Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Books on the Bright Side Publicity and Promo for inviting me on the Blog Tour for The Death Of Jessica Ripley by Andrew Barrett
Jessica Ripley didn’t kill her ex-husband. But everyone thinks she did. After serving twelve years for his murder, it’s time to get her own back on those who put her inside.
During those twelve years, Jessy’s son, Michael, has turned against her. Whatever mercy Jessy had for her intended victims, just blew away.
CSI Eddie Collins is having a hard time watching his father enjoying life. He’s also having it tough in the form of two new recruits to his office. One is off his tree on drugs and the other
wants his job.
And then the murders begin. Can Eddie trust the evidence, or is someone twisting it, desperate to get even? And who did kill Jessy’s ex?
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This is another first past the post winner for Andrew Barrett as he brings the true grit of a hard-working Leeds CSI into the limelight again. Not that Eddie Collins would welcome it. He likes playing the field on his own terms, as far as an investigation goes with his natural insight into the people he deals with. Having two newbies dropped on him feels more like a proverbial ton of bricks, with one he feels uneasy with and the other turns into a rescue mission that backfires spectacularly.
I thought this must be rock bottom for Eddie but when his totally entertaining grumpy live in dad is getting more action than him then it well and truly takes the biscuit. As the department hits an all-time low the increase in local brutal murders spike.
Jessica Ripley had lost everything that matters in life to her and she has a list of those responsible. Just when I thought that I had sussed this book out it took off again in a different direction and it just wowed me every time. Twelve years is a long time to get things worked out in your mind. As the story dropped back in time it was quite shocking to see such a transformation in this woman. The more the story unravelled the more I understood and the more my own emotions twisted.
This is such a busy book where I loved what was happening to his dad being high lighted. It made my blood boil but this lady hadn’t bargained for Eddie. What a match!
Eddie really has his work cut out as everything seems on the line for him, his career, his personal life and this case that seems so obvious that it can’t possibly be that simple. A cracking storyline with my favourite CSI. What I would give to be a fly on the wall in his house. A sheer joy to read.
Andrew Barrett, you make me homesick for my Yorkshire with your writing it is captured to such perfection.
I wish to thank Book on the Bright Side for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly
Andrew Barrett has enjoyed variety in his professional life, from engine-builder to farmer, from Oilfield Service Technician in Kuwait, to his current role of Senior CSI in Yorkshire.
He’s been a CSI since 1996, and has worked on all scene types from terrorism to murder, suicide to rape, drugs manufacture to bomb scenes. One way or another, Andrew’s life revolves around
In 1997 he finished his first crime thriller, A Long Time Dead, and it’s still a readers’ favourite today, some 150,000 copies later, topping the Amazon charts several times. Two more books
featuring SOCO Roger Conniston completed the trilogy.
Today, Andrew is still producing authentic crime thrillers with a forensic flavour that attract attention from readers worldwide. He’s also attracted attention from the Yorkshire media, having
been featured in the Yorkshire Post and interviewed on BBC Radio Leeds.
He’s best known for his lead character, CSI Eddie Collins, and the acerbic way in which he roots out criminals, and administers justice. Eddie’s series is five books and three novellas in length,
and there’s still more to come.
Andrew has recently discovered the delights of writing stand-alones, with one under his belt another under way.
Andrew is a proud Yorkshireman and sets all of his novels there, using his home city of Leeds as another major, and complementary, character in each of the stories.