Cruel Acts by Jane Casey
The house was dark. PC Sandra West stared up at it and sighed. The neighbours had called the police -- she checked her watch -- getting on for an hour earlier, to complain about the noise. What noise, the operator asked.
More than likely. It's not fair, the neighbour had said. Not at two in the morning. But what would you expect from people like that?
People like what?
Cruel Acts is the 8th book in Jane Casey's crime series featuring DS Maeve Kerrigan and DI Josh Derwent. I've read and enjoyed them all, but it has been over two years (almost three) since I got to visit with these characters. I was delighted to do so. I will admit that I felt a little uncertain remembering exactly what happened in the previous book, but I got up to speed. In this story, a man who had been previously convicted of two murders is released from prison because it's found that the jury was looking at social media and websites while the trial was going on. They 'pre-decided' what they thought he had done based on his past. And then to top it off, one of the jurors writes a book describing what they did and self-publishes it. Leo Stone is released and the police have to begin again with the investigation, which is where Maeve and Josh come in. Former characters appear, at least a little, including Maeve's former love, Rob. Lots of twists and turns and a chance to see Maeve settle more into her DS status.
I liked this book, though I don't think it will be my favorite. Honestly, too much bickering and posturing between Maeve and Josh. In fact, Maeve seems more than a little prickly and defensive much of the time with everyone. Hopefully, she's just going through a stage. Josh is always prickly, but kind at heart (if you look really deep sometimes - ha!). I don't want to give too much away for those who have followed this series, so I'll not share any more about the plot. Happily, another book will be coming out in the spring entitled The Cutting Place. I'll be watching for it!
A year ago, Leo Stone was convicted of murdering two women and sentenced to life in prison. Now he’s been freed on a technicality, and he’s protesting his innocence.
DS Maeve Kerrigan and DI Josh Derwent are determined to put Stone back behind bars where he belongs, but the more Maeve digs, the less convinced she is that he did it.
The wrong decision could be deadly…
Then another woman disappears in similar circumstances. Is there a copycat killer, or have they been wrong about Stone from the start?