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Worth Killing For

(DI Fenchurch #2)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  3,093 ratings  ·  94 reviews
On a busy London street, a young woman is attacked in broad daylight and left bleeding to death on the pavement. Among the eyewitnesses are DI Simon Fenchurch and his wife.

Fenchurch pursues the attacker through a warren of backstreets and eventually arrests a young hoodie with a cache of stolen phones - an ‘Apple picker’ on the make. The case should be closed but something
Kindle Edition, 412 pages
Published October 11th 2016 by Thomas & Mercer
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Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
It seems to be a general thing nowadays that our DI's have major personal issues to deal with as well as a punishing workload, and London based DI Simon Fenchurch is no exception. Simon's daughter Chloe went missing some 10 years ago, and naturally it colours the way he views the world and the people in it.

On a rare night out, Fenchurch and his wife Abi are about to enjoy a meal at a pavement cafe. Abi decides to nip to the bookshop next door while he grabs a table. As he watches passers by, he
Nov 23, 2016 rated it liked it
DI Simon Fenchurch has much on his plate besides his favorite Burritos. He’s starting to feel old and is struggling to come to grips with numerous aches and pains which have been surfacing while doing his job keeping London Streets safe. While sitting down to enjoy his much-loved artery clogging meal with his wife Abi, he spots a young girl running at the other side of the street looking scared, tapping away on her mobile phone. Before he could take a bite he sees someone dressed in a hoodie on ...more
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
I have been lucky enough to read both books in the DI Fenchurch series by Ed James. I still have the pleasure of his Scott Cullen series ahead of me. There are some excellent writers emerging from Scotland currently and Ed James is right there amongst them.

Worth Killing For was inspired by an incident in London, when the author, out for a night on the town, had his i-phone nicked by a kid on a bike. He wrote the first draft in just six days, fuelled by hatred and anger and fear. All of which ha
WORTH KILLING FOR - DI Fenchurch #2 is the second book in a new series, an outstanding British police/procedural crime thriller from author Ed James. Again I have to say it was as good as the first one. I will be watching for more books to come out in this series. I have another new author to follow.

First I would recommend that you read book 1 before you continue to book 2. Now in book 2, DI Simon Fenchurch has re-married his ex-wife Abi and still continues to work the streets as a detective. Hi
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the second book featuring DI Simon Fenchurch and I enjoyed it a lot more than The Hope that Kills, the first in this police procedural series. To get the full history of the characters and appreciate their development, I would nevertheless suggest starting with the first book.
There were still the drums in Fenchurch's ears and his burrito obsession; two things which I found repetitive in book 1, but fortunately, Fenchurch shows development as well. He is back together with his wife Abi, i
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the 2nd book in the DI Simon Fenchurch series by author Ed James and can be read as a stand alone. A fast paced story that I would recommend to all readers who enjoy British police novels.
The action starts immediately when DI Simon Fenchurch witnesses a fatal stabbing of a young woman on the street in London and chases down the suspect, a young boy on a bicycle. Having successfully caught the suspect DI Fenchurch is forced to set him free when identification is put in doubt. It becomes a
Louise Wilson
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
A young woman is stabbed and bleeds to death on a busy London street. Among some of the eyewitnesses is DI Simon Fenchurch and his wife. He chases after the attacker through the backstreets and arrests the young hoodie who also has a lot of mobile phones in his possession. The case should be closed but something does not feel right. There are still a lot of questions around this case. DI Fenchurch is determined to get to the bottom of it.

This is fast paced from the beginning. You will have to st
Susan Johnson
Nov 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
This is definitely not a stand alone book. I had not read the first one and I was certainly at a disadvantage. I felt like I was always trying to catch up and never quite could. I think I missed a lot and the author really didn't make an effort to give any kind of summary that would help out. If you haven't read the first one, don't start here.

The author also used a lot of terms and abbreviations that were not explained. I had no idea of what an Airwave was (a police communication device), MEP
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
After meeting, DI Simon Fenchurch in book 1: The Hope That Kills, I was eager to return to the streets of London for his next case.

One of the highlights of this book for me was the action started right away, within the first chapter, a women is bleeding to death on the pavement – this grabbed my attention, I was immediately pulled into the story. One of the things I loved about book 1 was how raw and hard-hitting the case was, this one was no different. I won’t go into any detail about the case
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, thriller
3.5 Stars!

Worth Killing For was an enjoyable police procedural that builds well on the first book in the series, The Hope That Kills.

DI Simon Fenchurch witnesses a young woman get attacked in the middle of the day on a busy London street. He pursues the attacker and eventually catches a young man with several stolen phones. Despite what should be an open and shut case, things don’t add up and soon it’s discovers that the prints on the murder weapon don’t match the suspect Simon caught. Fenchurch
Oct 07, 2016 rated it liked it
This is my first book by Ed James. The characters voices make this novel worth reading. DI Simon Frenchurch see a young boy stab a young girl with his own eyes. The girl died not long after she was stabbed. After stabbing the young girl he cycled away, but DI Frenchurch chased him and caught him. Why does this young boy have seven smartphones on him when he was arrested? The boy claims that he has had evidence planted on him and it's racists and the phone is not his. Have they the right young ma ...more
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
DI Simon Fenchurch is back & witnesses the murder of a young woman right in front of himself & his wife Abi while out for dinner. Simon has Abi stay with the girl while she dies & he chases the murderer fleeing on a bike. After a crazy chase Simon finally grabs the kid he believes killed the girl. The young black man, Qasid, makes all kinds of noise about how it wasn't him who killed the girl & the Fenchurch is some kind of racist not being able to tell blacks apart. Simon is con ...more
Linda Baker
D.I. Simon Fenchurch and his wife, Abigail, are out for dinner when Simon notices a young woman approaching, clutching her cell phone. His policeman's instincts tell him, from her body language, that she is being followed. She begins to run toward him when a figure on a bicycle appears, snatches her purse and cell and plunges a knife into her neck. The young woman is left, dying in a pool of blood . Her last word is the name, Kamal. Simon sets off in pursuit of the bicyclist. He apprehends him b ...more
Yvonne (It's All About Books)
Finished reading: October 24th 2016
Rating 4qqq

“He's like napalm, Kay. Give him something to work on and watch it explode.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
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A gritty, hard-boiled story about gangs, crime and murder on the streets of London, Worth Killing For isn't your ordinary police procedural, it's a look at the seedy side of city life that lives and breathes every day, but most of us don't notice until it impacts our own lives.

DI Simon Fenchurch witnesses a fatal stabbing of a young woman on the street in London and chases down the suspect, a young boy on a bicycle. After apprehending him, a numbe
Dec 16, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Set in East London, Worth Killing For by Ed James is the second DI Fenchurch novel. It’s a bang up to date police procedural full of action, street talk and social and political commentary. I haven’t read the first book in the series, but that doesn’t matter as this book reads well as a standalone. It starts off at full tilt as Fenchurch witnesses a murder as a woman is attacked by a young hoodie on a bike, who snatches her mobile and handbag. He sets off in pursuit and after losing sig
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thank you to author Ed James for this Kindle copy of Worth Killing For. Also, thank you to Goodreads for hosting this opportunity through the First Reads program.

I thought Worth Killing for was a well written detective mystery story, centered around a true-to-life experience by the author. That is, having his own phone 'nick'ed' from his hand on the streets of London.

I know the marketing/sales gurus spend mega bucks to tell people what to do - in this case you, that you need to always have your
This is the 2nd book in the DI Simon Fenchurch series. Having recently read and reviewed 'The Hope that Kills', the first book in this series I was keen to read this book.

This book will certainly stand out on its own merits, but if you can I'd recommend reading the books in order, as the previous book has a lot of background about DI Fenchurch's life which has a bearing on this story.

Is this a story about 'Apple pickers'?
Is this a story about London gangs?

Whilst some of Fenchurch's actions push
Wendy Cartmell
Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
On a busy London street, a young woman is attacked in broad daylight and left bleeding to death on the pavement. Among the eyewitnesses are DI Simon Fenchurch and his wife. Fenchurch pursues the attacker through a warren of backstreets and eventually arrests a young hoodie with a cache of stolen phones—an ‘Apple picker’ on the make. The case should be closed but something feels off…Was this really just about a smartphone? Why did the victim look nervous before she was targeted? And why don’t the ...more
Oct 04, 2016 added it
This is the second book I have read following a case being solved by Fenchurch and his team. I like the relationship between Fenchurch, Nelson and Reed.
This story weaved in and out with a lot of characters to follow.
I enjoyed this book and look forward to another installment which I hope there will be as we are always left wondering what happened to Chloe and is she alive?
Thank you for the advanced copy ☺
David Titcombe
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
If your into crime thrillers a good read Ed James who in my mind is a good writer, writes about the dim going ons and corruption of London. Yes it's fiction but, is there some truth in it!!!!
Th we 're other DI Fenchurch novels also worth reading.
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, kindle
Another good police procedural. Fenchurch is in the wrong place a few times in this book. At least his personal life seems to be working out. His obsession about finding their daughter seems to have been managed and then...stuff happens to bring it back to him.

The story kept me quite interested and up way too late at night. The narration is first rate. I'm ready to download book 3 now. Good work!
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
D.I. Simon Fenchurch is back and he's on a personal mission in author Ed James, "Worth Killing for". The second Fenchurch novel of this series and is every bit as good if not better than first book. An intense and gritty protagonist, Fenchurch, still clearly damaged from his daughter Chloe gone missing some ten years before. This yarn unfolds with Simon and his wife Abi returning home late one evening, see a young girl down the street attacked. Simon races to the corner where newspaper reporter ...more
Gary Carter
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great story

Another great Fenchurch novel. The troubled detective appears to be going absolutely nowhere for most of the book but but instincts are proved correct. Love the fact it is all based in the area I work so I can picture all the locations
~ Cariad ~
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great police procedural, bloody shame that the narrator was awful. Honestly, every single accent he did (including Jamaican and South African) was ridiculously off - kind of Welsh with a hint of Pakistani perhaps? Even his voice for the main character was too old.
Theresa Wade
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: action, mystery, read_2017
This is the second book in the DI Frenchurch series. I enjoyed this as much as the first one. I like how the book opened up with the story line away and the action continued on to solve the mystery.
Ms Kathryn Pizar
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Was it really worth killing for?

A really interesting but somewhat intricate plot, with a great many characters that did cause a bit of confusion. Different police stations and other police departments are involved, as well as a dodgy Russian property developer, street kids who rob people of their mobile phones and commit murders and who live in a disused underground station, newspaper reporters and a whole lot more.
Fenchurch still hears loud drumming in his head, and still scoffs burritos even
A pretty good British police procedural book.... it is the 2nd in a series & references are made to the 1st, & it's ending sets up to look forward to a 3rd to come! I liked the realistic descriptions of the police unit & the locale, & the references to today's political climate & all reads quite time appropriate. I had to adjust to the use of the British slang, but that wasn't an issue at all. I think the author has done a fine job with this book. I also think th ...more
Anne Brown
Mar 31, 2018 rated it liked it
This is book 2 in the DCI Fenchurch series. I read the first and was hoping for better from the second. Unfortunately, it’s another 3 stars from me. These books are competent but no more. The plots are interesting enough but delivered at an uneven pace, which reduces the impact of the denouements. I don’t like the drum motif to mirror how Fenchurch is feeling. Fenchurch’s behaviour makes it seem unbelievable that he’s still on active duty, maverick cop status withstanding. I prefer Mark. Billing ...more
Bob Hurley
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Second Ed James (DI Fenchurch) I have read. Enjoyable read with Fenchurch coming through some personal battles whilst battling what seemed like a Black Youth Gang stealing latest phone technology from blasé middle class. However as the book develops it becomes clearer that gang leader Kamal and his followers are being directed by a higher power with a very different agenda. The author and his “Fenchurch Sword” may become a classic Crime Thriller. Four stars because I feel Fenchurch needs to move ...more
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