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The Woman in Black (Jessica Daniel Series Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Kerry Wilkinson
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Book Description

The Woman in Black is the third gripping Jessica Daniel novel from bestselling sensation, Kerry Wilkinson.

Someone has left a severed hand in the centre of Manchester and the only clue Detective Sergeant Jessica Daniel has to go on is CCTV footage of a woman in a long black robe placing it carefully on the ground.

With a lengthy missing persons list and frantic families wondering if the body part could belong to their absent loved ones, she has plenty to deal with - and that's before a detached finger arrives for her in the post.

By the time a second hand is found and a local MP's wife goes missing, Jessica is left struggling to find out who the appendages belong to, how they are connected and just what the mysterious woman in black has to do with it all.



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Someone has left a severed hand in the centre of Manchester and the only clue Detective Sergeant Jessica Daniel has to go on is CCTV footage of a woman in a long black robe placing it carefully on the ground. With a lengthy missing persons list and frantic families wondering if the body part could belong to their absent loved ones, she has plenty to deal with – and that’s before a detached finger arrives for her in the post. By the time a second hand is found and a local MP’s wife goes missing, Jessica is left struggling to find out who the appendages belong to, how they are connected and just what the mysterious woman in black has to do with it all.

About the Author

Kerry Wilkinson is something of an accidental author. His debut, Locked In, the first title in the detective Jessica Daniel series, was written as a challenge to himself but, after self-publishing, it became a UK Number One bestseller within three months of release. Kerry then went on to have more success with the second and third titles in the series, Vigilante and The Woman in Black. His new book, Think of the Children, will be available in both paperback and ebook soon. Kerry has a degree in journalism and works for a national media company. He was born in Somerset but now lives in Lancashire. For more information about Kerry and his books visit his website: www.kerrywilkinson.com or www.panmacmillan.com

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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
Something Wicked (Andrew Hunter 1): July 2015 (paperback)
Down Among The Dead Men (standalone crime): 10 September 2015 (hardback)
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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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent read 26 Nov. 2011
By poppy74
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Having previously read Locked In and Vigilante, I was really looking forward to the third outing for Jessica Daniel and having stayed awake til 1am to finish it, I certainly haven't been disappointed!

The story begins with a severed hand being discovered in a busy part of Manchester. No forensic evidence to help, and the only clue is CCTV footage of a mysterious 'woman in black' who nonchalantly places the hand where it can easily be found.

Who does the hand belong to? And who is the woman in black? And what possible reason could they have for what they are doing?

I have to say this is my new favourite of the three books. There are plenty of twists and turns and red herrings along the way, and the ending lived up to my expectations - and then some!

I would advise anyone to read the first 2 books first, as book 2 and 3 both contain spoilers regarding the outcome of book 1.

The main character Jessica is really well developed, she's come a long way since Locked In and you really feel like you're getting to know her very well now. The banter between her and DC Rowlands works really well, and brings some light relief along the way.

If you've read and enjoyed Locked In and Vigilante then this is a must read. The only negative I can think of is that I'm going to have to wait a while for my next Jessica fix!

Oh, and make sure you don't miss the 'extras' at the end of the book...
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a cracking book! 1 Dec. 2011
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Kerry's first two books were good and I enjoyed them. I found Locked In a bit slow, but both books had great stories and I found I enjoyed reading about Jessica.

This third book is the best - what a GREAT story! I honestly couldn't put it down, to the extent that when brushing my teeth and putting my make up on, I had my kindle read the story out to me!

Kerry - you've done a GREAT job with this one. Well done.

I cannot wait for the next one (before Christmas :-)?)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever plot and engaging characters 23 Nov. 2011
By J. Lord
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I started reading this in the middle of the night and was very frustrated that I have to work the day after so had to put it down!

The premise of the 'woman in black' is presented in a really engaging way. It is great to meet Jessica and her colleagues again too, although the book would stand alone if you haven't read books 1 and 2 ( but if you haven't read them, do so- they are great). The novel is set in Manchester so there is the added bonus of 'place spotting' if you are from the North West, although, unlike some other novels, the geographical references do not detract from the story (in some novels you virtually get satnav directions for every place mentioned - not in this one)!

There are some carefully drawn characters and the interaction between Jessica and her colleagues is believable ; the characters seem real and natural . Clearly there has been a lot of research done into parts of the novel but the technical bits where it is important to get police procedure right, for example , don't take the novel over. The story keeps moving and keeps you guessing, so you want to keep on reading. I was really intrigued to find out 'whodunnit' and throughly enjoyed this novel. It certainly kept me awake at night reading it longer than I would normally be!

The plot is well-paced, the writing carefully thought about and constructed . There are a few typos, but I think this is inevtable with books on Kindle where there is no external proof reading or copy-editing. It doesn't spoil the book. Great stuff! I am looking forward to the next novels about Jessica.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BEST SO FAR 13 Dec. 2011
By Amanda TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
In this the third Jessica Daniel book, the bold and courageous Detective Sergeant finds herself absorbed in two cases. The first being a severed hand, found in the centre of Manchester after being placed by a figure shrouded in black, and shortly after Jessica receives a finger in the post. While trying to deal with severed hands and digits arriving in the mail she also has the added worry of trying to find the missing wife of a local prominent MP.
The first and second books were good, but I think this one was slightly better, less predictable. An enjoyable read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book! 13 Dec. 2011
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Wow. I couldn't wait to read this and I was not disappointed. The plot and storyline were completely engaging with plenty of twists to keep you thinking.
Kerry Wilkinson is a brilliant writer. This is the third enstallment of Jess Daniels and I can't wait to read more.
Definately recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW 12 Dec. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the third book in the series, and they are all fantastic! I am an avid reader and as the first was cheap, I downloaded it to my kindle and bam! read it in 2 sittings (College got in the way). Anyway, as soon as I had finished the first I downloaded the second and it was not a disappointment. Book 3 was just as fantastic - I would recommend to anyone and everyone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Counted down the days! 1 Dec. 2011
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I counted down the days for the release of this book and I haven't been let down! Great book and fabulous plot!! Well done Kerry. I cant wait for the next installment. Happy Christmas! Donna x
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review 7 Dec. 2011
By JC
Format:Kindle Edition
Another great book, really enjoyed it and as normal good twists along the way. Great story which gathered pace as you read.

Again the characters continue to build and get more interesting. I look fwd to seeing how they develop in book 4 and 5.

If I was to review all three books again I would put locked in 3rd, WIB 2nd and vigilante 1st though it's very close and I enjoyed all 3.

Recommend any of the 3 books to anyone, great value as well.

Enjoy
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