Anya Lipska – Death Can’t Take a Joke (Kiszka and Kershaw 2)


Death Can’t Take A Joke was published by The Friday Project on 27 March 2014 and is available to purchase here

The second Kiszka and Kershaw crime thriller.

When masked men brutally stab one of his closest friends to death, Janusz Kiszka – fixer to East London’s Poles – must dig deep into London’s criminal underbelly to track down the killers and deliver justice.

Shadowing a beautiful Ukrainian girl he believes could solve the mystery, Kiszka soon finds himself skating dangerously close to her ruthless ‘businessman’ boyfriend. Meanwhile, his old nemesis, rookie police detective Natalie Kershaw is struggling to identify a mystery suicide, a Pole who jumped off the top of Canary Wharf Tower. But all is not what it seems…

Sparks fly as Kiszka and Kershaw’s paths cross for a second time, but they must call a truce when their separate investigations call for a journey to Poland’s wintry eastern borders…


My thoughts

After reading Anya Lipska’s first book ‘Where the Devil Can’t Go’, I had to read this one!!!

The story starts with Kiszka’s friend being murdered on his doorstep. Who killed him and why? Kershaw is looking into the mysterious death of a man found on Canary Wharf. In her private life, Kershaw is moving in with her police officer boyfriend and wondering whether she is doing the right thing.

Kiszka is beginning to show signs of trust in Natalie Kershaw and we get the beginning of an attraction between the two. The storyline is strong and compelling, mixing glamour and gangsters. I just love the way Polish language and culture is used. Kiszka cooking one minute and going after dodgy types the next.

I absolutely cannot wait to read more Anya Lipska. I’m a huge fan now. An exciting read. I want more!!!


About Northern Crime

Reviewer with a mind of her own. This is a collection of book reviews, which started in 2014. Mostly crime and odd other genres thrown in. Some I loved. Some I loathed. You get the picture.
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2 Responses to Anya Lipska – Death Can’t Take a Joke (Kiszka and Kershaw 2)

  1. I’ve never heard of this author before, but you’ve made me want to read her. 😊

  2. Christine says:

    You really should. I think Anya’s books are brilliant!!!

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