Thursday, 3 April 2014

Review: Game, Set and Murder by Elizabeth Flynn

t’s the first day of the tennis tournament at Wimbledon. And a dead body is lying on court nineteen. Newly-promoted detective inspector Angela Costello recognizes the dead man as the Croatian champion-turned-coach, Petar Belic. Double grand-slam winner, Petar was one of the best-known and best loved players of the modern era. Petar had a complicated life: an ex-wife who wanted him back; a girlfriend who didn’t want to let him go; a business partner with secrets. Then there was leading Brit Stewart Bickerstaff, not universally popular with his fellow players, whom Petar had been coaching. Little by little DI Costello, despite awkward and prickly colleagues, discerns a trail through the mass of information. Unfortunately she has no way of proving her suspicions. But a prime suspect has overlooked a vital detail …

Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 18th 2013 by Lion Fiction 
Genre: Mystery

Kristine's Thoughts:

* I received a copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.*

This is a cozy "whodunnit" with Wimbledon as the backdrop. Although I am not a tennis fan I was still able to enjoy the story because it never got too technical or carried away with tennis terms. It centred more on the players than the actual game.

The story revolves around detective inspector Angela Costello as she and her team investigate the murder of Petar Belic. The murder has already occurred when you begin reading and the story begins with the discovery of his body. There are a wide variety of characters and suspects with ties to the tennis world. I have to admit that I had it figured out very early on and there were no real surprises for me in the pages. My rating is based on that fact.

If you are looking for a quick mystery to get lost in for a couple of hours then this book fits the bill. Even though it is easy to figure out it is still an enjoyable read.
 About the Author

Elizabeth Flynn is a Londoner of Anglo-Irish parentage. She has a background in the theatre both as an actress and in stage management, and has experience in broadcasting. This is her first novel.

1 comment:

  1. I love mystery books! Don't know much about tennis, but this book sounds generally enjoyable. Great review!

    -Kimi at Geeky Chiquitas