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Published by Point Blank, 16 April 2020.
ISBN: 978-1-78607-757-8 (HB)
This is the second
thriller in a series featuring audacious chemical engineer, Dr Jaq Silver, as
seductive as she is clever.She does,
however, possess the propensity to get involved in a cocktail of murky and dangerous
situations that eventually she overcomes but not before the reader has bitten
his/her nails to the quick.
a prominent, high-powered scientist Jaq
lives a high-octane professional life, gallivanting around the globe and
staying in luxury hotels. This has distinct disadvantages one of which is that
it renders it difficult for her to stay beneath the radar when circumstances
the preceding novel, The
Chemical Detectiveshe almost lost her life amongst the ruins of
Chernobyl.Now, back on home ground, she
is on her beam end and, against her better judgment, accepts a lucrative
contract that involves investigating a rare-earths processing plant in China
that mysteriously vanishes, without trace, into thin air.
isn’t a slow burning novel.Right from
the start, the reader is plunged into witnessing Jaq’s struggle for survival,
which is a strong characteristic of the narrative. The yacht she’s on with her
friend Gio, sailing in the Black Sea, has been rendered unseaworthy and she
improvises an ingenious, if terrifying, solution to save them from Davy Jones’s
plotted with sharp dialogue, the author takes the reader on a bucking bronco ride
into the fascinating world of antique Chinese jade, the sad, devastating,
man-made 1975 Banqiao Dam disaster, to a hospice in Vladivostok, to Portugal
where her violent, dementia afflicted mother lives and to her own stamping
ground of Teesside. The unexplained disappearance of Jaq’s former
student, the apparently motiveless murders of an auctioneer and a jade expert,
of her interpreter and a driver, means the tension never flags.The drama and skulduggery is complex and full
of suspense. As the author ups the temperature the molecules of the story
bounce around more and collide excitingly.
a dull moment, this is a whip-smart, action packed, intriguing read that has
the reader rooting for Jaq, a thoroughly modern and engaging warrior.Reactions
happen— no matter what.Highly
------ Reviewer: Serena Fairfax
Fiona Erskinewas born in Edinburgh, and grew up
playing guitar, riding motorbikes and jumping into cold water. After studying
Chemical Engineering at University, she leaned to weld, cast and machine with
apprentices in Paisley. She is now based in Teesside and travels
internationally as a professional engineer. An engineer by day, writer by night.
Her debut novel The Chemical Detective, the first in a series, was published in
Serena Fairfaxspent her childhood in India,
qualified as a lawyer in England and practised in London for many years. She
began writing by contributing feature articles to legal periodicalsthen turned her hand to fiction. Having
published nine novels all, bar one, hardwired with a romantic theme, she has
also written short stories and accounts of her explorations off the beaten
track that feature on her blog. A tenth, distinctly unromantic, novel is a work
in progress. Thrillers, crime and mystery narratives, collecting old masks and
singing are a few of her favourite things.