Throwback Thursday “Into the shadows” by Shirley Wells – Book Review

I haven’t done a “Throwback Thursday” post in quite a while so I thought it was high time I did another one.
Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favorites.

Today I want to share my review of “Into the Shadows” by Shirley Wells.
It was first published in May of 2007 by Carroll & Graf, and was, for me, a 5 star read.

There is nothing quite like the pleasure of discovering a new series that really grips you from the beginning.

Into the shadows” did not dwell on the gory side of the forensic details, so it should appeal to those who normally shy away from forensic novels for that reason.

Jill Kennedy has ‘retired’ from her job as a police forensic criminal profiler. She has bought a cottage in the country where she intends to write of her past experiences. Of course, her job follows her when the serial killer whose case she had worked on before her retirement, continues his evil killing spree.

Her ex-lover, Max Trentham is back on the scene as well, working on a double murder case in her new village. Jill lives alone with 3 cats for company. However, she realizes the value of becoming part of her new community and attempts to make friends…. but could one of her new ‘friends’ be a cold-blooded killer?

Although the murder case and the serial killer case do play a large part in the novel, it is one that is mainly character driven. Jill, Max and all of the village characters are well rounded and I found I want to visit them again and again. Which is a good thing… because this is the first in a six book series!

Shirley Wells

Shirley Wells was born and raised in the Cotswolds and after time spent living in Cyprus and on the idyllic island of Hoy in the Orkneys, she is now lucky enough to live in the beautiful rolling hills of the east Lancashire Pennines. It’s no surprise then that her mystery novels are set in the area. She is a self-confessed ‘dogaholic’ and when not writing or walking the dogs, she is often listening to music or supporting the Burnley Football Club.

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About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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9 Responses to Throwback Thursday “Into the shadows” by Shirley Wells – Book Review

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  2. Adding it to my TBR now, Lynne! Exactly my kind of book. 🙂


  3. What a fun idea to do a throwback to a favorite. I haven’t heard of this book or series and will have to look into getting it.

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  4. Great throwback review this morning! I also did one on a first of a series. It is nice not to come in on the 6th and wonder how they got there! 🙂


    • Agreed. I hate it when publishers ask you to read and review a book that is way down in a series you’ve never read before. Sometimes it does pay off though. A publisher asked me to review the 14th title in Peter James’ Roy Grace series. When I refused because I hadn’t read any of the preceding titles they sent me the first three. Yipee!


  5. Morning, Lynne. Not sure if I’ve already mentioned this on your site: I recently read A Study In Scarlet, which is the first work that Doyle published about Sherlock Holmes. It’s a novella and, I think, is real good. A good mystery. Very interesting plot. The Mormons, believe it or not, figure into the story.


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