Please find below my stop on the Nailing Jess Blog Tour by Triona Scully, which I give 4 stars for.
It was published by Cranachan Publishing and released on the 26 Jun. 2017
Welcome to Withering, a small town with a big problem in modern, matriarchal Britain. Here the women wear the trousers, while the men hold the handbags. Literally.
There’s a serial strangler on the loose and the bodies of teenage boys are piling up on maverick D.C.I. Jane Wayne’s patch.
Wayne needs to catch ‘The Withering Wringer’, but it’s not going to be easy. Demoted for her inappropriate behaviour, she must take orders from a man—and not just any man—an ugly one.
Still, at least she can rely on her drug stash from a recent police raid to keep her sane…
Shocking. Funny. Clever. A gender-bending, Agatha-Christie-meets-Chris-Brookmyre, mash-up. Simply genius.
Scully’s debut novel takes classic crime and turns it on its head with a deliciously absurd comic twist.
This is the first debut novel by Triona and it is so different from any other crime book I have seen before. The book turns the crime genre on it’s head due to the fact that women rule the world and men are classed as second class citizens.
The story follows DCI Jane Wayne as she tries to solve a serial killer, who she was investigating months before. Jane is a sexist officer (think DCI Hunt from Life on Mars, but a woman) and at the start of the book she has been demoted due to her behaviour to some of the male officers.
Once you get past the role reversal then this book does start to read like a lot of crime books I have read but the subtle differences really stand out and make the book interesting. The book does show how if the roles were reversed would it be more shocking for women to be in the high powered jobs. The one thing I did find quite funny in the book was with the amount of swearing involved, every swear word you can think of was included in the book, the ‘F’ word is never used, for some reason Triona changes it to suck, which can be a bit confusing at times.
If you are getting bored of the traditional crime books and are looking for something slightly different then this is the book for you and I can’t wait to see how Triona follows this up.
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Irish born Triona Scully lives in Edinburgh with her son Mikey. Nailing Jess is her first novel. She blogs at trionascully.com