Presumed Guilty by Jane Isaac #BlogTour

I’m a big fan of this author so I am delighted to be sharing my review of Presumed Guilty by Jane Isaac today as part of the blog tour. Many thanks to Emma of damppebbles blog tours for my invite.

About this book…

Accident or murder?

The first victim – a prominent local councillor, killed in a hit and run ‒ could be either, but the next bodies leave no doubt. A twisted killer is at large. And he’s not finished yet.

DC Beth Chamberlain, Family Liaison Officer, has to support the victims’ families, but before she can solve the crimes in the present, Beth needs to uncover the secrets of the past.

Meanwhile, the killer has her in his sights…

‘Tense, dark and gritty: perfect combination.’ – Ian Patrick, author of Rubicon

The latest electrifying whodunnit from the bestselling author of After He’s Gone. If you’re a fan of Angela Marsons, Nicci French and Rachel Abbott, you won’t want to miss Presumed Guilty.

My review…

Jane Isaac is a favourite crime author of mine and I enjoyed her first book in the Beth Chamberlain series so was really looking forward to the follow up.. And Presumed Guilty definitely hit all the right buttons for me. It’s a dark, gripping and compulsive crime thriller with a gutsy and likeable heroine at its heart.

When a local man is run over after leaving his local curry house DC Beth Chamberlain is called in to support his wife. Both parties seem to have been keeping secrets from each and when more murders take place Beth needs to go back to the past to find out what links the victims so that a vicious killer can then be brought to justice.

The first few pages of Presumed Guilty were very fast paced and incredibly moving but I struggled to work out what it had to do with what happened next. So when it all came together I was shocked! Even though the clues were all there, they were subtle enough to be missed until the final denouement brought everything together. Beth Chamberlain is such a great character creation and I love how her personal life also becomes part of the storyline. She may try to keep her work and home life separate but that’s never going to happen! Well not at the moment anyway and where would the fun be if she did?!

I loved the authors Will Jackman series and was worried that I wouldn’t enjoy this one as much but it’s definitely grown on me and is getting better with each instalment so I hope that there is more to come in the future! Definitely one of my most recommended crime series for fans old and new.

Meet the author…

Jane Isaac is married to a serving detective (very helpful for research!). They live in rural Northamptonshire, UK with their daughter, and dog, Bollo. Jane’s debut novel, An Unfamiliar Murder, introduces DCI Helen Lavery and was nominated as best mystery in the ‘eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook awards 2013.’

The Truth Will Out, the second in the DCI Helen Lavery series, was nominated as ‘Thriller of the Month – April 2014’ by and winner of ‘Noveltunity book club selection – May 2014’.

Jane’ s sixth novel, After He’s Gone, features Family Liaison Officer, DC Beth Chamberlain and will be released in June 2018. The second Beth Chamberlain novel will follow later in 2018.

Jane loves to hear from readers and writers. You can reach her via her website at

Sign up to her book club at for book recommendations and details of new releases, events and giveaways.


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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.