Suicide – the act of taking one’s own life.
Homicide – the act of taking someone else’s.
An unethical banker suffocates. A diamond dealer slits his wrists. A media magnate freezes in the snow. A disgraced CEO inhales exhaust fumes.
Beatrice Stubbs, on her first real case since ‘the incident’, arrives in Switzerland to lead the investigation.
Potential suspects are everywhere, her Swiss counterpart is hostile and the secretive world of international finance seems beyond the law. Battling impossible odds by day and her own demons at night, Beatrice has never felt so alone.
She isn’t. Someone’s else believes in justice.
The poetic kind.
“Thrilling new crime fiction from a seriously good writer” – Annemarie Neary, author of Siren.
“Behind Closed Doors crackles with human interest, intrigue and atmosphere. Beatrice and her team go all out to see justice is done. And author JJ Marsh does more than justice to the intelligent heroine who leads this exciting and absorbing chase.” – Libris Reviews
"Beatrice Stubbs is a fascinating character, and a welcome addition to crime literature, in a literary and thought-provoking novel. I heartily recommend this as an exciting and intelligent read for fans of crime fiction." – Judging Covers
About the Author
• Founder member of Triskele Books, an award-winning author collective founded in 2011. In addition to publishing 21 books, Triskele creates initiatives to support other writers, eg Triskele LitFest and The Big5 Competition.
• Swiss Ambassador for The Alliance of Independent Authors
• Co-editor of The Woolf, Zürich's literary ezine and writers' workshop
• Journalist for Words with JAM, the magazine for writers.
• Reviewer for Bookmuse, the readers' site with a difference.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Solid British mystery with well developed characters and smooth writing. Nice introduction to the series. Will definitely read more of them.
A series of suicides may be something much more nefarious, and it’s up to a team of investigators from multiple countries to unlock this five year old case before the next death occurs. Beatrice Stubbs has been placed on loan from Scotland Yard to lead a team of agents in Switzerland to uncover the mystery behind the apparent suicides of infamous, high profile business men. While the men’s deaths were all very different, one piece of evidence is the same for all of them: unknown male DNA. Beatrice has a tough job. She is going to need to get her hodgepodge team from different countries to work as a cohesive unit. Once everyone is, mostly, on the same page they are going to have to dig deep to find new clues from crime scenes that are years old and crack this case open before she is sent back home and a new team leader is called in. Thanks to good old fashion police work, the team finds evidence that puts them on the heels of the killer, but nothing is really as it seems in this mystery-thriller as Beatrice fights for justice against an enemy who acts as a vigilante. Author JJ Marsh has weaved together a story that quickly grabs the reader and keeps them tight in its grasp. By showing the reader each of the murders in between chapters of the team solving the case, the reader gets to know way more than the police do. This makes for delightful frustration as we see the murderer circling the investigating team. I found myself wanting to tell Beatrice, “Right there, the killer is right there.” This fun dynamic allowed me to be fully invested in the story, and I found it a refreshing change of pace for this genre. While I really enjoyed the book, I did struggle with some of the dialogue. I understand that the author was trying to express the language barriers that the team faced by including grammar errors in the dialogue. I just don’t think that was really necessary, and at times I felt it was a bit distracting. Luckily, it wasn’t a tool that Marsh employed often. If you are looking for a mystery-thriller that will keep your attention then Behind Closed Doors is the book for you. Warning: once you start this book you may not be able to put it down, and you may find yourself talking to it. (This book was provided to Compulsion Reads by the author for review.)