Imagine the love child of Jack Reacher and Nancy Drew: a creature with physical prowess, a quick brain and a nose for skulduggery. Explosives expert Jaq Silver, daughter of a Russian father (dead) and Angolan-Portuguese mother (mad), also has a thing for “beautiful, fit, sensitive, introverted young men”. Her debut begins in Slovenia, where someone is smuggling the precursors of chemical warfare, and soon heads to Ukraine, Poland and, um, Teesside. There’s plenty of action, some of which turns her into a comical detective (“Bullets. They were shooting from the air. Shooting at her. Bad. Very bad”) — and a big dash of feminism (“Every successful woman needs to know when to let a man take the credit”) that woke blokes will like a lot. The chemical knowledge is impressive: “dictyopterenes, bromophenols [and] dimethylsulphide” found in a sea breeze. It adds originality to what is a delicious cocktail of dating and detonations. Call it Mills & Boom.