British crime

Prison Sentence, With Ghosts: “Fellside”

26030697Fellside by M.R. Carey
Orbit: April 5, 2016
Genre: Thriller
Source: Free From Publisher

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Jess Moulson is recovering from severe facial burns when she is transferred to Fellside, a women’s prison. Jess wakes to discover that her face has been burned beyond recognition and she has been charged with murder after setting her apartment ablaze. Learning that the fire she apparent started killed the young boy that lived her building, Jess doesn’t put up a fight when she is sent to Fellside, and in fact, chooses to end her own life. However, soon after arriving at Fellside Jess begins to have doubts about her guilt in killing Alex, especially when his ghost tells her that she did not kill him. But, how can Jess investigate when she has turned down the support of her lawyers and is locked away? (more…)

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Grim & Suspenseful: “Now You See Me”

9783200Now You See Me by S.J. Bolton
Minotaur Books: June 7, 2011 (Mystery)

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Continuing on with my newfound mystery addiction I picked up the first of Bolton’s Lacey Flint series. Now You See Me starts off as a recreation of the Ripper murders. It’s dark and graphic. Then, this mystery evolves into something so much bigger, which can all be traced back to the rape of two young women eleven years ago. In the present, someone is murdering woman in the style of the Ripper murders all the while sending a message to DC Lacey Flint.

After the first victim dies in Lacey’s arms Lacey is brought onto the investigative team, mostly so that the investigators can keep an eye on her as the killer seems to have fixated on Lacey. The DI in charge, Dana Tulloch, wants to protect Lacey from the killer as well as use her knowledge of the original Ripper murders. DI Mark Joesbury, on the other hand, is much more suspicious of Lacey, taking the approach that Lacey herself might have something to do with the murders. Readers are quickly made aware that, yes, Lacey is involved – there is a reason that she’s been targeted by the killer, and it’s figuring out exactly what those reasons are that make this a compelling and suspenseful read. (more…)

Not Quite What I was Expecting: “The Reckoning”

10590390The Reckoning by Jane Casey
Minotaur Books: May 22, 2012 (Mystery)

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I’ll be honest, I was pretty ambivalent towards the first book in this series, The Burning. However, I was desperate for a new audiobook on my drive to work, and so I found myself engrossed in a mystery that otherwise I would not have picked up.

In this second book in Casey’s Maeve Kerrigan series Maeve’s personal life isn’t the best, she’s moved into the latest of bad apartments, and she’s got a new superior who really rubs her the wrong way. On top of that, someone’s targeting and torturing known child abuse offenders and it’s Maeve’s job to find justice for those that many believe got what they deserved.  (more…)

Procedural Mystery with Promise: “The Burning”

10769683The Burning by Jane Casey
Minotaur Books: September 2011 (Mystery)

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Picking up The Burning is the continuation with my latest obsession with the mystery genre. I don’t recall what put this one on my radar, but as far as British crime goes, this first novel in the Maeve Kerrigan series was a solid read, although I found it darker and less character focused than I expected.

Maeve is a twenty-eight year old detective constable who is dedicated to her job, where she is a member of an elite team within the police. The Burning throws readers right into the middle of an investigation. A serial killer is plaguing London; young woman are being killed and their bodies burned. When a new body appears, Maeve is convinced that the woman, Rebecca, does not fit the profile. Have the police got a copy cat on their hands? Maeve thinks this is the case and is given leeway by her boss to treat Rebecca’s murder as a separate investigation. (more…)

More Cozy Crime in “All Shall Be Well”

8938036All Shall Be Well by Deborah Crombie
Scribner, January 1, 1994 (Mystery)

My rating: Beach vacation (3/5)

Last week I shared my thoughts about Crombie’s first book in her Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James series, and now I’m back for more. The second book in the series is a little less cozy and there’s a lot more focus on Duncan and Gemma, which made this one all the more appealing than A Share in Death.

In All Shall Be Well, Duncan is once more pulled into an investigation that is unrelated to his job when his neighbour, Jasmine, dies. Jasmine had been suffering with cancer and Duncan is grief stricken to learn that his friend has quietly passed away; however, when he learns that it’s possible that she might have committed suicide, he is duty bound to order a postmortem. The more Duncan looks into the case, the more convinced he is that Jasmine did not succumb to her illness naturally, she just might have been murdered. (more…)