“The safety catch on the Glock snapped as it was released. Her stomach curdled as she watched the face of death stretch and curve. Listened to the words drip from his mouth, ‘Right. Let’s begin, shall we?’
When Cameron Swift is gunned down outside his family home, DC Beth Chamberlain is appointed Family Liaison Officer: a dual role that requires her to support the family, and also investigate them.
As the case unfolds and the body count climbs, Beth discovers that nothing is quite as it appears and everyone, it seems, has secrets.
Even the dead…”
I am delighted to welcome you to the blog today and my stop on the After He’s Gone blog tour. After He’s Gone is the first book in a new series written by established crime writer, Jane Isaac. I am such a fan of Jane Isaac’s books and have featured the last two novels in the DI Will Jackman series on the blog; Beneath the Ashes and The Lies Within. When I heard Jane was due to release the first book in a brand new, self-published series featuring a new detective, in the form of DC Beth Chamberlain, I couldn’t wait to read it!
After He’s Gone opens with a terrifying prologue, shortly followed by a shocking first chapter guaranteed to get the heart rate up! From that point forward I was hooked and wanted to know absolutely everything that was happening to these normal sounding people and of course, why it was happening. Luckily we readers have the wonderful DC Beth Chamberlain on our side, persistently poking at the mysterious half-truths and secrets in an attempt to solve a somewhat bewildering case for Northampton Police Force. But the more she pokes, the more confusing things become. Can Beth manage to piece together the evidence before it’s too late and the killer strikes again…
I really liked Beth. She’s probably less angst-ridden than many of the detectives I normally read about but it’s nice to have a break from my usual damaged souls, in a literary sense. Her secret ‘friends with benefits’ agreement with a senior officer gave her a bit of an edge, particularly as he’s keen for more but Beth won’t admit to how she feels. I’m not one for love’n’stuff in my crime novels but I can see this relationship bringing friction to a normally harmonious working relationship. I look forward to seeing where Isaac takes this storyline in future novels.
Would I recommend this book? Definitely. It’s a great start to what promises to be a brilliant new crime series featuring Family Liaison Officer DC Beth Chamberlain. I found myself drawn into the story from the get-go, brilliantly written and skillfully plotted by a talented author. I managed to read After He’s Gone in just over a day which is very quick for me. Testament to the fact that I struggled to put it down. I’m excited about the future, I can’t wait to get my hands on the next Beth Chamberlain novel.
Four out of five stars.
I chose to read and review an eARC of After He’s Gone. The above review is my own unbiased opinion.
After He’s Gone by Jane Isaac was published in the UK on 15th June 2018 and is available in paperback and eBook formats (please note, the following links (except the Universal Link) are affiliate links): | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Goodreads | Universal Link |
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 eBook awards 2013.’ The follow up, The Truth Will Out, was nominated as ‘Thriller of the Month – April 2014’ by E-Thriller.com.
After He’s Gone is Jane’s sixth novel and the first in a new series featuring Family Liaison Officer, DC Beth Chamberlain. The second DC Beth Chamberlain novel will be released later in 2018.