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Up in Flames (#1 in the Casey and Catt British Detective Series) [Kindle Edition]

Geraldine Evans
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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'Well-researched. Intriguing plot. Good pace. Excellent characterisation and wry humour makes this a very enjoyable read. Highly recommended.' MYSTERY WOMEN

Fancy some light relief after yet another serial killer book about the unspeakable doings of the latest sadist? Then UP IN FLAMES, No.1 in the Casey & Catt procedural series, should do it. Up in Flames, is a Cozy Procedural, that has as much to do with family relationships as it has to do with crime.

If you enjoy some humour with your murders, you'll likely love this British detective series.

When Chandra Bansi and her baby, Leela, are burned to death, DCI ‘Will’ Casey and his less than politically-correct sergeant, Thomas Catt, rapidly come under pressure from their superintendent to put a couple of skinhead thugs behind bars for arson.

Superintendent Brown-Smith, acutely aware, after the fiasco that was the failed inquiry into the murder of black, south London, teenager, Stephen Lawrence, that he is in the hot seat, is desperate for a speedy and politically-satisfactory solution to the case. Worried that his previously smooth and upward career progression will be irretrievably damaged, he places additional pressure on Casey.

But the investigation quickly unearths suspects other than the skinheads, suspects unlikely to endear him either to his superiors or the Asian community.

The resolution of the most difficult case of his career is not eased by the arrival of his impecunious hippie parents. Urgently in need of a temporary home, they selfishly concluded that decamping to Casey's peaceful haven will provide the solution to their current difficulties.

But their raucous, undisciplined lifestyle causes Casey sleepless nights at a time he most needs calm. Bedevilled at home by his irresponsible parents, bedevilled at work by accusations of discrimination from the usual quarters, Casey and ThomCatt must wend a circuitous path through all the additional problems the investigation throws up.

For instance, just how respectable is Chandra’s businessman father? And what about her in-laws, who seem to have blamed their westernised daughter-in-law for the death of their only son? Other members of the victim's family also come under suspicion. Casey must use the utmost sensitivity in his handling of the case if he is not to cause unrest in the Asian community.

And, at the heart of the case is the fact that Chandra, a modern young woman, had been uncomfortably caught between two cultures. It’s hard to say which is the more dangerous.

For lovers of cozy mysteries and procedurals

Dead Before Morning #1
Down Among the Dead Men #2
Death Line #3
The Hanging Tree #4
Absolute Poison #5
Dying For You #6
Bad Blood #7
Love Lies Bleeding #8
Blood on the Bones #9
Deadly Reunion #14
Kith and Kill #15

A Killing Karma #2 Casey & Catt series
A Thrust to the Vitals #10, Rafferty series

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4431 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CAES0E2
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #251,368 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not up to her usual standard 23 Sept. 2013
By Bumble
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Normally I like Geraldine Evans' books, but I couldn't get into this at all, and gave up after 3 chapters. Sorry
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2.0 out of 5 stars interesting 9 Sept. 2013
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A realistic plot, but at times quite pedestrian, characters need greater depth to make them really part of the story , but pleased I read the book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading 20 Aug. 2013
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I found it very informative about some Indian culture. I believe that it's important we educate ourselves in view of the muli- cultural society in which we now live.
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3.0 out of 5 stars As British as a pork pie 1 July 2013
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I think it's really interesting to note that other reviewers are put off by the 'Britishness' of the plot and setting, and even the language. As someone who is actually British, I found myself a little confused; I live near Manchester, in the north west of England, which is a real place. The setting of this book sounds and feels like it's made-up, and I feel that let down my level of pleasure in readingd
Having said that, I tried to 'suspend my disbelief' and then found the book well plotted, with interesting characters and good dialogue. I'd recommend it to anyone.
If, like me, you'd like to read about real people in a real place, then I would also point you in the direction of English author Stu Gratton, who doesn't write cozy, or procedural, but his crime thrillers are relaxing, easy to read and unthreatening. Really enjoyable.
Try this one with a similar name to the book above ! F is for Flame
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4.0 out of 5 stars up in flames 21 Jun. 2013
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Although I did not read this as the first in the series knowing the storyline of a future book did not spoil this story. Ameasured story
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