Up in Flames The First Novel in the Casey and Catt Procedural Series.
’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, come under pressure to put a couple of skinhead thugs behind bars for arson. Superintendent Brown-Smith, acutely aware, after the fiasco following the murder of black teenager, Stephen Lawrence, by racist white thugs, that he is in the hot seat, is desperate for a speedy and politically-satisfactory solution to the case. The resolution of the most difficult case of Casey's 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 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.