Roome, Annette Bad Monday

ISBN 13: 9780006510284

Bad Monday

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9780006510284: Bad Monday

‘With its spirited heroine, its narrative drive and its splendid intricacy, this novel should put Annette Roome at the forefront of detective writing’ Times Literary Supplement

Chris Martin, the wryly self-deprecating and attractive heroine of Annette Roome’s award-winning first novel, is back. Her home life is looking up now her two-timing husband has moved out and her lover in, but her working life as a reporter on the local rag is in a rut, condemning her to covering village fetes and lost cats. Her newest assignment – interviewing local boy and legendary rock star Rick Monday – at least has an aura of glamour surrounding it.
Though the interview itself turns out to be a major disappointment, the follow-up is dynamite: Monday is found with an ornamental dagger in his chest and Chris was one of the last people to see him alive. Determined not to let the biggest story of her career get away, Chris defies her editor and the police by conducting her own investigation. Undeterred by close encounters with a violent songwriter and a deranged groupie, she pursues the trail through the often seedy world of rock music and into a web of family secrets. But the price of this big story could be Chris’s life.

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Review:

‘A brilliant debut…’
Independent (of A Real Shot in the Arm)

‘Move over, Miss Marple’
Time Out

‘Whoops of delight for a clever and refreshing newcomer’
Observer

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Chris Martin's home life may be looking up now her two timing husband has moved out and her lover in, but her life as a reporter on the local rag is in the doldrums, condemning her to covering village fetes and lost cats. Until, that is, she lands an interview with Rick Monday, a local boy who found fame as a rock star in the seventies.

Though the interview itself turns out to be a major disappointment, the follow up is dynamite: Monday is found with an ornamental dagger in his chest and Chris was one of the last people to see him alive. Determined not to let the biggest story of her career get away, Chris defies her editor and the police by conducting her own investigation into the murder. Undeterred by close encounters with a violent songwriter and a deranged groupie – not to mention the large boot of a corrupt detective – she pursues the trail as it leads her through the often seedy world of rock music and into a web of family lies and secrets. But the price for this big story could be Chris's life.

Annette Roome started writing in response to early – onset mid life crisis. In 1989 her first novel won the Crime Writer's Association's John Creasey Award for the best first crime novel of the year. She is married, with one daughter, and lives in Guilford. 'Bad Monday' is her third novel.

PRAISE FOR ANNETTE ROOME

A REAL SHOT IN THE ARM

"An exhilarating debut. Roome at the top?"
SUNDAY TIMES

"A brilliant debut … Self deprecating, put upon, wryly comic Chris comes through as likeable and credible, a rare combination"
INDEPENDENT

"Whoops of delight for a clever and refreshing newcomer"
OBSERVER

"A terrific debut for a wholly sympathetic, wryly witty sleuthess, complete with wince making realistic family problems and an enthusiastic zest for unhealthy predicaments"
THE TIMES

A SECOND SHOT IN THE DARK

"Encore! Encore!"
GUARDIAN

"With its spirited heroine, its narrative drive and its splendid intricacy, this novel should put Annette Roome at the forefront of detective writing"
TLS

"Move over Miss Marple"
TIMEOUT

"A riveting tale"
SUNDAY INDEPENDENT

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