After the Fire

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After the Fire

Maeve Kerrigan Novels, #6

Jane Casey is back with another chilling installment in the Maeve Kerrigan series!

When a deadly fire rips through London’s North Tower, one of the victims turns out to be a right winged MP. It looks as though he jumped to his death rather than face the flames. However, the murder squad must investigate the possibility of arson and murder, especially with such a high profile victim who was inexplicably at this low rent building.

This sixth installment in this dark, atmospheric British crime procedural, picks up more or less where the last chapter left off. The banter between Kerrigan and Derwent is just as salty as it has always been, only Derwent has softened a bit towards Maeve, and we all know he really cares about her in his own way, but he still pulls a few outrageous stunts, which serves as a reminder that he has not gone all soft and cuddly on us.

If the complexities of this case wasn’t enough to contend with, Maeve is attempting to draw out her long time stalker by playing an extremely dangerous game.

There is a lot going on here, with several key threads surrounding the fire. Human trafficking, illicit love affairs, illegal business operations, and a woman with a young child on the run from an abusive husband. They all emerge from the ashes, giving Maeve and Derwent plenty of work to do.

The office politics are toned down just a little in this installment as Maeve begins to garner a grudging respect for her new boss, and Derwent manages to keep his nose clean, for the most part.

I loved the way the author pieced the story together, shocking me with stunning revelations and unexpected twists and plot developments I never saw coming. The plot is clever and expertly executed, creating a spellbinding, edge of your seat thriller.

Once more Jane Casey creates a moody, turbulent, atmospheric crime story disguised as a standard police procedural. This series gets better with each installment and as far as modern British mysteries go, it has become one of my very favorites.

While it is not absolutely necessary to read the series in order, I still suggest you read the book immediately preceding this one in order to understand the relationships between the main cast of characters leading up to this book.

Overall, I am continually impressed with Jane Casey’s work. If you enjoy British mysteries, police procedurals or dark psychological thrillers, then you will probably find yourself as addicted to this series as I am.

Book Blurb for After the Fire

London police detective Maeve Kerrigan has spent plenty of time at Murchison House. One of the many cement high-rise towers comprising the Maudling Estate housing project, Murchison House is home to a motley mix of society. From domestic abuse victims and elderly widows with nowhere else to turn to its flourishing criminal elements, Maeve is familiar with many of its occupants by name or reputation.

But when a fire breaks out at Murchison House that consumes the top floors and leaves three dead, Maeve and her colleagues are startled to learn the identity of one of the victims. Geoff Armstrong was a wealthy, notoriously right-wing London politician?the last person they’d expect to find in a place like the Maudling Estate. And things get even murkier when evidence surfaces indicating Armstrong was murdered before the fire broke out. Was his death connected to the fire? To the other deaths at Murchison House? And what was he doing there in the first place? What Maeve begins to uncover will lead her on a terrifying journey through all levels of society, putting her very life in danger.

Jane Casey’s next riveting mystery featuring beloved detective Maeve Kerrigan will keep readers turning the pages from the opening scene to the stunning conclusion.

Night Owl Reviews May, 2016 4.50