A Devil Under the Skin by Anya Lipska
The third Kiszka and Kershaw crime thriller: Things are looking up for Janusz Kiszka, big-hearted ‘fixer’ to London’s Poles. His girlfriend/the love of his life, Kasia, is finally leaving her no-good husband to make a new life with him. Then Kasia vanishes. Convinced she’s been abducted, Kiszka must swallow his pride and seek the help of an old contact – maverick cop Natalie Kershaw. But the search swiftly takes an even darker turn…What connects Kasia’s disappearance and a string of brutal East End murders?
First Impressions: As with the previous two books in the series I was draw in right from the start… Compelling reading!
Highlights: I don’t want this review to sound like a re-hash of previous reviews but I really like the way that Kiszka and Kershaw are brought together to solve the crime. It’s not a sigh of ‘here we go again for the double act…’. Time has passed and it is all believable, not in any way forced.
This novel is another page turner from Lipska with perhaps less of an Eastern Euro geographical focus but this East End focus didn’t make it less interesting. Maybe I need to spend a day travelling the Central Line! I liked Kiszka’s insurance fraud investigation too, by the way, and I wasn’t too upset that Kershaw’s personal life took a back seat in this novel either. She is more interesting when at work! As well as absolutely loving the cover art on these novels I also enjoyed the extra material at the end of this novel. I now know how to pronounce ‘Kasia’!
If I was an editor: C’mon Kiszka, come investigating South of the River sometime… I hear SW has a large Polish population 🙂
Overall: And when is the next one being published?
A Devil Under the Skin: 5 stars