About the Book:
Brendan Phelan, rock star, is playing in a stage show that includes guns and whips. As it reaches its climax, a shot rings out—but it's not part of the show. The body of Oliver Joplin, one of the road crew, lies lifeless outside the stage door.
“It would remain their little secret.” (p. 295)
Although this quoted has nothing much to do with the murder solved in this novel (well, except that it is a remembrance of one of the lighter moments), I thought it appropriately represented almost everyone in the novel! There were so many layers of secrets – so many YEARS of secrets – that many characters in this story were living very enslaved lives! It’s sad to think that some of them decided that the only way out of the mess they’d made was to take someone’s life.
Well, sadly, that is an all-to-common theme in every area of life in this day and age. This book intrigued me because it was set in England. I love all of the idioms of their language, and enjoy trying to decipher some of their meaning. I enjoyed getting to know Detective Inspector Angela Costello and her co-workers as their brainstormed their way through this murder mystery! They are a very eclectic group with a diverse taste in all of life. The roadie whose murder must be solved, is at the center of many layers of deception, greed and desperation. I never failed to be amazed at the things folks perceive to be an injustice thrust upon them – always justified in the depths of their own depravity.
This is a great beginning to what promises to be a series of cozy mysteries. (well, by my definition anyway) There is some very mild language, but it is not gratuitous in any way. You will enjoy getting to know the characters, and you will feel their sense of satisfaction when they catch the criminal at the end of the novel. I am happy to have discovered this author!