Post Script: The Burning – Jane Casey

The Burning

Jane Casey

St. Martin’s Press

Minotaur Books

ISBN: 9781250006608



In this first in Casey’s thrilling, romantic mystery series for adults, meet Detective Constables Maeve Kerrigan and Rob Langton


The Burning Man. It’s the name the media has given a brutal murderer who has beaten four young women to death before setting their bodies ablaze in secluded areas of London’s parks. And now there’s a fifth.


Maeve Kerrigan is an ambitious detective constable, keen to make her mark on the murder task force. Her male colleagues believe Maeve’s empathy makes her weak, but the more she learns about the latest victim, Rebecca Haworth, from her grieving friends and family, the more determined Maeve becomes to bring her murderer to justice. But how do you catch a killer no one has seen when so much of the evidence has gone up in smoke?


Maeve’s frenetic hunt for a killer in Jane Casey’s gripping series debut will entrance even the most jaded suspense readers.


My View:

A first rate police procedural with a strong female cast- loved it!


This is the first book in the Maeve Kerrigan series and is a great introduction to the very likable main characters, the location and the fluent effortless writing style that is Jane Casey. I loved that the characters were fully developed; we get viewpoints from Maeve, Louise and Rob, and Casey uses the ploy of researching/interviewing associates from an earlier crime to further provide more background on our victim, suspects and on Kerrigan herself.


I like strong character based police procedurals.   I like the feeling of knowing our protagonist, of hearing her thoughts, her reasoning and following her actions. Kerrigan is just an average cop – with a determination to do her job well. I like the subplot of a new romance in Kerrigan’s life, again it adds to her “normalness” without cluttering the main storyline or tuning this into a cosy crime.


Without giving too much away – I liked the strong calculating, manipulative villain; a great character!


This was a very enjoyable read and I am looking forward to reading more by this author.



11 thoughts on “Post Script: The Burning – Jane Casey

  1. Oh, Carol, I’m so pleased you enjoyed this! Isn’t this a terrific novel? I love it too that Maeve Kerrigan is a delightfully normal person. Yes she has scars and so on as we all do, but she’s functional. She doesn’t drown herself in booze or men, she’s just great.

  2. I love this series – I think number five is about to come out in the UK! But I definitely wouldn’t advertise it as a “romantic mystery” series (although there is a touch of will they/won’t they in the series!) But the “romance” aspect puts me off books – I always find these sorts of novels really patronising, and “for the female market”! Am I the only one that feels like this? Because Jane Casey is an intelligent writer of crime fiction, and doesn’t deserve any patronising! Sorry, rant over. Love your blog – I’m trying to get my own crime fiction review blog started, with no computer knowledge, so wish me luck!

    • Hi
      I don’t know where that description – romantic mystery comes from – maybe the publisher is trying to get a foot in another lucrative market? I feel the same about “rural fiction” it is the advertising that puts me off – yet the one or two I have read have been great reads- if you accept them for what they purport to be and dont look for anything else 🙂

      Good luck with creating your blog – I find WordPress quite user friendly.

      • Thanks so much for your kind encouragement. I must admit I’ve never heard of “rural fiction” but I guess we don’t have as much “rural” in the UK as you do! I wonder if you would mind terribly if I asked you one question – I can’t find the answer in any WordPress info as it’s a question only someone creating a book review blog would ask, and it’s probably an incredibly inane one – how do you post the pictures of book covers on your blog? Possibly the fact I’m doing it on my Kindle Fire, as my laptop is so slow, makes it impossible to figure out. But any guidance would be so gratefully received. I can use my laptop if it’s essential, it’s just the Kindle’s much less hassle free. Also, for future problems I’m no doubt going to run into, do you have any publications on WordPress you’d recommend? Or do you think it’s best to just use trial and error, and contact WordPress when you’re really stuck, rather than wasting money on books etc? I do hope you don’t mind me “picking your brain” like this, but I very much enjoyed what I read of your blog and thought we had similar tastes. All the best, Linda xxx

      • HI Linda- yep rural fiction is uniquely Australian I think 🙂

        Posting a picture/cover art – I am sure there is more than one way to do this but all I do is copy and paste from source to my wordpress post- I think the type of file the cover is saved as makes a difference – I generally use a jpg .Or you can load by “add media” which means you locate your image file, upload to wordpress media files then select image from there…hope that makes sense – give it whirl – see what works for you…I dont have anything definitive on how to use this site…
        Hope you get it to work for you.

      • Thanks Carol – will defo need the laptop for that (it’s v temperamental at present, due to the other half filling it with lots of rubbish, much of which I’m sure is causing it to run at snail’s pace. Luckily, a knowledgeable friend is going to sort it out for free, as soon as he has the time, saving us quite a pile, thank heavens!) Can’t thank you enough for your friendly advice. Did it take you long to build up your blog audience? I have this fear – probably everyone does, starting out, that no-one, bar family, will read it EVER! Oh, and by the way, I really enjoyed the first few books by Kathryn Fox – think her heroine’s Dr Anya Crichton, pls forgive any mis-spelling! I’ve not had a chance to read her more recent ones, but when it comes to Aussie authors, she’s a definite favourite (as is Peter Carey, but I have to be in a particular mood for his work!)

      • Kathryn Fox -I enjoyed all but her last book. Katherine Howell is worth a look, Peter Carey – sorry doesnt do it for me – maybe because I had to read a few at uni and they didnt appeal… Try Honey Brown, or Michael Robotham- great Aussie writers.

        Re stats/view – try not to be too focused on this – I know easier said than done – but what i have learnt – it is easy for people to ‘”follow” but that doesn’t mean they will be bothered to look at once they have signed up…and doesn’t seem so easy to “unsubscribe.” if everyone who has signed up looked at my blog once a week i would be very happy…but the majority don’t. But I enjoy blogging – i could easily write a post every day – sometimes twice a day! And i enjoy getting comments from people who become friends over time, and my family can share our holiday pics- along with everyone else 🙂 and I get an opportunity to promote books and then to receive books for review,and I am never short of an idea on who/what to read next – I read a few crime blogs too and see what others are reading what is coming up. So the numbers are everything.

        Good luck…just start and see where it goes….

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