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Friday, May 9, 2014

The Burning by Jane Casey

Release Date - August 30, 2011

Jane Casey
Minotaur Books

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

The Burning introduces Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan. DC Kerrigan is trying to solve a series of murders in which the killer beats and then burns the bodies of young London women. Rebecca Haworth is the Burning Man's latest victim, and once again, DC Kerrigan talks to the woman's friends and family to try to figure out who the serial killer is and stop him before he kills again.

Here's the thing with The Burning. I was engrossed from the start. I love police procedurals, especially British ones. I'm a huge fan of The Fall, and I found myself reflecting back to that show from time to time while reading The Burning. I think DSI Gibson and DC Kerrigan share a few traits that make them really stand out as intriguing characters to me.

What I didn't like is that I figured out the killer pretty quickly. I wish it had been a little tougher. Despite that, I did really enjoy the writing and am eager to read the other books involving DC Kerrigan.

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