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The Burning (Maeve Kerrigan #1)

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A determined young police constable goes it alone against an enigmatic killer and her bosses in a series debut for fans of Sophie Hannah and Tana French

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 Kerri
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ebook, 368 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Minotaur Books (first published November 1st 2010)
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Liz Masters It's definitely not a children's book, nor would I say it is a teen novel. Its main audience is adults; however, it would probably appeal (and be…moreIt's definitely not a children's book, nor would I say it is a teen novel. Its main audience is adults; however, it would probably appeal (and be appropriate) to older teens.(less)
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Janet
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Burning is the first book in the Maeve Kerrigan series. Kerrigan is a DC trying to impress in a man's world within her team. Based in South London, bodies are being found in remote areas, partially burned; the murders quickly turn into victims of 'The Burning Man.' The latest victim, a successful PR woman, Rebecca Haworth, seems to be woman with a fair few secrets and Kerrigan is assigned to her case to look more closely into it. On the surface she looks to be another victim of 'The Burning ...more
Darcia Helle
I have mixed feelings about this book. It was not the psychological thriller I expected. The pace is fairly slow and is more of a whodunit, police procedural read. That in itself wouldn't have been a disappointment, had it better captured my attention. I did like Maeve and can easily see her character carrying a series. I also liked the character of Rob, though I wish he'd been more developed. His POV didn't enter the story until almost 3/4 through.

The serial killer is a very small part of the s
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Emma
Feb 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

I spent part of the time being annoyed on Maeve's behalf about the sexist and rude attitudes of her fellow police, and part of the time annoyed by her desperate need to one up her colleagues and suck up to her boss. Even so, I liked her. I like that she's got a bit of a temper; that she cleverly uses the evidence to come to conclusions, but is still anxious that she might have got it wrong; that she jumps in to help people when they're in danger, though perhaps she might have been bette
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Maureen DeLuca
This is a new author for me and the first in the series. This mystery follows Maeve Kerrigan, a young and determined police detective. The case she's involved in centers on the murders by a serial killer come to be known as the Burning Man, a person who brutalizes and burns women. When the fifth victim is found, Maeve throws up some interesting questions and gets deeply involved with the case, feeling that this latest victim is a 'copy cat' murder.

This book kept my interest and I really liked
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Gary
Sep 13, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in the DC Maeve Kerrigan series by Jane Casey. Having previously read and enjoyed 'After the Fire'which is the 6th book in the series, I decided to read the complete series and predictably started with the very first book 'The Burning'.
I was interested to read other reviews from friends, some of which said they were a little disappointed in the novel, which I can understand to some extent. Often the debut novel in a series is a little slower as characters are developed et
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Carol
Mar 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, debut
Jane Casey's The Burning is the first in the Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan Series. It's a debut with potential. It caught my interest in the first chapter as a young woman makes a bad choice in accepting a ride from a stranger after a night of too much partying with friends. You can feel her terror as she realizes her mistake and her realization that her bad judgment may just be her last. She believes she has hitched a ride with "The Burning Man", a serial killer of young women so named, we ...more
The Book Whisperer (aka Boof)
To be honest, when I picked this book up, I did think it was going to be a pretty run of the mill crime fic book about a serial killer but it turned out to be so much more than that. In fact, the serial killer (The Burning Man) is barely in the book at all. Instead, the story focuses on the “5th victim” of The Burning Man whom the police believe that may actually be a copycat crime and Detective Maeve Kerrigan is tasked with delving into victim Rebecca Haworth’s life in the hope of uncovering th ...more
Jane
Mar 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
DC Maeve Kerrigan is part of a team working on the case a murder case: the case of a serial killer who is preying upon young women who venture out late at night in south London, killing them and then burning their bodies.

The media has labelled him The Burning Man.

Now that really doesn’t sound like my kind of book, but I gave it the benefit of the doubt, because I had read, and very much enjoyed, Jane Casey’s previous book, The Missing. I’m very glad that I did, because The Burning is a very good
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Bill Kupersmith
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I find Maeve Kerrigan quite the enigma. Usually I can classify principal characters as strong or weak; Tana French's Cassie Maddox & S. J. Bolton's Lacey Flint are strong, admirable & very capable, whatever their personal problems. The alcoholics who pervade Scottish & Scandanavian crime novels seem pathetic and contemptible. Elly Griffiths' Ruth Galloway is a little on the weak side & Sophie Hannah's Simon Waterhouse & Charlie Zailer are so weak they have to lean on each oth ...more
Christine
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The 'Burning man' is murdering women in London and setting fire to them. There are four victims to date. Maeve Kerrigan is a young police officer, on the team and we follow the case through her eyes. The most recent victim is Rebecca Haworth, a woman with a few secrets.

This is a fabulous and exciting crime drama, that keeps you hooked from beginning to end. I couldn't put it down. Maeve is endearing and bright, as the only female in a male detective environment. Shades of Prime Suspect. I love
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CLM
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to CLM by: Clare
The best review is when you couldn't stop reading until it was done, no matter how late it got.

http://perfectretort.blogspot.com/201...

It is unreasonable to wish Jane Casey wrote faster because I am the first to complain when an author produces books on demand for her publisher and the quality suffers!
Pınar
Apr 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Çok iyiydi, özellikle son 100-150 sayfa.
Hallie
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
4.5 stars.

Continuing on my run of somewhat grisly reads... (Becca was here the other day, picked this up and started reading, to ask incredulously of Cara, "How did Mom like this?" My feebleness in the face of horror is well known to both. Made me feel kind of tough. Or maybe not...)

For me the book's appeal was mostly Maeve herself, and I loved her character enough that she could probably have carried a much weaker mystery plot. She didn't have to, though, and while one aspect of the mystery was
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Katie S D
May 19, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This review has spoilers.
I don't write reviews often, but I feel obligated to add a counterpoint to the generally favorable reviews this book has been receiving on Goodreads. This book was terrible. The writing was embarrassing: a plethora of point-of-view infractions, central characters that are one or two quirks away from stock characters, and multiple examples that could be used to demonstrate to 101 Creative Writing students why telling, rather than showing, is cheap. There were word usage
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Books
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ellen-s-reviews
A thrilling murder mystery and British police drama, The Burning Man is a captivating novel centered on a London serial killer with a nasty habit of burning his victims after he kills them. Though up against several policemen who are as ambitious as she is, Detective Constable Kerrigan is determined to catch the villain. When Rebecca Haworth is murdered, however, the hunt for said serial killer takes on a whole new dimension.

A true page-turner, this book held my attention most of the time. That
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Freda Malone
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Diane S ☔
Aug 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 1/2 I liked the novel way this was written, concentrating on the victim instead of the killer, also in alternating chapters with the police detective Maeve telling the investigative side and the victim's best friend telling us about the victim. It was, however, rather predictable in that I guessed who had done it and pretty much why before the book was even half finished.
Emily (Obsessed Reader)
Yeah this was a DNF for me. Maybe it would have turned out to be a decent book, but I was extremely bored with it and didn't have the patience to find out. It certainly wasn't bad, but I've read better.
So, I Read This Book Today
Brilliant British Thriller First, to get this out there, I love British police procedurals. They are normally crisp, compelling and well written. The Burning is a premier example of the best the genre has to offer. Written from the viewpoint of Detective Constable (DC) Maeve Kerrigan, the story focuses on the hunt for “The Burning Man” a serial killer terrorizing London. His crimes are horrific, and no young woman is safe. There have been four murders committed which can obviously be credited to ...more
Julie
Jun 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Burning by Jane Casey is a 2011 Minotaur publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book is the first in the Maeve Kerrigan series.

There is a serial killer on the loose, one they have dubbed “The Burning Man”. When a young woman is found murdered, it looks as though the killer has struck again. But, is this the work of the “Burning Man” or a copycat?

I think the main problem this book has, at least for me, is the very
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Janie Johnson
I got this book from Net Galley to read and give an honest review. I have to say I was teetering between a 2 and a 3 star rating so I ended up at a 2.5. I have never read anything from this author before and I thought the synopsis was interesting and since I love mystery, and crime stories I thought I would try this one out. It was just ok for me.

I think the writing style of the author is ok, but I felt that the Author lost sight of the "the burning man" and it was not how I thought it would be.
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Larraine
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Continuing in my crime novel reading spree...! Just finished "The Burning," by Jane Casey. When I read this, I thought it was the first in the series. It's actually the second. So darn! Now I have to find that first one, right? Maeve is an appealing character - unsure of herself, vulnerable yet tough as nails and very smart.Born and raised in England by Irish parents who are teetotalers, Maeve has to listen to demeaning jokes about being Irish, and has to ignore misogynistic remarks about her lo ...more
Katya
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this and I'm so, so excited that there are 4 more in the series, plus a couple of other books by the same author! I had this on my to-read list for ages after seeing it in a bookstore but I didn't actually buy the book until recently. I actually think the back cover makes it seem less interesting than it really is.

As with a couple other mystery/suspense novels I've read that were written by women and have a female detective, I thought it was interesting that sexism in the workplace facto
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judy
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Just gobbled up this and "The Reckoning". I'm really enjoying the way Casey weaves plots together. If I were into the word, I'd call them "organic". Her protagonist, DC Maeve Kerrigan, struggles-and sometimes fails--to keep her Irish temper intact as she tries to establish herself as the first rate homicide detective she really is. Of course she must face continuous hassles from the all-male and all-older men in her division. I will definitely keep Jane Casey on my watch list. If I have a critic ...more
AngryGreyCat
The Burning by Jane Casey is a mystery about a serial killer who burns his victims when he is done with them. After coming off of reading The Keeper of Lost Causes, this simply did not compare. Maeve Kerrigan did not really grip me as a character and the mystery seemed predictable. Overall, the plot and the characters lack depth, everything seemed one dimensional. As a reader, you totally lose sight of “the burning man” during the course of the book. Since this is the first in a series, perhaps ...more
Connie (Ava Catherine)
Great crime/detective novel. Maeve,a smart, committed detective based in London, is the heroine of the novel. Jane Casey has created a wonderful, well-rounded main character and delightful true-to-life supporting characters. The plot and pacing of the book pulls the reader into the book from the beginning and does not let go. I really have a difficult time putting Jane Casey's books down once I begin them. I highly recommend her book if you like mysteries or detective novels about strong women.
Jane
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2016
Loved it.
I think the book copy is a bit misleading -- but in a good way, because this exceeded my expectations. Maeve Kerrigan is a likable protagonist, an Irish woman working as a DC in London, assigned a serial killer case. While there IS a serial killer, the main thrust of the story is more psychological with different POVs and a few surprising plot turns. This isn't quite as good as a Tana French read, but it's much better than the average thriller.
Sheila
Aug 31, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was rather disappointed in this one. First in the Maeve Kerrigan series. Although she spends a lot of effort in figuring out the clues and interviewing suspects, to me the book plodded along. A lot of her efforts were spent in feeling insecure about her place on the homicide squad.
Jackie Newman
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading some of the review here I questioned if I would like this book. I loved it!! Couldn't put it down! The main character is very human but still professional & very clever. The plot twists and turns were fascinating. Can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Laila (BigReadingLife)
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laila (BigReadingLife) by: Cathy at 746 Books, FictionFan's blog
Most of the book had stellar pacing but the end dragged a bit for me. I'll definitely read some more of this series, though.
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