Book Review: Chainsaw Jane by Marie-Jo Fortis


Nobody knew how and why Jane Dzhugashvili, a small and wrinkled Russian psychic, had landed in Noliar. Addicted to cigarettes, vodka, and curse words, she had firmly rooted herself into the old PA town like a stubborn old vine.

When Dorothea Sishy disappears, two NYPD detectives turn to her for help, for when it comes to unbreakable police cases, Chainsaw Jane is the one to crack them. Reading her Tarot cards, Jane maintains that Dorothea’s head will be found in Central Park North, her torso at the bottom of Central Park Lake, her legs in the East and West Village, and her arms somewhere in the Upper East and Upper West Side. What’s more, Jane is adamant one of the widow’s many lovers is responsible for butchering her body.

The murder case gets too close to home when Cruz, Jane’s best friend, also goes missing. It’s evident there’s a link between the events, and if something isn’t done fast, Cruz will end up dead, too. The clock is ticking, and one of the detectives is about to make a fatal mistake.

It’s guaranteed readers will be gripped by the drama, captivated by the colorful cast of characters, and swept along with the plot as this compelling story unfolds. All in all, Chainsaw Jane by Marie-Jo Fortis is a thrilling, unpredictable, and nail-biting ride.


I loved this satiric crime thriller even though not quite a whodunit more of a why- and how- dunit. This book was witty and Intelligently written. I loved the characters. I have a feeling we will be seeing more of Jane, Julie, Zoe and co.

A missing persons becomes a gruesome murder and when the conventional methods don’t get results in steps Chainsaw Jane. Jane is a plain talking psychic whose tremendous insight may be the only clue detectives have to save a life. The book does get a little repetitive around the 50% mark and I wondered whether it was going to be split into 2 volumes when things were explained yet again.

Jane likes cigarettes and vodka (not Smirnoff, read book to find out why!) and swears constantly. She has her quirks but her common sense is undeniably sensical. As affable as she is tough, I think Jane will appeal to crime/thriller fans with a sense of humour and irony.

A fresh, new voice in crime thrillers I look forward to more from this author.

Chainsaw Jane Amazon UK

Amazon US


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