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The Kill

(Maeve Kerrigan #5)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  2,425 ratings  ·  241 reviews
Maeve Kerrigan is used to investigating murders.But this time a killer has struck far too close to home...

When a police officer is found shot dead in his car, DC Maeve Kerrigan and DI Josh Derwent take on the investigation. But nothing about the case prepares them for what happens next: a second policeman dies . . . and then another . . .

The Metropolitan Police struggle to
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published June 5th 2014 by Ebury Press
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Gary Van Cott Personally, and there are indications in this book, I think that Derwent is a softy underneath his brusk exterior. It is both an act and a habit to…morePersonally, and there are indications in this book, I think that Derwent is a softy underneath his brusk exterior. It is both an act and a habit to protect his vulnerable inner self.(less)
L I bought it used on Amazon. Only way to stay abreast of Maeve's adventures!

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The Hook - Catching up on the Maeve Kerrigan Mystery Series (more like crime to me) with this one, #5. Funny thing is I think I skipped #4 and now I have to go back and read that one before I start #6 which I have sitting on my “next to read pile”. To boot, #7 hits the states in July. Darn series, how do you expect a girl to keep up?

The Line - ”It’s hard to say you need to be forgiven.”

The Sinker - One policeman is dead, then two and soon the body count is mounting. Someone’s obviously got it in
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the 5th book in the Maeve Kerrigan series by author Jane Casey.
It was good to read this so quickly after reading another book 'The Kill' in this series where I was a little disappointed. This book was back up to the usual high standard that I have started to expect from Jane Casey.
DC Maeve Kerrigan and DI Josh Derwent are called to investigate the shocking murder of a police officer who is shot in his car but this is only the start of what appears to be a crusade against the police with
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Jul 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone, Fans of Crime Fiction, Brit Crime Fans
I received an ARC of this novel thanks to the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thanks for the opportunity.

There is crime fiction then there is really good crime fiction, this book is in the latter category. Absolutely brilliant!

I read a lot of crime fiction and surprisingly have not read anything by Jane Casey before this novel, I'm not sure how I missed her over the years but I am really glad I came across this book to review and have discovered this talented author.
Apr 02, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm rounding this up to 3.5 stars. Still a good read but not quite as good as others in the series. Enjoying this series a lot and will be reading the next one soon enough! Fuller review to follow.
Cleo Bannister
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Maeve Kerrigan is back and if like me you were eagerly awaiting this episode, you won’t be disappointed. If you haven’t read any of this series yet, you are missing out.

Jane Casey’s books contain a superb array of complex characters, not for her the caricature of a policeman (or woman), mother, schoolteacher or member of a gun club. No, instead the characters have layers, even Josh Derwent, Maeve’s superior officer, who spends most of his time being the most obnoxiously sexist man you’d ever hav
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I really loved the idea of Maeve getting a much needed break at the start of this book when she's at her colleague's wedding. I know I completely gush about Derwent but I really like Maeve! She's tough, super smart, and sarcastic, yet also feminine and I love getting to know her outside of her job. She has the best insight into herself as she often knows what she's about to say or do isn't going to go well for her but she'll do it anyway. Whil
Liz Barnsley
Publication Date: 5th June 2014 from Ebury Press.

Thank you to the author and publisher for the review copy.

Maeve Kerrigan is used to investigating murders.But this time a killer has struck far too close to home…
When a police officer is found shot dead in his car, DC Maeve Kerrigan and DI Josh Derwent take on the investigation. But nothing about the case prepares them for what happens next: a second policeman dies . . . and then another . . .
The Metropolitan Police struggle to carry out their usu
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-crime-2014
Last year I discovered Jane Casey's wonderful Maeve Kerrigan series. After consuming them all at rapid speed, I have been waiting impatiently for more Maeve and Derwent. I couldn't wait to get stuck in, once the new Maeve book had landed on my kindle.

This time the action starts with the death of a police officer, who was by all accounts an unhappily married man. Maeve and her fellow officers are looking into his background, and discovering who would hold a grudge. Then there are further deaths o
Rachel Hall
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Kill is yet another solid addition to the consistently excellent novels featuring DC Maeve Kerrigan, a police procedural series with well-realised and complex characters. Jane Casey manages to combine a gripping police investigation with a gratifying level of emotional depth and a consideration of the reasons that lie behind a crime. This is my third read in the series, incidentally all out of sequence and whilst I haven't felt my lack of back story has hindered my enjoyment as the author co ...more
Margaret Madden
An absolute belter of a book. The action begins from the get-go with Maeve Kerrigan and Josh Derwent sparking off each other, throughout the novel. The story line is strong and very relevant to the fear of attack on the forces. A great read. I flew through it. Off to get my next Kerrigan/Derwent fix...
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I had things to do today, but I started reading this and couldn't stop. Jane Casey outdid herself with this installment of the Maeve Kerrigan series. Again, this series hits something I really like seeing depicted--how Maeve has to negotiate sexism in the workplace in ways that means she's damned if she does something, damned if she doesn't, and that it comes across as draining and as confusing as it is in real life--and it's so strong with the emotional stuff (I'll get to that in a separate par ...more
May 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
When DC Maeve Kerrigan and her fellow detectives are recalled from a colleague's wedding to investigate the shooting of a police officer, they have little idea that this would be start of a killing campaign against the police. What follows is a tightly plotted story with twists and turns and with excellent characterisation. There are many different strands to the plot, some of which began life previously in the series. I'm out of sync with this series, having read an earlier book and now this on ...more
I adored Jane Casey's "The Burning," so I was excited when I received an e-galley of "The Kill" from NetGalley. I've been trudging through, feeling lost and frustrated b/c I've apparently missed some key series points (not reading the Kerrigan series in order). I find myself not caring about any of the characters, esp. the men, esp. the man I am guessing she's supposed to end up with, DI Josh Derwent. Their interactions seem forced, predictable, as do Kerrigan's interactions with most of the men ...more
Mike Gabor
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
When a police officer is found shot dead in his car, DC Maeve Kerrigan and DI Josh Derwent take on the investigation. But nothing about the case prepares them for what happens next: a second policeman dies . . . and then another . . .

Very good addition to the series. Kerrigan is a very likable character and her relationship with her superior officer Josh Derwent can be quite funny at times. This book moves along very quickly and is quite believable, if you are a follower of the series this book
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literary-fiction
My favorite in the series! Better review to follow...

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Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Neden daha önce Jane Casey okumadım bilmiyorum. Polisiyenin pek sevdiğim bir tür olduğunu söyleyemem. Bu kitapta şans eseri elime geçti. Bir bakmışım olayların içine kapılıp gidivermişim. Bunun en büyük nedeni kitaptaki karakterleri baya bir sevmiş olmam. Önceki kitaplarda olan olaylardan aralarda bahsedilmesi diğer kitapları da merak etmemi sağladı. En kısa zamanda diğer kitapları da okumayı düşünüyorum.
Kitaba geri dönecek olursam, Jane Casey' in kalemini beğendiğimi söylemeliyim. Okurken baya
Kerem Ozgenel
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jane Casey ' in Maave Kerrigan serisinden bir kitap daha.Yine iki farkli olayi birbiriyle baglantiliymis gibi baslatip ayri ayri sonuclandirmis bu kitabinda da..Sevdim.
Dec 14, 2014 rated it liked it
I love this series, but for me, this book didn't live up to the rest of the Maeve Kerrigan series. There were some great set pieces, especially the ones set on the council estate, but I wasn't that pleased with some of the plot twists concerning Maeve's love life. What I've really liked about the series is the almost paternal relationship between Maeve's misogynistic boss, Josh Derwent, and Maeve, but in this book, the author now starts to hint that Maeve might not be immune to Derwent's mysteri ...more
The narration was a 2 but the story was better so I upped it to 3. I like Jane Casey and her character Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan. Shortcomings Maeve has in print such as finding it difficult to commit to a relationship, become annoying in narration. But the story itself which focuses on the murders of multiple police officers pulled me in. It is suitably complex with a satisfying ending.

As for the narration - I wrote this comment while listening to the book "Can I say how much I dislike
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing

This is where Casey started breaking me, but it's in the best way, because she's created such complex, fascinating characters. (view spoiler)
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This series just keeps getting better. Thornier crimes, evolving characters, deepening stakes and relationships.
Book Addict Shaun
Jun 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
I haven't read anything by Jane Casey before and usually having not read a book by an author before would mean not having any huge expectations going into it. Well fellow bloggers love the Maeve Kerrigan series so I went into the book with huge expectations after reading some of their reviews. Luckily I enjoyed the book just as much as I expected to and will be looking to read the previous books soon.

I was intrigued from the plot anyway, even without the blogger praise. It's not often you read a
Jill's Book Cafe
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Kill sees a welcome return to DC Maeve Kerrigan along with her complicated private life and public relationships with her immediate superiors, DI Josh Derwent and Superintendent Godley. For lovers of the Maeve Kerrigan series you won't be disappointed and if you're new to this author, I urge you to go back and start with the first book, The Burning. While the books can be read as a standalone story, there are continuing themes between titles so it would be a shame to spoil the plots by readi ...more
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-reads-2017
This is the fifth book in the Maeve Kerrigan series. The series by Jane Casey has become one of my favorite police procedural series that is also strong on character development. As a reader, I am interested in keeping up with the lives of the characters. I, also, think that the series gets better and better as it develops. It doesn't fade out.

Someone in targeting the police in London. They are being set up to be murdered. DI Derwent and DC Kerrigan are teamed up to solve the murders. As the ser
Diana Francis
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from NetGalley.

I'd never heard of Jane Casey before and I wish I had. I've been missing out. This was a really well-written book and a great story. There were a lot of twists to the mystery, well-drawn characters, and incredibly realistic dialog and police procedure and police atmosphere.

The book is set in the surrounds of London. It's clear at the beginning that there's a history between the characters, but I didn't find myself at any sort of a loss from not having read th
Rob Kitchin
Mar 06, 2016 rated it liked it
The Kill is the fifth book in the Maeve Kerrigan series. It’s a very readable police procedural, with a tense core case in which the Kerrigan, her abrasive boss, Joss Derwent, and the rest of their team investigate the murderous targeting of police officers. While the book has its moments and is generally an entertaining tale I struggled at times with the story. This was for a number of reasons, part of which is my taste in content/style. A large chunk of the book focuses on the relationship and ...more
Roisin Shanahan
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
The second book I have read from the Maeve Kerrigan series. It starts off with the murder of an off duty policeman and quickly escalates to looking like someone has a grudge against the police force when a whole unit of Territorial Support group officers are fired on in an estate they were policing before the violence comes even closer to home for Maeve.

There is a subplot going on with Godley who progressively gets odder and odder as the book continues before Maeve and Derwent have to step in. T
Nov 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-other
I read this book for the Dead Good Crime Book Club group and loved it! Crime and mystery is the genre that first got me into 'adult' reading but I've neglected it a bit in the past few years. This is the book that has convinced me to go back there.

The book is told from the perspective of DC Maeve Kerrigan, as she investigates a series of attacks on fellow police officers. Maeve is a great character, feisty yet vulnerable, fighting her battles with determination and intelligence. Her love-hate re
I love the Maeve Kerrigan series and this was one of the best entries. Casey builds the suspense, and you think all the threads are going to be tied up nicely, but then you feel a sense of unease and a twist coming... it arrives, and then there's yet another unpredictable twist! Along with S.J. Bolton and Harry Bingham, Jane Casey is one of the best at writing British police procedurals with female protagonists. Looking forward to seeing where she takes Maeve and co. in the next book.
Aylin Koç
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kesinlikle beğendim... Tess Gerritsen tarzında ilerleyen konusu, karakterlerin farklı yapıları ve düşünce detayları ile derinleştirilmiş. Senaryo tutarlı, gereksiz bilgi yok, gerilim düzeyi orta derece ama sürükleyici işleyen akışı gerilim dozunu keyif alır düzeyde tutuyor. Jane Casey'i takip edeceğim.
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She studied English at Jesus College, Oxford, followed by an mPhil in Anglo-Irish Literature at Trinity College, Dublin

Other books in the series

Maeve Kerrigan (8 books)
  • The Burning (Maeve Kerrigan, #1)
  • The Reckoning (Maeve Kerrigan, #2)
  • The Last Girl (Maeve Kerrigan, #3)
  • The Stranger You Know (Maeve Kerrigan, #4)
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