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Publisher's Summary

The gripping new thriller from the Top Ten Sunday Times best-selling author, shortlisted for the Irish Crime Book Awards 2020 

Rumours. 

Everyone’s heard the rumours about elite gentlemen’s clubs, where the champagne flows freely, the parties are outrageous...and what goes on behind closed doors is darker than you could possibly imagine. 

Scandals.

Paige Hargreaves was a young journalist working on a story about a club for the most privileged men in London. She was on the brink of exposing a shocking scandal. Then she disappeared.

Secrets.

DS Maeve Kerrigan must immerse herself in the club’s world of wealth, luxury and ruthless behaviour to find out what happened. But Maeve is keeping secrets of her own. Will she uncover the truth? Or will time run out for Maeve first? 

©2020 Jane Casey (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"The Cutting Place is Jane Casey’s best book yet - and that’s really saying something." (Erin Kelly)

"SO good. I love Maeve so much and this is a really gripping, timely plot." (Elly Griffiths)

"Jane Casey is among our very best crime novelists and this is her best book." (Liz Nugent) 

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Bring Sarah Coomes back!

The book was good, but predictable. My favorite part of this book is the hint at a romance between Josh and Maeve. There's much more to come!!!! I really want Sarah Coomes to come back as the narrator. She really brought the individual characters to life. It's very difficult to tell who is "speaking" with Caroline Lennon. She cannot make the voices different enough. I hate it when a narrator in a series is changed. Of course occasionally a better narrator is brought on, but that is usually not the case.

The murder case was pretty good, but I was able to figure most all of it out long before it the book revealed the killers. Jane Casey is an excellent writer and I only wish she would release these books faster.

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Better and Better

These books just keep getting better and better. I have been hooked since the 1st book. The characters get more fleshed out and real with each book. Please Jane keep them coming !! My only complaint is that Sarah Coomes (previous narrator) was a better choice for Maeve's voice I think.

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Best Book of the Series So Far

I raced through every single Maeve Kerrigan book in less than two weeks. Absolutely, totally addicted. I love, love, love this series.
A Cutting Place is the best in the lot, I think. Interesting how Casey's writing gets better and better. She has a tendency to be wordy, but she's been improving, especially over the last two books. Here the writing is PERFECT. Self-assured, direct, powerful. Not a word wasted.
The crime investigation is much better than all the other books. It's adventurous, varied, with twists and turns, and not TOO many overdone secondary characters. There are less long, interminable interviews and more direct investigation and sleuthing of clues, more action, even a very hilarious undercover scene. I do not read these books for the crime, which is mostly dull I hate to say, although this one as well as After the Fire was really good.
It's the personalities and relationships where she really shines, and this one just blew me away. I cannot remember another novel (recently) where I have been so completely involved with the characters. I listened breathless. I was blown away. I was so very affected by Maeve's story and what happens to her, and the evolving relationship with Derwent. It was so beautifully done. SO powerful. The emotions are real and big and believable. I've listened to a few chapters over and over. Masterful writing. She conveys so much in few words. Only a woman could have written this.
And the narrator was simply fantastic. it has been pure joy listening to her performance again and again.
Now I am in withdrawal and truly in mourning that I'm done with the series for now. Simply cannot wait for the next installment.

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Keep listening even though it’s a different narrator

I was like most listeners that are leaving reviews very disappointed that they changed the narrator after so long. But I just love the storyline so I kept listening and this is probably the best book in the series, so don’t let it deter you from listening. The new narrator did an amazing job. You’ll get used to her. Just wish there was the next book out already.

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Excellent series

Unlike another reviewer I love Caroline Lennon over Sarah Coombes narration. With all due respect I almost gave up on the books due to her narration. In fact I went back and read the books that Sarah narrated and listened to the books with Caroline. Sarah’s narration was very off as to conversation-up and down and I’d get lost in her voice and lose the plot. So, thanks for changing narrators.

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Previously misjudged narrator

After listening to Sarah Coomes excellent narrations of previous novels, I was disappointed at first with Caroline Lennon's narration; however, I slowed the narration down to .9 and found that I quite enjoyed Caroline Lennon's narration.

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I love this series

Good uncomplicated story and relationships. Easy to listen to narration. This series has made many miles on the highway entertaining. I recommended starting from book 1 but not a requirement.

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Enjoy!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book The story moved along apace and the characters were so well developed that I was sorry to see them go. Performance was ‘spot on’. If you enjoy a good directive story, this is for you.

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Great suspense novel

I enjoyed this audiobook very much. Caroline Lennon’s voice is perfectly matched to the character and I found listening to her very pleasant.
The story overall is excellent with a who done it plot weaved together with Maebh’s personal ups and downs.
This was my first Casey case and can’t wait to read her previous one/ones

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Story was good narrator was ok

The story was good. I love this series. And I may be biased because I’m a huge fan of Sara Coomes but this new narrator lacked the emotion and character the audiobooks usually possess. She did a good job was easy to understand but there were parts that should have been a bit more emotional that she seemed almost like she was reading something handwritten and she almost couldn’t make out the words so was speaking extra carefully and a bit slowly. Otherwise it was another win for Jane Casey

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  • Ann D
  • 04-27-20

Wonderful stuff!

This long awaited tale in the series involving a Maeve and Joss is the best so far. That said, they are all 5* star reads. Both the story and the back story are compelling and exciting. The characters are richly drawn and Caroline Lennon’s narration is faultless as always. For anyone picking this up, I advise picking a quiet place where there will be no interruptions for the final chapter. It had me hiding away and on the edge of my seat. Enjoy!

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  • Debbie Goding
  • 08-10-21

Superb

I have listened to this entire series back to back, twice, the narration is sublime and the characters are brought to life clearly. Its rare for an audio book to transport me into my imagination like reading does, but I suddenly realised I was totally immersed in the story. This series is intelligently written, with plenty of clear plot lines and action. Unlike many police procedurals the characters are very recognisable, but never tip over into becoming caricatures. I think it's worth listening to them in order

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  • Michael
  • 04-07-21

Well written Story

A fantastic book that very cleverly deals with a difficult subject that unfortunately so many women have to deal with on a daily basis. The audio book I just couldn't stop listening to. One of the best I've listened to in a good few years. I highly recommend it.

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  • Ms. Lk Mynott
  • 12-30-20

Brilliant

Jane Casey serves up a smorgasbord of mystery and excitement once again and Caroline Lennon's narration is superb as always...I couldn't stop listening

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  • susan mcmaster
  • 04-15-20

best one so far

I love this series , they never disappoint , best one so far highly recommend

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  • Fee
  • 04-05-20

6* book!

I love this series and this is the best yet, I hope there will be another book.

Get me! With the lexicon of words at my disposal I chose such a seemingly prosaic one as “love”. This book needs no hyperbole nor advertising hype, it literally speaks for itself. It’s beautifully written, with a mix of the mundane, suspense, humour, (which is very much like my own), no spoilers, but the “bamboo” made me laugh it was so perfect at that point, and I think the whole book is like that. The characters and relationships are real! And I’ll miss them.

I find myself veering between, tension, hope, sadness’s, holding my breath and smiling! For me, it’s that good.

The combination of Jane Casey, as author, and the superb narration by Caroline Lennon, is a marriage made in audiobook heaven.

I loved it! I dislike recommending books to friends as everyone has different taste. I await the next instalment.

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  • Marion G.
  • 08-22-21

Good story well told

Took a while to become engaged but this is a good story, a plausible detective in Maeve. with excellent support from her colleagues and superb narration by Caroline. Perhaps a wee bit long at 12 and a half hours but interesting enough to hold my attention throughout. So much so that I have now purchased the first in this series (again a long read but with several narrators) and hope that it too will keep me absorbed. Not sure if I will manage to listen to all of her adventures as apart from Helen Fields, that has not happened thus far ..... but I read/listen in hope!

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  • Liam B.
  • 07-16-21

Far Fetched

Cerrigan stories continue downhill unfortunately, drifting towards soap opera stuff. shame really because the characters were so good before. Great reading as always with this narrator but too many head-in-my-hands moments in the story.

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  • SandraL
  • 01-08-21

Best in the series so far!

Another great book in a great series! This time Maeve and Josh are investigating the death of a young woman whose dismembered body is found by a mudlarker in the River Thames. Their investigation takes them to the Chiron, a secretive gentlemans club.

As always, the book is superbly written. The storyline is interesting and moves along quickly. Alongside this both Maeve and Josh have some deeply personal issues to deal with, which at times were truly heartbreaking. I love the realtionship between these two, and I'm still not sure where I'd like it to end up, but it's one of the best partnerships in the crime writing world.

I think this is my favourite book of the series so far, but I hope there'll be many more.

Excellent narration, as always, from Caroline Lennon (to me she IS Maeve!)

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  • Harry Laird
  • 10-20-20

Her best yet.

unputdownable. I've read all 9 books and they get better every time. Unfortunately I'll have to wait a long time my next Maeve Kerrigan fix.

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  • Coljar
  • 08-21-21

just got wrapped in it . the charecters an reader

Reader is exelent . The story believable.
and i know i have dealt with most of the charecters at one time or other

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-26-20

Absolutely love this series!

I’m hooked on the stories of DCI Maeve Kerrigan. I hope Jane continues to write the series, it has everything!

Highly recommended reading!


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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-13-20

Brilliant 👏

Best one of the series. not plot spoiling but parts made me tearful. really really like the characters and felt a connection with the main character Maeve. excellent.

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  • Fly London Lover
  • 09-21-20

Superb

I have now listened to all of Jane Casey’s Maeve Kerrigan & Josh Derwent books and they feel like old friends.
Wonderfully written, brilliant storyline’s and Caroline Lennon was perfect as the Narrator.
They have all been brilliant and this one in particular really roped me in.
The relationship between the two main characters is hilarious at times and I have laughed quite a bit.
As this is the final was thus far, I am asking myself what on Earth I will do now? I miss them already.
Thank you Jane, for the endless hours of entertainment I have had, and please write another one.

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  • maree McIntyre
  • 08-07-20

Another great addition to the series

I was unsure of of the way the start of the novel flipped backward and forwards however it all made sense in the end.

I really enjoy the relationship of Maeve and Josh have and the banter between them. The pages come alive went they are working a murder case together or supporting each other in their separate personal lives

The narrator was great too.

Looking forward to the next novel in the series.

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  • BERNADETTE
  • 05-10-20

A great read!

Really enjoyed this one immensely. Can’t wait for Maeve’s next case. Hope it’s not too long in coming.

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 05-02-20

Almost as good as the last one

I enjoy her writing she is rounded and interesting.
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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-25-20

Good but not one of her best

I love this series of books and always look forward to reading the next one. This last one however, was confusing at times with the back and forth of timelines. Each time the story headed into the past, it took me a while to establish the reasoning behind it. All in all though, Jane Casey has written another good book and I look forward to reading the continuing saga of Maeve and Derwent.

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  • Jackie Blue
  • 04-23-20

best ever

I loved this. just hoping the main characters hook up in the next book !