Game, Set and Murder
by Elizabeth Flynn
It’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 …
Publisher: Lion Hudson PLC
Publication Date: October 18, 2013
Anytime I see a novel that deals with sports in some manner, I can't help but read it. I'm a huge tennis fan, and I love the idea of a murder mystery set against the backdrop of Wimbledon. Elizabeth Flynn manages to place a full-blown police investigation during what is perhaps the most popular tennis tournament in the world, with players as suspects.
Angela Costello, police officer and tennis fan, leads her team in the investigation, separating fact from speculation and unraveling the complicated relationships that somehow all lead back to Petar. The jealous lover, the spurned ex-wife, the business partner who made a bad deal, the players with an ax to grind. Since Petar was found dead on one of the courts at Wimbledon, the list of potential suspects could extend beyond the obvious.
I enjoyed this book both for the tennis references and action, as well as for the mystery. I have to admit that I guess the murderer, but I don't think it was that obvious. The book actually has quite a bit of dialogue and walks the reader through witness interviews, which provides great insight into the minds of each suspect. It was refreshing to see a female officer in charge who isn't secretly a vixen in disguise or some other stereotype.
This isn't a gruesome or explicit book, so if you're looking for a scary read, this isn't it. It's more procedural in nature, but in a really accessible way.
Kat's Rating: Worth a Look
This book was a fun read, and would be even more fun if read around the time of the Wimbledon tournament. The mystery was interesting, there was some humor mixed in, and the tennis added to the originality of the script.
I was provided a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review.