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Eleven Days (Carrigan and Miller #2)

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A fire rages through a sleepy West London square, engulfing a small convent hidden away among the residential houses. When DI Jack Carrigan and DS Geneva Miller arrive at the scene they discover eleven bodies, yet there were only supposed to be ten nuns in residence.

It's eleven days before Christmas, and despite their superiors wanting the case solved before the holidays,
Published April 30th 2013 by Faber and Faber
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I recently read the third in the Carrigan and Miller series, The Intrusions, which I loved so much that I wanted to read the others. This is the second and it is another brilliant read. It is snowing, Jack Carrigan has been ordered to the scene of a horrific fire at a convent in St Peter's Square, Bayswater, a few days before Christmas. It is not clear whether it is arson or not, but a fireman brings the news that there are a number of bodies in the building. ACC Quinn puts Jack in charge of the ...more
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second in the Carrigan & Miller series crime novels set in London. Sherez creates complicated stories that continue to gain depth as the stories progresses. The story opens with a fire in a wealthy neighborhood that completely destroy a house. The house turns out to be the residence of 10 nuns, a convent. Of course, as this is a crime novel, the fire is not accidental. Who would want to set a fire that kills nuns?

Of course, the Catholic Church us not cooperative when Carrigan an
So... to be honest, I may have groaned just a bit on realising that it featured another dysfunctional pair of detectives assigned to London's Metropolitan police force - that's a bit of a cliché, to say the least, and the Met are not the shining beacons of rectitude they've acquired a worldwide reputation for being. They may have been more so decades ago when this trend began, but not now.

I did read the whole book, however, because I found it more interesting than the framing device would normal
Rob Kitchin
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eleven Days is the second book in the Carrigan and Miller series. Like the first book, Sherez uses the format of a police procedural and London’s diverse population to shine a light on fairly weighty political and social issues. In this case, the political turmoil and violence in Peru during the 1970s and the role of liberation theology and the contemporary movement of Albanian criminals into London’s underworld and sex trafficking. Both provide a menacing backdrop to Carrigan and Miller’s inves ...more
Liz Barnsley
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again I found myself diving into a "second in series" book by an author I was already extremely fond of. The first book in the "Carrigan and Miller" series, A Dark Redemption, was excellent and I was not far into this one before I realised that, if anything, it was even better. This time we find our protagonists investigating arson at a convent in which eleven nuns die...except there were only ten nuns in residence. With Eleven days to go until Christmas, the powers that be are keen for a r ...more
May 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I totally got sucked into this story & read the book in one sitting, staying up way, way too late. It's nice to find a book like that! This is the second in a crime/world noir series by Stav Sherez. I rarely read series, yet I am so enjoying this one. I guess now I'm going to have to wait until the author writes the next one! Both books are gritty crime dramas with international/political overtones. They're really well-written & I've so enjoyed both of them. They've been smart, page-turn ...more
I'm really starting to love this author. This is the second book in the series, and in both, he blends an intriguing police procedural and dynamic relationships between the characters with something different - a deep understanding of international social justice issues and a willingness to tackle them head-on in crime fiction.

My only small quibble is with the expository dialogue he uses when Carrigan and Miller interview witnesses; as an example (a witness describing one of the victims, Emily):
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

No. 2 Carrigan & Miller series

Another British police procedural. And a damn good one at that.

I'd not read the first novel in this series and the author didn't waste many words filling me in on the backstory, which I liked. There were just a few brief references to past events which was enough. If you can't fill I'm the blanks and work it out for yourself then what are you doing reading mysteries? I am currently reading (or struggling to read) a series book where the author has felt the need
Glenda Powell
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this intelligent and powerful book. Sherez writes with authority-I get the impression he has researched well and shows sound knowledge throughout. His main characters are realistic. This is a book I would thoroughly recommend to crime story lovers. If you haven't read anything by Stav Sherez, in my opinion, you are missing out. Can't wait for the third Carrigan and Miller book. In the meantime am going to read some of his other work.
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stav Sherez is a masterful storyteller. Framed as a police procedural, this book is so much more.

A fire at a convent kill eleven women, although only 10 nuns are supposedly in residence. Cardigan and Miller, whom we met in the first book (A Dark Redemption) get stonewalled in their investigation by the church and the police hierarchy. They do learn, however, that the convent which was supposed to be very private, had a number of recent visitors and also employed a caretaker. And who was the elev
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second story in the Carrigan /Miller series and it was a definite page turner. stav Sherez is a cracking writer who elevates police procedurals into something special as he keeps all the usual classic features but adds something other with well informed journeys into the unusual. In the first book it was politics in Uganda but in this one we are immersed into the world of the Catholic church and Peruvian politics and missionaries.
I won't say anymore suffice to say that if you like C
Andy Plonka
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is the second in a series and though I have not read the first I shall have to rectify that in the near future. The plot involves a fire in which ten nuns are killed and it is not obvious whether it is an accident or murder. It gets even more complicated when another body is found . The main characters, Jack Carrigan and Geneva Miller are easy to identify with, though they are both burdened by their own personalities.
Elaine Tomasso
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The breadth of this novel is amazing as it roams from Peruvian politics of the 70s to Albanian gangs of the present via lack of cooperation from the Catholic church without confusion but with logic. The story opens when 10 nuns and an unknown female are burnt to death in a fire. Cardigan and Miller, a very realistic duo, follow all and any leads they can until they reach a conclusion in a very clever twist I didn't see coming. Obviously not everything they investigate has a bearing on the fire a ...more
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazingly good. A truly original plot with interesting bits that kept me guessing even to the end. This was my second book in the series, after Intrusions, so I can hardly wait to get hold of book 1 in the series.
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crime novel with Carrigan and Miller.
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bit of a surprise at the end, didn't see that coming.
I've found a new series 😃
Tanya Rich
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gripping from start to finish
Review originally published here:

Eleven Days is the second book in the Carrigan and Miller series, but it can just as easily be read as a standalone. I hadn’t read the first book, and I got caught up with this story right away. Protagonist Carrigan has lost his wife a few years ago, and ever since he’s had a bitter, grim look on life. Christmas is the worst, so part of him is secretly relieved when he’s called to work on a case during the holiday season.
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Grim and grey but still very readable...

When a fire engulfs a convent in London, the ten nuns who make up the Order are all killed. But there is another body too, and it’s up to Detectives Jack Carrigan and Geneva Miller to find out who she was and why she was there. This is a complex, somewhat sprawling thriller that looks not just at the underbelly of crime in London but also at politics within the Roman Catholic church, and across the world to the impact of big business on the peasants of Per
Vicky Newham
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ELEVEN DAYS is the fourth novel by Stav Sherez and continues the Carrigan and Miller detective partnership which the author set up so effectively in A DARK REDEMPTION. The Prologue, written in the distinctive voice of a female character, is particularly enjoyable to read (and partly because of the deliberately long sentences). Then we move to a poignant scene with Carrigan and his sick mother, and are reminded that he is still grieving for his dead wife, Louise. For me, these two personal situat ...more
Julian King
Jul 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first Carrigan & Miller, and I've enjoyed meeting them.

Police procedural double-act, with credible, sympathetic, flawed characters following various leads towards suitably shocking if slightly less credible conclusion.

Sherez is ambitious: we have Eastern European drug barons, Peruvian politics of the 1970s, and the Catholic church at its most devious (though, thankfully, we are spared the by now traditional conspiracy theory). He is also, in places, a memorably good phrase-maker (though h
Cheryl M-M
May 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again London is the background setting for this second Carrigan and Miller novel, the first being A Dark Redemption (Carrigan & Miller Police 1). London tends to bring about stereotypical images to mind, instead Sherez takes the reader into the unknown entity and veins leading from the heart of the city. Darkness, secrets and hidden evil behind closed doors.
The crimes are written with a subtle helping of both religious and political sub-plots that don't take over the main concept.
Marina Sofia
May 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this--my kind of writing style. It's a police procedural that has enough background, psychology, interplay of characters, research, plot and description to keep me interested and to raise it above the merely average. I do admit I had some previous knowledge of liberation theology, so it was quite easy to follow that part, although the combination with Albanian mafia seemed to be overgilding the lily. I like the two main characters and that their back story and mutual support is ...more
Maria Gabriella
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
C'est magnifique! Stav Sherez never, ever's the fourth book I read by him, and the second in the Carrigan-Miller series, and don't see it coming, you really don't. Won't spoil it and leave you to discover what happens (we have the usual gruesome parts that we all have learnt to love in his books, and the mix with religion in the story which is peculiar for the way it is woven in), but will say that much that the cliffhanger we're left with makes me wish I could have th ...more
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ten incinerated nuns and an unidentified 11th dead woman, Albanian sex and drug trafficking gangs, liberation theology in Peru and obstructionist senior clerics with ties to senior police officers in London - Carrigan and Miller have a lot to contend with in this, their second outing.

It's an intricate plot, but all the elements hold together well. The personal lives of Carrigan and Miller are a bit more revealed - his grief for his dead wife, her attempts to extricate herself from a disastrous m
Sandy Hall
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm so sad this is it for the series so far, I want to know more about these characters! I've loved the author's ability to flesh out the characters, but not give so much information that it detracts from the mystery/plot. Carrigan's addiction to good coffee is more than a little reminiscent of John Harvey's Charlie Resnick, not to mention the similarity in their physical descriptions. I DO find that a little off-putting, but it's a minor irritation.
Martin Waight
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to be able to read a pre release copy of this book from NetGalley. My thanks to them for making it available and to the author for writing it.

This is the first book I have read by this author and I will read more and recommend it to others. This was a good story which kept a readers interest with clever twists. A substantial amount of research has gone into making the plot believable and the result is a worthwhile read.

I read this on a Kindle.

May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Eleven days before Christmas, a convent is burned to the ground. The bodies of the ten nuns are found sitting around the dining table. An eleventh body is found in the confessional. Liberation Theology. Albanian sex traffickers. Peruvian mine strikers. All play a part in this twisting and turning mystery.
Sian Bradshaw
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Jane Fenn
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Compelling story with seemingly endless plot twists. Somehow didn't have quite the energy of the other books I've read of Stav's, though. Maybe because I read the extraordinarily disturbing, (but excellent), Devil's Playground previously. Any book would seem 'tame' by comparison!! Certainly won't stop me reading more.
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Born in 1970, Sherez grew up in London and attended Latymer Upper School and the University of Leeds.

Stav Sherez is a British novelist whose first novel The Devil's Playground was published in 2004 by Penguin Books and was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Dagger.

Sherez's second novel, The Black Monastery, is published by Faber & Faber in April 2009.

From 1999 to 2004 he was a main contribut
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Other Books in the Series

Carrigan and Miller (3 books)
  • A Dark Redemption (Carrigan and Miller, #1)
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