Arson, accident or murder? After a fire rips through a North London tower block, two bodies are found locked in an 11th floor flat. But it's the third victim that ensures the presence of detective Maeve Kerrigan and the murder squad. It appears that controversial MP Geoff Armstrong, trapped by the fire, chose to jump to his death rather than wait for rescue.
But what was such a right-wing politician doing in the deprived, culturally diverse Maudling Estate?
As Maeve and her senior colleague, Derwent, pick through the wreckage, they uncover the secret world of the 11th floor, where everyone seems to have something to hide….
©2015 Jane Casey (P)2015 Isis Publishing Ltd, Random House Audiobooks
After the Fire is the 6th book featuring DCI Maeve Kerrigan, and it reminded me why I am so in love with the series. Apart from the character of Maeve herself, a strong and determined female character to love and admire, each book also features a complex police investigation and a fair share of mystery, suspense and action. Whilst it is not necessary to have read previous books in the series to enjoy this one, I would highly recommend doing so, as it adds depth and background to all characters.
I especially loved this instalment for several reasons: firstly, the multiple stories of victims affected by the fire made for a fascinating read and a complex web of conspiracy to solve the case – it totally had me in its grip from beginning to end. Secondly, the dynamics between Maeve Kerrigan and Josh Derwent take on a new dimension, and I enjoyed their constant sparring but also their loyalty to each other. Again Maeve comes up against her nemesis, creepy stalker Chris Swain, which adds that extra element of danger to the book.
Casey has really come into her own with this series – experiencing a whole lot of emotions from intense suspense to laughing out loud about the things Kerrigan and Derwent say to each other, I realised how totally the book had drawn me in. I was disappointed when it ended, like saying good-bye to friends not knowing when I would see them again. A strong 5 stars from me. Can’t wait for the next instalment.
"Another great book in this series."
Caroline is a wonderful narrator. She rarely, puts a note wrong. Here, she was excellent as ever.
This is the latest in Jane Casey's excellent series of Maeve Kerrigan books. It was a great listen and I look forward to the next.
"Further adventures and investigations with Maeve"
Another good Kerrigan novel with lots of twists and turns. Good case, with interesting plot. Maeve's personal life tends to take over at times but good overall. Lennon is a really excellent narrator. I would recommend this entire series, there is good continuity between books and the main characters do seem real (I love Derwent's obnoxiousness!). This and its predecessor non the series are, in my opinion, the best in the series. I hope there is another Maeve and Derwent adventure to look forward to soon!
This Book had several strands to it and the reader was very good. It was a very easy listen, and I think it would appeal to people who like crime fiction generally. I do hope there will be more Maeve Kerrigan stories.
"After The Fire - a good read."
From the first introduction to the final chapter two stories intertwine.
The main characters are written well, and build on the characterisations in previous books.
I would recommend this book as a good read but think that it would be better to read previous books in this series first.
I will look out for future books by Jane Casey!
"Really enjoyed this one! 5 stars!!"
Really good story, very well told :) I would highly recommend this audio book! One of my favourite books so far!
"Kerrigan is great"
I love Maeve Kerrigan and the relationship with Derwent. Another great story in the series
"OK BOOK NOT FOR ME"
NO I STARTED OFF THRILLED BUT SOON GOT BIT BORED
I THINK SOME FRIENDS MAY LIKE THIDS BUT IT WORE OFF ON MR
As with all Jane Casey's books on Maeve Kerriagan, I was engrossed throughout! Already counting down the days till the next.
Love it love it love!!!
"Good police procedural"
I like this series, solid believable characters and Maeve has a great Irish twang to her voice and comes across as a real person. It is not brilliant literature but far better than a lot of stuff out there.
"Another excellent listen!"
I just love these books, the stories are good, the characters strong and believable!! I used to work with someone like Derwent, he makes me laugh out loud. Jane Casey is an excellent author and Caroline Lennon brings these books to life with her outstanding narration. These two go together just like Maeve & Josh. Brilliant!! Don't just think about reading these books, Do it!! You won't be disappointed.
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