Every Tuesday Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where you can share the first paragraph, or a few, of a book you are reading or thinking about reading soon.
The book I’ve chosen this week is After the Fire by Jane Casey. I read this in June and have not got round to writing about it yet.
There were 224 residents of Murchison House on the Maudling Estate in north London, and on a cold grey late November day not one of them was expecting to die. Some were hoping to die. some were waiting to die. but no one actually expected to die that day.
This is the sixth book in the Maeve Kerrigan series. It stands well on it’s own, although there are references to past events and storylines that appear in the earlier books.
The Maudling Estate and some of the minor characters featured in the 5th book, The Kill.
After a fire rips through a North London tower block, two bodies are found locked in an 11th floor flat. But it’s the third victim that ensures the presence of detective Maeve Kerrigan and the murder squad. It appears that controversial MP Geoff Armstrong, trapped by the fire, chose to jump to his death rather than wait for rescue. But what was such a right wing politician doing in the deprived, culturally diverse Maudling Estate?
As Maeve and her senior colleague, Derwent, pick through the wreckage, they uncover the secret world of the 11th floor, where everyone seems to have something to hide…
Would you read on? I did and thoroughly enjoyed this book.
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
Here’s a teaser from 32% on my Kindle (rather more than 2 sentences!):
I felt the familiar rush, the moment a shape began to emerge from the darkness that surrounded the case. A pattern. A connection. A witness and a suspect.
A killer with a face and a name.