#1 IN THE CASEY & CATT BRITISH POLICE PROCEDURAL SERIES
'Well-researched. Intriguing plot. Good pace. Excellent characterisation and wry humour makes this a very enjoyable read. Highly recommended.' MYSTERY WOMEN
Fancy some light relief after yet another serial killer book about the unspeakable doings of the latest sadist? Then UP IN FLAMES, No.1 in the Casey & Catt procedural series, should do it. Up in Flames, is a Cozy Procedural, that has as much to do with family relationships as it has to do with crime.
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.
Superintendent Brown-Smith, acutely aware, after the fiasco that was the failed inquiry into the murder of black, south London, teenager, Stephen Lawrence, that he is in the hot seat, is desperate for a speedy and politically-satisfactory solution to the case. Worried that his previously smooth and upward career progression will be irretrievably damaged, he places additional pressure on Casey.
But the investigation quickly unearths suspects other than the skinheads, suspects unlikely to endear him either 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 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 is the more dangerous.
For lovers of cozy mysteries and procedurals
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"Having parents who were out of their heads concentrated Casey's wonderfully." One of the two detectives in this fascinating first-in-a-series has a mom and dad still hung over from Beatles tours. That they had dragged their only child to India and left him on his own would have been tragic, but it prepared him to understand what was going on in his English market town when Chandra Bansi is found burned to death with her infant daughter. For starters, he wonders what an Asian woman was doing living in a flat alone. The mystery deepens when he meets her parents, brother, sister-in-law, and grandparents, all living nearby in suburban comfort. Will Casey's colleague, Thomas Catt, is an orphan. His superintendent is a slave to political correctness. Thus he is pretty much on his own following his instincts and using knowledge from his time in a place "that knocked your socks off - and then offered to wash them for you." There's a Sherlockian moment when he smokes with the aging hippies...
Geraldine always manages to come up with some interesting plots. "Up in Flames" certainly falls into that category. She researched a lot of the ethnic traits and customs associated with her star subjects in this one, so the reader gets a bit of an education about the unfamiliar as well as a well-crafted mystery. All in all, a good read.
Culture, language, pacing, all brilliant and enticing. I was with the writer til the last possible second. a must read.
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