Today it is my great pleasure to be taking part in the blog tour for Presumed Guilty, the second book in the Beth Chamberlain series by Jane Issac. A huge thank you to the author for the advance copy for review and happy publication day to you. And thanks to Emma Welton for inviting me to join the tour. Here is what the book is all about:
Accident or murder?
The first victim – a prominent local councillor, killed in a hit and run ‒ could be either, but the next bodies leave no doubt. A twisted killer is at large. And he’s not finished yet.
DC Beth Chamberlain, Family Liaison Officer, has to support the victims’ families, but before she can solve the crimes in the present, Beth needs to uncover the secrets of the past.
Meanwhile, the killer has her in his sights…
Ooooh. This book start with a bang. Literally. Caused by a car hitting a pedestrian at quite some speed. What we don’t yet know is who or why but that is about to become very clear, with quite startling consequences. Now the victim in question has a decidedly questionable past, about to go to court for a crime which he maintains he did not commit. But as he won’t now get the chance to prove his innocence, will investigating his past lead Beth Chamberlain and the other officers to the person responsible for shortening his future?
Now I don’t want to say too much more about the plot than that as this is a book you need to read to uncover each clue as it appears to the police. Needless to say, the two stories, past and present, are cunningly interlinked and Jane Isaac does a bang up job of feeding the reader just enough to keep them hooked, but not so much that she gives the game away. There are moments of great tension throughout, as well as great levels of conflict for our protagonist Beth, both internally within her job, and externally by way of her sister and a killer who seems intent on dragging her into their twisted game. The pacing is spot on and it had me flying through the pages, keen to know if I had guessed anything correctly, while still blindsiding me with some of the reveals. Really great stuff.
Beth Chamberlain is a great character. This is the second story with her in and the more I read about her the more I grow to like her. She excels in her FLO role and yet is pulled from them into a more investigatory role in this book, much to her disappointment. You can read this book as a stand alone as it ‘s a completely separate story, but you will do better by reading the books in order as you can then see Beth’s story develop, understand the complex relationship between her, her family and her boss, and get a sense of her as a person. She is tough and determined, not scared to put herself in the firing line, but ultimately calm and capable in a crisis. Which is good because she’s going to be in one hell of a pickle this time around.
I really like the way Jane Isaac sets the scenes in her books, You get a real sense of the environment and the people and it heightens the experience for you as a reader. Her characterisations are great and you can feel the emotions emanating from the page as you read. Because you get a strong sense of the people, you care more about what happens to (most of) them, but i particular Beth and if you are anything like me, the ending will leave you reeling and desperate to read more. I can’t wait for the next book in the series as the sense of threatening promise that ended this one was unreal. A brilliant read.
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About the Author
Jane Isaac lives with her detective husband (very helpful for research!) and her daughter in rural Northamptonshire, UK where she can often be found trudging over the fields with her Labrador, Bollo. Her debut, An Unfamiliar Murder, was nominated as best mystery in the ‘eFestival of Words Best of the Independent e-Book awards 2013.’ The follow up, The Truth Will Out, was nominated as ‘Thriller of the Month – April 2014’ by E-Thriller.com.
Presumed Guilty is Jane’s seventh novel and the second in her DC Beth Chamberlain (Family Liaison Officer) series. The third DC Beth Chamberlain novel will be released early 2019. Connect with Jane at www.janeisaac.co.uk
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