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.
About the Author
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!
This is the first book I have read by this writer, I was kindly offered a place on the blog tour and because I know from previous experience how much I have enjoyed ‘Bloodhound’ books I readily agreed. Well, let me say straightaway I will be quickly catching up with Kerry’s other books if this one is anything to go by .. I have found myself another favourite author!
It’s part of the North East Police series but I had no trouble reading it as a stand-alone. This book concentrates mainly on Edina Blaze’s story. Yes, her name is Blaze and she works in the fire investigation team! Her personal life has been rocky and this open’s up opportunity for further turmoil.
Her sister Heather is a Uni student and has been bullied mercilessly for a lot of years, there is a group of Uni kids, some nice some downright nasty .. but when they begin to die the finger of suspicion gets pointed in a couple of directions.
Each kid has issues and their stories are cleverly intertwined with Edina and the police. Each character is very well developed and as the book progresses the crimes and events pick up pace.
Obviously the title gives an indication of the content, fire plays a big part and the memorising effect of the flames creating an atmospheric feel is so vividly described you can almost feel the heat and tension. The circumstances prove grisly, lots of research must have been undertaken in order to tell this story and it is indeed gripping.
Not only does it cover the fire obsession but also alcoholism, self-harming, depression, suicide, stalking and bullying. It moves along at a steady pace and by the end it’s a race against time to turn the pages.
I liked Edina, she was a tough cookie but certainly showed her vulnerable side. The camaraderie in the police/fire teams was entirely believable. At first it’s a guessing game as to who is setting the fires and why .. will you be able to guess? I must admit I did suss out who the stalker was and the method of entry so I was quite proud of myself for that.
An incredibly addictive read, cram packed with action I enjoyed every minute of it.