Anne Bonny #BlogTour #BookReview Her Mother’s Grave by @Lisalregan #JosieQuinn #3 #CrimeFiction #NewRelease @bookouture ‘The novel builds and builds to one hell of an ending! 5*’

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Her Mother’s Grave by Lisa Regan – Detective Josie Quinn #3
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Synopsis:

When two young boys discover human bones buried beneath a tree in a trailer park, Detective Josie Quinn races to join her team at the scene. She used to play in those woods as a child, happier outside and away from her abusive mother, Belinda Rose.

Josie’s past crashes into her present when a rare dental condition confirms the bones belong to a teenage foster-child who was murdered thirty years ago.
A girl named Belinda Rose…

Josie hasn’t seen her mother in years but, with an undeniable connection between her mother and the dead girl, does she dare track her down?

Just as Josie gets closer to uncovering a secret that will shatter her world forever, another body is uncovered. It’s suddenly clear that someone very close to Josie will stop at nothing to keep the truth buried forever.

As she battles the demons from her past, can Josie stop this killer before another precious life is taken?

My Review:

I have read the two previous novels in the Detective Josie Quinn series. But I am absolutely blown away by this latest edition. This novel focuses heavily on Josie who she is and what shaped the woman she is today. Her childhood makes for horrifying reading, it is the stuff of nightmares. The discovery of human remains at a local trailer park has a direct link to Josie’s past. It will come to shake the very foundations of her being.

In the opening scenes we are reunited with Harris Quinn (6 months old). He is the child born to Josie’s ex-husband and mistress Misty. Josie has found herself almost as best friend and support system for Misty and knowing their troubled history, it is quite touching to see.

Josie is also dealing with personal harassment, a series of craigslist adverts, have her the butt of a serious of malicious and bizarre phone calls.
Is this a prank? Or something much more sinister?

Josie as Chief of Denton police attend the crime scene at Moss Green trailer park. A place she knows all to well from her own horrific childhood. Dr Feist is at the scene with the skeletal remains. He estimates the remains to be 16-19yrs of age and notes they are wearing 1980s attire. He also notes an unusual finding of hyperdontia (supernumerary teeth). Who is this girl? Can the police force track her down?

The present-day narrative has alternate chapters with Josie’s own childhood. We become aware her mother frequently abuses alcohol and drugs. She is vicious in her treatment of Josie and Josie’s only one place of sanctuary is her Gram’s house.

When the human remains are identified as Belinda Rose. This throws up more questions than answers. For that is the name and date of birth Josie’s estranged mother has been using, all of Josie’s life.
So, who killed Belinda Rose? And why did Josie’s mother steal her identity?

The novel is fast-paced and intense. The chapters regarding Josie’s own childhood are raw and painful. The present-day mystery becomes more and more complex with every turn of the page. The novel builds and builds to one hell of an ending! 5*

LR
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Anne Bonny #BookReview The Girl With No Name by @Lisalregan #JosieQuinn #CrimeFiction #Series @bookouture ‘Fast-paced, intense and full of baby mama drama!’

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The Girl With No Name by Lisa Regan – Josie Quinn #2
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Synopsis:

When Detective Josie Quinn is called to a large house on the outskirts of the small town of Denton, she’s horrified by the viciousness of the attack – smashed glass, splintered furniture and blood spattered across the floor. The owner, a single mother, is fighting for her life, and her newborn baby is missing.

A beautiful young woman caught fleeing the scene is Josie’s only lead, but when questioned it seems this mysterious girl doesn’t know who she is, where she’s from or why she’s so terrified…

Is she a witness, a suspect, or the next victim?

As Josie digs deeper, a letter found hidden in the house convinces her the attack, the missing child, and the nameless woman are linked to a spate of killings across the county, and Josie is faced with a heart-breaking decision…

Should she risk the life of one child to save many others? Or can she find another way to stop this killer before any more innocent lives are taken?

My Review:

This is the second novel in the Detective Josie Quinn series. They are fast-paced and full of mystery and intrigue. I really enjoyed Vanishing Girls (book #1) and I’ve recently finished Her mother’s gave (book #3). Josie is a tough, likable and awesome protagonist. She is brilliant to read and leaps from the page.

The novel opens with Josie as the new Chief of police in Denton, US. The novel centres around a vicious attack on single mum Misty Derossi. Who we know from the previous novel, as Josie’s husband’s ‘other woman’. When previously pregnant Misty, is found badly beaten and no baby in sight. The case takes a sinister turn. Who has the baby? Why have they taken the baby?

The novel forces you to suspend your judgement on Misty and actually understand why she is the woman she is. Misty is portrayed as a loud mouthed stripper and homewrecker in the first novel. Yet within this case we learn that there is more to Misty than meets the eye. The novel does detail the various men in her life. But also her desire to make things right for her baby.

When a body is discovered on Luke’s property (Josie’s fiancé) and a mysterious woman inside, wearing his clothes. The case is blown wide open.
There is revelation upon, revelation for Josie to endure. Can she handle everything this case throws at her?

Fast-paced, intense and full of baby mama drama! 4*

LR
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Anne Bonny #BookReview Vanishing Girls by @Lisalregan 5* #DetectiveJosieQuinn #Series @bookouture #CrimeFiction ‘suspenseful and intense’

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Vanishing Girls by Lisa Regan
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When Isabelle Coleman, a blonde, beautiful young girl goes missing, everyone from the small town of Denton joins the search. They can find no trace of the town’s darling, but Detective Josie Quinn finds another girl they didn’t even know was missing.

Mute and unresponsive, it’s clear this mysterious girl has been damaged beyond repair. All Josie can get from her is the name of a third girl and a flash of a neon tongue piercing that matches Isabelle’s.

The race is on to find Isabelle alive, and Josie fears there may be other girls in terrible danger. When the trail leads her to a cold case labelled a hoax by authorities, Josie begins to wonder is there anyone left she can trust?

Someone in this close-knit town is committing unspeakable crimes. Can Josie catch the killer before another victim loses their life?

My Review:

‘There’s a man in the woods’
The novel opens with a scene of two young girls in the woods, when one is kidnapped. Right away you know this is going to be a gripping crime fiction read! Although you have no idea who the girls are and their relation to the plot.
It leaves you racing through the pages.

Detective Josie Quinn is on paid leave for her recent use of excessive force. But despite her currently situation, she can’t keep her nose out of the investigation for local missing teen Isabelle Coleman. Isabelle is just 17yrs old and has gone missing form the town of Denton. A town of 30K population, where there are approx. six murders a year. Is Isabelle an abduction case or a run away? The press can’t resist the remarks of how Isabelle makes the ‘perfect’ victim. Her perfect face plastered everywhere.

‘Beautiful teenage girls who were abducted were rarely returned alive and unharmed’

Sgt Ray Quinn, Josie’s ex-husband is the only member of the police force to feed her information. Their separation was far from amicable but Ray’s respect for Josie as a police officer goes a long way. It also enables her to stay in the loop.

Josie accidentally finds herself at the scene of a possible gang shoot-out which coincidentally has links to the missing girl. One of the dead victims Dirk Spencer utters the word ‘Ramona’ before he loses consciousness. But why is Isabelle’s history teacher involved in gang activity? And who is Ramona?
When the forensics arrive, and it is determined that the suspects are the Latino gang ‘The 23’. Who are routinely involved in drug wars, the plot becomes far more layered.
How did Mr Spencer end up in a car full of gangbangers?

Josie refuses to give up her side-line investigation, despite repeated warnings from both her ex and her boss. When she digs into Dirk’s background, she learns he is related to a missing teen. His niece June, having disappeared over a year ago. Dirk made it his personal crusade to save June and now it is Josie’s personal crusade to find the kidnapper. . .

There are scenes from a girl in captivity, as she adjusts to life in her cell. They are harrowing and uncomfortable reading.
‘I want to go home’

When Josie bumps into Misty (Ray’s other woman) we learn two things. a) how Josie and Ray split up and b) exactly how savvy Josie can be. Nobody pushes Josie Quinn around!

When June Spencer is found alive and catatonic from the trauma she has received, you start to believe the case may have its first big lead. But June’s abductor is quickly identified and captured. Yet Isabelle is still out there. . .

Where is Isabelle Coleman?

We then learn more about Josie’s background when she visit’s her grandmother in her nursing home. Her past is complex and layered. Everything I had come to expect from what I knew of Josie so far. With a local outbreak of norovirus, June is admitted to the same care facility and Josie catches her first glimpse of the traumatised young woman, lost inside her own head.

Chief Wayland continues to berate Josie for her interference in his case. Which forces her to reluctantly work with Trinity Payne a reporter with the local press. This added a unique angle on the case. As I could never imagine Josie working with the media. Josie and Trinity are relentless in their pursuit of justice. Although their motives maybe different.
They want to see Isabelle returned.

I don’t want to say too much more for fear of leaving spoilers. But the novel is suspenseful and intense.
The last 25% is sheer brilliance, it reminded me of author Karin Slaughter.
5*

I already have the next in the series, The Girl With No Name waiting patiently on my kindle. So, I shall report back with my review soon. Here is the cover and synopsis. . . .
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The Girl With No Name by Lisa Regan
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Detective Josie Quinn is horrified when she’s called to the house of a mother who had her newborn baby snatched from her arms.

A woman caught fleeing the scene is Josie’s only lead, but when questioned it seems this mysterious girl doesn’t know who she is, where she’s from or why she is so terrified…

Is she a witness, a suspect, or the next victim?

As Josie digs deeper, a letter about a mix-up at a fertility clinic links the nameless girl and the missing child to a spate of killings across the county. Josie is faced with an impossible decision: should she risk the life of one innocent child to save many others… or can she find another way?

LR
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#Review Dark House by @helenphifer1 @bookouture #DILucyHarwin #CrimeFiction #Series #MooreAsylum

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Dark House by Helen Phifer
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A shadowy figure in the dark was dragging something heavy behind them. Lizzy pulled the covers over her head, then realised what was being dragged…

For years, the Moore Asylum housed the forgotten children of Brooklyn Bay. But now, a man is found brutally murdered in the derelict building, strapped to a steel trolley, launching a terrifying investigation for Detective Lucy Harwin.

Lucy quickly discovers the victim was once a Moore Asylum doctor, and when a woman also linked to the home is found murdered on her doorstep, Lucy knows she must dig into its history. What dark secrets lie within the asylum’s walls – what was the scandal leading to its closure thirty years ago?

With her own demons to fight, Lucy starts to uncover the heartbreaking tale of the Moore Asylum children, and begins to wonder: who will be the next victim?

My review:

Detective Lucy Harwin #1
A new series by an author whose novels I have previously enjoyed!
I was quite easily #Sold!
I realised the second the series, Dying Breath was due for release and decided to catch up with the first in the series beforehand!
So hold fire, my review for Dying breath, will be following shortly!

The synopsis details the location of Brooklyn Bay and more importantly the crumbling Moore Asylum! Once a home for mentally ill children, the asylum is now a decaying mess left to rot. Much like its patients of 30 years ago. But what was the scandal that finally closed the asylum?

The prologue opens back in September 1975, there are several chapters from this era which slowly unravel the brutality rolled out within the asylum’s walls.
The prologue tells us about Alice (15yrs) and Lizzy (9yrs), their budding friendship and what they witness happen to little Tommy with his ‘treatment’.
Make sure you hug and kiss your children, before you tuck in to read!

The Moore asylum ‘treated’ a wide range of children’s needs. From those who are mentally ill, to those who would nowadays, live with their families in a much more accepting society. I myself, am the mother of an 11-year-old autistic boy. Who has exhausted main stream education settings. I was well aware, as I turned the pages, had he been born within a different era. Life wouldn’t have been so beautiful for him.
The mistreatment and abuse of children in settings, originally designed to protect and nurture them, is mainstream news. It is still happening to this very day!
But back in the 1970s, with fewer safeguards, abuse was rife!

DI Lucy Harwin is called to the derelict asylum, with reports of a dead body at the scene. Lucy, her partner Mattie and pathologist Dr Catherine Maxwell discover that the body appears to have sustained, a death inducing injury, similar to that of a lobotomy!
But who would want to lobotomise an old man? Why choose this location? And who is the victim?

Lucy’s personal life unravels throughout the novel and she makes for a likeable character and protagonist. Lucy is a career copper and has at times put duty before her family. Ultimately paying the toughest price in the breakdown of her marriage. Her teenage daughter now blames her and is rebelling beyond Lucy’s reach.
Lucy has it far from easy………

The case advances at an easy pace, allowing the reader to fully absorb all the details. The past of the asylum is explored and there are chapters from the killer’s perspective. I was gripped on the chapters from September 1975. I was desperate to learn more about the asylum and its former patients/inmates.

When another dead body is discovered, and the victim also has links to the asylum. The coppers know, the answers lie in the past.
How many more lives must be destroyed at the Moore asylum?

This novel is a police procedural, mixed with a creepy asylum backstory. The characters are interwoven perfectly!

HP
Helen Phifer
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#Review 5* Broken Bones by @WriteAngie Angela Marsons @bookouture #NewRelease #CrimeFiction

*I received an arc via Netgalley in return for an honest review*

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Broken Bones by Angela Marsons (#7 Kim Stone series)
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They thought they were safe. They were wrong.

The murder of a young prostitute and a baby found abandoned on the same winter night signals the start of a disturbing investigation for Detective Kim Stone – one which brings her face to face with someone from her own horrific childhood.

As three more sex workers in the Black Country are murdered in quick succession, each death more violent than the last, Kim and her team realise that the initial killing was no one-off frenzied attack, but a twisted serial killer preying on the vulnerable.
At the same time, the search begins for the desperate woman who left her newborn baby at the station – but what at first looks like a tragic abandonment soon takes an even more sinister turn.

When another young woman goes missing, the two investigations bring the team into a terrifying, hidden world, and a showdown puts Kim’s life at risk as secrets from as secrets from her own past come to light.

As Kim battles her own demons, can she stop the killer, before another life is lost?

My review:

Detective Kim Stone is Back!

The one thing I absolutely LOVE about Kim Stone is how the crimes get under her skin. She will not rest until they are solved and justice is served! This crime novel opens on Christmas day! It has the perfect wintery feel, for a novel you want to be reading as we approach Christmas! Well if your anything like me, anyway! The cases involve the murder of a young prostitute and an abandoned baby.
The cases appears to be two separate incidents, but Kim Stone has a hunch…………..

The prologue tells the story of Lauren Goddard. Having grown up on a rough estate, with a selfish alcoholic mother. Lauren has had it tough! But as she approaches the age of 16 years, she is going to be opened up, to a whole other world of degradation!
That is until she plummets from a roof!!!

The prologue left me reeling and I knew this was going to be an intense read. I feel the author did an absolutely cracking job of portraying women from all walks of life, as they find themselves ladies of the night! There was no judgement in the writing, it was cleverly written with a desire to understand these women rather than judge or stereotype. I commend the author on making those characters feel like real women. Real women, you felt deep sympathy for.

“The low value placed on life on the streets sickened her”

The novel also explores the violent side of sex work. The sleazy punters, the nasty and controlling pimps! The author holds little back. She wants you to see what the ‘profession’ is all about. Loan sharks, drug addiction and childhood abuse all play their own part in the women’s lives.

“Not everyone is exactly what they seem” – Kai Lord

The abandoned baby strikes at the heart of Kim Stone. Coming from an abused and abandoned childhood herself. It forces her to re-live the trauma. She forms an attachment to the child in one sense and becomes hell bent on finding the mother. However, when three different woman arrive claiming to be the child’s mother. We learn it is much more complex than we could have imagined.

The novel has a mixture of themes that make for interesting and thought-provoking reading!
One thing is for certain Angela Marsons writes a villain, that’ll make your skin crawl! 5*

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