Today it is a pleasure to take part in the Blogtour Breakneck Point by T. Orr Munro.
About the Author
T.Orr Munri was born in Aldershot in Hampshire to an English mother and a Greek-Armenian father who moved to deepest Devon after recognising it would be a great place to raise their children.
She has a degree in Economic and Social History from Liverpool University and a PGCE in History and English.
After university she trained as a CSI, then later became a secondary school teacher. She changed career at thirty-three to become a police and crime journalist and is currently freelance.
She has since returned with her family to live in North Devon, the setting for Breakneck Point, but heads to Greece as often as she can. Her time as a CSI provided much of the inspiration for her novel, shining a light on what happens behind the crime scene tape. Follow @TinaOrrMunro on Twitter, Find out about Tina on linktree
About the book
CSI Ally Dymond’s commitment to justice has cost her a place on the major investigations team. After exposing corruption in the ranks, she’s stuck working petty crimes on the sleepy North Devon coast.
Then the body of nineteen-year-old Janie Warren turns up in the seaside town of Bidecombe, and Ally’s expert skills are suddenly back in demand.
But when the evidence she discovers contradicts the lead detective’s theory, nobody wants to listen to the CSI who landed their colleagues in prison.
Time is running out to catch a killer no one is looking for – no one except Ally. What she doesn’t know is that he’s watching, from her side of the crime scene tape, waiting for the moment to strike.
When your reputation is in tatters because you did the right thing and colleagues keep treating you like the unwanted guest. It gets a bit tedious and perhaps the reason Ally can be a little short-tempered, but then you would be a wee bit annoyed if a so-called expert was intentionally misreading the evidence at crime scenes, just because the CSI has been delegated to the dog house.
I really enjoyed the moral and indeed legal conundrum Ally’s introduction is built upon. Yes, one could argue there isn’t one at all, but hey that’s exactly what the instability of her character is built on. The way colleagues react to and treat her, the way her career falls into a pit with no ladder.
Doing the right thing, when those around you believe the right thing is protecting the boys in blue, as opposed to doing your job correctly. If telling the truth means a guilty person walks free and your colleagues end up behind bars, but the flipside means the system has no meaning, justice is null and void.
The author writes a strong character who is torn between professionalism, frustration and anger at the way a wall has been built around her. It sets her in a position many women find themselves in, where the men around her treat her like a child, a voice to be silenced, instead of acknowledging her expertise. A playbook straight out of real life. It’s a good read.