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The Last Girl

(Maeve Kerrigan #3)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  3,834 ratings  ·  320 reviews
Vast wealth offers London defense attorney Philip Kennford a lot of things: a gorgeous house with a pool in the backyard, connections in the top echelons of society, a wardrobe worthy of Milan runways. But his money doesn't provide a happy marriage, or good relationships with his twin daughters…and it does nothing to protect his family when someone brutally murders his wif ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published May 21st 2013 by Minotaur Books (first published 2012)
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Apr 06, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the 3rd book in the Maeve Kerrigan series by author Jane Casey.
Philip Kennford is a wealthy attorney but his money does not provide him with an happy wife or a good relationship with his daughters. Least of all it does not protect his family when someone brutally murders his wife and daughter in their own home. Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan is full of ambition and is eager to help solve this murder along with DCI Josh Derwent.
I have read most of this series and although I enjoyed t
Sep 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
Oh Jane!

After four books – three of them in the Maeve Kerrigan series – I’m seeing a pattern. You do so many things exceedingly well, but so often the final effect is rather spoilt by one or two things rather clumsily.

I will explain, but in doing that there may be a spoiler or two. Nothing too big, and I won’t name any names or reveal too mant plot details. I’ll just say that if you have read and liked the earlier books you’ll like this one too, so do read it and then come back to see if we ag
Renee (itsbooktalk)
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars You can find all my reviews at

So if you've read my blog regularly over the past 6 months you know I often enjoy jumping into a series midway or even later. I've done it again with The Last Girl as this is book 3 of the Maeve Kerrigan series. So as not to lose anyone, this can definitely be read as a standalone. I started with this one after seeing SO many rave reviews of her books around the blogosphere and when I realized there was a male/female police detective st
Liz Barnsley
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Re-read 25/2/19. Below review is from first read. The old me ha ha. This is brilliant. I think it was better this time round.

The latest in the Maeve Kerrigan series, sees Maeve investigating the murder of a mother and daughter and peripherally, several gang shootings. As usual for this series,we have excellent plotting, great characters and an eye for detail that can be missing in a lot of Crime Fiction these days. In the tradition of Mo Hayder (but may I say in my opinion far superior especial
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This continue to be a solid series I’ll continue to follow.

The protagonist is showing a few signs of growing up. She’s still a lot better at figuring out crime clues than standing up to the men around her. I haven’t bonded with her, but she’s likable enough to follow around.

I would like to see more depth or variability or stakes or something in the relationship with her work partner, the senior detective who majors in being a jerk and whose only reason to be in the series is to play smug aggre
Sharon Bolton
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A mother and daughter are murdered in their own home in a wealthy London suburb. The father receives a brutal blow to the head in the same attack. Only the second daughter, twin to the first, survives the onslaught. DC Mauve Kerrigan and her colleagues have to decide whether the mother and daughter were the intended victims, or taking the fall for the unscrupulous, womanizing husband.

Of course, the early focus of the police investigation is on the husband. A successful criminal barrister, he’s
This is the third installment in the Maeve Kerrigan series by Irish writer Jane Casey. Set in London, England, this crime series features Metropolitan Police detective DC Kerrigan and her current case, the brutal murder of a woman and her teenage daughter in their home in Wimbledon, a wealthy neighbourhood in London. The husband, who is a criminal defense barrister, is also attacked but not seriously hurt. Another teenage daughter, is completely unharmed, although traumatised after discovering t ...more
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-read
I love Jane Casey’s Maeve Kerrigan series!! The Last Girl is the third book in this police procedural murder mystery series with a strong but definitely not perfect female protagonist. As I have said many times, what makes a strong genre book, in addition to a compelling main character are interesting and well-rounded secondary characters. We know it’s a genre book; there’s gonna be some horrific crime (usually a violent murder or three) and our hero is part of a team who is trying to catch the ...more
Elaine Tomasso
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I stayed up to finish this book so it's quite compulsive. Mauve and her sidekick, DI Derwent, are called to investigate the brutal murder of a mother and her daughter whilst the father and other daughter were in the house and survived almost unhurt. Everyone is keeping secrets so the investigation is very frustrating. Obviously you have to suspend your disbelief as all sorts of secrets come crawling out the cupboard but it is well plotted and I didn't guess the perpetrator until it was obvious. ...more
Roman Clodia
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
A mother and daughter are found dead in their home, the husband unconscious upstairs - but why has the second daughter been left untouched?

I like Jane Casey's books and this is another gripping read featuring DC Maeve Kerrigan. As in some of her other plots, this does rely on a huge (huge!) coincidence, and the clues to the denouement are laid on rather unsubtly so that I had solved the problem before our heroine. Some of the husband/father's actions, too, are unbelievable too, especially toward
Nov 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, crime
I tried to ignore the growing problems with this series, but they all become too much with The Last Girl. This writer manages to turn an interesting complex character into a sidekick for a 'toxic' boss we're supposed to understand is a 'brilliant cop' and really human underneath it all even though we get no actual evidence that he is anything more than a misogynist, racist shitbag who does everything he can to keep Maeve from actually solving these crimes. Did I mention that [spoiler] the villai ...more
Jill Hutchinson
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in this series that I have read and liked it much better than The Stranger You Know....or maybe I just got used to the rather unlikable protagonists. So giving this author a second chance paid off.

A wealthy barrister's wife and favorite child are horribly murdered but he and the dead child's twin sister who were in the house at the time survive. Kerrigan and Derwent are called in to investigate and they find a puzzling situation.....the barrister who is rather unpopular h
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bit slow to start but soon got up to speed and turned into a very good read.
Alabama Vee
Dec 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: crime
Not for me, too much banter and police politics, also found most characters annoying or completely unlikable.
The Last Girl by Jane Casey is a 2013 Minotaur/ St Martin's Press publication. I was provided a copy of this book by Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I have read an earlier installment in this series while it was still in the character development stage and found it to be a bit slow moving and weighted down with long rambling chapters that kept the pace from ever developing a rhythm, making it hard to maintain focus. I did like the book well enough to give the series
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The latest Maeve Kerrigan crime novel had an amazing number of twists and turns although I think it could have been edited down a bit. Still, the more I read about Maeve, the more I like her. She is an interesting character - the daughter of Irish parents, born and raised in London. She thinks of herself as English, but has to endure the jokes from her colleagues about her Irish looks and their reputation as drinkers. She is a beautiful young woman who intentionally downplays her looks and is se ...more
S.W. Hubbard
Sep 02, 2016 rated it liked it
I wanted to like this more than I did. The Maeve Kerrigan series is a British police procedural with a female protagonist, so it should be up my alley. I read an earlier book in the series, THE RECKONING, and liked it well enough to try another. Now that I've read THE LAST GIRL, I understand why I'm having trouble warming up to this series. Both books start off with a bang. The author hooks us with a great premise, in this case, a mother and teen daughter murdered, a father left injured, and the ...more
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am enjoying the Maeve Kerrigan series based in London by Jane Casey. They are police procedurals. Many have given a synopsis of the plot of this book so I am going to say what I liked about the book.

It is character driven and as each book progresses, we learn more about each character and start to care about them. I think to really enjoy this series, one should start with book one as the backgrounds and characters are developed throughout the series. I have read the first three books of the se
Margaret Madden
3.5 starts. I love the Maeve Kerrigan series and especially the partnership with herself and Derwent. The banter, the innuendos, the balance if her hunches and his arrogance. The story wandered off a little too much for my taste, but pulled to a wtf? ending. Looking forward to the next one.
Rachel Hall
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
London in August in the midst of sweltering temperatures which leave the air stagnant, DC Maeve Kerrigan and her boss DC Josh Derwent are sent to the exclusive enclave of Wimbledon village, not often the destination for the Met officers who make up the murder squad that Maeve is part of. Expecting to find the bodies of a mother and daughter, both victims of knife wounds they certainly aren't expecting the home to belong to the renowned defence barrister Phillip Kennford, a man with a reputation ...more
Having been a fan of this series, I was pretty disappointed with this book. The story seemed to meander all over the place, and there was too much extraneous narrative that didn't contribute to the story in any meaningful way. I'll still continue reading the series, unless I encounter another one like this.
Cressida McLaughlin
Jane Casey is a fantastic author and can do no wrong in my eyes. LOVED this book, especially love the regular characters and am just going to start the next one straight away.
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Crime and mystery lovers everywhere
Shades of Christie…

Maeve Kerrigan is fast becoming established as one of the most enjoyable detectives in current crime fiction. Young and ambitious, with a normal life, no alcohol or drug problems, a lovely regular boyfriend and a family who love her – what a refreshing change from the usual diet of angst-ridden mavericks.

When Vita Kennford and her 15-year-old daughter Laura are found dead, Maeve and her colleagues have to decide whether they were the real targets or whether someone had b
Philip Kennford’s, a London defense attorney, wife and one twin daughter were brutally murdered while his other daughter was swimming in their pool and he was showering.

Detective Maeve Kerrigan and her partner Josh Derwent are assigned to the team investigating these murders. They quickly discover that although the Kennfords are a wealthy family they were not a happy family and have many secrets in their closet. Maeve must sort through the victims’ and survivors’ past to uncover the truth behind
G.H. Monroe
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Bravo for Jane Casey! She has managed to get better with each book in her series. This is no small feat. In her first book, a character speaking in the first person lies to us, the readers. You expect the guilty party to lie to the police, but not to us the readers. In the second book, we were introduced to the guilty party only a short time before they were exposed as guilty. This is a cardinal sin for people who like to try to solve the mystery as we read the story. Despite this complaint, I v ...more
Not yet released in the U.S., this is the third installment of Casey’s Maeve Kerrigan series, following The Reckoning. This one is also a police procedural - though Maeve and Rob’s relationship gets a fair amount of attention as well. In fact, it is this continuing relationship that initially grabbed my attention in the series, so I would actually have appreciated this to have gotten a larger amount of page space. However, the ending certainly leads me to believe that the next book will include ...more
Jun 23, 2013 rated it liked it
This book has so many contradictions. The heroine, Maeve Kerrigan, is a rising star in the London Metropolitan police. She's the astute clever thing that sees the clues everyone else is missing. But, she has a stalker that for TWO books now remains on the loose. She doesn't back down to lunatic slashers or domineering bosses but this stalker is outwitting her at every move. Her and the boyfriend (also police)are pulling up stakes now in order to hide out from Mr. Stalker. Kind of hard to believe ...more
Nov 23, 2013 rated it liked it
'The Last Girl' is the third in the Maeve Corrigan series. Maeve and Derwent investigate the brutal stabbing to death of a mother and daughter.

For me, the story was weakened by the cold, remote father. I didn't really like the story or the twist, as much as I wanted to. It was hard to empathise with the brilliant barrister, who showed little grief over the murder of his family. The remaining family were not very endearing either. Sometimes it does not matter if you don't relate to key character
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my favorite book in the series so far!! And since I gave the other two 5 stars, that's saying something. There were some interesting developments with characters from previous books, and I started to like reading about Maeve and Derwent being partners (even if his personality leaves something to be desired). I thought this was the most intriguing mystery so far, and although I did predict whodunit, I definitely missed most of the why, and Jane Casey kept making me almost second-guess my ...more
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She studied English at Jesus College, Oxford, followed by an mPhil in Anglo-Irish Literature at Trinity College, Dublin

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