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BOOK REVIEW: Gentleman Jack by Christina James

I'm a big fan of crime thrillers, so when this book arrived through the post I couldn't wait to get stuck into it.

It's the first book I have personally read by author Christina James, who was born in Spalding, and I will certainly be seeking out her further novels to read.

Christina sets her books in the Fenland countryside and the locations in the book were familiar.

Gentleman Jack by Christina James is out now. (5714444)
Gentleman Jack by Christina James is out now. (5714444)

'Gentleman Jack' is the latest in the DI Yates series.

The story begins as the DI and his team are investigating a spate of expensive farm machinery thefts but, frustratingly for them, they keep on drawing a blank.

Meanwhile, local businessman and philanthropist Jack Fovargue is assaulted in Spalding but is reluctant to press charges.

Author Christina James. (5714492)
Author Christina James. (5714492)

And when a body is found floating in the Fossdyke Canal, near Lincoln, DI Yates and the team suddenly find themselves working on a murder case. Then, more bodies are found in the same place and the case takes on a whole new twist.

Is it the work of a single serial killer, or multiple killers?

And why does the investigation into the vehicle thefts and the murders keep taking the team back to Jack Fovargue and his farm?

The story is cleverly plotted and the characters jump out of the pages. I literally couldn't put it down until I knew 'whodunnit'.

  • The book is available now from Salt Publishing (RRP £9.99). It is also available on ebook.

Reviewed by Zoe Myall


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