I recently wrote about a mystery series featuring a mystery shopper as the sleuth. Now, from the UK, comes news that a former mystery shopper has won an important literary award, the Costa First Novel Award.
What Was Lost, Catherine O’Flynn’s novel, won a £5000 prize and is in contention for the £25,000 Costa Book of the Year Award, to be presented January 22, 2008.
O’Flynn says she was inspired to write the mystery novel while working at a shopping center. The story is about a security guard who spots a child on CCTV 20 years after the child went missing.