*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*
Rebecca Winters is on trial for the murder of her husband, Simon. He was found stabbed to death in the bedroom of their home, and with the evidence mounted up around her, she is soon found guilty by a jury.
But one member of that jury is confused by the outcome. Nicola Golding is a budding blogger, her focus being on murder and crime. She does not believe that Rebecca is a murderer, and she decides to investigate the possibility that Simon’s killer could still be out there somewhere.
With nobody there to help her, Nicola recruits a reluctant companion; new chef at the restaurant she works at, Alex Silverstone. But then, more deaths occur. Members of the jury that made the decision to send Rebecca down are found hanged in their homes, and Nicola soon finds herself in a race against time to find the killer before she becomes a victim herself…
I’m a huge fan of the Blake Harte Mysteries series and when I heard that Robert Innes has a new book, this time with a cool heroine in the pipeline I was really excited to read it.
Robert Innes knows how to capture the reader and with The Hung Jury is a marvelous example how to mix an amateur investigator with a crime scene, this time a trial, where our heroine, Nicola is one of the jury member. The book gives an interesting insight of how the judicial system is working and what it means to be a jury member.
I liked the combination of the really thrilling crime case with Nicola’s main job, working in a café for her best friend, where she meets her “partner in crime” Alex, and with a bit persuasion she gets him to help her. I’m really curious what we can expect from the dynamic duo who isn’t shy in arguing with each other and being pretty honest. There is definitely a unique chemistry. :3
The camaraderie between Nicola, her best friend and the rest of the café staff is the foundation for good natured mocking and funny scenes. 🙂
With the first book in this new series Robert Innes wrote again an amazing book with a really thrilling crime case, a unique way of investigating and a truly surprising outcome. 5 out of 5 stars for it.