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The Woman in Black (Jessica Daniel Series Book 3) by [Wilkinson, Kerry]
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Severed body parts. A woman in shadows. These are the only clues.

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 924 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Main Market Ed. edition (31 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009XCGUXM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 297 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,268 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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This is my third Jessica Daniel book and, at first, I thought that it maybe had been written in haste to join in the success of the first two titles such was the poor standard of editing and proofreading. There really is no excuse for such poor writing....bad grammar, misuse of words, poor punctuation, spelling mistakes etc etc. A good plot spoiled, for me, by all of these. I can only suggest the author gets a better editor (if he, indeed, has one already) and employs a proofreader.
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I would like to thank Kerry Wilkinson for writing a great series so far. The pages turning and the twists in the storylines you'd never have guessed. Also having 2 storylines in a brilliant book is so imaginative and down right good.

The Woman In Black makes you think with all the twists and turns of the story. Two different stories that divide the whole team down the middle. Where is the local MP's wife and who is the woman in black has the Manchester Police chasing their tails with the local media hanging around 1 particular scene when the other needs the coverage just as bad. What happens with DS Jessica Daniels social life as her best friend's wedding is coming up. Will she catch the killer in time?
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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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By Amanda TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 Dec. 2011
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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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