Everyone hates Fiona Methodist.
Her war veteran father shot a young couple in broad daylight before killing himself. The engaged pair had witnessed a robbery and were due to give evidence but, with all three now dead, no one knows the true motive.
For Fiona, it's destroyed her life. It's not just those who whisper behind her back or the friends who pretend she doesn't exist; it's the landlords who spot her name and say no, the job agencies who can't find her work.
But Fiona knows her dad didn't do it. He couldn't have - he's her father and he wouldn't do that . . . would he?
Private investigator Andrew Hunter takes pity on the girl and, even with stolen bengal cats to find, plus an ex-wife who's not quite so 'ex', he can't escape the creeping feeling that Fiona might be right after all.
My Thoughts. 4.5/5
Super Huge thank you to the Author, Publishers and Netgalley for an ARC of this book.
I have to say I love Kerry Wilkinson's books. I'm a huge fan of the Jessica Daniel series, and I'm getting that way with this series to.
This is the 2nd Andrew Hunter book. Andrew is a Private Investigator, but he seems to just investigate all those things that no one else would be interested in. And seems that he rarely gets paid for most of his work, as he does seem to have a soft spot for a sob story. He might not always get paid, but he certainly goes above and beyond to find out what he want's to know. It's not always easy finding things out, and sometimes you have to delve further than anyone else to get to the truth, it also sometimes gets you into trouble, which is certainly the case for Andrew. I have really grown to like the character Andrew, but also his office assistant/receptionist/sidekick that is Jenny. She's also turning into a great character.
Andrew in this book, has to face up to things from his past too, he needs to start being honest about how he was able to set up his own business, and afford to live in one of Manchester's quite luxurious
apartment blocks in the city centre. But most of all, he need's to explain all this to his ex wife, who is certainly not going to like it.
I love how in all Kerry's books he always manages to get in a mention or two of the Great Manchester weather. It always tickles me when it's mentioned as only anyone living in and around Manchester will ever understand out great weather. I think you always get that little bit more from a book when you know the area that is featured, being able to clearly see things in your mind while reading is certainly an added bonus.
Kerry seems to be able to get the right balance between the serious stuff and the humour side to.
The only down side to Kerry's books is waiting for the next one. (not really an issue as I'm so patient...NOT)
In good times . . . and bad.
Three houses have been burgled in five weeks. The robbers barge in through the back, disable any way to contact the outside world, and then ransack everything - before distributing the stolen cash to local charities.
It might be robbing from the rich to give to the poor - but Detective Inspector Jessica Daniel is not happy. The new DCI has a whiteboard with far too many crimes on the 'unsolved' side and he wants the burglars found.
Doesn't he know Jessica has enough on her plate?
There's a lottery winner who's gone bankrupt; the homeless teenager she's taken in; a botched drugs raid; a trip to London with DC Archie Davey - and a man-mountain Serbian with a missing wife who's been pimping out young women.
All the while, someone's watching from the wings and waiting for Jessica to mess up. Officers are being pensioned off and booted out - with a certain DI Daniel firmly in their sights.
My thoughts.... 5/5
Well here we are on book TEN of this brilliant Jessica Daniel series. A series that I have to say I have enjoyed right from the beginning. With the spectacular ending of book 9 I really have been waiting forever for book 10. And wait no more because here it is, only now I have to wait for book 11, as this one ends with another, OH wow, hold your breath ending. So much so, I had to go back and read the last few pages again just to make sure I had read it right.
All I can say really is Kerry Wilkinson is a tease. (I had other words in my head as I finished the book, but tease seems like a word I can use here).
This book kicks off with what seems like not long after the ending of book 9, with Jessica seeming to be plodding along with life, and everyone around her seeming like they are all to worried or scared to mention the A word. Jessica is thrown into yet another case, this time it is following a number of burglaries that have taken place, where jewellery and money has been taken from the homes of some middle class families. Shortly after a number of charities start receiving anonymous sums of money, pushed through their doors. A modern day Robin Hood type. Steal from the Rich and give to the Poor. Can it really be that simple or is there more to it?
Jessica is dealing with her personal life as well as work like in a way she pretty much deals with everything. Although in this book you can see a vulnerable side to her more than ever, and she is certainly getting her self into one or two messes. But she is still the ballsy no nonsense women Jessica fan’s have grown to love.
More than once I said an awww, or a what you playing at to her across the pages. But yeah this is one of the best Jessica books I’ve read but that could be because of that bloody ending.
I’m worried writing this that if I said all I wanted to say, then it would spoil the story for those of you that have not yet read it, maybe you could read this as a stand alone, but I would really recommend that you read the previous books to get a better feel for things.
I see a lot more of an up and down future for Jessica and I can not wait to read more about her.
Another 5 star read. Just Brilliant.
I need the next book NOW..
Kerry Wilkinson has been busy since turning thirty.
His first Jessica Daniel novel, Locked In, is a number one ebook bestseller, while the series as a whole has sold more than a million copies.
He has written a fantasy-adventure trilogy for young adults, a second crime series featuring private investigator Andrew Hunter, plus the standalone thriller, Down Among the Dead Men.
Originally from the county of Somerset, Kerry has spent far too long living in the north of England, picking up words like 'barm' and 'ginnel'.
When he's short of ideas, he rides his bike or bakes cakes. When he's not, he writes it all down.
Upcoming UK releases:
For Richer, For Poorer (Jessica Daniel): 11 Feb 2016
Resurgence (Silver Blackthorn 3): 5 May 2016
Down Among The Dead Men (standalone crime): 2 June 2016 (paperback - hardback/ebook out now)
Something Hidden (Andrew Hunter 2): 28 July 2016
No Place Like Home (standalone Christmas crime): late 2016
Birthright (Jessica Daniel): 2017
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It’s every parent’s worst nightmare.
April Willis is walking to school when someone in a white van tries to snatch her from the street.
It’s the second attack in less than a week and, with parents and students beginning to panic, it’s down to Detective Sergeant Jessica Daniel to find the culprit.
This short story takes place between the Jessica Daniel novels Playing With Fire and Thicker Than Water.
A great short story for Jessica fans.
A very easy quick but interesting read.
This short story was originally in the Morrisons-exclusive paperback of Behind Closed Doors two years ago. This is the first time it's appeared as an ebook.
Title - Down Among the Dead Men.
Author - Kerry Wilkinson
Format - ebook
Source - Review copy from Author.
Available for pre-order. This item will be released on 22 October 2015.
Down Among the Dead Men is a dark underworld thriller from bestselling crime writer, Kerry Wilkinson.
'I'm going to do you a favour: I'm going to tell you my name and then I'm going to give you thirty seconds to turn and run. If any of you are still here after those thirty seconds, then we're going to have a problem'.
Jason Green's life is changed for good after he is saved from a mugging by crime boss, Harry Irwell. He is then drawn into Manchester's notorious underworld, where smash and grab is as normal as making a cup of tea.
But Jason isn't a casual thug. He has a life plan that doesn't involve blowing his money on the usual trappings. That is until a woman walks into his life offering the one thing that money can't buy - salvation.
This book kick's off with a young Jason Green, and life as it is for him. He is rescued from a good kicking by Crime boss, Harry Irwell.
It then fast forwards to Jason now. and the life he is living. He seem's quite an ordinary guy, doesn't like to stand out, doesn't like attention. Despite seeming quite ordinary he is very much playing at being one of the big boy's. Where robbery just seem's as normal as going to work for the day.
We shoot from past to present in this book, which gives you good background on the characters. Despite what they do, I did like a few of the character. And Jason seemed like someone that everyone could know, that guy who doesn't really stand out, the one you think is quiet, the one you think just goes home and chills out of an evening.
There seemed to be quite a bit of background and getting to know Jason, which I liked. I just felt that the start of this book was a little slow at taking off.
However once it took off it took off I really got into in. The story was interesting and certainly kept me reading, I read this book pretty quick. And did enjoy it.
It was a little different to what I have previously read by Kerry, but still a really good, interesting read.
It’s difficult to say too much more about the storyline as to do so would ruin it for those people that haven’t read it yet.
It also makes you wonder how different life would have been for Jason had he not met Harry on that day. How would things have turned out for him.
I have to admit, I kept waiting for Jessica to pop up. (those that have read Kerry's other books will know where I'm coming from). but sadly I have to wait forever for the next Jessica book.
A big THANK YOU to Kerry for sending me an early review copy of this book, It's an honour as always to read your work.
Despite two national newspaper reports to the contrary, Kerry Wilkinson is male. Honestly.
His debut, LOCKED IN, the first in the detective Jessica Daniel series, is a UK no.1 Kindle bestseller, with the first three Jessica Daniel books making him Amazon UK's top-selling author for the final quarter of 2011.
THINK OF THE CHILDREN outsold Dan Brown to become Amazon UK's no.1 Kindle pre-order. Kerry is the first formerly self-published British author to have an ebook no.1 and reach the top 20 of the UK paperback chart.
Since then, the Jessica Daniel series has continued with PLAYING WITH FIRE, THICKER THAN WATER, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, CROSSING THE LINE and SCARRED FOR LIFE.
A spin-off from PLAYING WITH FIRE - the Andrew Hunter series - started with SOMETHING WICKED in 2014. The follow-up, SOMETHING HIDDEN, will be released in 2016.
A standalone crime novel, DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN, set in the same world as Jessica and Andrew, will be released in October 2015.
Pan Macmillan - Griffin in the US - are also publishing Kerry's young adult/fantasy/adventure series - the Silver Blackthorn trilogy. The first book, RECKONING, was released in 2014, with RENEGADE following in 2015 and RESURGENCE in 2016.
He is an occasional sports journalist and can frequently be spotted cycling the hills of Lancashire. He was born in Somerset but now lives in the north west.
Confirmed upcoming UK releases:
Renegade (Silver Blackthorn 2): 7 May 2015
Something Wicked (Andrew Hunter 1): 16 July 2015 (paperback)
Down Among The Dead Men (standalone crime): 22 October 2015 (hardback & ebook)
For Richer, For Poorer (Jessica Daniel): Jan/Feb 2016
Resurgence (Silver Blackthorn 3): May 2016
Something Hidden (Andrew Hunter 2): 2016
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Another 5 star read from Kerry Wilkinson.
And a huge Thank You to Kerry, for sending me a review copy of this book.
The ninth novel in the bestselling Jessica Daniel series or Book 2 in series 2.
I can't believe we are at book 9. I have read all the Jessica Daniel books and feel like I have kind of gotten to know Jessica over the time. But I also think there could be a lot more to learn about her as this series goes on.
What I have enjoyed about this series is that 9 books on and I haven't gotten fed up with it. (YET.. No pressure Kerry)
When a student's body is found in a wheelie bin, it is left to Jessica and her team to figure out what the hell has gone on. And it takes some time to start fitting pieces together, before they think they may know what has gone on, and how or why he has ended up in a wheelie bin.
They also have to contend with Pick Pockets, Thief’s and well everything else that can be thrown at the police in an average week. But Jessica can cope, can't she????
For Jessica Daniel This is just another bad week. But Jessica believes she can at least figure out who the pickpocket is, and ropes in Adam to help her, he’s not overly happy as he should be at home chilling out in front of the TV.
We see the softer side to Jessica in this book, when she decides to help a homeless person, is there a reason behind it, or is she still feeling like she could have done more for an old friend.
I'm struggling to not give away to much on this book.
But I will say this is well worth reading, and if you have enjoyed previous Jessica Daniel books, then you will certainly enjoy this one.
Jessica Daniel Books
1. Locked In (2011)
2. Vigilante (2011)
3. The Woman In Black (2011)
3.5. As If By Magic (2012)
4. Think of the Children (2013)
5. Playing With Fire (2013)
6. Thicker than Water (2013)
7. Behind Closed Doors (2014)
Jessica Daniel Season Two
1. Crossing the Line (2014)
2. Scarred for Life (2015)
Other books available from this Author.
From the Back Cover
Long before Jessica Daniel became a police detective, Manchester was a ghost city after dark. Fear ruled as people were afraid to be out by themselves, the notorious Stretford Slasher terrorizing its inhabitants.
Now, twenty-five years on and the media are feeling nostalgic. But Jessica has a new case to worry about. Apparent strangers are being targeted in broad daylight, the attacker unworried about being caught. If only Jessica and her team could track him down . . .
It's the coldest spring in memory and Jessica has old friends to look out for, plus secrets - so many secrets - that should have long been buried.
About the Author
Despite two national newspaper reports to the contrary, Kerry Wilkinson is male. Honestly.
His debut, Locked In, the first title in the detective Jessica Daniel series, was written as a challenge to himself but became a UK Number One Kindle bestseller within three months of release.
His three initial Jessica Daniel books made him Amazon UK's top-selling author for the final quarter of 2011. When Think of the Children followed in 2013, he became the first formerly self-published British author to have an ebook No.1 and reach the top 20 of the UK paperback chart.
Following Playing with Fire, Thicker Than Water and Behind Closed Doors, Crossing the Line is the eighth title in the Jessica Daniel series.
Kerry has a degree in journalism, plays cricket badly and complains about the weather a lot. He was born in Somerset but now lives in Lancashire, thus explaining the climate gripes.
I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of this book. And as with all of Kerry's other books, I was really looking forward to reading it. As usual I was not disappointed.
Some series I find when they start getting 7/8 books in, you can start to get a little fed up of them, or going off certain characters. Not with these books, I have enjoyed each and everyone of them.
Kerry has written this the 8th book as book one of Series two, so If you have not read any of the previous books you could pick up from this point and start from here. (personally i would read them all from book one first).
I just love Jessica, there is something about her that is real, and her character is believable, with all she has been through over the years you just can't help liking and admiring her.
In this book Jessica is back to work after being off following a case that messed with her life slightly (I don't want to give to much away). And following her last case she has now been promoted to Detective Inspector. We follow a few very good story lines in this book, and one of them is based around the Stretford Slasher, a name that i couldn't help giggling at when I first read it. But is really nothing to laugh at,
As usual with Kerry this book keeps you on the edge all the way through, and has some fantastic twists in it. All in all *A Bloody good read*
Behind Closed Doors
I have read all the Jessica Daniels series, and then I realized I hadn't read this one yet, so I got stuck in, In time for the new one coming out in 3 weeks. And i must say after just reading this one, i'm so glad i do not have long to wait for the next one.
After hiding away from troubles and worries, Jessica finally faces the world again, by going under cover into a house that recruits... well what do they recruit? Jessica is forced to face some of her demons to pull off this undercover mission, and can she come out a stronger person or is she lost forever?
I don't want to go into the story line to much for fear of giving away to much, what I can say is these books by Kerry Wilkinson just keep getting better and better, i'm not sure how he does it, but he's got his work cut out to make the next one as good as this or better. I hope he can pull it off, as the series is just fantastic.
A Brilliant start to a new series-
Andrew Hunter Private Investigator. Book one.
We kick off this book with Andrew and his assistant Jenny working together as Private investigators.
Things seem to be just plodding along, when Richard Carr turns up, asking for help in tracing his son, who went missing 9 month ago. He feels the police are no longer interested in his missing son but needs to know what happened to him. The only trace that was left is 3 missing fingers found in the local woods. (try not to be sat in those woods, like i was, whilst reading this part)
Andrew and Jenny set off on a journey to see what they can uncover. And it seems the more they find out, the more complicated and dangerous things get.
The Main characters in this book Andrew and Jenny are likable and seem Real to the point that you actually felt like they were someone you knew, there seems to be a strange but good relationship between them. I feel there is a lot more to come of Andrew and look forward to getting to know him more in future books.
I really did like Jenny she just seemed different, nothing seems to bother her, and she just gets on with whatever she feels is needed to be done.
The area in which this story is based is Manchester, and living in the Greater Manchester area myself, i really felt like i was there with them as i could actually visualize most of the places, which I always find really adds to the experience of reading.
For those that don't know Andrew Hunter briefly appeared in Kerry's Jessica Daniels series - book 5 -Playing with Fire.
There are similarities in this book to the Jessica Daniels books. But this is a great start to a new series, and who knows we might actually see Andrew and Jessica working a case together in future books.
I was lucky to receive an Advanced Review copy of this book, and was thoroughly delighted.
If you have read any of Kerry Wilkinson's books and enjoyed them then you will definitely enjoy this. If you haven't yet read any of his work, then this book would be a great place to start.
A very easy read, with a great story line. And had it not been for real life, i think if i'd had the chance I could have read this in one sitting, just to find out what happened...
Looking forward to the next one.
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