Tuesday, August 04, 2020
The Cutting Place by Jane Casey
DS Maeve Kerrigan is determined to find out who is responsible for the death and dismemberment of a young journalist. At the time of her death, Paige Hargreaves was investigating the Chiron Club, an elite men's club with rich and powerful members.
There is a reason that elite men's clubs so frequently make suspenseful plots: exclusiveness, secrecy, the wealth, power and privilege of members, the connections and pressure members are able to apply, and frequently, the abuse of women. Whether organized like the Chiron Club, or less organized like Jeffrey Epstein's friends, power and influence make the news.
Jane Casey's Kerrigan/Derwent series is one of the best crime series around, and the relationship of DS Maeve Kerrigan and DI Josh Derwent combined with excellent plotting keep this series in my top five favorite in the crime/police procedural genre.
Each of the books can be read as a standalone, but beginning with the first book allows the pleasure of watching the bickering relationship between Maeve and Josh develop into a trusting partnership. Not always an agreeable one, frequently fraught with different opinions, but when it comes down to it, the partners come through for each other.
Maybe all that needs to be said about Jane Casey's The Cutting Place is that Maeve Kerrigan and Josh Derwent are back. (The Cutting Place did have a surprise for me. Something I didn't expect.)
Start at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end, but don't miss this series!
Read in June; blog review scheduled for Aug. 4.
Police Procedural/Crime. Sept. 3, 2020. Print length: 400 pages.