Elena Forbes (Author) Elena Forbes has lived most of her life in London. Her first novel, Die With Me, was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger.
At the start of British author Forbes's entertaining debut, a young woman falls to her death from the balcony of a dusty London church. Det. Insp. Mark Tartaglia and his team quickly discover that Gemma Kramer was lured there to meet a man calling himself Tom, who then delivered murder rather than the romantic suicide pact he promised. Searching the records, Tartaglia and his team uncover two of "Tom's" other victims, formerly classed as suicides, as well as a suspicious death his instinct tells him is linked. Following the clues from two additional murders, Tartaglia and partner Sam Donovan nearly become Tom's victims themselves just before discovering Tom's true identity. The explanation of the killer's motivation and MO isn't entirely satisfying, but this minor lapse aside, this is an intelligently plotted, convincing and nicely textured read. One hopes to see more of the appealing cast of well-characterized police personnel in a sequel. (Oct.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
A very well-written, cleverly plotted first novel - The Literary ReviewThe troubled Tartaglia is an interesting creation and the plot shifts and swerves in unexpected but pleasurable ways - The ObserverThis is a fast-moving novel, in which Forbes offers an original and compelling portrait of a murderer - Times
Fourteen-year-old Gemma Kramer falls to her death from the gallery above the altar in St. Sebastian's Church. What appears to be suicide soon sparks a murder investigation when a witness claims to have seen Gemma kissing a man before her body was found. Detective Chief Inspector Carolyn Steele is brought in to supervise the team led by Detective Inspector Mark Tartaglia. But friction with the new chief leads to miscommunication and a difficult work environment. Despite some familiar plot elements (e.g., serial killers who go after the female police officer; a cold, misunderstood female chief inspector), debut novelist Forbes has written an engrossing police procedural that fans of Jill McGown and Ian Rankin will place on their reserve list. Highly recommended. Forbes lives in London. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.