Meet Zoe Finch, West Midlands Police’s newest Detective Inspector. She’s outspoken, ambitious, and damaged. And she’s working a case that could make her career, or cost her everything…
Fresh from the success of the Canary investigation into depravity and corruption at the highest levels, Zoe has attracted attention. Not least from Assistant Chief Constable Bryn Jackson.
But when Jackson is brutally murdered on the night of his retirement party, Zoe is dragged into a case that’s deeply personal.
All the evidence points to the victim’s downtrodden wife, who has secrets of her own. But Zoe begins to suspect all isn’t as it seems. Could Jackson’s death be linked to the Canary case? And what is her new boss, DCI David Randle, hiding?
Seeking out the truth will force Zoe to confront her own past and put her career, and her team’s lives, on the line.
Deadly Wishes is a gritty crime thriller.
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
Female-led police procedurals are a favourite of mine, and this is one that I will add to my list of series to follow. Zoe Finch is a forceful character, dedicated to her career and her son. She’s intelligent and diligent and has caught the attention of the top echelons of the police after success in her last case. At the outset, the reader isn’t sure whether this due to her detecting skills or the threat she poses, to the hierarchy.
The death of a senior police officer puts Zoe in the middle of a politically sensitive murder inquiry. The victim had enemies, some close to home, and Zoe’s immediate superior seems determined to relegate her to the sidelines and close the case quickly.
Well-paced and plotted this story has an addictive quality. It explores contemporary issues concerning the police force, particularly corruption and misogyny. The characters are complex and relatable. The suspense building leads to many surprises, and there’s an undercurrent of menace increasing as the story reaches its climax.
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