An accountant, at the beginning of a crime novel? Stick with it because what at first appears to be a quiet first chapter takes off with a briefcase full of cash and leads to money laundering, assault, murder and all sorts of financial shenanigans. This is the first in the Jenny Parker series by DJ Harrison.
Set in the business world, and underworld, of Manchester, accountant Jenny Parker is sent to conduct due diligence of a company’s finances. That briefcase full of cash, £20,000, is the beginning of the trouble for Jenny which sees her lover dead and risks her marriage, her son, and her life.
A quick-moving story, Jenny is a likeable heroine who finds toughness she never knew was harboured within herself. The storyline jolts around a little but DJ Harrison has drawn a support network around Jenny, including the wonderful security boss Gary. The financial and business background is well constructed, and the fraud all too believable.
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If you like crime, try:-
‘Business as Usual’ by EL Lindley
‘An Uncertain Place’ by Fred Vargas
‘Eeny Meeny’ by MJ Arlidge
‘Due Diligence’ by DJ Harrison, JennyParker#1 [UK: Open Circle]
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