Title - A Devil Under the Skin
Author - Anya Lipska
Format - ebook
Source - Netgalley
The third Kiszka and Kershaw crime thriller.
Things are looking up for Janusz Kiszka, big-hearted 'fixer' to London's Poles. His girlfriend/the love of his life, Kasia, is finally leaving her no-good husband to make a new life with him, and he’s on the brink of a deal to ensure their financial security for years to come.
Then Kasia vanishes – and the big Pole’s world is torn apart. Convinced she’s been abducted, he must swallow his pride and seek the help of an old contact – maverick cop Natalie Kershaw, who’s been suspended following a fatal shooting. But the search swiftly takes an even darker turn… What connects Kasia’s disappearance and a string of brutal East End murders? And who is the mysterious and murderous enforcer stalking the streets of London?
Meanwhile, time is running out for Kasia. To reach her, Kiszka must confront a gut-wrenching dilemma that will shape the rest of his life.
It seems so long ago since I read book oneWhere the Devil Can't Go. And book two Death can't Take a Joke and I really enjoyed both of them.
I was so so pleased when I got approved for an early copy of this book via Netgalley
I was so looking forward to reading this. Anya just seems to have a knack of dragging you into each page. The books are brilliantly written and this one, book 3 is no exception.
We are again reunited with the fantastic characters that are Natalie Kershaw. Janusz Kiszka, and the brilliantly funny Oscar.
I just love the friendship again in this book between Janusz and Oscar.
When the story started I was wondering how Natalie and Janusz would again come together. This time it is actually when he want's help from Natalie. And as Janusz isn't very keen on the police asking Natalie for help is a big deal for him, and really needed.
Janusz is Happy when his girlfriend Kasia has finally decided to move in with him. and leave her husband. Their 3 year relationship finally seems to be heading in the direction he wants it to.
That is until Kasia disappears. Vanishes with no word. Has she had second thoughts? Is she no longer leaving her good for nothing husband? Or is there something more sinister going on?
~It's down to Janusz to figure it all out, he won't settle until he has answers and he wants them now.
With an awful lot of obstacles in his way can he manage to figure out where she has gone and why?
In this book Natalie is out of sorts as such, having been suspended from her job, following an incident. But she still comes through and shows what a fantastic character she is, needing more than inner strength to get through this latest set of issues. But again she manages to make decisions in her life that need making. And decisions on her future that only her can make.
This book ended in a way, that it could go a number of ways as the series progresses. I know which way I would like things to go, but we will have to wait and see.
Another WELL DONE ANYA........... AMAZING.
A fantastically written book. A series that I would advise reading from book one. A Journey I look forward to continuing with Kershaw and Kiszka, I look forward to reading more from this author.
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Death Can't Take a Joke
I really did enjoy the first book in this series and was so looking forward to getting stuck in to book 2. (that's the positive side of discovering books late. you get to read book 1 and 2 back to back, and then have to sit praying that there will be a book 3).
This time around Natalie Kershaw and Janus Kiszka have another reason to come together.
Kershaw is investigating the death of a possible suicide, and Kiszka a private investigator is trying to find who has killed his long time pal Jim Fulford. Kershaw and Kiszka meet again, 2 years after their last encounter. when Kiszka is pulled in for questioning over the murder of Jim.
Kershaw needs to travel to Poland to work her investigation and manages to get Kiszka to go along as her Polish interpreter.
And in true kiszka style he manages to find trouble wherever he goes. But will he reveal what he finds and is he really interested in helping the police.
I liked both Natalie and Janus in the first book and They just seem better stronger characters in this second book. They are definatly an odd working duo.
Natalie just seems to be able to get her own way no matter what she is doing, and Janus just seems to find trouble for himself, And working as a team they make for great reading.
Oskar is also back with his Witt and one liners. I always seem to chuckle when he appears in the book.
Natalie and Ben are now couple and it seems that now Natalie has decided he a *keeper* and they are moving in together, things may start to get a little more serious. obviously Natalie has to deal with the fact that Ben has moved up in rank before her, but is that really an issue.They are now working in the same station as Natalie is back to working for Streaky on the Murder Squad. Working the Murder squad is something she has wanted to do since she was 14. But will Natalie and Ben be able to cope with the work pressures and working together and are things as Rosie as they seem?
I wasn't sure that book 2 could be any better than book one, but how wrong way I. The book seemed to just flow along brilliantly. Absolutely fantastic read. But i'm sorry Anya.... you are going to have your work cut out to beat this one.
There are a number of story plots going on in this book that interweave into one another. And like Anya's first book it is expertly written.
Anya Lipska is an author to watch out for.
This review is from: Death Can't Take a Joke (A Kiszka & Kershaw Mystery) (Kindle Edition)
THE FIRST KISZKA AND KERSHAW MYSTERY
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.
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