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Maeve Kerrigan books in order

Internationally bestselling writer Jane Casey is perhaps best known for her crime series featuring Maeve Kerrigan.

Born and brought up in Ireland, Jane read English at Jesus College, Oxford before going on to study for an MPhil in Anglo-Irish literature at Trinity College, Dublin. After working in publishing for nine years, commissioning bestselling children’s books, Jane decided to start writing herself, both in the crime genre and for young adults. Being married to a criminal barrister provides Jane with unique insights into the brutal underbelly of urban life, from the smell of a police cell to the darkest motives of a serial killer – experience that give her work a true sense of realism.

Maeve Kerrigan, Jane’s heroine in her bestselling crime series, is an ambitious detective constable who is keen to make her mark on the murder task force. Her male colleagues believe Maeve’s empathy makes her weak, but she soon gains confidence and begins to earn the respect of the team. We decided to take a quick look at the Maeve Kerrigan books in order to give you a taster of her work.

Jane Casey’s Maeve Kerrigan books in order:

The Burning by Jane Casey

1. The Burning (2010)

The media call him The Burning Man, a brutal murderer who has beaten four young women to death, before setting their bodies ablaze in secluded areas of London’s parks. And now the fifth victim has been found… How can Maeve Kerrigan catch a killer no one has seen when so much of the evidence they leave behind has gone up in smoke?

The Reckoning by Jane Casey

2. The Reckoning (2011)

To the public, a killer who targets convicted paedophiles is a hero. Two men are dead already, both tortured to death. Even the police don’t regard the cases as a priority. Most feel that two dead paedophiles is a step in the right direction. Maeve Kerrigan believes that no one should be allowed to take the law into their own hands. But as the killer’s violence begins to escalate, she is forced to confront exactly how far she’s prepared to go to ensure justice is served…

The Last Girl by Jane Casey

3. The Last Girl (2012)

The teenage girl was the first victim. Her mother was the second. Called to the South London crime scene, Maeve Kerrigan’s first thought is that this is a domestic dispute gone bad. But the husband – found bloody and unconscious in an upstairs room – insists he’s the third victim, not the killer. However, the only witness is his young daughter. And she’s not talking.

The Stranger You Know by Jane Casey

4. The Stranger You Know (2013)

He meets women; he gains their trust; he kills them. That’s all Maeve Kerrigan knows about the man she is hunting. Three women have been strangled in their homes by the same sadistic killer. With no sign of a break-in, every indication shows that they let him in. But the evidence is pointing at a shocking suspect: DI Josh Derwent, Kerrigan’s colleague. Maeve refuses to believe he could be involved, but how well does she really know him? Because this isn’t the first time Derwent’s been accused of murder.

The Kill by Jane Casey

5. The Kill (2014)

A killer is terrorising London, and this time the police are being targeted. Urgently re-assigned to investigate a series of brutal attacks on fellow officers, Maeve Kerrigan and her boss have little idea what motivates the killer’s fury against the force. But they know it will only be a matter of time before the killer strikes again.

After the Fire by Jane Casey

6. After the Fire (2015)

After a fire rips through a North London tower block, two bodies are found locked in an 11th floor flat. But is the third victim that ensures the presence of detective Maeve Kerrigan and the murder squad. It appears that controversial MP Geoff Armstrong, trapped by the fire, chose to jump to his death rather than wait for rescue. But what was such a right wing politician doing in the deprived, culturally diverse Maudling Estate?

As Maeve and her senior colleague, Derwent, pick through the wreckage, they uncover the secret world of the 11th floor, where everyone seems to have something to hide…

Let the Dead Speak by Jane Casey

7. Let the Dead Speak (2017)

Eighteen-year-old Chloe Emery returns to her West London home one day to find the house covered in blood and Kate, her mother, gone. All the signs point to murder.

Maeve Kerrigan is determined to prove she’s up to her new role as detective sergeant. She suspects Chloe is hiding something, but getting her to open up is impossible.

No one on the street is above suspicion. All Maeve needs is one person to talk, but that’s not going to happen. Because even in a case of murder, some secrets are too terrible to share…

Cruel Acts by Jane Casey

8. Cruel Acts (2019)

A year ago, Leo Stone was convicted of murdering two women and sentenced to life in prison. Now he’s been freed on a technicality, and he’s protesting his innocence.

DS Maeve Kerrigan and DI Josh Derwent are determined to put Stone back behind bars where he belongs, but the more Maeve digs, the less convinced she is that he did it.

Then another woman disappears in similar circumstances. Is there a copycat killer, or have they been wrong about Stone from the start?

The Cutting Place by Jane Casey

9. The Cutting Place (2020)

Everyone’s heard the rumours about elite gentlemen’s clubs, where the champagne flows freely, the parties are outrageous…and what goes on behind closed doors is darker than you could possibly imagine.

Paige Hargreaves was a young journalist working on a story about a club for the most privileged men in London. She was on the brink of exposing a shocking scandal. Then she disappeared.

DS Maeve Kerrigan must immerse herself in the club’s world of wealth, luxury and ruthless behaviour to find out what happened. But Maeve is keeping secrets of her own. Will she uncover the truth? Or will time run out for Maeve first?

The Close by Jane Casey

10. The Close (2023)

The new neighbours seem just right for Jellicoe Close, a pretty street filled with perfect houses and happy families. But one neat front door hides a ruthless criminal – and the new neighbours aren’t what they seem to be either. DS Maeve Kerrigan and DI Josh Derwent are undercover, posing as a couple to investigate a deadly conspiracy. As they try to gather the evidence they need, they have no idea of the true threat they face – because someone in Jellicoe Close has murder on their mind…

A Stranger in the Family by Jane Casey

11. A Stranger in the Family (2024)

When nine-year-old Rosalie Marshall vanished from her bed one summer night, her disappearance tore her family apart.

Now, sixteen years later, her mother Helena is found dead, her husband by her side. It looks like a straightforward murder-suicide but DS Maeve Kerrigan and DI Josh Derwent soon discover nothing about this case is straightforward.

The Marshalls have been keeping secrets. And someone is prepared to kill to hide the truth. Until Maeve finds out what happened to Rosalie, no one will be safe…


Left For Dead by Jane Casey

Left For Dead – digital short story

This digital short story takes Maeve Kerrigan back to her early days as a rookie policewoman. A violent rapist is attacking women, leaving them for dead on south London streets. Then Kerrigan responds to a domestic disturbance and stumbles across the latest victim. But as a new recruit – and a female to boot – she must battle sexism from her colleagues in her bid to be taken seriously enough to even assist on the case…

There you have it – Jane Casey’s Maeve Kerrigan books in order! How many have you read? Let us know in the comments below…

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    Just terrific reading and impossible to put down. I keep trying to visualise a TV series. Just what’s needed for a miserable winter Sunday evening.

    Please can the next maeve and josh book be out sooooooon
    i love them,i can’t put them down, its been nearly 2 years, even got to the stage where i am rereading them.

    Don’t bring Rob back, love the sexual tension between Maeve and Josh!!
    Rhonda L

    I’ve loved reading these books, they’re so gripping they’re hard to put down. Wish Rob would come back, Derwent’s protective but too brash with Maeve.

    Cannot put them down, all lined up as you must read them in order, I feel that I know Maeve K with her classic “Irish-ism’s” feel she is nearly in the room
    As a former Garda (Police) Prosecutor I can really say that her police characters are spot on
    Police are all the same really “same clowns different circus”

    I was surprised to that so many readers want Rob back. The sooner he is gone for good the better. It is tiresome to have Maeve blame herself for everything. Other than Casey’s sprinkling of liberalism, it is an excellent series.

    Really enjoy this series. Jane Casey’s talent is quite remarkable. The books grip my imagination to the point that the characters seem real. Will hate it when series ends but will just read them all again. I actually enjoy them more the second time. I also really like Aline Templeton’s books for anyone looking for recommendations.

    I have just finished reading the Meave Kerrigan series of books. I didn’t want them to finish. Cannot wait for the next in the series.

    I have read them all just love them please let her write more Maeve and Josh are made for each other , Rob shouldn’t have gone undercover without telling her ,she’d have understood that his job comes first 😍

    Really enjoying this series. Half way through and then I will read her stand alones. Like the characters and getting to know them. Another author who writes extremely enjoyable crime fiction is Harlan Coben (one of my favorites).

    I’ve read all of the M. Kerrigan series and LOVE them. I’m anxiously awaiting the next one. I agree with another person in that it’s time Kerrigan and Derwent got together. Enough dancing around the obvious already. I love Casey’s writing style and her story telling ability. I’ve recommended this particular mystery series to others — often.

    Just finished “The cutting place”, such a good exciting read. I still feel Maeve will never settle unless Rob comes back to her. Awaiting the next book impatiently !!!

    i’ve read all the books in the series , book 7 “let the dead speak” was definitely my favourite, just started re-reading the series again , any suggestions of new authors and books who write similar novels

    I have just read all of the Maeve Kerrigan books (in about a week) and I have to say that they are my favourite books ever. I love the relationship between Maeve and Derwant but think that they need to get together already! I am waiting with anticipation for the next one whenever that is. Would highly recommend these books to anyone that likes crime/thriller/mystery. Not only gritty but the humour made me laugh and I felt like I was a by stander whilst watching it all go in. Transported into their world.

    Wonderful series of books. I am totally enjoying the love hate relationship that Derwent & Kerrigan have. Well written & thoroughly enjoyable.
    I am also enjoying authors Tim Weaver & Tony Kent- ( who recommended Jane’s books on his FB page).

    Devastated she didn’t appreciate Rob until after he’d left 🙁 I hope he comes back later in the series. A great series , best read in order for more thrills.

    She’s by far my most favourite crime author, I have just finished ‘the cutting place’ and can’t wait to read her next Maeve Kerrigan book!

    I have just finished reading my first Jane Casey book – Cruel Acts –
    one of the best crime thrillers I have ever read. Thrilling to discover
    an author whose books I have never read.

    I am on book 7, Let the dead speak and can’t put them down. Can’t read anything else! Love Maeve and all the characters, the storylines, plots are just brilliant. Please keep writing.

    Other authors: Elly Griffiths; Kerry Wilkinson; Linwood Barclay; Robert Crais; Paula Daly; Eva Dolan

    A brilliant series ! Thank you so much for the pleasure you bring your readers

    I’ve read the whole Maeve Kerrigan series –mostly on audible–at least twice. I love Maeve and Josh together and can’t wait to see what happens in the next book! This series is so fantastic, as are all the characters, flaws and all!

    I like the series and find Maeve a complex character.
    However I dislike Josh Derwent immensely, his rudeness to Maeve, his lack of morals and his language. The fact that he is good at his job does not ameliorate his insufferable behaviour, his thinking is warped. Why doesn’t Maeve refuse to work with him?
    The tension in their working relationship detracts from the enjoyment of other aspects of all the novels.

    Tana French. Excellent series based round Dublin, different members of the murder squad feature in each book. FAR better than the mediocre tv adaptation.

    After finishing this series I didn’t know where to turn but found Mark Billingham’s Tom Thorne series. Different but fabulous. Then I found Stephen Booth’s Fry & Cooper books which I loved.
    Now on to Mari Hannah Kate Daniels series which I can’t put down. Not sure where to go after Mari’s books finish!

    Love Maeve but she really is her own worst enemy at times!! Devastated when Rob left, could feel her unhappiness, hope she finds a way to cope with her situation. The characters in the stories really come to life, and I can put a memorable face and build on each one from the authors description .

    Just started to read the series again since I found a. couple of new books had been added. (Have to read. a series in order), and then I can start on the new titles, thank heaven for it in lockdown!!!!

    Please keep adding to this collection Jane, sooo enjoyable.

    I’m addicted to Jane Casey, and the Maeve Kerrigan series of books. Josh Derwent has to be my favourite character. I love him..👍

    I love reading the books . I like the different people in the stories and they are all different . The writing had emotional intelligence .

    I’ve read all the Maeve Kerrigan books in order like your extreme talent and insight on characters and dialogue
    And the working /friendship of Josh but would like Rob back in her life I’m sure there is a explanation there is sure to be many misunderstanding And I hope they get cleared up when perhaps the apartment is in her name
    I especially like Jane Casey’s epilogues Not a fan of cliff hangers so do hope Bethany is caught up or maybe I should reread ending not sure on that And Rob I’m devastated too pls let it not be what it seems Great Read

    I was heartbroken that Maeve’s lover Rob left her!!

    I love these books. Hope I can find another author who writing is similar. Always, dread the end of the stories. Any suggestions?

    Harlan corben,have just picked One of his books up.Looking quite good.

    Read em all excellent excellent excellent excellent excellent More please SOON!!!!!!

    I have just started The Kill, trying to catch up on the series. Absolutely wonderful, enjoying them all. I am a fan for sure.

    Other than “Left For Dead” and “Let The Dead Speak,” I’ve read all the books (not in order though). LOVE them!! I really enjoy reading how Maeve, Josh, Rob , Godley etc go through life. Looking forward to my next Jane Casey book!!

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