Title: The Burning
Genre: Mystery/Police Procedural
Author: Jane Casey
Publisher: Minotaur books, august 2011
Source: Free For Review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5- not explicit
Description from Amazon.com:
The Burning Man. It’s the name the media has given a brutal murderer who has beaten four young women to death before setting their bodies ablaze in secluded areas of London’s parks. And now there’s a fifth.
Maeve Kerrigan is an ambitious detective constable, keen to make her mark on the murder task force. Her male colleagues believe Maeve’s empathy makes her weak, but the more she learns about the latest victim, Rebecca Haworth, from her grieving friends and family, the more determined Maeve becomes to bring her murderer to justice. But how do you catch a killer no one has seen when so much of the evidence has gone up in smoke?
Maeve’s frenetic hunt for a killer in Jane Casey’s gripping series debut will entrance even the most jaded suspense readers.
This is a well plotted police procedural novel. There are some elements of surprise but it is pretty much predictable and the guilty party is easy enough to figure out ahead of time. That said, this is still an enjoyable page turner. For some reason the ending slows everything down to a crawl and there is repetition of the preceding investigative elements by the guilty party. This went on far too long. I do recommend this book to those who like to follow the police procedure in bringing a murderer to justice.