The Burning

Casey, Jane

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Burning
"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 clouds her judgment, 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?"--Jacket flap.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2011, c2010
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780312614171
Branch Call Number: FICTION CASEY 2011
Characteristics: 354 p. ;,25 cm


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A determined young police constable, Maeve Kerrigan, goes it alone against an enigmatic killer and her bosses, who believe she shows too much empathy to solve murders for a living. Determined to prove them wrong, Maeve sets out to bring the killer to justice.

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Oct 23, 2014
  • akmarti rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Detective Maeve Kerrigan is a female in a male world. The characters are well-written.The story about whether or not the latest burning victim is part of a serial killing definitely held my interest although the ending was overlong.

Aug 07, 2013
  • artemishi rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

For a debut novel, Casey did a fantastic job. This book is classic murder mystery, complete with wonderfully flawed characters, brilliant British charm, and a true mystery (well, several of them, actually). I recommend it for any fan of the murder mystery genre, and I hope to read more about Maeve's exploits in the future!

Nov 05, 2011
  • cheadlebeagle rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I thought this was a terrific book and a great new character which I hope the author develops. I did not guess who had done it so it kept the suspense for me.

Sep 20, 2011
  • sjmitra rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Deftly written police procedural / murder mystery. Unfortunately, the reader guesses quickly enough the murderer's identity and spends most of the book wondering how the protagonist / detective misses it. Not enough development of the motive or of the murderer. The protagonist, Maeve Kerrigan, is likable inspite of her delay at solving the crime -- so many "duh" moments -- and I'd like to see her reappear in more books.


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