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Presumed Guilty

(DC Beth Chamberlain #2)

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Accident or murder?

The first victim – a prominent local councillor, killed in a hit and run ‒ could be either, but the next bodies leave no doubt. A twisted killer is at large. And he’s not finished yet.

DC Beth Chamberlain, Family Liaison Officer, has to support the victims’ families, but before she can solve the crimes in the present, Beth needs to uncover the secrets
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Kindle Edition, 348 pages
Published December 10th 2018
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Ceecee
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the Beth Chamberlain series. Beth is a DC in the Northamptonshire force acting as a Family Liaison Officer. The book starts with a shocking suicide in 1996 then the timeline switches to 2017 and the deliberate hit and run death of businessman and councillor Stuart Ingram. Stuart has been awaiting trial relating to child pornography which he vehemently denied. Too more murder occur, of of which is especially vicious. Initially, the investigative team cannot see how thes ...more
DJ Sakata
A series of murders occurred in a rural area and it gradually became apparent that they were somehow related and a serial killer was operating in the area, but why, and who? Each kill was becoming more gruesome and violent as the killer was becoming more confident and bloodthirsty. The gripping and absorbing storylines were tautly written, thrummed with tension, shrewdly paced, and were cast with uniquely etched characters that were as compelling as the intriguing narrative they inhabited while ...more
Sue
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-2
PRESUMED GUILTY is the second book in the DC Beth Chamberlain crime thriller, and seventh novel by author Jane Isaac. This novel feature once again, Beth Chamberlain a Family Liaison Officer with the Northamptonshire Police. I am very familiar with this author as I have read the Detective Inspector Will Jackman Series, and really enjoyed them.
The novels in this new series include:
1) After He’s Gone (Book 1)
2) Presumed Guilty (Book 2)

Even though this novel reads well as a standalone, I suggest th
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Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
I did not want to put this book down... just couldn't get enough. I loved the first book in this series and just had to get my hands on book 2. Now I am hanging for book 3 next year. This series is just brilliant, with great characters and stories. Such an addictive read and very highly recommended.

DC Beth Chamberlain is a family liaison office in Northampton. She is a fantastic character, strong, opinionated and tough but not without her flaws. Her former relationship with her superior continue
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DJ Sakata
A series of murders occurred in a rural area and it gradually became apparent that they were somehow related and a serial killer was operating in the area, but why, and who? Each kill was becoming more gruesome and violent as the killer was becoming more confident and bloodthirsty. The gripping and absorbing storylines were tautly written, thrummed with tension, shrewdly paced, and were cast with uniquely etched characters that were as compelling as the intriguing narrative they inhabited while ...more
DJ Sakata
A series of murders occurred in a rural area and it gradually became apparent that they were somehow related and a serial killer was operating in the area, but why, and who? Each kill was becoming more gruesome and violent as the killer was becoming more confident and bloodthirsty. The gripping and absorbing storylines were tautly written, thrummed with tension, shrewdly paced, and were cast with uniquely etched characters that were as compelling as the intriguing narrative they inhabited while ...more
Sue
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Crime readers, series, police procedures


Book 2 in the DC Beth Chamberlain series.

I’m very familiar with this authors writing so I knew I was in for a read that’s going to be enjoyable.

Bk 1- After he’s gone.

I know some say that this can be read without a need for reading book 1. But my experiences of reading the same detective in a book is that, although it’s a different case they may be working on, the regular characters grow. And I’ve missed out on that in some series. But it’s entirely your choice.

There is a killer at large.
And he’s
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Linda Strong
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018

One man is a victim of a hit and run. Could have been an accident ... or not. When two more people are also murdered, it becomes apparent that there is a connection. But who is the killer?

DC Beth Chamberlain is a Family Liaison Officer charged with helping the victims' families ...but then it turns personal when Beth herself is targeted.

This is a well-written crime thriller ... lots of action, lots of suspects, and everyone has secrets... and everyone lies. It becomes a real challenge for Beth t
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Shalini
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The title and the cover caught my eye and simply wouldn't let go. Jane Isaac had done it again, captured my interest from the first line to the end, briningong me slowly into the center of the plot where I could see everything unfolding.

A police procedural with DC Beth Chamberlain being part of the team which investigated murders happening around town.

Having read books by this author, I was super excited to read the next installment. Jane Isaac's stories had a unique feature to them. They not on
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Stina
When I requested FOR BETTER FOR WORSE, I didn't realise it was second in a series but there was enough backstory and fleshing out of the characters that the reader doesn't miss anything from not reading the first book. However, while the premise had initially drawn me in, the story itself was average but not great. It was good enough to keep me reading till the end but it didn't make me want to revisit Beth Chamberlain in a hurry...although I might if the premise looks promising.

Having said tha
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Linda Strong
FOR BETTER, FOR WORSE (DC BETH CHAMBERLAIN, BK 2 by JANE ISAAC

ALSO PUBLISHED UNDER DIFFERENT TITLE ....PRESUMED GUILTY

One man is a victim of a hit and run. Could have been an accident ... or not. When two more people are also murdered, it becomes apparent that there is a connection. But who is the killer?

DC Beth Chamberlain is a Family Liaison Officer charged with helping the victims' families ...but then it turns personal when Beth herself is targeted.

This is a well-written crime thriller ...
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Mark
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Hi first to say this is Book 2 in the Beth Chamberlain series BUT it is a great stand alone, you get a tantalising idea of what has gone before and that actually makes you keen to read Book 1 but in no way hinders this story..
I read this book in a day and it is fair to say it drew me in and kept me there ( obvs! )
I enjoyed the book being set in Northamptonshire and am not familiar with the area and the descriptions were easy, concise and immediately brought the area to life ( descriptions of ar
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Kate
So good to see DC Beth Chamberlain, a Family Liaison Officer, return. The closeness of Beth to the families involved adds something special to this series. We're brought into the emotional world of the families where crimes, as well as prosecution by the police, have such an impact. Jane Isaac writes so well and also, one senses, with a great deal of authenticity. This is such a good series. Review to follow very shortly on For Winter Nights. ...more
Cathy Ryan
4.5*
Local councillor and business man Stuart Ingram has stopped for his usual take away after the weekly bowls club meeting. It was the only night he went out since allegations of sexual harassment were brought against him by a former assistant. The resulting police investigation brought to light indecent images of children on his computer. Ingram insisted he wasn’t guilty from the start and is awaiting trial. Crossing the road to his car Ingram is the victim of a hit and run.

DC Beth Chamberlain
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Zoé-lee O'farrell

Confession time…I did not get to read the first book in time… I thought when I signed up I would have loads of time and I did! But I ran out of time, saying this, however, you can read this as a standalone novel but I will be going back to read the first one as it is sitting on my Kindle Unlimited shelf!

This feels so fresh to me because the main character is not the lead detective on the case, it is not the head honcho of the department, she is instead a Family Liaison Officer. I love this, I ha
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Sophie Bristow Harris
I read the first in this series - After He's Gone - earlier this year, so when the opportunity arose to read "Presumed Guilty" I knew it was a must read for Me.
Jane Isaac is a skilled, excellent writer. Her characters are well formed and a great mixture of likeable and unlikeable personalities.
This book had me turning pages, (well swiping pages!) and so eager to solve the mystery. The conclusion had me gnawing my fingernails and so, SO eager to read the next in the series, which I believe is out
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Colette Lamberth
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Not only did the cover make me keen to read this book, it also gave me serious coat envy. (I know I couldn’t carry off that shade of yellow, but I still want that coat.) I could pretty much duplicate my review of book 1 as it applies equally to book 2 -
I was seduced by the cover and read it as soon as I could
I was hooked in completely by the prologue
The further I read there was definitely an urge to read quicker and quicker
Beth is a very likeable character with enough flaws to appear human.
So i
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Philomena Callan Cheekypee
This was a great read. DC Beth Chamberlain is a very likeable character.

Stuart Ingram has been murdered two weeks before his trial. His wife Gina stood by him while being accused of child pornography. So who killed him?

If you enjoy police procedural stories then I recommend this gem.

Top marks for a well written story that I didn’t want to put down.
Joanna Park
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Presumed Guilty is a very gripping and intriguing crime novel that is another fantastic addition to the Beth Chamberlain series.

The thing that I most enjoyed about this book is that the focus is more on how the police solve the crime rather than lots of violence.  The reader is given a behind the scenes look at what goes into investigating a murder and the many people involved who aren’t normally given a mention.  I found this very interesting and it increased my enjoyment of the book as I had m
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Kath
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of this author's Will Jackman series and I really loved the series opener, that this book is the follow-up to, when I read it last year. What happens in this book can be read in isolation but, to get the very best from Beth as a character, you could do yourself a favour and read After He's Gone first.
Once again Beth is the assigned Family Liaison Officer to a recently widowed woman whose husband was killed in what looks like a deliberate hit and run. But, with the victim himself
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Yvonne
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the DC Beth Chamberlain series, I have read these books in order, but they also work as standalone… having said that any book in a series read in order give a much better read…the decision is yours.

Beth is plunged right back into the thick of things as this book kicks off at a good pace. Beth is a FLO (Family Liaison Officer) as well as being an investigating officer on the case. There are moments that reference back to the previous book, but don’t worry if you haven’t
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Claire
I loved After He’s Gone, the first in the Beth Chamberlain series. So I was really looking forward to reading this follow up! Beth is a character I liked instantly and wanted to get to know her better!

Nothing is quite what it seems with this case. Every time Beth interviews someone whether it’s a new contact or a return chat, she picks up more and more information that made me question who was the culprit. Add to that, the personal issues Beth has to juggle with her responsible day-job!

I was tot
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Joanne Cartwright
I read this hot on the heels of the first Beth Chamberlain book (After he's gone) and was pleased to find a continuance of the characters and the development of their personalities and relationships in this book.
Beth is once again in the thick of a case, this time involving the murder of a man on bail for offenses against children and soon to be in court.
In what looks in the first instance to be a hit and run incident, a prominent member of society is killed. Beth is appointed to the case as fam
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Angie Jones-Moore
I loved it.

From start to finish I enjoyed reading every page.

Beth Chamberlain, is a deligent and dedicated officer, her nose for trouble is spot on. This book is written so very well, the language is perfect and the story line is complex yet undestandable. It kept me on my toes and intrigued.

Gina is the character I was most drawn to, the not knowing and the questions. I felt myself well with tears when her story began to unfold.

I was rooting for Nick, after having read After He's Gone, I am f
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Nicola Southall
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got to know family liaison officer Beth Chamberlain in After He’s Gone the first in series of books with her as the main character. I loved the first book and have been waiting to read this one, the second in the series) ever since.
It did not disappoint. You could read the book easily as a stand-alone however I can see how the character and her relationships with her family and colleagues have developed from the first book.
I like the fact Beth is a family liaison officer so we meet the familie
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Margarida Veloz
I read Book 1 and 2 in a non-stop sequence over a few days. These were my bedtime stories! I love the series and the heroine. I feel we are just getting to know her, and I can't wait to see what happens next. Beth is a brave Family Liason officer, but she has her vulnerabilities, self-doubt and frustrations with an awful boss like the rest of us. It makes her likable and easy to invest in. She has an intuitive gut and follows it. The mysteries were so well written, I actually stopped and said "o ...more
Sheila Howes
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
DC Beth Chamberlain is on a nightshift when she is called to a road traffic accident. A prominent local councillor has been killed in a hit and run. They aren't sure if it was an accident or murder. As Beth has Family Liaison training, she is sent to inform the widow.

But as the bodies begin to pile up, it becomes obvious there must be a connection. Can Beth work it out?

This is the second book to feature DC Beth Chamberlain, and whilst it works fine as a standalone, I recommend that you start wit
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Lucille
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed the second in the DC Beth Chamberlain series. I don't often read detective fiction but she is a strong character and the stories of her role as a Family Liaison Officer make for an entertaining read.

Presumed Guilty takes Beth on a journey to discover the identity of a serial killer. Although this is a police procedural there is plenty happening in Beth's personal life to engage the reader who also enjoys character driven fiction. After reading the epilogue I'm already looki
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Alison
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first novel I've read by Jane Isaac, but it won't be my last! The book started with an intriguing prologue set in 1996, when a young girl sadly committed suicide. We then came back up to date with the murder of Stuart Ingram, an Estate Agent and local Government figure, who was killed by his own car. I'm a lover of crime novels and this one was a little different as DC Beth Chamberlain is a Family Liaison Officer. I was soon engrossed in this story and found it's main character and ...more
Laura
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I enjoyed this book, I think it may have been even better if I had read the first book in the series, to have a better understanding of Beth Chamberlain, the main character, and her personal life and relationships.

The story itself is a classic thriller with murders, a serial killer at large, a race against the clock to prevent Beth from becoming another victim herself and plenty of suspects. It is nicely paced, well written and I will be reading book 1 next while looking forward to boo
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Jane Isaac is married to a serving detective and they live in rural Northamptonshire, UK with their daughter and dogs.

Jane is author of three bestselling detective series: DCI Helen Lavery, DI Will Jackman (based in Stratford upon Avon), and DC Beth Chamberlain (a Family Liaison Officer). Her novels have been nominated as best mystery in the 'eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook awards
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