself to be distracted by someone who needs a bit of attention that the key information to cracking her case comes to light. Technically, there are strong characterisations, clever plotting and some very well-handled exposition. An excellent debut for a writer that I will be following with interest.