Up in Flames #1 in Casey & Catt police procedural series
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’Well researched. Intriguing plot. Good pace. Excellent characterisation and wry humour make this a very enjoyable read. Highly recommended.’ Mystery Women
For lovers of cozy mysteries and procedurals
If you enjoy some humour with your murders, you’ll likely love this British detective series.
When Chandra Bansi and her baby, Leela, are burned to death, DCI ‘Will’ Casey and his less than politically correct sergeant, Thomas Catt, rapidly come under pressure from their superintendent to put a couple of skinhead thugs behind bars for arson.
After the fiasco over the investigation of black teenager Stephen Lawrence‘s murder by racist white thugs, Superintendent Brown-Smith is acutely aware that he is in the hot seat. Desperate for a speedy and politically-satisfactory solution to the case and worried that his previously smooth and upward career-progression will be irretrievably damaged by failure, he places additional pressure on Casey.
But the investigation quickly unearths suspects other than the skinheads, suspects unlikely to endear Casey to his superiors or the Asian community.
The resolution of the most difficult case of his career is not eased by the arrival of his impecunious, the Sixties-never-died, hippie parents. Urgently in need of a temporary home, they selfishly concluded that decamping to Casey’s peaceful haven will provide the solution to their current difficulties.
But their raucous, undisciplined lifestyle causes Casey sleepless nights at a time he most needs calm. Bedevilled at home by his irresponsible parents, bedevilled at work by accusations of discrimination from the usual quarters, Casey and ThomCatt must wend a circuitous path through all the additional problems the investigation throws up.
For instance, just how respectable is Chandra’s businessman father? And what about her in-laws, who seem to have blamed their westernised daughter-in-law for the death of their only son? Other members of the victim’s family also come under suspicion. Casey must use the utmost sensitivity in his handling of the case if he is not to cause unrest in the Asian community.
And, at the heart of the case is the fact that Chandra, a modern young woman, had been uncomfortably caught between two cultures. It’s hard to say which of them is the more dangerous.