Let the Dead Speak – Jane Casey


Let the Dead Speak is published by Harper Collins on 9 March 2017 and is available to buy here

In the chilling new crime novel from award-winning author Jane Casey, Detective Maeve Kerrigan and the murder squad must navigate a web of lies to discover the truth…

A murder without a body
Eighteen-year-old Chloe Emery returns to her West London home one day to find the house covered in blood and Kate, her mother, gone. There may not be a body, but everything else points to murder.

A girl too scared to talk
Maeve Kerrigan is young, ambitious and determined to prove she’s up to her new role as detective sergeant. She suspects Chloe is holding something back, but best friend Bethany Norris won’t let Maeve get close. What exactly is Bethany protecting Chloe from?

A detective with everything to prove
As the team dig deeper into the residents of Valerian Road, no one is above suspicion. All Maeve needs is one person to talk, but that’s not going to happen. Because even in a case of murder, some secrets are too terrible to share…

My thoughts

Welcome back Maeve and Derwent! You have been missed SO much!

Let the Dead Speak is the latest in the exciting Maeve Kerrigan series, written by Jane Casey! Well it’s more Maeve and the gorgeous Derwent, the dynamic crime solving duo. I’d give them equal billing. He is gorgeous, isn’t he? Who doesn’t find Derwent that little bit attractive, in a bad boy way? Moving on…

The story starts with a bang, and with one of the best introductions to a crime scene ever. Someone arrives home to a horrific blood bath. The house shows evidence of a deadly fight and blood literally dripping everywhere. There is no body. This turns a nice neighbourhood, inside out. Curtains twitch. Neighbours puzzle. People get nervous. Where is the victim? Who knew her? What are her secrets? Derwent and Maeve are on the hunt for a killer, as well as a body in suburbia.

This was fun! Lots of gloriously twisted family relationships, a dollop of religious extremism thrown in and secrets a plenty. Josh Derwent and Maeve are on top form, with their razor sharp banter and lively approach to crime. Maeve even has a newish sidekick to dislike, in the form of a young pretty Detective Constable. And we have wit and subtle humour lurking beneath every surface.

Jane Casey is on top form in Let the Dead Speak. When does she ever disappoint us though? I’ve loved every instalment of Derwent and Maeve’s adventures so far. This time, I was left literally crying for more. I laughed, I glared at the suspects and cheered at the cleverness of the author. I wanted to stay hidden beneath the covers of the book forever.

Crime to die for! Recommended.



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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 Let the Dead Speak – Jane Casey

  1. Kay says:

    Absolutely cannot wait! Derwent is a great favorite of mine.

  2. crimeworm says:

    Isn’t Jane Casey fab? I’ve so much catching up to do. I’ve decided this is the next series I’ll pass on to my daughter – I think she’ll love it!

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