Happy Sunday all! Today I’m on the blog tour for The Death of Jessica Ripley by Andrew Barrett….a brilliant, gripping, twisty, turns crime thriller……
Jessica Ripley didn’t kill her ex-husband. But everyone thinks she did. After serving twelve years for his murder, it’s time to get her own back on those who put her inside.
During those twelve years, Jessy’s son, Michael, has turned against her. Whatever mercy Jessy had for her intended victims, just blew away.
CSI Eddie Collins is having a hard time watching his father enjoying life. He’s also having it tough in the form of two new recruits to his office. One is off his tree on drugs and the other wants his job.
And then the murders begin.Can Eddie trust the evidence, or is someone twisting it, desperate to get even? And who did kill Jessy’s ex?
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This is the first book I’ve read by Andrew and I really enjoyed it.
We meet Jessica in the beginning….and her ex-husband ends up dead. She didn’t do it….but serves 12 years in prison for it. When she gets out, her main concern is reuniting with her son, who was two when she was sent inside. But then she has other ideas and decides its time to get pay back on those who were instrumental in her conviction.
We also meet CSI Eddie Collins and his colleagues as they work numerous murder scenes which all link back to Jessica Ripley, newly released from prison but they’re not convinced she did it. But why? What is the evidence telling them? Who else is involved? And who else is in danger?
This was a fast-paced and gripping story with so many twists and turns! Obviously we know who is committing the crimes but you have no idea who might be next, and in what hideous form they’ll be murdered! The fact that those working the case don’t believe Jessica could do it has you on the edge of your seat….I just wanted to shout at them!
But aside from the story of Jessica, there are plenty of other little side stories going on which also have you completely gripped! Troy – a new CSI has his own issues. There are problems in the office which have a major impact on the staff. And Eddie has his own issues!
I’ve not read any of Eddie’s stories before but I definitely want to! His a unique character – rude, grumpy, stubborn and violent but completely loveable at the same time! When you first meet him you think he’s a bit of an arsehole….but as the story moves on your learn why he might be this way. And you realise that he actually just really cares and is trying to help people (in a way that only Eddie could do!). Despite the facade he puts on for others, there’s more to him and his colleagues/friends see this and have complete respect for him.
The other thing I love about the story is that the author is a CSI in real life. I contemplated studying Forensic Science but decided that wasn’t a good move because I can’t stand the sight of blood! But it’s brilliant that we get a fantastic insight to how crime scenes are worked from someone that actually does it. It’s fascinating!!
Overall a brilliant story and I will most definitely be looking for me CSI Eddie Collins stories. Most definitely recommended by me!
about the author
Andrew Barrett has enjoyed variety in his professional life, from engine-builder to farmer, from Oilfield Service Technician in Kuwait, to his current role of Senior CSI in Yorkshire.
He’s been a CSI since 1996, and has worked on all scene types from terrorism to murder, suicide to rape, drugs manufacture to bomb scenes. One way or another, Andrew’s life revolves around crime.
In 1997 he finished his first crime thriller, A Long Time Dead, and it’s still a readers’ favourite today, some 150,000 copies later, topping the Amazon charts several times. Two more books featuring SOCO Roger Conniston completed the trilogy.
Today, Andrew is still producing authentic crime thrillers with a forensic flavour that attract attention from readers worldwide. He’s also attracted attention from the Yorkshire media, having been featured in the Yorkshire Post and interviewed on BBC Radio Leeds.
He’s best known for his lead character, CSI Eddie Collins, and the acerbic way in which he roots out criminals, and administers justice. Eddie’s series is five books and three novellas in length, and there’s still more to come.
Andrew has recently discovered the delights of writing stand-alones, with one under his belt and another under way.
Andrew is a proud Yorkshireman and sets all of his novels there, using his home city of Leeds as another major, and complementary, character in each of the stories.
You can find out more about him and his writing at www.andrewbarrett.co.uk
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Thanks so much to Sarah for inviting me on to the tour and to Andrew and the publisher to providing me with a copy of the book in return for an honest review. All views are my own and are unbiased.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend lovelies!