When I say ‘just’, I mean last month. So technically last year. So technically this is me catching up on book reviews. Anyhoo…
This is Jane Isaac’s second DI Will Jackman crime thriller. Here’s the book blurb:
The floor felt hard beneath her face. Nancy opened her eyes. Blinked several times. A pain seared through her head. She could feel fluid. No. She was lying in fluid.
When a body is discovered in a burnt-out barn in the Warwickshire countryside, DI Will Jackman is called to investigate.
Nancy Faraday wakes up on the kitchen floor. The house has been broken into and her boyfriend is missing. As the case unravels, DI Jackman realises that nothing is quite as it appears and everyone, it seems, has a secret.
Can he discover the truth behind the body in the fire, and track down the killer before Nancy becomes the next victim?
This is another great read from Jane – who I know, but don’t let that make you think this isn’t impartial; it is. I’ve read books before from friends that I didn’t particularly enjoy. As a rule, I don’t review those books!
In Beneath the Ashes, Will Jackman’s life is getting even more difficult. He’s called to investigate a burned-out barn, and an assault on a girl in the farm house; a farmhand’s girlfriend, Nancy. But the barn is hiding more than one secret, and with Nancy’s loss of memory, she might be too.
Jane’s books are well-written authentic (according to Lisa Cutts) police procedurals, but like all good books, they’re character driven. Jackman’s wife has locked-in syndrome (look it up; one of Mark Billingham’s baddies tries to inflict it on people on purpose!), so he has to cope with solving the case whilst not getting distracted by both caring for his wife, and in this novel, the guilt of a potential romance with a visiting colleague.
So if you like well-written, authentic, character-driven police procedurals, this is one for you!