Where the Devil Can’t Go by Anya Lipska
The first Kiszka and Kershaw novel: A naked girls has washed up on to the banks of the River Thames. The only clue to her identity is a home made tattoo with two foreign names and a love heart. Janusz Kiszka has lived in London for 20 years and is a ‘fixer’ in the Polish community. Little did he anticipate he would be accused of murder by Natalie Kershaw, an ambitious detective. Also being pursued by a dangerous criminal, Janusz travels back to Poland in the hope of discovering the identity of the killer.
First Impressions: This was a page turner from the very start! I was hooked with the everyday dealings of Janusz and the sort of things a fixer does; it’s not as notorious as it sounds!
Highlights: At first I worried at the sprinkling of Polish words: no glossary so would I need to google translate? Well, it turned out it was easy to work out the meaning of the Polish words and many of them weren’t as alien as I expected such the word psychol which always made me want to giggle. Janusz’s character was brilliant and completely believable. Kershaw was a good character too but she was always in the shadow of the Polish fixer. The links to Poland gave the novel huge amounts of depth and created the same atmosphere that a lot of Scandinavian crime novels achieve.
If I was an editor: I can’t think of anything to improve. It was a perfect page turner that had me reading it whenever I could. As crimes go, this was an interesting one to follow…
Overall: The next day I began the second Kiszka and Kershaw mystery. I can’t remember the last time I read two books by the same author back to back.
Where the Devil Can’t Go: 5 stars
Thank you to Harper Collins (The Friday Project) for a copy of the title to review.