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Let the Dead Speak: A Maeve Kerrigan Mystery (Maeve Kerrigan Novels) Hardcover – July 25, 2017
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“Casey’s usual intricate plot twists and excellent character development make this bookhard to put down.”
"Expertly crafted, Let the Dead Speakexclaims volumes about Casey's superb talent."
-- Shelf Awareness
"As always with Casey’s novels, the feisty Maeve Kerrigan holds the center and fascinates us as often as she infuriates us. She combines ambition and insecurity. She’s smart, funny and second guesses herself at every turn. It’s a highly seductive mixture. The Jane Casey mysteries are intricate, potent and powerful. Let the Dead Speak is one of her best.”
--Open Letters Monthly
"The intricate plot unfolds naturally, as Casey never lets readers stray from Kerrigan’s point of view, so that they feel as if they are figuring it all out with her in this increasingly dark and tragic story”
-- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Casey's hallmark ability to balance character development and suspense works well in a story sure to make readers squirm." -- Kirkus Reviews
“These character-driven Kerrigan mysteries are among the genre’s finest, and the last page here is likely to leave readers breathless and longing for Casey’s next.”
--Booklist (starred review)
“Both suspense and emotion run high in this compelling, more somber, addition to the character-driven Maeve Kerrigan mysteries. Casey sets the bar higher each time out, but she never has trouble clearing it.”―Booklist (starred review) on After the Fire
“Thrilling…Well-drawn characters and engaging subplots complement the intricate main investigation. Casey keeps the suspense high throughout.”―Publishers Weekly on After the Fire
“A thrilling crime novel perfectly combining the detail of a police procedural and high-interest characters. This combination and the smooth pacing make for a book that’s impossible to set down…This is an exciting book guaranteed to satisfy the most finicky fans of mystery and suspense.”―RT Book Reviews (4½ stars) on The Kill
About the Author
JANE CASEY was born and raised in Dublin. A graduate of Oxford with a master’s of philosophy from Trinity College, Dublin, she lives in London, where she works as an editor.
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This is my first time reading Jane Casey but it will not be my last! Let the Dead speak is the 7th book in the Maeve Kerrigan series but worked perfectly as a stand alone novel for me. I did not feel as if I was missing anything by not having read the first 6 books in this series. Having said that, I will definitely be going back and reading the previous books! I love a good mystery and this one was done brilliantly. There are several possible suspects. All of them could have committed murder. At differing points during the novel, I thought I knew who the killer was and why. Casey kept me guessing up until the end. I found her story to be intricately woven.
Let the dead speak begins when Chloe arrives home to find blood in her West London home. Her Mother is missing but the amount of blood found at the scene leaves police to believe that her Mother, Kate is no longer alive. She has been given a ride home by her ultra-religious neighbor, Oliver "Ollie" Norris who also enters the home after her realizes that Chloe has left her bag in his car. Chloe had abruptly left her father's home after an "incident" and fight with her step-mother. Why did she come home so early and why did someone leave water for the cat?
Maeve Kerrigan is called in to investigate and quickly begins interviewing Chloe, the neighbors, and Maeve's ex-husband's family. It is quickly evident that there is more going on in this story than meets the eye. The Norris family is creepy and weird. Their 15 year old daughter, Bethany has a close relationship with 18 year old Chloe. Maeve attempts to get Chloe to answers questions and it becomes evident that Chloe has some "learning" difficulties and is not also not being forth-coming about why she left her father's home. Oliver and his brother Morgan are not likable and both come off as bullies. Oliver wants everyone to think he is nice but he quickly shows his true colors. Morgan is nasty from the get-go and high on the suspect list. Oliver is quick to point his finger at a troubled young man in the neighborhood. Could he have been the killer?
As the investigations continues, relationships, secret relationships, motivations and assaults become know. Questions remain and as the investigation continues both Bethany and Chloe disappear. Where are the girls? Have they been kidnapped? Have they run away? Is the same person responsible for their disappearance as the person who "murdered" Chloe's mother?
I wont say anything else about the plot except that this book was a very enjoyable read. I was captivated from page one when Chloe entered the home and was very happy with the revelations during the epilogue. 4.5 stars because I enjoyed the story so much. There are plot twists and turns. They all seem plausible and were pulled off brilliantly. This book is not overly thought provoking but it is extremely enjoyable. Anyone who loves a good mystery will enjoy this book. I was not disappointed (and neither will you be!).
I received a copy of this book form St. Martins Press Minotaur Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I was quite unhappy with the way the previous book ended, with Maeve and Josh turning into typically unbelievable vigilante-style mavericks, so I'm delighted to say that in this one Maeve's back on track. There are lots of reasons this series stands out from the herd, and one of the major ones is Maeve's refreshing normality. Of course she's affected by her experiences, but she's basically a good cop who works well within a team and tries to stick within the rules as much as possible. And for my money, the books are better when she does.
Now that she's a sergeant, Maeve has supervisory responsibilities and in this one is looking after the newest team member, Gloria, a graduate entrant. Maeve's not finding it easy – Gloria's pretty annoying, ready to feel herself slighted for the smallest reason. But she also seems ready to develop a bit of hero-worship for Josh and Maeve's horrified to find herself feeling a little bit jealous. It's professional jealousy though – Maeve is still hoping that she and Rob can get back together, and every girl's favourite male chauvinist Josh (amazingly!) has his own little family now, having taken on the role of father to his girlfriend's young son. (My mind still boggles at the idea of him giving the boy dating advice a few years from now!)
Plotting is another of Casey's major strengths and this one is particularly convoluted. It soon transpires that the street is filled with people with secrets and jealousies, and Kate, Chloe's mum, seems to have been at the centre of many of them. Chloe is staying with her friend Bethany and her parents, an ultra-religious family who belong to a church that’s not quite a cult, but is tending in that direction. Chloe herself is, perhaps, a bit slow intellectually – certainly her mother had been keen to have her diagnosed as such – but some people think she's more intelligent than she seems. She's also physically attractive, all of which makes her vulnerable to any unscrupulous predators she might meet.
As always, the writing is excellent and there's plenty of humour to lighten up the tone. It's narrated by Maeve in the first person, past tense, so that we're privy to her thoughts and her rather spiky comments about her colleagues. Her relationship with Josh is more equal now that she's been promoted – he's still her superior, but she's no longer the new girl. He's still just as protective towards her though, which she appreciates even though it annoys her sometimes. And it's nice to see his softer side peeking through now that he has his little family to humanise him.
This one would work fine as a standalone, though as usual I'd recommend reading this series in order to get the full benefit of the characterisation, and especially the development of Maeve's unlikely friendship with Josh. Great to have them back in action, and here's hoping we don't have to wait too long to see them again!
NB This book was provided for review by the publisher, HarperCollins.
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