Beneath the Ashes by Jane Isaac is published on 1st November 2016 by Legend Press and is available to buy here
The floor felt hard beneath her face. Nancy opened her eyes. Blinked several times. A pain seared through her head. She could feel fluid. No. She was lying in fluid.
When a body is discovered in a burnt-out barn in the Warwickshire countryside, DI Will Jackman is called to investigate.
Nancy Faraday wakes up on the kitchen floor. The house has been broken into and her boyfriend is missing. As the case unravels, DI Jackman realises that nothing is quite as it appears and everyone, it seems, has a secret.
Can he discover the truth behind the body in the fire, and track down the killer before Nancy becomes the next victim?
Hello everybody. It’s a massive pleasure to be invited to review the latest Jane Isaac Beneath the Ashes. I’ve been a huge fan of Jane, since I read An Unfamiliar Murder. I actually got to meet her this year at Harrogate.
In Before It’s Too Late Jane Isaac introduced Will Jackman, a workaholic detective inspector with a sad backstory. Jackman is back in Beneath the Ashes. Brilliant, I say!
This time, Jackman is on the case of a man who has died in suspicious circumstances. On Upton Farm, Evan Baker has been found dead. He is a young farm manager, with a girl friend. Nancy. We follow the case through the eyes of Jackman and Nancy. It quickly appears that things are not what they seem. Evan Baker is a mystery, a man using an assumed name. Who is he? And who would want him dead?
We get a pacy dark intricate police investigation, following Jackman from his encounter with the crime scene til the very end. This is set around Shakespeare land, in pretty Stratford-upon-Avon. As we have come to expect from Jane Isaac, this is realistic, well written with a core of characters to keep you on your toes.
Did I mention my Jackman crush? Those poignant scenes where he is with his dog and wife are just perfect. Get your hankies ready, when you read them. He has a lovely heroic edge to him. I would like to put in a request for a little bit of happiness in his private life though. He deserves it!
Everyone should definitely get their hands on Jane Isaac’s books. Beneath the Ashes just consolidates Isaac’s position as a crime author worth seeking out. Thank you for feeding my Jackman crush. Here is hoping for more very soon!