DCI Jane Birchfield is facing a series of personal challenges: a rocky relationship with her partner, her mum hardly talks to her; and her boss and mentor is critically ill, which means she is having to cover his post as well as her own. Then she has to take charge of the toughest of murder investigations.
Jamie Castleton is found dead, seemingly frozen in position at a computer in a grubby internet cafe in the Manchester suburb of Ashbridge. Enquiries reveal he was a self employed tech consultant and a computer expert, so what was he doing in there?
The more Jane and her team dig under the surface, the more the evidence points to one of Manchester’s biggest companies, Greaves, and its super-wealthy boss, Graeme Hargreaves.
This leads Jane into a sordid underworld, and a surprise twist in the investigation forces her to face up to an event in her own past, that she has kept buried for 25 years.
Slowly, but surely, the net tightens around the suspects, but can she stay objective, and can she keep herself, her team, and her relationship, together, and bring the killer to justice? For Jane it has become a personal crusade, but in this race against time there is far more at stake than she ever imagined.
Whatever It Takes by Heaton Wilson is an excellent crime novel. Crime is one of my favorite genres, so when I find an author who writes great crime, I add them to my list! Whatever It Takes is set in the UK, which is always super interesting for me, living in the US.
DCI Jane Birchfield is an excellent main character. I truly enjoy strong, female leads. She is quite a deep character, with a lot going on in her life. Heaton Wilson definitely knows how to create complex, intriguing characters that pull the reader into the story.
This story starts off with a bang, and the pacing is great. I was invested from the beginning and didn’t like setting this down because I wanted to know what would happen.
I really enjoyed Whatever It Takes and recommend giving it a read.
Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to review this book honestly on the blog tour. All opinions are my own and unbiased.
I have been a newspaper journalist, a postman, a public relations officer, a consultant, an actor, a director, a playwright. And I have always kept writing.
I always felt I could write a novel. And I did! The first book in my crime fiction series featuring DCI Jane Birchfield, Every Reason, came out in 2016. Whatever It Takes was published in 2021; and the third book (which follows on where Whatever It Takes ends) is nearing completion.
I’m from Manchester but now live on the Isle of Wight, where the sea is never far away. It’s the perfect place to be creative, and to walk the dogs.
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Thanks for the review, Jessica. Really pleased you enjoyed your visit to North West England!