Books by Annette Roome

Released: Jan. 1, 1992

Business as usual for Tipping Herald reporter Chris Martin (A Real Shot in the Arm, 1990): minutes after she gets an anonymous note offering to expose a prominent businessman's ``wrongdoings,'' the informant, Rosemary Tindall, is found dead—the latest victim, it seems, of a serial killer—and the morning after Chris meets her new lover Pete Schiavo's ex-wife's second husband, John Redfern, he's arrested for the murder. Though the police turn John loose, they don't accept Chris's evidence that the crime took place a full day earlier- -so, besieged by her persistent, loathsome ex and her hectoring editor, she sets off on her own to tie Rosemary's death to that businessman's round of sex parties. Roome juggles suspects, clues, and domestic subplots with such dexterity, keeping the pot constantly aboil, that you hardly notice that her likable heroine is as naggingly intuitive and independent as her sisters in Mary Roberts Rinehart. Read full book review >
A REAL SHOT IN THE ARM by Annette Roome
Released: Dec. 28, 1990

Housewife-turned-reporter Chris Martin, sent to cover a conference on substance abuse at a posh hotel, finds a jarring note—a corpse hanging from the hotel balcony-in this appealing debut, winner of Britain's John Creasey Award for best first novel of 1989. With a real talent for rooting her intrigue in the dreary routine of smalltown life, Roome shows her heroine not only uncovering nasty secrets—the late Michael Stoddart, actually killed by a heroine overdose, was a blackmailer who knew about Dr. John Goodman's first wife and daughter; the connection between his second wife, Dr. Rachel, and another victim of drug overdose; Elaine Randall's sexual indiscretions; Major Bruce Duncton's links to Leisching Pharmeceutical's development schemes; restauranteur Eric De Broux's well-hidden [inks to the conference participants; and the corruption among Inspector Franks's men in blue—but also coming home from a day at the Herald and uneasy dreams of romance to domestic versions of the same problems: the indifference of her husband reminds her how tempting an illicit affair would be; her self-congratulations about her model son Richard are interrupted by the news that Richard's just been busted for possession; even meetings of the neighborhood zoning board lead right back to the murder. The plot is ordinary, but the heroine's fresh, original voice makes this a less upscale—and less slick—British version of Compromising Positions right up to its perfect last sentence. Read full book review >