The Killing of the Cherrywood MP is the brilliant second book in the lauded Karen Andersen political thriller series by Louise Burfitt-Dons. In this fast-paced and gripping novel P I Andersen is once again immersed in the world of radical extremism in Britain and about to learn it’s as complicated as it’s deadly.
“‘Taut, hardboiled, detailed and funny. This is thriller excellence!’ “Charlie Flowers
Jihadi brides return from Syria and deradicalised terrorists are released from prison. In reaction extremist right-wing groups proliferate across Europe. The Labour MP for Cherrywood is found murdered and police look for a lone wolf with a personal vendetta against ISIS.
P I Karen Andersen believes it’s not that simple. From the roulette tables of the Ritz to the respectable suburbs of Mainz, she searches for the truth. Does the home to one of Germany’s violent neo-Fascist cells hold the vital clue, or does it lie hidden in the leafy English countryside?
This is the second book in the Karen Anderson series and another enthralling read.
Karen is a private investigator who works from home. The majority of her work is quite mundane cases but she seems to have the habit of getting involved in some that not only puts her own life at risk but others also. As with the previous book, the author has packed lots in within this one which not only holds the readers attention but keeps them on their toes as well.
Mixed in with everything else going on, we also have the complicated relationship between Karen and her somewhat on/off boyfriend, Haruto. It was good to see little bit of Karen’s personal life although the story heavily focuses on the investigation as well as chapters to do with a character that we are introduced to in chapter one.
This is an author as I have said in my review for the previous novel, that clearly does her research. Not only do we get some insight into the world of politics but also terrorists and Jihadi brides, things that I don’t admittedly know a great deal about. The author doesn’t blindside you though with too much information, there is just the right balance to be informative but interesting at the same time.
The Killing of the Cherrwood MP was another entertaining read from the author. I am in total awe of how the author has quite a few different threads going on and manages to tie everything up so well by the end. If you enjoy a female protagonist that gets in way deeper than she should in a world of politics, murder and mayhem, then you should give this series a go.
My thanks to the author for a readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Louise Burfitt-Dons was first introduced to the idea of writing conspiracy fiction on meeting Ian Fleming when he visited her birth country of Kuwait in 1960 and befriended her father. Fast forward forty years to her founding the children’s charity Act Against Bullying in 2000. This had her advising police on the manipulation and cover up tactics of young people, girl gangs and junior cyber stalkers. She believes these are the same devices used by political parties, spies and crooks. They form the background to her thriller stories.
Her first novel (June 5th 2018) The Missing Activist (New Century) was the first in a series starring off the wall P I Karen Andersen. The plot was inspired by her experiences as a Parliamentary candidate in the UK General Election of 2015. Sequel The Killing of the Cherrywood MP was published on March 18th 2020. She is currently working on book three in the Karen Andersen series.
Louise is also a screenwriter who has worked with producers in the UK and the US. Recent films screened on TV include Mother of All Secrets (2018), The Ex Next Door (2019, LifeTime) and Fame at a Deadly Cost (LifeTime 2020). Not all her work has a dark tone. She loves British comedy and wrote the rom-com Christmas in the Highlands (2019) for Triventure Productions which has also made it on to the international television circuits.
She now lives in Chiswick, West London with her ex-pilot husband Donald. She has two grown up daughters and a seven-month year old granddaughter Dempsie Lee Williams.
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