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After the Fire (Maeve Kerrigan)
After the Fire (Maeve Kerrigan)
by Jane Casey
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.74

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding London-set crime fiction series - the best book yet., 22 Jun. 2015
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I am such a massive fan of the Maeve Kerrigan series - twisty-turny plotting, scenes of huge tension and danger, and excellent characterisation, particularly Maeve and her boss, Derwent. He is completely objectionable but also charming and can be so kind (CAN being the operative word here) - I was riveted to every scene between them.
After a fire breaks out at a high-rise in north London, it turns out many of the residents are hiding dark secrets and are acting suspiciously. Maeve has to delve deep into their lives and piece together various crimes committed during the chaos and panic of the fire, while also trying to keep one step ahead of her stalker, Chris Swain. These different strands are handled brilliantly, though I found the case of the very-right-wing politician being pushed to his death particularly satisfying as it emerged who was responsible...
After the Fire can be read independently of the rest of the series, but I'd recommend reading the lot - they are superb!

The Kill: Maeve Kerrigan, Book 5
The Kill: Maeve Kerrigan, Book 5
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent new crime thriller, 9 Jun. 2014
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I'm a huge fan of the Maeve Kerrigan crime thrillers (though haven't been able to look at a bouquet of flowers without suspicion since reading The Stranger You Know) and The Kill is the best yet. Brilliant mix of compelling police-procedural, clever, twisty detective work and excellent characterisation - Maeve is so believable, and her exchanges with boss Derwent are fantastic. He is such a great character: so objectionable, yet so charming!
This book completely gripped me. There's a scene very near the end where I began muttering 'oh god, oh god...' under my breath; so tense. Highly recommended.

The Art of Losing
The Art of Losing
by Rebecca Connell
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional debut, 11 Feb. 2009
This review is from: The Art of Losing (Hardcover)
Rebecca Connell is definitely a writer to watch - this debut novel is beautifully written and haunting but also sharp, pacy and immediate. I loved it.

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