Review of End of the Roadie by Elizabeth Flynn

Leah Courtney
I love a good mystery that keeps me guessing along with the investigators as I read along. End of the Roadie by Elizabeth Flynn was a great one. It's in a series of mysteries featuring investigator D.I. Costello, but I hadn't read any other previous books and was able to catch on to this one fine. There were a few events referred to that I supposed came from previous books, but they didn't impede my reading and enjoying this story.

Review of End of the Roadie

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From the book's description...

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.

Detective Inspector Angela Costello and her team investigate, but they quickly discover that several stage hands, and Phelan himself, are adept with firearms—and that Joplin was widely disliked and distrusted. So why had Phelan kept him on, despite the reservations of his crew? Joplin's emails reveal the presence of a shadowy figure stalking the dead man. Who might profit from Joplin's death?

Little by little, Costello unpicks the web of lies. But unless one key person opens up, she can't crack the case. And that is not going to happen.

A pop star, raving fans, gun fanatics, and a roadie that no one seemed to like- great elements to combine into a compelling story that kept me guessing "who dun it" right through the very end. The characters are well developed, although there is more action than introspection. The pace of the book is fairly quick which leads to, "I'll just read one more chapter." All of this combined to make an excellent read.

Unlike some mystery stories where the ending seems a little contrived, I loved the way that End of the Roadie developed. I thought that the characters and events were very believable, and I was very close to solving the mystery when the detectives finally revealed who was guilty.

I definitely plan to look for other mysteries in this series from Elizabeth Flynn. You can find the book on Amazon here or on Kregel here. And you read a sample from the Kindle version below.

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