After the Fire – Jane Casey

Published 18 June 2015 by Random House UK, Ebury Publishing


Arson, accident or murder?

After a fire rips through a North London tower block, two bodies are found locked in their 11th floor flat. But is the third victim that ensures the presence of detective Maeve Kerrigan and the murder squad. It appears that controversial MP Geoff Armstrong, trapped by the fire, chose to jump to his death rather than wait for rescue. But what was such a right wing politician doing in the deprived, culturally diverse Maudling Estate?

As Maeve and her senior colleague, Derwent, pick through the wreckage, they uncover the secret world of the 11th floor, where everyone seems to have something to hide…

My thoughts

Hurrah! The latest Maeve Kerrigan. We are so lucky that the wait is finally over. Anyone who hasn’t found this series yet, you simply must READ THEM ALL. I have missed Derwent so much, and Maeve!!! But mostly Derwent! I love Derwent.

The action takes us to Murchison House on the Maudling council estate, a grotty high rise in a dodgy run down area of the city. A fire starts in the tower block destroying multiple lives and homes. Geoff Armstrong, local Member of Parliament and controversial Nigel Farage type figure is found there dead , which is odd. There are fatalities that need identifying, a child missing a mother, badly burnt and injured occupants from the high rise. The police move in to investigate the fire and look into the background of the residents. Maeve Kerrigan and Josh Derwent are on the team, looking into all of this. There are elements of mystery about the fire and why the MP was found there. Nothing is straight forward.

The drama in the flats and leads in Maeve and Derwent capture your imagination from the start. The duo just are so believable and rather fun to read about. And they seem to have the knack of sussing out the truth. I defy anyone to not love Maeve and want to snog Derwent. Their conversation are a dream and there is one scene in this book that had me in hysterics!

We get a varied and well developed cast of supporting characters, in the multiple residents of the council high rise and the police team. The book feels very up to date with the right wing UKIP styled MP and issues of race and gender are covered nicely.

Maeve had a traumatic incident in the last book at Murchison House, that she is still dealing with. She is also coping with a persistent stalker in creepy Chris Swain. Chris Swain is watching her. This strand of the series has been running for some time and it is quite entertaining how it is resolved. In some ways, Maeve is fragile and this brings out Derwent’s protective side. He does care. Yet she is gutsy and strong at the same time. Maeve Kerrigan would never let her weaknesses get the better of her. Derwent is as wonderful as ever, with his rudeness, 1970s sexism and completely hilarious little quips. I love the way he blatantly ignores his new boss and just does his own thing. I want more of him!

Totally recommended. Jane Casey has a stonking good series in this one. And I fell in love with Derwent a little bit more.

Other books in the series include:


Many thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for my review copy.

This book has also been reviewed rather wonderfully at:

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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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4 Responses to After the Fire – Jane Casey

  1. Wasn’t it great Christine? I fail to see how even the hardest heart can fail to warm to Derwent after this stunning outing – and Maeve did well too 😉 Thanks for the shout-out!

  2. Kay says:

    I can’t wait. My copy will be on it’s way, hopefully, next week. I love Derwent too and also look forward to wrapping up the stalker issue. This series is one of my favorites and the only thing about reading the new one right away – the wait begins again. LOL

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