FORECAST FRIDAY: THE CHEMICAL DETECTIVE by Fiona Erskine (Point Blank, $A32.99). Due out June 2019 in Australia
Each Friday I forecast a book that I am looking forward to reading and reviewing.
This week it is an interesting looking debut novel by Fiona Erskine, The Chemical Detective.
Dr Jaq Silver is a scientist, skier and explosives expert. She specialises in blowing things up to keep people safe. When things go wrong on an avalanche control site in Slovenia, Jaq finds herself rubbing up against an international chemical company. After an attempt on her life she is framed for murder and finds herself on the run. Determined to clear her name, Jaq sets out on a dangerous journey that takes her from the snowy slopes of Slovenia to the ghostly ruins of Chernobyl.
I enjoy a good, old-fashioned adventure yarn and the synopsis of The Chemical Detective reminds me of the classic thrillers from the 1960s, which often featured a good chase plot and an innocent man with good technical knowledge on the run. In the case of The Chemical Detective, it is a woman on the run and her technical knowledge is about explosives rather than the 1960s staples of flying small planes, sailing and weaponry. She is also an expert skier.
I may be disappointed, but I am looking forward to reading The Chemical Detective. Look out for my review closer to the release date.
It appears that the book will be released in Australia on 3 June 2019. It is already available in the UK and on Kindle.