Someone is breaking into Fire Investigator, Edina Blaze’s, home and leaving deadly messages. When Glen Peacock is burned alive, she has to put her own problems aside and attend the location with Crime Scene Manager, Kevin Lang. As the body count rises, Edina’s sister Heather becomes involved. Is it her setting these gruesome fires? Or is she a target too? Kevin has seen it all in his years on the force, but when a young girl is found burnt to dead, even he is shocked. Who is taking pleasure in watching people burn? Why are they doing it? And will they be caught? DI Alistair McKay and the team from North East Police have to work quickly to stop the killer, before they all end up in flames.
Even though this is part of the North East Police series all of the books are stand alone’s and do not need to be read in order. Either way you will want to read them once you start this series.
This felt very different to the rest of the authors books. Where as most of the books are to do with the main characters in the force dealing with murder cases, this one heavily features on Edina Blaze and things going on in her personal life. Nothing wrong with that though as boy does she have an awful lot going on.
Edina deals in investigating fires due to a back injury when she used to be in the thick of tackling fires. You can tell this is something that she struggles to come to terms with. There is an ongoing case of people being found burnt to death which runs alongside what is going in Edina’s life. The actual case doesn’t really kick off until probably the last thirty percent of the novel. When that happens, woah, it makes for some seriously gripping stuff. Don’t get me wrong the whole story is good but it gets even better when it reaches this point.
You can tell the author has really done her research. I was absolutely riveted with how the killer started the fires and what happens next. It was as if I could feel the flames and the smells for myself as it was so descriptive. I was literally pounding on my kindle to turn the pages to find out how it was all going to end and I certainly wasn’t disappointed.
Watch You Burn is a flaming hot read! Set at a steady pace which had me hurdling at full throttle towards the end, this is one series I really can’t get enough of.
My thanks to Bloodhound Books for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
Watch You Burn is available to purchase from Amazon.
My name is Kerry-Ann Richardson (generally known as Kerry) and I write as KA Richardson. I started writing the North East Police series in 2010 when I was working towards my MA Creative Writing – I used the first 15000 words of With Deadly Intent as my dissertation. I passed my MA in 2011 and kept on writing. This all came about from working as a Crime Scene Investigator – I’d always written but when I was a CSI I went to see a psychic, Anthony, and he wanted to know why I wasn’t writing. He reminded me that it was my passion and said he could see me signing in Waterstones in 5 years. That was 5.5 years before my first ever signing in Waterstones so he wasn’t far wrong!
I did the normal things writers do when their book is ready to go out into the world – submitted to agents etc. I got a few nice personal responses back – still saying no but being constructive and polite about it. I approached Darren Laws from Caffeine Nights whilst at a crime festival and he asked to see my work. He agreed to publish With Deadly Intent from there, and once that was out I approached Bloodhound Books as wanted to know if there was any other interest in my novels. Bloodhound came back within 24 hours and offered me a 3 book deal! And I’ve since signed an additional 3 book deal with them which covers the series up to and including book 7!
Twitter: @kerryann77 or @karichardson77