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Book reviews - A Real Shot In The Arm

A Real Shot In The Arm


Author: Annette Roome
A CWA Award winner and the first novel in the bestselling Chris Martin mystery series.

Chris Martin — housewife and mother-of-two — seizes the chance to re-gain her independence by putting her endless housework to one side and fulfilling her adolescent dream of becoming a journalist - much to the dismay of disapproving husband, Keith.

Shortly after taking up a Junior Reporter role at the local newspaper the Tipping Herald, Chris is given an assignment to cover a conference at a local hotel.

But when the hotel becomes a crime scene Chris begins to uncover a very different story to what she had had in mind.

The corpse that was discovered hanging from a fire escape doesn't look to her like a suicide - heroin addicts don't OD and then string themselves up.

But who would have been driven to murder within this tight-knit community?

The further Chris gets into the investigation, the more questions arise and the more personal sacrifices she is willing to make.

Praise for Annette Roome...


“A terrific debut for a wholly sympathetic, wryly witty sleuthess” THE TIMES

“Narrated with splendid comic disenchantment...this is an exhilarating debut” THE SUNDAY TIMES

“From its splendid opening sentence, A REAL SHOT IN THE ARM announces the arrival of a welcome new voice in crime fiction. Annette Roome's first book has all the ingredients a good crime novel should — credible inter-weaving plots, pace, tension, wit, lively characters and dialogue.” SIMON BRETT

“Whoops of delight for a clever and refreshing newcomer” THE OBSERVER


Annette Roome won the Crime Writers Association John Creasey Award for the Best First Crime Novel with A Real Shot In The Arm, the first book in the bestselling Chris Martin mysteries.

US publication: 1989
Detective: n/a
Genre: n/a