DOSKONALA KSIAZKA *Brilliant Book*
A debut crime novel that for want of a better word, is an unputdownable thriller.
An original story line set in the Polish community in London, Janusz Kiszka, an unofficial 'fixer' for many of London's Polish community, and English female detective Natalie Kershaw Come together to try to discover who the killer is.
Kershaw is Working a case where a body has been found in the Thames. Kiszka is trying to find a missing Polish girl. Are the two connected?
I really did like these two characters. And felt as a first book, it was put together really well that you slowly get to know each one.
I liked how one chapter was about Kiszka, and the next about Kershaw, until eventually they come together.
The more you read this book the better it gets. For a Debut novel i found it a very good book. Better than some of the more experienced crime authors. Anya Lipska is an author to to watch out for in the future.
Whilst enjoying a really good read I also felt like i was getting a Polish history lesson.
I'd been meaning to read this book for a while, but just not got around to it. In a way now I guess that's a bonus as I don't have to wait for the next one. It's now on my Kindle ready for me to start.
The next book in this series is now available.
THE FIRST KISZKA AND KERSHAW MYSTERY
A naked girl has washed up on the banks of the River Thames. The only clue to her identity is a heart-shaped tattoo encircling two foreign names. Who is she – and why did she die?
Life’s already complicated enough for Janusz Kiszka, unofficial 'fixer' for East London’s Polish community: his priest has asked him to track down a young waitress who has gone missing; a builder on the Olympics site owes him a pile of money; and he’s falling for married Kasia, Soho’s most strait-laced stripper. But when Janusz finds himself accused of murder by an ambitious young detective, Natalie Kershaw, and pursued by drug dealing gang members, he is forced to take an unscheduled trip back to Poland to find the real killer.
In the mist-wreathed streets of his hometown of Gdansk, Janusz must confront painful memories from the Soviet past if he is to uncover the conspiracy – and with it, a decades-old betrayal
Anya Lipska is married to a Pole who lived under Communism before coming to Britain in the early Eighties. "I could dimly recall seeing newsreel footage of men with Solidarnosc banners at dockyard gates," says Anya. "But his first-hand experience of living relatively recently under a repressive regime fascinated me. It was this that inspired me to write my first novel which, although rooted firmly in contemporary London has a plot that harks back to Poland's Solidarity era. It took me about a year to research it alongside the day job."
Originally trained as a journalist, Anya now writes and produces documentaries and drama documentaries. She has worked on an eclectic range of programmes from Panorama to Scrapheap Challenge, with a rich mix of subject matter, from Leonardo da Vinci to plane crashes, paleo-anthropology to Italian gardens with Monty Don. "I consider myself incredibly lucky to have such an interesting job," says Anya, 'It keeps me buzzing with ideas that I can work into my fiction. Having said that, there's nothing better than getting a few weeks off to write. I always look forward to the research phase of a novel, but nothing matches the excitement of creating characters and weaving plot."
Anya's first book "Where the Devil Can't Go" is being published in Germany (in German) by Random House. It is independently published as an ebook in the UK where it has won many plaudits. Lipska is a pen name since, as Anya says "My real surname is impossible to pronounce..."
The book's website is wherethedevilcantgo.com and Anya writes an occasional blog on The Literary Platform: http://tinyurl.com/6jhjku8 You can also follow Anya Lipska on Twitter.