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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 (160 customer reviews)

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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

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2513 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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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,900 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 came out in February 2013, outselling 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 and CROSSING THE LINE.

A spin-off from PLAYING WITH FIRE - the Andrew Hunter series - started with SOMETHING WICKED in 2014.

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.

He is an occasional sports journalist and can frequently be spotted cycling the hills of Lancashire while trying not to be knocked off. He was born in Somerset but now lives in the north west.

Confirmed upcoming UK releases:
Scarred For Life (Jessica Daniel): 29 January 2015.
Renegade (Silver Blackthorn 2): 7 May 2015
Down Among The Dead Men (standalone crime): 10 September 2015

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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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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC READ 19 Dec. 2012
By Gags
Format:Kindle Edition
These books are well worth the read! Interesting plot with lots to keep you interested. Cant wait for the next installment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspension 19 Mar. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating 31 Jan. 2014
By Irene C
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I had heard about the writer and decided to see for myself and became hooked. Looking forward to the next one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another excellent book
Published 12 days ago by M. Greenaway
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 29 days ago by Ian Barker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great story
Published 1 month ago by miss j weir
3.0 out of 5 stars it's OK
It's difficult to criticise this story as it is written very much to the author's formula of something happening in the past which is the cause of the current crime that Jessica... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cathy
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not keen on the hero at all. Just a bit too predictable
Published 3 months ago by Kev
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved reading these books
I loved reading these books. For once, we have a character who I want to get to know. The plots are slightly predictable but enjoyable none the less. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Paul Gudgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent stories set in Manchester
I really enjoyed this series about DS Jessica Daniel, who lives and works in Manchester. As someone who also works there I can vouch for the accuracy of the stories, I can really... Read more
Published 6 months ago by J. Bramley
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
This was awful... For some reason it seemed to have good reviews and seemed cheap so I bought the trilogy. I finished reading the first one and didn't bother reading the other two. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Nao Cat
5.0 out of 5 stars First I was amazed
That Kerry was a man as he writes superbly from a woman's perspective, I will be reading more I hope we get to see more Manchester detail beyond that just keep them coming - go on... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dave H
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as good as Peter James' books but enjoyable read.
Read Vigilante which took me a while to get into, but persevered and glad that I did. Also enjoyed the second story.
Published 7 months ago by carol hadlow
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