The Madam by Jamie Raven – Review

Title – The Madam
Author – Jamie Raven
Genre – Crime Fiction
Length – 337 Pages
Publication – May 2016
My Rating – 4/5 Stars


Murder, loyalty, and vengeance collide in a gritty read perfect for fans of Martina Cole and Kimberley Chambers.

‘Orange is the New Black meets a twisted Southampton’ Molly, Amazon reviewer

‘If you like a crime novel with a strong female lead then you’ll love this’ Katie, Amazon reviewer

Three years and eleven months. That’s how long Lizzie Wells has been banged up inside Holloway prison, serving time for a crime she didn’t commit.

Six months. That’s how long it’s taken Lizzie to fall in love with her fellow inmate, Scar.

Now they are both finally free and, together, they are about to embark on a vengeful search to find those who framed Lizzie. It’s time to make them pay…



I loved this tale, a strong female lead on the hunt to settle a score.

Lizzie has just been released from prison for a crime she didn’t commit.

She only took the plea as the case was so clear-cut and to claim she was innocent would see her go down for life no doubt.

From the start Lizzie is driven she’s not really bothered about what will happen to her. She’s warned pretty quickly not to dig up the past and doing so could have her ending up in a lot of trouble.

I’ve read a few police procedural tales and this had the same vibe just from the victim’s viewpoint. Lizzie talks to witnesses, looks at the evidence, pokes holes in stories and generally causes a right fuss until people start to notice her.

I wouldn’t say the ending of the story was predictable as such but it was clear Lizzie knew who was ultimately behind her going to prison although there is a nice twist towards the end when a secret is revealed.

I enjoyed the characters a lot, Lizzie like a say was driven and passionate. Her mother bitter over the past, the old school detective who’s already made up his mind..loved them all.

This isn’t a whodunit rather a why did they do it..Lizzie needs the truth.

All in all a good read, straight forward plot. The writing was great and easy to follow..I managed to read it in two days which is a record for me.If you’re looking for a crime novel without the headache of putting the pieces together then this is the book for you.

My thanks go to the author for the chance to read/review their work.

To find out more head to Amazon or Goodreads.

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