One tenacious cop, one amazing artist.

There’s a big operation underway and DS Karen Thorpe is feeling left out. Then she meets Emma, with the ability to memorise faces, and Karen’s re-energised with her potential crime-solving contribution. But she’s not the only one.

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A body turns up and Karen is finally called up to work with the Met. But Emma’s gone missing. Is it connected? Where is she? Who can she trust?

It’s a race against time as the new team try to catch a major crime ring before they carry out their horrific activities.

My Review

Another fantastic read from Jane Badrock, featuring the inimitable DI Karen Thorpe and her new team, plus live-in partner and head of forensics, John Steele. In the previous book, Karen and John’s relationship was definitely on-off, but they seem to have settled into a life of domestic bliss, ha ha. As we discovered, Karen is tough, impetuous and pathologically disorganised, while John is the exact opposite, but they seem to rub along quite nicely.

Three Little Girls is one of my favourite detective novels of all time, partly because of the supernatural element which was missing in The Woman Who Knew Faces, but I still loved it, However, the subject matter is much grittier this time, though both are equally disturbing. Three Little Girls managed a degree of humour (in the eccentric characters, not the subject), but book three revolves around child sex trafficking and ‘hunting parties’ with some really vile and sick paedophiles, so no humour there.

At the beginning of the book, we are introduced to court artist Emma, whose ability to memorise and draw faces in extraordinary detail makes her invaluable to the police, but also a risk to those she can recognise in the trafficking rings. Emma is autistic so any change to her routine upsets her and Karen must tread carefully when asking Emma to come and work with her.

I’d just like to say that the only reason I didn’t give this five stars (I almost never do for police procedurals) is because I would then have to give Three Little Girls six stars at least. But it’s a definite 4.5 stars from me.

Many thanks to @zooloo2008 for inviting me to be part of this blog tour.

About the Author

Jane writes novels, short stories and poems, usually with a good dose of humour in them. She’s probably owes it all to her late grandmother who, she’s just found out, also wrote short stories and poems. She tends to get an idea and then run with it whether it be a 100 word short story or an 80 thousand word novel. It all depends on the voices in her head at the time…

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