Rosie’s #BookReview Team THE DCI JONES CASEBOOK: SEAN FREEMAN by @KerryJDonovan #TuesdayBookBlog

Today’s team review is from Cathy she blogs at

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The story begins eighteen months previously when Digby Parrish, criminal mastermind, is looking for a locksmith with particular skills. He finds what he’s looking for in Sean Freeman, who is biding his time working in a specific locksmith’s shop for his own reasons. Sean has an agenda. Parrish visits the shop and sets Sean a test – making a perfect copy of a one-off, damaged key.

Back to present day and DCI David Jones has just returned to work after a weeks break and is catching up with his team’s caseload. A spate of unsolved diamond thefts are brought to his attention, involving millions of pounds and someone who is an obvious expert when it comes to locks and electronics.

Ultimately the two storylines merge into a complex, detailed and well thought through plot, incorporating offshoot cases that keep the team on their toes. It kept me guessing too. Great writing, believable dialogue and engaging, well portrayed characters, particularly DCI Jones and his partner, Detective Sergeant Phil Cryer.

I like the slant of knowing who the offender is from the start, and also that there’s more to his story than is, at first, apparent. Hints are dropped as the story progresses, until the full extent of Sean’s story is revealed. Sean Freeman is a likeable rogue and I found myself hoping there would be a favourable outcome for him. Not so much for Digby Parrish and his cohorts, however, who are a combination of the worst aspects of human nature.

Lots of action, unexpected twists and great pacing keeps the story moving forward towards an excellent ending.

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Today’s team review is from Terry, she blogs at

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Terry has been reading The DCI Jones Casebook: Sean Freeman by Kerry J Donovan


The DCI Jones Casebook: Sean Freeman by Kerry J Donovan

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by me as a member of Rosie Amber’s Review Team

I read another of Kerry Donovan’s books, ‘On Lucky Shores’ for Rosie’s review blog, which I liked a lot, so chose to review this one as soon as it was submitted. Whereas ‘On Lucky Shores’ is an all-American mystery thriller set in Colorado, this is a traditional British detective type story. I think Donovan’s American mode has the slight edge, but this one also stands up well next to the best in its genre.

The first part of the novel consists of two storylines: DCI Jones and his merry throng in the present day, and locksmith turned jewel thief Sean Freeman’s journey into the dangerous criminal underworld of Digby Parrish. Eventually, the two threads collide….

This book’s plot is quite a masterpiece, so well thought out, with plenty of nice little twists that I didn’t see coming at all. I was most impressed by the research that had obviously taken place to make the details authentic, but this is woven artfully into the storyline and is never obtrusive. The characterisation is terrific, in particular Digby Parrish (wonderfully scary!) and Detective Charlie Pelham, the latter of whom is a stereotypical 1970s throwback type of crime fighter – very funny! I liked DCI Jones, who is a little eccentric in a mild sort of way, and Sean Freeman is one of those criminals who you find yourself rooting for – I always admire a writer who can make you root for the ‘baddie’! I must applaud the dialogue all the way through the book, too.

I’d definitely recommend this to anyone who likes a good, current, British crime thriller. Kerry Donovan is a most talented wordsmith and I hope to read more from him soon.

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