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.
In this instalment, armed robbers are behaving like Robin Hood, targeting wealthy households, leaving each residence with many thousand pounds-worth of money and jewellery. On the other hand, charities and non-profit organisations are receiving mysterious donations - envelopes stuffed with cash. Why is this gang behaving this way? Why going to all the trouble of robbing houses to give it all away? Well not all... where is the jewellery going?
Apart from trying to solve this case, Jessica ends up sniffing the tracks of a mysterious Serbian giant allegedly involved in a prostitution ring.
Jessica is such a great character. She's one of my favourite fictional characters. I practically love every word that comes out of her mouth! Once again, in this book she has no rest and her investigation is brimful with ongoing activity, twists, turns, ups, downs and a number of red herrings in which Jessica ends up in some unexpected, hilarious situations. She's still healing from the trauma she endured in the previous book but she's always the same feisty, sarcastic Jessica, fretting around and not leaving a single stone unturned. I also like Archie and what he's up to in this book.
With his exceptional writing, Mr Wilkinson has weaved yet another great plot. He has the knack for balancing suspense with humour and the ability to turn a serious scene to a hilarious one and vice versa with one single sentence. I ended up laughing out loud on many occasions. I enjoyed both the funny and the more serious parts in this book in equal measures.
As in the previous book, the ending has made me say OMG!! as it was TOTALLY SURPRISING!! Well Done Kerry! You really know how to make your readers yearning for more, as I'm doing now!
With huge thanks to the author for sending me an advanced review copy of this book.
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.