The Chemical Detective

Pages: 432
Subject: Fiction
Imprint: Point Blank

The Chemical Detective

Fiona Erskine

For fans of Killing Eve and Orphan X comes the electrifying Chemical Detective
9781786074928 (4 Apr 2019)
RRP £14.99
9781786077141 (16 Jan 2020)
RRP £8.99

The Book

For fans of Killing Eve and Orphan X comes the electrifying Chemical Detective

Dr Jaq Silver. Skier, scientist, international jet-setter, explosives expert. She blows things up to keep people safe. 

Working on avalanche control in Slovenia, Jaq stumbles across a problem with a consignment of explosives. After raising a complaint with the supplier, a multinational chemical company, her evidence disappears. Jaq is warned, threatened and suspended. When she takes her complaint further, she narrowly escapes death only to be framed for murder. Escaping from police custody, she sets out to find the key to the mystery.

Racing between the snowy slopes of Slovenia and the ghostly ruins of Chernobyl, can she uncover the truth before her time runs out?

Additional Information

Subject Fiction
Pages 432
Imprint Point Blank


About the Author

Fiona Erskine is a professional engineer based in Teesside, although she travels often to Brazil, Russia, India and China. As a female engineer, she is often the lone representative of her gender in board meetings, cargo ships, night-time factories and offshore oil rigs, and her fiction offers a fascinating insight into this traditionally male world.


'an audacious, female-led thriller which took the disposable women of the James Bond franchise and flipped the concept entirely on its head.'

- Chemistry World

'Erskine weaves her tale of suspense into a first-class thriller, the drama escalates with terrifying authenticity. A must-read for engineers.' 


- Nick Smith, Engineering & Technology

'Action, intrigue and a stonkingly modern heroine. It's a blast.'

- Sunday Times Crime Club

'Explosive to the very last page.'

- Press Association

'Imagine the love child of Jack Reacher and Nancy Drew...a delicious cocktail of dating and detonations. Call it Mills and Boom.'

- Evening Standard

'Fiona Erskine is an engineer, and in Jaq Silver, who shares her profession, she has created a wonderful antidote to all the resentful, floppy victims of much domestic noir... Her adventures are eye-popping and exciting.'

- Literary Review

'Absolutely devoured this on the flight across to the UK for #BloodyScotland. A stunning, cinematic debut that's going to land on the 2019 thriller scene like a half-kilo of silver fulminate.*

*stuff that goes bang'

- Andrew Reid, author of The Hunter

‘Intricate, seductive and thrilling. Erskine's writing glows with wit and danger. And can't help reminding you, with every page turned, of how close we all are to detonation.'

- Ross Armstrong, author of The Watcher

'Bring it on! The entire mystery, the chase across so many locations towards Chernobyl was exciting and felt dangerously thrilling.'

- The Booktrail

'A complex and increasingly addictive story that soon becomes a page turner.'

- The Chemical Engineer

'The Chemical Detective is a rip-roaring page turner. Twists and turns, many locations and a topic which is only too current.'

- Netgalley