Laurie Mantell is described by the Oxford History of New Zealand literature as one of the most distinguished crime writers in the past twenty years. Her previous books, all published by Victor Gollancz (London), are Murder in Fancy Dress, A Murder or Three, Murder and Chips, Murder to Burn, and Murder in Vain. She lives in Wainuiomata, Wellington. Mates is Laurie Mantell's sixth published crime novel.
'Eric', said Larry Davenport.'Come round to the flat, will you? As quickly as possible. It's Catia. She's been murdered. Here. In my flat.'
For Detective Sergeant Eric Walden, this phone call has serious repercussions. Not only is Larry a friend, he's also another cop, and the main suspect. As the case unfolds Eric finds it increasingly difficult to maintain an objective view. Has he misjudged Larry? What about Catia's mother? Why is she acting so strangely? And where do the two Brazilian musicians fit in?
Set in Wellington, the Hutt Valley and Mt Cook, Mates is an absorbing and tightly-written murder mystery, that uncovers a sleuth with all the analytical skills of a Morse or a Dalglish.