The Suspects by Jodie Lawrance #BookReview #DetectiveHelenCarter3 #JoffeBooks #4*


Discover a thrilling new Scottish crime series starring Detective Helen Carter.

Detective Helen Carter needs a break. Instead, she’s going head-to-head with notorious cop killer Jimmy Osbourne.

Eight years ago he pulled off the perfect heist and fled to Spain, leaving behind a trail of carnage. But not a shred of evidence to implicate him.

Now he’s back in Edinburgh. But why? Helen has her suspicions.

Within days, a mysterious jewel thief surfaces on CCTV. A gunman shoots up a seedy back-alley.

The suspects are piling up, but Helen knows Jimmy is behind them. All her instincts tell her he’s guilty. She’s watching him. But he has eyes on her too . . .

Can she take him down before he gets to her?

Fans of Ashes to Ashes, Caro Ramsay, Helen H. Durrant, J.D. Kirk, Angela Marsons, Rachel McLean, Val McDermid and Alex Gray will love this retro Scottish crime series set in the 1970s.

Detective Sergeant Helen Carter is used to getting a rough time of it at work. As one of the few women officers around, she has heard it all before: she’s only there as a box-ticking exercise, or she only got the job because of her father, who was a detective inspector. But she can handle it. She knows she can hold her own against any man on the force. The only thing she can’t handle, however, are the constant fights with her fiancé, Ted.

Edinburgh CID in the 1970s is on the third-floor of the ugly, modern concrete lump that is the police station. On a sunny day, you can look right out to Arthur’s Seat. And on any day, you can see spotty-faced, bored teenagers coming and going from the local high school across the road. With its historic cobbled streets and fair share of deprivation, Edinburgh police are up against every type of criminal imaginable.



An All Round Good Read!

A trip back to the seventies for this crime thriller set in Edinburgh!

Cop killer Jimmy Osbourne fled to Spain eight years ago after the perfect heist and now he’s back in Edinburgh; the police know he’s responsible for plenty of the goings-on but they lack the evidence to prove it. DS Helen Carter wants nothing more than to get him off the streets; when a body is found in an alley with gunshot wounds and a jeweller’s is robbed, she is certain Jimmy is responsible – now she just needs to prove it and while she has eyes on him, he’s watching her too. Can she get ahead of him?

I really admired the character of Helen Carter; life in the seventies was very different (I know, I was there), and it was a brave woman who took on what was very much regarded as a ‘man’s job’. The author has the office politics bang on, and it all adds to the story. I wish I has started with the first book as this one covers the previous story so now there’s no going back. With several twists and turns, this kept my attention right to the bitter end. The remaining characters are many, varied and completely believable. An all round good read and definitely a series I will be happy to follow. 4*.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: crime thriller, police procedural

Author Details

Jodie graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2018 with an MA in Creative Writing.
When not writing, she is also an actress and has appeared in a variety of television shows, on stage and
on film. She’s also a contributor for BBC The Social.


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