Review – Crime Scene by Jonathan & Jesse Kellerman

My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐


51HNnIuAsOLNatural causes or foul play? That’s the question deputy coroner Clay Edison must answer each time he examines a body. Figuring out motives and chasing down suspects aren’t part of his beat – until a seemingly open-and-shut case proves to be more than meets his highly trained eye.

Eccentric, reclusive Walter Rennert lies cold at the bottom of his stairs. At first glance the scene looks straightforward: a once-respected psychology professor done in by booze and a bad heart. But his daughter Tatiana insists that he has been murdered, and she persuades Clay to take a closer look at the grim facts of Rennert’s life.

When Clay learns that Rennert’s colleague died in a nearly identical manner, he becomes even more determined to discover the truth behind the man’s death. The twisting trail Clay follows will lead him into the darkest corners of the human soul.

It’s his job to listen to the tales told by the dead. But this time, he’s part of a story that makes his blood run cold.


Crime Scene is an intelligent, gritty, unmistakably sensational story.  This is in fact the first Kellerman novel I have read, despite seeing the name every time I look in the crime section of my local bookshop.  I am not sure why it has taken me so long to get my head stuck into one, but at least now I have.

When the opportunity arose for me to review Crime Scene, I jumped at the chance and was not disappointed.  This father and son duo write fabulously together.  They have created something so mesmerising and clever, and I couldn’t help but fall head over heels for the main guy, a Mr Clay Edison.  Clay is a very strong minded, well thought out character so I am not surprised that the Kellerman’s will be turning him into a series.  It is definitely one I will be following and highly anticipate the next thrilling read already.

Clay is a deputy coroner so basically he investigates crime scenes to decide whether death has been caused by foul play or is accidental.  So when a 75-year old man is found dead by his daughter, who may I add is adamant that he has been killed intentionally, Clay is unsure on how to act – is this a case of natural causes or is this a murder investigation?!  It also doesn’t help that Clay’s feelings for the daughter, Tatiana, seem to be growing daily.

Rather appropriately, as there is a big campaign going on for it at the moment, one of the central themes of the novel is mental illness, which is great to see as it affects so many people.  The story shows how the mentally unwell are not always given the support they need to get better, and the Kellerman’s explore this topic well.  I found it fascinating to read and hats off to them for giving this illness the justice it deserves within the storyline.

The plot is clever and well thought out.  I enjoyed every second, every twist and every turn, to the final heart-pumping pages.  I have been won over by the Kellerman family and will no longer walk past a novel of theirs without picking it up for either myself or a friend.

To quote the inside cover, this is a razor-sharp, double-edged read for diehard fans of mystery and crime.  So if that sounds like you, then you have got to give it a read!  It is in shops to buy from today.

As always, thank you so much to Headline Publishers and Bookbridgr for providing me with an early copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

My final word: Gritty.

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