The Burning (Maeve Kerrigan Series #1)

The Burning (Maeve Kerrigan Series #1)

by Jane Casey
4.0 37

Paperback

$9.50
View All Available Formats & Editions

Temporarily Out of Stock Online

Eligible for FREE SHIPPING

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Burning 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book does not concentrate on the serial-killer cases but on another burn murder victim. Reader's involvement in the characters' lives are made simple by devoting chapters to the individual named characters while having continuity to the novel. There is also some light humor in the bantering among Maeve's fellow cops and also between her and her partners. The book turned out to more of a psychological thriller than just a police procedural or a descriptive murder mystery. I am glad that Jane Casey's books will be coming to the US. It will be interesting to see how Maeve's character will develop in future books.
aprcross More than 1 year ago
I was worried about the start of this book but the more I read the more I didn't want to put it down. Wonderful read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First book in this series of British Crime fiction. A woman is found dead and burned and the police think it's the work of a serial killer on the loose....but is she? Each chapter is written first person by different characters. Not too suspenseful, but fun to read.
ACM More than 1 year ago
Consistently well written throughout.  I was hoping for more of a whodunnit than a thriller, but I hung in there for the characters, who are have tremendous depth that is revealed layer by layer.  A satisfying read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mostly enjoyed this, although I am not much on pushy, excessively competitive, young cops as heroines. Perhaps she will improve as she (and this series) matures. This book, however, is well worth reading, with a tight, well-paced plot and an interesting assortment of characters.
QuietFury More than 1 year ago
I have mixed feelings about this book. It was not the psychological thriller I expected. The pace is fairly slow and is more of a whodunit, police procedural read. That in itself wouldn't have been a disappointment, had it better captured my attention. I did like Maeve and can easily see her character carrying a series. I also liked the character of Rob, though I wish he'd been more developed. His POV didn't enter the story until almost 3/4 through. The serial killer is a very small part of the story and, for the most part, is not the case being worked. When the killer is found, it's far too easy. The other case didn't have enough twists to leave any doubt for me as to who the real killer was. The revelation felt anticlimactic. I enjoyed the writing style, though I don't think the plot lived up to its description or its potential.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once i had started this i didnt want to stop! Casey keeps you engaged and creates dynamic characters the reader can understand. She makes the reader feel as if they are "along for the ride!"
TobyMK More than 1 year ago
I love a good mystery! This was certainly an interesting story but there simply were too many twists and turns that didn't seem quite believable. This is the first book in the Maeve Kerrigan series and I will try book #2 when it comes out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge fan of British mysteries and was delighted to find another series to try. The personalities are perhaps not as well delineated as those in Elizabeth George's Inspector Lynley series, but then again, I've been reading those for so long, I feel like I am friends with the characters. I'm looking forward to book #2 and getting to know Maeve better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very good. A real "page-turner". I only get to read for about 30 minutes a day, and it was hard to stop each time. Very suspenseful, though a different writing style than I'm used to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nubian_princesa More than 1 year ago
I was completely and utterly engrossed in this crime fiction story. It had all the components to make for a great read. Suspense, gruesome crimes,manipulative smart characters and a little touch of romance. The crime genre better be on the look out for Jane Casey, simply put she knows her stuff.
Sherri_Hunter More than 1 year ago
New to me author Jane Casey brings to life a character I found very likeable and easy to relate to in Maeve Kerrigan. As a detective constable working in dominantly male squad, Maeve tries to ignore inappropriate comments and innuendo she overhears within her squad. She strives to prove herself worthy to her chain of command by trying to be the best investigator she can be. In addition, her dedication to her job puts a strain on her personal relationships with her family and boyfriend. At the height of The Burning Man serial killer investigations, a new homicide brings more questions instead of answers. The more Maeve learns about the latest victim causes Maeve to wonder if the crime is being perpetrated by the same suspect or if a new monster is loose in London. I really enjoyed the premise of the story and the way the plot is peppered with multiple layers that reveal the victim’s dark past and events that led to her death. The big reveal came as a great surprise to me. The author does an excellent job of tying all of the loose ends together to make the finale more believable. Overall, I found The Burning to be a very good beginning to what, I believe, will be a series that will appeal to fans of mysteries and police procedural novels. This series has characters that the reader will enjoy meeting, getting to know and caring for. I enjoyed the passion that Maeve brings to her job and the justice she seeks for her victims. I look forward to the next book in this series.
HumorMyWay More than 1 year ago
This book does not concentrate on the serial-killer cases but on another burn murder victim which was very disappointing for me. I was so looking forward to the hunt for the serial-killer. This book starts out with a high pass and then slows down. There is a lot of needless description that could have been left out. I felt the book was longer then it needed to be but all in all was a nice read. She does include the answers to the question you might have at the end of the book which was nice. I had question at the first could that be, that doesn’t seem correct and I was thinking correct in my thinking. I had the murder worked out pretty early in the story. This was certainly an interesting story at times I was lost but it got interesting back and forward it went. The writing style is good I am just use to more out of a mystery, crime and suspense. I felt the author knew what she was talking about and it shows in her style. I am sure there are or readers who will love this story but for me it just didn’t do it. The narrative is told in the alternating voices of Louise, Rebecca's best friend, and Detective Kerrigan. Although the ending is somewhat predictable, the story is good and the characters are well developed. It's not a typical fast paced suspense thriller but has a good plot and wonderful characters.
JennMcLean More than 1 year ago
I read a really good new author this week. Her name is Jane Casey and the book was "The Burning". So far, there are four books in this series featuring Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan. The book is based in London and is a police procedural/who done it.  The media has labeled the latest serial killer stalking London's women The Burning Man. He bludgeons his victims mercilessly then sets them on fire, leaving each woman dead and burning in one of London's parks. A large task force has been set up but The Burning Man has been lucky so far, leaving little evidence for the police to go on. DC Maeve Kerrigan is given the task of collecting evidence around the fifth victim, Rebecca Haworth. As the task force chases down leads, Maeve starts to wonder whether this latest victim just might be a copy cat and not actually be the fifth victim of The Burning Man. Now she has to prove her theory without annoying her bosses. The main character, DC Kerrigan is an enthusiastic cop with a keen mind. The problem is that her colleagues just don't take her seriously, she's a woman and she's Irish, two strikes against her. The prejudice against her is palpable, her peers in the department think she's too compassionate and that her empathy makes her a week player, but to do her job Maeve must ignore the jeers and whispers behind her back. She wants to prove her worth, she's a good cop and she loves her job no matter what. Jane Casey's first book in the DC Kerrigan series is a solid four out of five stars. The Burning allows the reader to get to know the main character, Kerrigan, and how she functions in her job. The Burning kept my interest throughout the book as I tried to decipher just who killed these women and did the serial killer also murder the last victim. It really kept me guessing and trying to figure out the motive that each player had. I will certainly be adding Jane Casey to my author reading list and I'm looking forward to the next police procedural starring Detective Constable Kerrigan. Maeve is a terrific new character and will keep my interest through many books in a series. If you like trying to figure out who done it, this is a terrific read, giving many psychological details of the possible suspects. Go out and try this author.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
In a good ole boy world, an ambitious detective constable, Maeve Kerrigan finds she is considered weak for seeing the victims and their families as human, as opposed to just part of another case. But is her compassion and empathy misguided or is a powerful tool in her arsenal as an investigator? The Burning man is on the loose, butchering, bludgeoning and murdering his victims before setting them ablaze. The parks of London have become unsafe. Is there something different about victim number five? Is it a twisted copycat? The chase is on for justice and to stop this twisted killer. Will Maeve prove her worth among her fellow detectives? Time is running out and London is in danger from the evil lurking in the shadows. Told from the POV’s of both Maeve and the fifth victim’s best friend, Louise, we are in the moment with them as they delve into the victim’s life. They are searching for clues that will prove or disprove a copycat and hopefully see justice rule. The Burning by Jane Casey is a firm foundation for her new series, written with the sharp style of a good detective, police procedural mystery. The weaving of the two POVs create the full tale, like a giant jigsaw puzzle as the last gratifying piece is put in place. The journey through The Burning is not so much focused on the killer, but on the process of justice and reeling in the truth. I received this copy from Minotaur in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story and characters. I would definitely read more of her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Test
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Laced More than 1 year ago
I discovered this series a few weeks ago and am now listening to the third book in the series. Because of my work commute, I listen to many of my authors on CD, and Sarah Coomes does a good job of creating well performed individually recognizable voices. Maeve Kerrigan, the protagonist for whom the series is named, is interesting and compelling. In fact, all of the characters in the book are well developed, and as I begin the third book, they are developing further. Whether you read it in book form or listen to it in audio, I do recommend you give the Jane Casey series a try.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago