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  • loved the story

    This last chapter proofed everything I thought I knew to be wrong. Who would have thought that there could be more to the story than what Maeve Kerrigan found out in her investigation. I was pulled into this book from the start and wasn’t able to stop reading. There were so many suspects, but nothing added up and I kept biting my nails to find out who did it and why. And when the suspects were arrested and it should have been over.....it wasn’t. And yes, it took me by surprise. Love the story. I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins UK!

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  • Let the Dead Speak

    Excellent story, great ending, completely enjoyable. I was surprised that I couldn’t even guess the ending. It was interesting all the way through and I wasn’t disappointed about the ending. I’ll be on the look out for more novels from this author. It’s not a lengthy reading so it really is great entertainment.

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  • Another good read.

    Another good read. I find the characters very convincing , the plot believable. The main characters are likeable and the story line that is consistent throughout the series is one that you want to follow. Can't wait for the next instalment.

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  • Let the Dead Speak

    Been a while since Jane Casey has had a book out. But I was straight into this. It was like catching up with old friends. Excellent. Love this series. Maeve Kerrigan is among my favourite characters. Recommend for anyone who enjoys police procedural story lines.

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  • Strong Plot

    Let the Dead Speak is Book 7 in the Maeve Kerrigan series, that deals with a similar problem to Book 6 – you never quite know who your neighbours are, or what goes on behind closed doors. As they say, there's nought more queer than folk, and these people are...liars. And not always good ones. The plot is full of twists, with suspects galore, though you never quite know who did it, because everyone has a motive. Everyone is hiding dark secrets behind the veneer of religion, family, and hiding in plain sight. At the beginning of Book 7, we find out Maeve is newly promoted to Detective Sergeant. It was also great to see Derwent actually still with Melissa and Thomas, who I know he adores. It's great to see him settling down, even if Maeve's own love life is still chaotic. Though, we do get an update on Rob's whereabouts, it's sad and disappointing to know he can do a complete 180 from who he began the series as. It will be interesting to see how Maeve deals with that development in the next book. The story deals with some tough issues, but does well to be neutral about most of them: rape, sexual abuse, abuse by a family member, mental health issues, as well as some more minor things, like the evangelical church, wicked stepmothers, night terrors, asthma, speech delay, ADD, anxiety, neurotypical teen. In terms of plot, I found it a little predictable at times, but otherwise it had a good pace, it had a lot of potential suspects all harbouring their own secrets, and it did well to make us suspect each one, in turn. For the first time in the series, we get to read a Police Transcript of a filmed interview that Maeve wasn't attending, rather than having her watch it live through a viewing room. This was interesting, and a nice deviation from the same old method as previous books. There were a few niggles – like not finding out until page 2 of Chapter 5 that it had been 8 months since the previous book. Which was when Maeve finally got rid of her stalker, Chris Swain, and when Derwent met Melissa and Thomas. It's also been a year since Rob left, which seems a ridiculous length of time for the police to let him be on 'indefinite leave' without anyone even whispering about whether he's got another job, a transfer, or what he's been up to. The fact he's had no contact with anyone from his old life seems weird, and I'm stunned he still has a job. Again, Maeve is killing me with her behaviour. She has done this routinely throughout the series, and all so that she can conveniently be alone with, or provoke a suspect into confessing something important. However, I wish it would stop because it makes her appear completely incompetent, especially since she's newly promoted. Considering execution, I had far less issues in this book than in previous books. However – full disclosure – I lost my copy from Netgalley, and didn't think it would still be available for download (which, really, I should have checked, first) so I bought a copy. I have no idea if the Netgalley ARC might have had more issues, but my copy from Kobo was clean, except for one issue. Some words had a hyphen and a space in the middle → “aban- don” This is similar to the issue from previous books, where an odd space would be in the middle of words, but it was far less prevalent here. ~ OVERALL In the end, I think Let the Dead Speak was probably the strongest plot, best paced novel of the series since the first book. I found some of the books to flounder in the plot, spending a lot of time doing nothing, but this one always had something going on. Whether it was a lie discovered, reinterviewing, finding a new problem, or resolving an issue, there was very little room to rest. Which is fine. I prefer that in my crime books. It's advertised as a thriller, but I'd have to disagree. I find it more of a police procedural than a thriller, maybe because I can predict the endings and I don't find them particularly dark or time constrained. Even Maeve says herself, at the start, there's no rush for them, because when they show up the victim is already dead. And I feel each book in the series has that kind of attitude, that there's really no rush, except pressure from the media. This time was different, I admit. It had a time crunch aspect, but they mostly never knew about it until after the fact. Maeve was less annoying in this one, because it barely covered any of her personal life. As the main character, I hate to say that she annoys me, but she does. I get that she's supposed to be a realistic character, who makes mistakes and shows that she's only human, but her mistakes aren't trivial and they're not made by accident or because she legitimately couldn't avoid it. Her mistakes are ego-driven, because she's inherently selfish and needs to prove herself at every opportunity, even if that means stepping on others (as I mentioned in my review of Book 6) I connected with Derwent early on, and love that he's getting some personal growth.

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