The first in the Jessica Daniel series, Locked In is the number one bestselling crime thriller from Kerry Wilkinson.
Published February 2o13 by Pan
When a body is found in a locked house, Detective Sergeant Jessica Daniel is left to not only find the killer but discover how they got in and out.
With little in the way of leads and a journalist that seems to know more about the case than she does, Jessica is already feeling the pressure – and that’s before a second body shows up in identical circumstances to the first.
How can a murderer get to victims in seemingly impossible situations and what, if anything, links the bodies?
Crossing the Line (book 8) is reviewed here: Crossing the Line
Last year I read Crossing the Line, which is book 8 in the Manchester based Jessica Daniel series and I really enjoyed it. I am finally catching up with a series that most crime fans will have got to already. I know the series has been incredibly popular. It is clear from Locked In exactly why. It has masses of potential with a great lead in Jessica.
Jessica and her team are on the hunt for a Houdini style killer. The killer leaves the body in a locked house and shows no obvious means of entry to the property. This is the classic locked room scenario. As further similar murders occur, Jessica is pulling out her hair trying to find how the murder victims connect. The press are not making it easy for her and someone seems to be tipping them off. In her home life, Jessica flat shares with Caroline and is single.
This is a great introduction to Jessica Daniel. She is the star of the show. I hope in the following books, we get more about what makes her tick. She seemed rather fiery and blunt. I did wonder about the level of responsibility she had in her job. Would a Detective Sergeant be leading on a case?
As for the story itself, I am sure many crime fan will join the dots and work out whodunnit pretty quickly. I was instantly suspicious of a certain character and was proved right. I was willing Jessica on to look at the simplest solution and not get caught up in the drama of the locked room mystery.
A good solid start to the series and one that has a great deal to offer crime fans. It is based in the Manchester and I am always a fan of northern crime reads. I look forward to diving into Vigilante and seeing where Kerry Wilkinson goes next with this series.