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Published by HQ, 5 April 2018: ISBN: 978 – 0 –
00-824067 -7 (HB)
Rahmen is a British/Bangladeshi policewoman who has lived in the East End of
London since she was four. Maya is a kind and caring professional who has
plenty of her own problems to cope with before she can even begin to think of
solving the challenging series of brutal murders she is about to confront.
first meet Maya, she is on compassionate leave, having just returned from
attending the funeral of her brother in Sylhet – he had committed suicide by
setting fire to himself. Her mother has dementia, and her father, who
walked out on the family when she was a teenager, is an ever-present ghostly –
or perhaps not so ghostly – presence. All these issues impinge on how Maya
views the crimes and the people she deals with.
her new Australian sergeant, Dan Maguire, are called to Maya’s old school –
more memories to contend with - where the trendy young headmistress, Linda
Gibson, has been strangled. Beside Linda’s body is a card with the second
of five basic Buddhist precepts written on it. Does this mean that there
is a first victim waiting to be identified, and that the murderer has their eye
on three more victims? Of course, it does.
investigation is influenced by the need to take account of the many social,
cultural and racial tensions that are bubbling away under - or even on - the surface,
within the school’s Mile End catchment area. The Buddhist connection
seems clear. Finding it is another matter. Maya and her team are not
helped by their boss, DCI Briscall. He dislikes women in general and Maya in
particular. Egged on by a voracious journalist, Briscall is interested only in
getting a result quickly, regardless of whether or not it’s the right one.
Turn a Blind Eye is a quick and easy read. The background is truly
authentic, though I would have to say troubling at times as it provides scant
evidence of an integrated society in the East End. Maya and Dan are
refreshingly original and likable characters and, as this is the first in a
series of DI Rahmen stories, I will look forward to hearing more of them.
Vicky Newhamis the
author of the DI Maya Rahman police procedural series which is set in East
London. The first book, Turn A Blind Eye,
was published on 5 April 2018, and has been optioned for television by
Playground Entertainment. The second, Out
of The Ashes, will be published on 4 April 2019. Vicky has drawn on her
Psychology background and her experiences of living and working in East London
to write the books in the series. She studied Psychology at university and
taught GCSE/A-level Psychology for 10 years before moving to Whitstable, Kent
where she now lives with her cockerpoo dog.
Angela Crowtheris a
retired scientist. She has published many scientific papers but, as yet,
no crime fiction. In her spare time Angela belongs to a Handbell Ringing
group, goes country dancing and enjoys listening to music, particularly the
operas of Verdi and Wagner.