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Jessica Daniel series: Locked In/Vigilante/The Woman in Black - books 1-3 [Kindle Edition]

Kerry Wilkinson
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)

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This Jessica Daniel series ebook bundle contains the first three titles in this heart-stopping crime series from Kindle bestselling author, Kerry Wilkinson.



Detective Sergeant Jessica Daniel works for the Greater Manchester Police force. Apart from fighting the daily battle against the northern weather, she also has to deal with exasperating colleagues, a hopeless best friend and managing her ever-growing floordrobe. And that’s before she even gets started on some of Manchester’s more challenging crimes . . .



Locked In: When a body is found in a locked house Jessica has little in the way of leads. With a journalist that seems to know more about the case than she does, Jessica is already feeling the pressure to not only discover the killer but also work out how they got in and out of the house. Then a second body shows up in identical circumstances to the first . . .



Vigilante: The national media can’t believe their luck with an apparent vigilante on the streets, while Jessica’s new boss seems grateful someone else is doing their job for them as the victims are all hardened criminals themselves. The case becomes more complex when forensics matches blood from the apparent killer to a man already behind bars.



The Woman in Black: A severed hand is found in the centre of Manchester. With a lengthy missing persons list and frantic families wondering if the body part could belong to their absent loved ones, Jessica has plenty to deal with – and that’s before more sinister evidence starts to emerge. The only clue is CCTV footage of a woman in a long black robe placing the hand carefully on the ground but who is the mysterious woman in black?


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Plotting, high drama and characterisation are becoming the hallmarks of his thrillers. --Lancashire Evening Post

Wilkinson's story spreads like a pool of blood . . . his talent becomes ever more obvious. --Daily Mail

Wilkinson's story spreads like a pool of blood . . . his talent becomes ever more obvious. --Daily Mail

Wilkinson's story spreads like a pool of blood . . . his talent becomes ever more obvious. --Daily Mail

Wilkinson's story spreads like a pool of blood . . . his talent becomes ever more obvious. --Daily Mail

About the Author

Despite two national newspaper reports to the contrary, Kerry Wilkinson is male. Honestly.

His debut, Locked In, the first title in the detective Jessica Daniel series, was written as a challenge to himself but became a UK Number One Kindle bestseller within three months of release.

His three initial Jessica Daniel books made him Amazon UK's top-selling author for the final quarter of 2011. When Think of the Children followed in 2013, he became the first formerly self-published British author to have an ebook No.1 and reach the top 20 of the UK paperback chart.

Kerry has a degree in journalism, plays cricket badly and complains about the weather a lot. He was born in Somerset but now lives in Lancashire, thus explaining the climate gripes.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2431 KB
  • Print Length: 894 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (6 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A7W98JU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #37,522 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Despite two national newspaper reports to the contrary, Kerry Wilkinson is male. Honestly.

His debut, LOCKED IN, the first in the detective Jessica Daniel series, is a UK no.1 Kindle bestseller, with the first three Jessica Daniel books making him Amazon UK's top-selling author for the final quarter of 2011.

THINK OF THE CHILDREN outsold Dan Brown to become Amazon UK's no.1 Kindle pre-order. Kerry is the first formerly self-published British author to have an ebook no.1 and reach the top 20 of the UK paperback chart.

Since then, the Jessica Daniel series has continued with PLAYING WITH FIRE, THICKER THAN WATER, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, CROSSING THE LINE and SCARRED FOR LIFE.

A spin-off from PLAYING WITH FIRE - the Andrew Hunter series - started with SOMETHING WICKED in 2014. The follow-up, SOMETHING HIDDEN, will be released in 2016.

A standalone crime novel, DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN, set in the same world as Jessica and Andrew, will be released in October 2015.

Pan Macmillan - Griffin in the US - are also publishing Kerry's young adult/fantasy/adventure series - the Silver Blackthorn trilogy. The first book, RECKONING, was released in 2014, with RENEGADE following in 2015 and RESURGENCE in 2016.

He is an occasional sports journalist and can frequently be spotted cycling the hills of Lancashire. He was born in Somerset but now lives in the north west.

Confirmed upcoming UK releases:
Renegade (Silver Blackthorn 2): 7 May 2015
Something Wicked (Andrew Hunter 1): 16 July 2015 (paperback)
Down Among The Dead Men (standalone crime): 22 October 2015 (hardback & ebook)
For Richer, For Poorer (Jessica Daniel): Jan/Feb 2016
Resurgence (Silver Blackthorn 3): May 2016
Something Hidden (Andrew Hunter 2): 2016

Find out more at: http://kerrywilkinson.com, http://facebook.com/JessicaDanielBooks and http://facebook.com/SilverBlackthorn

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensible trilogy.... 20 Dec. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Really good idea putting these in to a trilogy because once you pick the first one up you won't want to stop reading until you've finished the last! Read all of them and now eagerly awaiting his new releases. Kerry manages to mix the reality of Detective work with the excitement of fiction. Keep it up!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great books, a must read 19 Dec. 2012
By Boso
Format:Kindle Edition
Took a gamble on "Locked In" and it was a gripping read from start to finish. Very impressed with the book, and I went on to read the other two. Kerry Wilkinson is a great British writer, and the books are 'un-put-downable'. I have pre-ordered "Think of the Childrren", can't wait !! This combined book is a bargain, it is worth every single penny, if you haven't read them, this is your chance to read all three at a good price.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great new author has arrived. 19 Dec. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I read the first of this trilogy (Locked In) when I was browsing unknown authors in the Kindle bookshop and I was amazed at how good it was for a first novel. The characters and plot are well developed and believable.

Couldn't wait to get the second (Vigilante) and Mr Wilkinson came up with the goods again - an excellent read.

When the third was released (The Woman in Black) it confirmed the author as near the top of my favourites list along with such writers as Harlan Coben, Scott Turow, and John Grisham.

In Jessica Daniel, he has an excellent character, so well written that both my wife and I assumed that she had to have been created by a female writer (no clues in "Kerry"!), and the plots are properly convoluted and well thought out.

Kerry Wilkinson is definitely an author to watch, and this trilogy is a great introduction. Thoroughly recommended, and for more information, you can read the reviews of the indiviual books.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I think the author must be a fan of The Sweeny. This heroine would have fitted in perfectly there. I cannot imagine such a stupid, unpleasant woman lasting 6 months as a real police officer.
I gave these books 2 stars because I did actually read all 3 but I certainly would not have bought them separately. As a prolific reader of crime novels, I have enjoyed the exploits of many crime fighters and, usually, have at least some sympathy with these characters. In Jessica's case I had none. I wanted her to fail every time and actually found this portrayal of a female officer rather embarrassing; much emphasis was made of the superiority of all the female officers and the males appeared to rather insignificant extras. I would have liked a little more balance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Electrifyingly Good 26 Feb. 2015
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book was electrifyingly good and a really entertaining read. It is the ninth mystery featuring Kerry Wilkinson's popular detective Jessica Daniel. Although it is in a series, the author explains everything that went before, so whilst I had not read any of his books previously I did not feel at a disadvantage. If you like books which are so well plotted that they seem to have something happening about every other paragraph and there isn't any wasted words then this is the one to buy.

Detective Inspector Jessica Daniel goes to a shopping centre with her husband Adam and unfortunately her purse is stolen by a pick pocket, which puts her in a bad mood. Later, she and her team is called out to investigate a murder where the body of the victim is discovered in a wheelie bin at the back of the Salford University building. The bins were supposed to be collected, but have not been because of a strike by municipal workers! The victim, a 1st year student, may have been involved in some sort of induction ceremony that went terribly wrong.

There is also another case involving a tattooed shop raider who is holding up all these local stores and Jessica's team are are completely mystified;someone is also attacking lone women and leaving their bodies ; she is having problems with her superiors which is very common in the average police procedural but this one is way, way above average.

There is a lot of interaction between members of Jessica's team including Izzy Diamond, Archie Davey and Dave Rowland's, some of which is as a result of their close investigations and also the general office banter and horsing around which is normal in large organisations when colleagues are working together over long periods of time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good underlying story 22 Feb. 2014
By katie
Format:Kindle Edition
Enjoyed the stories. However can sometimes be very obvious who the culprit is. Don't find Jessica as easy character to like or sympathize with. Too irrational.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspension 19 Mar. 2014
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An excellent thriller with twists and turns right until the end, having the three novels together ensures that you are kept entertained right until the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good, kept me guessing 23 July 2013
By Tabitha
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Just read all 3 books in the last 2 weeks, couldn't put them down. The main character is slightly annoying at times but that's what makes her seem realistic.

All 3 books kept me guessing til near the end, I definitely recommend them to anyone who enjoys detective novels. I had recently read the 3 Romney and Marsh files novels by Oliver Tidy and thought these were just as good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed it, in fact I bought the rest of ...
I really enjoyed it, in fact I bought the rest of the Jessica Daniels series. Good storylines and characters you get to know.
Published 10 days ago by Pam Hennessey
4.0 out of 5 stars Frustrated
Good read, but enjoyment frustrated by tech. probs. with Kindle delivery and, eventually, deletion from device. It just won't go.
Published 1 month ago by A1 driver
4.0 out of 5 stars Took a while to get into this as it's quite ...
Took a while to get into this as it's quite slow moving at first, but then things hot up and yopu can't put it down!
Published 2 months ago by Chanda
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but not a lot of plot !
On the positive side I enjoyed reading the three novels . The characters are believable and the interplay is entertaining. Read more
Published 5 months ago by MR P G HENDERSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really enjoyed these books
Published 5 months ago by yvonnedownie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really enjoyed these books can't wait to read the rest in the series
Published 6 months ago by tina
5.0 out of 5 stars Great page turner...
Have only just started to read this and cannot put it down. Relieved to find another author that I am going to enjoy reading their collection of works. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lottie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reads
Very well written, can't wait for more books by Kerry Wilkinson.
Published 6 months ago by John Linkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another excellent book
Published 7 months ago by M. Greenaway
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great
Published 8 months ago by Ian Barker
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