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The Cutting Place

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Absolutely excellent and the best in an already superb series. Casey manages to combine a compelling main plot with fascinating interpersonal aspects all combining to create a story that is both gripping and relevant.
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DS Mauve Kerrigan and DI Josh Derwent are back in the 9th book of the series in what i think is the best book so far in this great series.They are pitched into a murder inquiry when body parts are washed ashore in London and they are found to be from a journalist who was investigating the murky deeds of a private members club.Derwent is thrown into turmoil when a face from his past turns up as well.As with all Jane Casey's books in this excellent series the story is both funny and at times sad but that is what makes these books such a good read.I would highly recommend these books if this is the genre you enjoy you will not be disappointed,another excellent 5 star read from Jane Casey.
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I have to start with a HUGE confession, I haven't read a Jane Casey book in years and I'm jumping straight in at book 9 on a well established series.  What could go wrong?!  Nothing as it turns out, except that I need to buy and read the other 8 books immediately.  It was FAB!
“For a few moments, it was the quietest place in London”

I devoured this book. Detective Maeve Kerrigan’s latest task involves delving deep into the dirty underbelly of an exclusive Gentleman’s Club in London. The members feel safe committing all kinds of dark deeds thinking that their own private haven of male privilege will protect them. Enter Maeve to show them their safe place isn’t so safe.

I love a gutsy, clever, resourceful female lead who thrives on the adrenaline rush of the hunt. The nail-bitingly fast-paced action resulted in me sitting on the edge of seat and ignoring everyone while I absorbed every suspenseful twist. And then furiously working my brain to catch up with Maeve who was always 2 steps ahead of me.

Despite jumping in late to the series, I was all over the chemistry between Maeve and her sidekick Detective Derwent. I loved the banter and intensity between them, and can’t wait to go back and discover their full history.

And to top it all Jane Casey’s prose is just lovely. It thrusts you straight into the action, and you get better believe your heart is going to get battered and broken before you put this book down. Count me as her newest fan and I’m doing a little happy dance to have discovered such a cracker of a series. That’s my lockdown sorted!
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I do like to attempt decent grown up reviews with some semblance of being a serious book review type person. But, when I've been excitedly awaiting a book and it gets an unexpectedly early release on e book I start to lose my attempts at maturity. So it's fair to say that I was really excited to read this book and it really didn't disappoint. I had to try and keep slowing down my reading, to try and savour some time with Maeve and Derwent, two of my most favourite police and crime characters but I just couldn't do it. This book was just too good to savour and I raced through. The plot matched me with a breakneck pace and plenty of twists.  Read it you won't regret it and it will lift you out of quarantine for a few lovely hours. You really don't have to have read the whole series but you will want to afterwards.
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Another brilliant author, One of my favourite series and an easy five star read. The next in the DS Mauve Kerrigan crime series. Bits of woman are washed up, women are going missing and an exclusive men's club has a lot to hide. Hooked from the first to the last page. I devoured this book in one sitting. Full of tension and suspense and plenty of heart in your mouth moments. To top it all Maeve is in personal danger. A real crime thriller with plenty going on. This series just keeps getting better and better. In my opinion this is her best book so far. 
Thanks to HarperCollins UK and Netgalley for the ARC.
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Although I have yet to read the majority of the books in this remarkable series by Jane Casey (though I did get the opportunity to read book eight, Cruel Acts), I was happy to dive into this ninth book, The Cutting Place and I think it worked well as an individual crime/ thriller.

In this London based series, DS Maeve Kerrigan is an interesting character - she is a sharp-witted investigator who often produces the forward impetus in the investigation. All of the characterisation by Jane Casey is exemplary, and Kerrigan's partner-in-crime DI Josh Derwent's is also very good, so much so that I cannot wait to see where this talented author takes them next. This is a dark, riveting and absolutely compulsive must-read, ingeniously plotted and packed with misdirections. Kerrigan is quite the discriminating and shrewd protagonist, finding herself on the darkest of investigations with Derwent, involving the shady, ruthless world of elite gentlemen's clubs.

Her on/off, will-they-or-won't-they relationship with Derwent was a delightful distraction in all of the murk, depravity and clandestine activity, adding further dimension to an already first-class page-turner. Very highly recommended, I am certain that crime fiction and thriller aficionados will love The Cutting Place.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel, at my request, from HarperCollins via NetGalley and this review is my unbiased opinion.
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This is a crime mystery. It features two timelines by two narrators that of a detective who is investigating the disappearance of a young woman and that of the author set 2 years before to now about a troubled young man.

After coming across parts of a female dismembered body found in the River Thames, DS Maeve Kerrigan is currently investigating the disappearance of Paige Hargreaves who was an investigative journalist. Paige was investigating Chiron House, a club for wealthy privileged men in London who according to her sources were conducting illegal activities.

I liked how the author gave two narratives because it makes you have a greater understanding of all the characters, and it created suspense that kept me hooked. The author also used dialogues and vivid descriptions to interest her readers especially those related to the dreadful crimes that can happened.

Surprisingly, this is the 9th book of a series but there's little references to the other books so it was a good individual read.

I received my copy from Netgalley.
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I have ended up receiving a copy an advanced reader’s copy via NetGalley, not realising it was a part of an ongoing series. It could be read as a stand-alone novel, but I thought I could as well try reading from the beginning, and I’m so glad I did. I binge read all of the novels in the space of a few days and regret nothing. The characters were as so well written and the plot so exciting, it felt like I was watching a well-made Netflix series and not reading a series of crime procedurals. After finishing ‘Cutting Place’, I am currently suffering through some major Maeve-Kerrigan-series withdrawal symptoms and impatiently awaiting news from Jane Casey about the next novel. 

Maeve Kerrigan is a likeable and complex character. Recently promoted to a Sergeant Detective, in this novel she is looking for the culprit responsible for the death of a freelance journalist whose dismembered body had washed out from the Thames. It seems the murder might be connected to the story, the journalist Paige had been working on, looking at the secretive London club for the rich and male part of the London society. As Maeve looks into the Chiron Club, she realises there are more dark secrets hiding behind the grandeur walls than she’d expected. 

Casey’s plots never disappoint by being straightforward or boring. I’m always surprised in how the stories get resolved, which is rare in the crime thriller genre as at the end of the day, many books begin to sound similar.  I loved all of the secondary characters, but specially Derwent and his relationship with Maeve. The two always are a joy to read. Definitely my favourite series out there!
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This is the latest book starring DS Maeve Kerrigan and DI Josh Derwent.  A journalist is found in parts in the Thames.  Paige Hargreaves was investigating a Gentlemen’s club called the Chiron Club.  Surely the club cannot be related to the death? How do you investigate a men only club with only the elite and powerful being members.
This is the challenge for the team.
This is book nine and as enjoyable as the previous eight.  Can’t wait for book ten.
 Thanks to Harper Collins and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for n honest review.
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The Cutting Place is book 9 in the series Maeve Kerrigan series. Maeve is a murder detective in London who is investigating the death and dismemberment of Paige, a young journalist who had been working on a piece about the Chiron Club, a exclusive members only club. As Maeve works to find Paige’s murderer, she soon learns of the dark and seedy world of the club and the rich and privileged men who hide many secrets

This book had me hooked! I’ve been finding it hard to concentrate and read recently, something a think a lot of us can relate to. I thought this book might coax me out of this reading slump and that I’d finish it over the next few days. Instead I finished it in one day!! The murder and detective element of the story is sublime, Jane Casey always knows how to write a good solid plot. There were moments where I was almost too afraid to turn the page, the fear and tension feel so real. One of the best things about this though is Maeve’s relationships with her colleagues, especially Josh Derwent. While you could pick this book up, and any other from the series, in any order and read as a stand alone, I seriously recommend starting from the beginning and getting to know Maeve and the other characters. One of the joys of the series is seeing them all grow and seeing the changes in Maeve’s personal life.. After saying all that, I want to reread the entire series and if this lockdown continues I might just do so!
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I'm a huge fan of Jane Casey's books and Maeve Kerrrigan series is my favourite so I was really excited to receive and arc of The Cutting Place.   This book can be read as a standalone but it is much more enjoyable when read in order as you get to know Maeve and Josh Derwent throughout the series as their characters and work relationship develops.  In the The Cutting Place Maeve is tasked with finding out what happened to Paige Hargreaves after a body part is found in the river Thames.  Her investigation leads her to the Chiron Club, a club Paige was investigating herself for a story when she disappeared.  
I absolutely loved The Cutting Place it kept me hooked the whole way through and kept me up until 4:30 am until I finished it!   I can't go into detail or I will spoil it but we really get to see another side to Maeve and we see more than in any of the other books how vulnerable yet extremely courageous she really is!!! 

Thank you to NetGalley,  HarperCollins and Jane Casey for the arc of The Cutting Place my review is honest and unbiased.
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I absolutely devoured this book and, once again, I find myself sounding like a broken record in that I haven't got enough different words to describe how much I enjoyed it and despite it being the ninth in the series, it continues to feel fresh with the partnership of DS Maeve Kerrigan and DI Josh Derwent being a particular highlight of mine and one which I absolutely adore.

Here we find the team investigating a particularly brutal murder when a body part is found by a mudlarker on the banks of the Thames; the ensuing investigation leads to a missing journalist and an exclusive gentleman's club ... are they related?  Amongst all this is a look into the private life of Maeve and the importance of strong friendships and trust.

This is a compelling and engaging story line and not just a police-procedural; it delves into the murky world of "gentleman's" clubs, domestic violence, blackmail, privilege and power.  I'm not going to lie, it's a dark story full of tension that is all too plausible but there are lighter moments that provide some occasional relief.

Highly, highly recommended and you don't have to have read previous books in the series to appreciate just how good this is but you will certainly want to after reading this.

My thanks and appreciation go to HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction and NetGalley for my copy in return for an honest review.
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Totally engrossing thriller. Familiar characters and a strong story with plenty of twists. Personal lives of Maeve and Josh woven through and a big twist at the end.
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‪Jane Casey’s The Cutting Place sees DS Maeve Kerrigan and DI Josh Derwent investigate the world of wealthy men and the institutions that protect their privilege and entitlement, while both experiencing shifts in their personal lives.‬

‪As always, Casey gives you enough twists to keep you guessing, while also furthering the deep bond between Kerrigan and Derwent.

‪These two characters truly leap off the page. The development of their partnership is the highlight of these books, and she doesn’t disappoint with this installment. ‬Its a treat to see how they bring out the best in each other both personally and professionally under the guise of sniping, glowering and teasing. Whether this leads anywhere or remains in the status quo, it doesn’t matter. In Casey’s capable hands you know it will subvert expectations while also serving the characters well.

Added bonus is the development of supporting characters. Standout was seeing Chief Inspector Una Burt be a supportive boss, while also entrusting Maeve with being lead on the case. Also good was to see Liv have more of a role, I just hope she returns from mat leave.

‪The only minor quibbles I have - and this is only noticeable if you have read The Stranger You Know - is a few continuity and timeline issues. However these are minor and don’t detract from my utterly blissful week of re-reading this book.‬ You can read this as a stand alone but honestly start from the beginning and work your way through. You’ll want all nine books on your shelf to read over and over.

The Cutting Place is truly a cut above. Calling this early but it’s book of 2020.

Thank you Netgalley and HarperCollins,
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If you pick up ‘The Cutting Place’, beware.  All those other daily tasks that have to be done will suffer as a consequence!  Jane Casey’s latest police procedural involving Maeve Kerrigan and Josh Derwent and the rest of their team is another triumph.  Not only are her central characters as attractive, funny, feisty and flawed as we have come to expect but the seedy posh boy world and their appalling Chiron Club is equally engrossing.  In this novel Casey shines a light on important topical issues without ever allowing the story to become a mere diatribe about social and gender inequalities.
When body parts wash up on the banks of the Thames, Kerrigan is determined to ensure justice.  The dismembered corpse was once a young investigative journalist, Paige Hargreaves, who was clearly on to something very dodgy indeed.  As part of the investigation, DS Kerrigan ends up learning a great deal about how privileged men entertain themselves and how the exclusive Chiron Club makes shed loads of money on the back of its extravaganzas.  However, the abuse she uncovers is not just a work thing.  Her personal life is also unravelling and her friends are concerned for her.
In ‘The Cutting Place’ we become further involved in the ways in which Kerrigan and Derwent handle their personal lives.  Their up and down messy relationship continues to develop and certainly provides some of the narrative’s propulsion as well as being an absorbing study of two strong personalities.  Another intriguing read from Jane Casey who has certainly become one of my favourite crime writers.
My thanks to HarperCollins UK, Harper Fiction for a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review.
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I have followed the Maeve Kerrigan series from the start and can't believe this is the 9th book in the series. The series is full of great characters that come to life on the page but also strong plots that keep the reader gripped. This one is no different and loved it from start to finish.

DS Maeve Kerrigan and DI Josh Derwent are this time investigating the murder of twenty-eight-year-old freelance investigative journalist, Paige Hargreaves. Paige appears to have been looking into a story linked to a gentleman's establishment called the Chiron Club. The code of secrecy inside the Chiron Club with their clientele of the rich and privileged is always going to be difficult to breakdown which makes things very challenging for Maeve.
The plot is excellently paced with revelations twists along the way making it an exciting read. The relationship between the two main characters DS Maeve Kerrigan and DI Josh Derwent makes great reading.

I would like to thank both Net Galley and Harper Collins for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
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I adore the characters in this series. They are fab. This is an author I’m a huge fan of so instantly requested this when I saw it. 
I have not been disappointed. 
Despite being a series, I have not read these books in order and they read great as standalone books. 
These books are so well written that you get a full picture of the scenes and characters in the story. The plot is absolutely fantastic and this is a book which I have devoured in a matter of hours. I haven’t been able to put it down.
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This has been a very good series and The Cutting Place is one of the best yet, I think.

The book is largely about male violence and contempt for women, and based around an organisation which holds events similar to The President’s Club Dinner, which caused such scandal a couple of years ago.  There are also major developments in the lives of both Maeve Kerrigan and Josh Derwent, whose relationship continues to be an intriguing and very well handled aspect of these books.  To say more of the plot would be a significant spoiler.

Jane Casey, as always, writes very well in fluent, readable prose which carries you along without drawing attention to itself – an excellent attribute.  She also creates very believable characters, especially Maeve whose narrative voice is convincing and who is human, flawed and very engaging.  Casey also manages to make very important points about sexism, class and coercive control while never indulging in wholesale man-bashing so it makes a powerful and readable story.

I did think that the solution to the initial murder was rather silly and detracted from the rest of the book, but overall this is a thoughtful and very gripping read which I can recommend warmly.

(My thanks to HarperCollins for an ARC via NetGalley.)
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Another brilliant book in the series that had me racing through the pages during every spare minute. The case starts with the discovery of the body of a freelance investigative journalist and rapidly spirals into something much, much bigger. With a plot that focuses on male privilege, social hierarchy and violence towards women, this is a case that also impacts Derwent and Maeve directly and in shocking ways. It's this attention to the detective's lives that puts this series head and shoulders above most of the competition and keeps me coming back for more. Roll on book 10, I for one cannot wait. 

My thanks go to the publishers and Net Galley for the copy sent in return for an honest review.
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This book is exactly like all the others in the Maeve Kerrigan series - completely compelling. I highly recommended this book - and the rest in series - to all readers of crime fiction.

The ninth book in the superior police procedural series makes for a very intriguing read, tackling themes of elite male privilege, corruption and violence against women. The novel begins a world away from wealth and entitlement when DI Josh Derwent and DS Maeve Kerrigan are called for the foreshore of the Thames after a licensed mudlarker finds a human hand.  Later, further parts of a corpse are subsequently recovered and Maeve is faced with the challenge of identifying the deceased and leading the investigation into her murder and dismemberment. 

When the victim is identified as a freelance investigative journalist, Paige Hargreaves, Maeve is keen to determine any relevance her most recent research could have in relation to the crime, and the investigation soon enters a world of wealth and influence and a secret “Gentlemen’s Club”. 

A second narrative, flashing back to two years previously, gives a real edge to Maeve’s investigation and the secrets of the Chiron Club.

A strong hooking point for the book is that so much of what Jane Casey portrays is believable and not without precedent, as tabloid stories of prestigious gentlemen’s clubs will testify. 

Maeve’s initial area of interest into the murder of Paige Hargreaves is soon widened as some unexpected revelations send the unfolding story in a number of unforeseen directions.

The relationship between the DS Maeve Kerrigan and DI Josh Derwent is central to the series and something that is as compelling and intriguing as the crimes investigated. Despite the snipes, put-downs and cutting remarks, there is a bond between them that makes them fascinating to witness.  During the story, Maeve’s private life takes an unwelcome turn, showing a different dimension to her friendship with Derwent, who also faces some unexpected personal developments.
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