Deadly Wishes by Rachel MacLean

8th October 2021.

Overall I enjoyed this novel, featuring DI Zoe Finch. Flushed with success, she’s put on the team investigating the murder of Assistant Chief Constable Bryn Jackson. However, Zoe’s given a more mundane role than she would have liked, but this isn’t going to stop her getting to the heart of the investigation. Naturally, she treads on a few toes, antagonises Jackson’s widow and uncovers more than she bargained for.

The novel was not unlike a sandwich. It started in a slow, methodical way that took a while to get going. When it did, the story was gripping and exciting with plenty of tension and suspense as it hurtled towards the climax. Then despite the twist, I felt the story fizzled out, leaving some key issues to be picked up in the next novel, perhaps.

There were rather a lot of characters to keep track off, especially on the police side. I was forced to stop and come out of the story a couple of times as I tried to recall who these people were and where they fitted in. That aside, the writing was good, the pace and suspense gripping in the middle section and DI Finch was a strong and likeable lead character.


Meet Zoe Finch, West Midlands Police’s newest Detective Inspector. She’s outspoken, ambitious, and damaged. And she’s working a case that could make her career, or cost her everything…

Fresh from the success of the Canary investigation into depravity and corruption at the highest levels, she’s attracted attention. Not least from Assistant Chief Constable Bryn Jackson.

But when Jackson is brutally murdered on the night of his retirement party, Zoe is dragged into a case that’s deeply personal.

All the evidence points to the victim’s downtrodden wife, who has secrets of her own. But Zoe begins to suspect all isn’t as it seems. Could Jackson’s death be linked to the Canary case? And what is her new boss, DCI David Randle, hiding?

Seeking out the truth will force Zoe to confront her own past, and put her career, and her team’s lives, on the line.

Deadly Wishes by Rachel MacLean

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