The Death Of Jessica Ripley by Andrew Barrett – Book Review

The Death Of Jessica Ripley by Andrew Barrett – Book Review



Jessica Ripley didn’t kill her ex-husband. But everyone thinks she did. After serving twelve years for his murder, it’s time to get her own back on those who put her inside.

During those twelve years, Jessy’s son, Michael, has turned against her. Whatever mercy Jessy had for her intended victims, just blew away.

CSI Eddie Collins is having a hard time watching his father enjoying life. He’s also having it tough in the form of two new recruits to his office. One is off his tree on drugs and the other wants his job.

And then the murders begin.Can Eddie trust the evidence, or is someone twisting it, desperate to get even? And who did kill Jessy’s ex?



Jessica Ripley is a home, when her ex, Sebastian turns up and threatens to kill himself if she won’t go back home with him….baby Michael is crying, a smoke alarm is wailing, so she goes to Michael and when she looks back, Sebastian is bleeding out….he’s stabbed himself?

The emergency services arrive and Jessica is arrested, charged and found guilty of murder….she spends the next 12 years in jail…

On her release all she can think about is getting Michael back…..but she has many arbitrary hoops to jump through as set by the probation service…..her Offender Manger, John Sidworth is a particularly reprehensible piece of work…and she is angry at the world….

Eddie Collins meanwhile is investigating a murder, that if Thomas Marchant, a defence barrister…then there further deaths….just who is responsible…?

Eddie is a great character, belligerent and yet brilliant CSI…he just hates people…

His colleagues, Troy who has the promise of being a great CSI, but he has a drug problem, Kenny a long time CSI who enjoys a lot of banter with Eddie..

.but then his boss is replaced and a new recruit joins and all hell breaks out….

I loved Eddie’s humour and sarcasm….he’s a kind man really…

There’s so much going on with the murders, office politics and personal issues of those involved…an absolutely gripping thriller with a dark edge and plenty of twists along the way…..I can thoroughly recommend it

Thank you to Sarah at Book On The Bright Side for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review. 

You can buy a copy here


Author Bio:


Andrew Barrett has enjoyed variety in his professional life, from engine-builder to farmer, from Oilfield Service Technician in Kuwait, to his current role of Senior CSI in Yorkshire.

He’s been a CSI since 1996, and has worked on all scene types from terrorism to murder, suicide to rape, drugs manufacture to bomb scenes. One way or another, Andrew’s life revolves around crime.

In 1997 he finished his first crime thriller, A Long Time Dead, and it’s still a readers’ favourite today, some 150,000 copies later, topping the Amazon charts several times. Two more books featuring SOCO Roger Conniston completed the trilogy.

Today, Andrew is still producing authentic crime thrillers with a forensic flavour that attract attention from readers worldwide. He’s also attracted attention from the Yorkshire media, having been featured in the Yorkshire Post and interviewed on BBC Radio Leeds.

He’s best known for his lead character, CSI Eddie Collins, and the acerbic way in which he roots out criminals, and administers justice. Eddie’s series is five books and three novellas in length, and there’s still more to come.

Andrew has recently discovered the delights of writing stand-alones, with one under his belt another under way.

Andrew is a proud Yorkshireman and sets all of his novels there, using his home city of Leeds as another major, and complementary, character in each of the stories.

You can find out more about him and his writing at







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