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The Last Girl (Maeve Kerrigan Novels Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Jane Casey
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“Maeve Kerrigan [is] a fascinating and plausible character…What she has is persistence, integrity and emotional intelligence, and a very deft way of insinuating herself into a reader's affections.”—The Irish Independent (UK)

Vast wealth offers London defense attorney Philip Kennford a lot of things: a gorgeous house with a pool in the backyard, connections in the top echelons of society, a wardrobe worthy of Milan runways. But his money doesn’t provide a happy marriage, or good relationships with his twin daughters…and it does nothing to protect his family when someone brutally murders his wife and daughter in their own home.

When Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan arrives at the scene, the two survivors—Philip and his second favorite daughter, Lydia—both claim to have seen nothing, but it’s clear right away that this is an unhappy family accustomed to keeping secrets. Maeve soon finds herself entangled in a case with a thousand leads that all seem to point nowhere, and it doesn’t help that her boss, whom she trusts more than almost anyone, is starting to make decisions that Maeve finds questionable at best.

In The Last Girl, Jane Casey once again demonstrates her ability to write vivid, three-dimensional characters and spin a gripping, unpredictable mystery.

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Womanizing defense lawyer Philip Kennford evokes little sympathy from the London police, what with his lack of emotion over the murders of his wife, Vita, and Laura, his favorite of their 15-year-old twin daughters. The Kennford murders distract the coppers from the deadly gang wars that continue even with one of the gang leaders in prison. DC Maeve Kerrigan and her bluff, misogynistic supervisor, DI Josh Derwent, are unable to make progress on the Kennford case until they track down Kennford’s daughter from his first marriage, supermodel Savannah Wentworth. Meanwhile, as the two cases overlap, and Maeve witnesses compromising behavior by her respected superintendent, her old stalker reappears, making deadly threats against her police-officer boyfriend. Suspense increases until the Kennford case reaches a violent conclusion. The frenetic action seems a bit over the top at times, but the third Maeve Kerrigan mystery remains an engaging procedural with well-drawn characters and a principled protagonist whom readers will want to follow. --Michele Leber


"Ireland's growing cadre of first rate thriller writers is already a thing to marvel at, and Jane Casey is emerging as one of its most accomplished members." Irish Central "The Last Girl has a searing opening...Casey handles several plot lines with ease, and she's come up with an attractive series character in DC Maeve Kerrigan." Sunday Times "Reminiscent of Lynda La Plante's Jane Tennison... there is something quietly and enjoyably subversive about the character of Maeve Kerrigan. She is no superwoman, she lacks supernatural acuity, and she doesn't even have so much as a single dragon tattoo. What she has is persistence, integrity and emotional intelligence, and a very deft way of insinuating herself into a reader's affections. The Last Girl won't be the last you'll be hearing of her." Irish Independent "Thoroughly recommended!"

Product Details

  • File Size: 630 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312622015
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; Reprint edition (May 21, 2013)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B228C82
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,315 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Murder most horrid June 19, 2012
By Harley
Format:Kindle Edition
Excellent police procedural that falls down only on the plotline. Vita and her daughter Laura are murdered while Laura's twin sister swims laps in the family pool. The father is knocked unconcious upstairs. Maeve is settling into her role on the murder squad and finding her balance with Derwent who partners her on this case. I found I enjoyed the surroundings, the personalities and byplay, more than the actual plot. I thought the plot was weak and the solution did not ring true for me. Perhaps it was hard to believe that a famly could be quite that dysfunctional. The mother, Vita, was the poorest character. I found it hard to get a feel for her. Despite her devotion to her twin daughters Lydia seemed completely lost and neither father nor mother seemed to care. The book is written as the story of the investigation with an additional plotline involving a gang war running in parallel. I will certainly read some more Jane Casey. Her narrative flows well and her characters come to life on the pages.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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This was a very disjointed book with little build up of suspense and a host of one dimensional characters.

The author continually digressed from the main story to portray the relationships between the investigators and between the protagonist and her boyfriend, descriptions of the environment etc - and threw in a stalker for good measure.

I found this a disappointing read with too many elements that didn't ring true. For example, it was laughable to think that, in this age of public accountability and antagonistic media, the police would continually insult and antagonise a high profile victim of assault whose wife and child had been brutally murdered. Surely the survivors of a vicious crime would be given some form of police protection/surveillance.

Similarly, in the final act of the story, why on earth would a couple of 30-something cops, working full-time and presumably earning a reasonable wage, resort to living with her parents, sleeping in separate rooms and endangering the entire household's safety with the threat of the revenge of the stalker?

The eventual identification of the killer was down to dna evidence rather than detection and was as much of a surprise to the police as it was to the reader.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting! Thrilling! August 13, 2012
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Not yet released in the U.S., this is the third installment of Casey's Maeve Kerrigan series, following The Reckoning. This one is also a police procedural - though Maeve and Rob's relationship gets a fair amount of attention as well. In fact, it is this continuing relationship that initially grabbed my attention in the series, so I would actually have appreciated this to have gotten a larger amount of page space. However, the ending certainly leads me to believe that the next book will include more about this likable couple. The plot here is certainly unpredictable and Casey throws in plenty of surprises. The grand-reveal at the climax is a true shock and leaves me very excited for the fourth book's publication!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great New Series December 16, 2012
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I just finished the most recent book in the Maeve Kerrigan series and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I've read the two previous books in the series, THE BURNING and THE RECKONING. The writing
is interesting, fast-paced, and realistic. I can't wait to read the next book in the series after
THE LAST GIRL. Jance Casey keeps getting better and better with each book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shades of Christie... June 11, 2013
Maeve Kerrigan is fast becoming established as one of the most enjoyable detectives in current crime fiction. Young and ambitious, with a normal life, no alcohol or drug problems, a lovely regular boyfriend and a family who love her - what a refreshing change from the usual diet of angst-ridden mavericks.

When Vita Kennford and her 15-year-old daughter Laura are found dead, Maeve and her colleagues have to decide whether they were the real targets or whether someone had been out to get revenge on Philip Kennford, amoral barrister and serial adulterer. This is in many ways a rather traditional detective story with suspicion falling on a small cast of suspects all connected to the victim in some way. Again a pleasant change from the serial killer/gangland crime that has overshadowed the murder mystery genre in recent years. There are shades of the Christie country house mystery here, and that's high praise from a dedicated Christie fan like myself.

The book is told in the first person, so we are treated to a DC-eye view of detection and to Maeve's rather wicked form of observational humour. We see Maeve's relationships with her colleagues develop, particularly with her DI, Josh Derwent, an unreconstructed male chauvinist but with a soft side that makes him an enjoyable character nonetheless. There are a couple of running threads from the two previous Kerrigan books, The Burning and The Reckoning, so though this works well as a stand-alone novel, I would recommend new readers to read them in order to get the full background.

Jane Casey has now become one of those authors whose latest book is an anticipated treat and this one didn't disappoint. With each successive book her style has developed and now shows a sure-footedness that makes me hope that Maeve Kerrigan will be with us for a long time to come. Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really enjoy the Maeve Kerrigan series---
Published 4 months ago by Beth
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent British mystery
Casey never disappoints. DC Kerrigan helps solve a string of murders across London and Cornwall and had me hooked all the way. I've read all of her Kerrigan books and I want more!
Published 4 months ago by bookwoman
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Girl
Just when I thought I knew "who done it" the whole plot turns and gets juicier! I also enjoy watching Maeve cope with difficult colleagues and the development of her and Rob's... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Deborah Gray
4.0 out of 5 stars All in all a good read.
I enjoyed the book, but unlike the last one where I thought "wow, this just keeps getting better", I just found this one okay. Read more
Published 5 months ago by beaglelover
3.0 out of 5 stars Well-drawn female detective tale
The author, Jane Casey, is new to me.l liked this book,the London setting, and the female detective, Maeve Kerrigan, is well-drawn. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Susanne
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Jane Casey Winner
Casey continues to develop the character of Maeve with another complex plot. The interplay between her. her partner and Rob makes a nice side story to the mystery. Read more
Published 6 months ago by John Morgen
3.0 out of 5 stars The main character was annoying to me and a bit of a cliche in ...
Spoilers. So-so crime novel set in London. The main character was annoying to me and a bit of a cliche in these types of books. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cbryce
5.0 out of 5 stars Great crime thriller, great heroine!
Jane Casey is an author I accidentally stumbled upon and I couldn't be more grateful! I have devoured her Maeve Kerrigan series and can't wait to read whatever comes next! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jane M
5.0 out of 5 stars another excellent offering in the Maeve Kerrigan series from Jane...
The Last Girl is another excellent offering from Jane Casey. It contains a puzzling murder, excellent development of multiple characters, a complicated romance, and plot threads... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jane Easterly
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked It But New Readers Shouldn't Start Here
Half a family is killed in a bloody violent attack. The mother and one twin daughter are slaughtered. The father is struck on the head and left unconscious. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Sires
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