Happy Thursday everyone! Hope those of you who have got it are enjoying/surviving half term! Today, I’m sharing my review on the latest novel from Olly Jarvis, The Genesis Inquiry. I read Olly’s debut Death By Dangerous whilst I was guest reviewing over at CrimeBookJunkie and you can catch my review here.
Massive thank you to Angela McMahon of Flow Communications and Hobeck Books for my copy of The Genesis Inquiry.
Is there one last undiscovered, great truth?
A moment zero, a place in time that links all cultures and creeds?
A revelation that will unite us all and change the way we see history forever?
Brilliant but burnt-out barrister Ella Blake accepts an apparently simple brief: investigate the mysterious disappearance of an African American polymath from his rooms at Cambridge University. The Inquiry quickly becomes the greatest challenge of her life – solving the mystery of Genesis.
Facing danger at every turn, can Ella find the answers to the riddles and clues left by the missing genius?
Reunited with her estranged daughter, the Inquiry sends them on a quest across the world and through ancient texts.
What is the secret that binds us all?
Who is behind the dark forces that will stop at nothing to prevent the world from knowing the truth?
The Genesis Inquiry is an epic and gripping thriller by the brilliant Olly Jarvis which asks a key question – what can our shared past tell us about humanity’s future?
What Did I Think?
Douglas Adams wrote “The answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything is 42”. Is 42 the secret answer that binds us all or is there something more to it than a simple joke taken from a 70/80s cult classic sci-fi series?
Polymath Matthew Shepherd was looking into something big, something that connects us all but he didn’t share his research (equals intrigue) and then vanished into thin air (double that intrigue). Not a word to anyone, not his tutors, the university staff, not his brother. And the brother making a fuss. He wants to know where his sibling is. So the university appoint barrister Ella Blake to complete an inquiry. Will she find out what happened to Matthew?
I took to Ella straight away. Yes she’s made herself a recluse after a rough patch, hiding away from the world in a camper van. But she got her teeth and mind into the inquiry and she came into her own and shone. Her analytical brain and ability to absorb and retain information was amazing. I would love to see her at the helm of a court trial!
The cast of characters was brilliant, the cohort Ella assembled played their parts impeccably and the rest of the characters I questioned whether to trust – but that’s what you do right?! The friction between Ella and her daughter followed by the journey they went on was fraught. I really wanted them to patch up their differences as they went looking for Matthew.
The Genesis Inquiry is a seriously addictive read. I really didn’t want to put it down but real life ripped the book from my hands. It’s a legal-cum-crime thriller with a twist. Jarvis has written a brilliant read with a lawyer at the helm but nowhere near the court room. This makes his books stand out from other legal thrillers; he gives them that twist. I hope there is more to come from Ella Blake and her cohort!!
Who Is Olly Jarvis?
Olly Jarvis is a writer and criminal defence barrister, originally from London but now based in Manchester.
Drawing on his experiences he writes both fiction and non-fiction with a particular understanding of the pressures and excitement of life in the English courtroom. He wrote highly acclaimed Radio 4 drama Judgement exploring a barrister’s thought processes whilst cross-examining a rape victim. His first novel, Death By Dangerous was long listed for the CWA Debut Dagger.
After leaving University, Olly travelled the world, teaching English, with stays in Paris, Singapore and Indonesia.
Years later, using his knowledge of the Indonesian language he returned to Sumatra where he wrote and presented a BBC documentary entitled Mum Knows Best, which compared two neighbouring tribes, one of which has a matrilineal system of inheritance. He is also the founder and presenter on Thecrimehub.com