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**BLOG TOUR** Silent Voices by Patricia Gibney

Beth Mullen returns home expecting to find her twin sister, Rachel, at the house they share but she is not prepared for what she does find – Rachel is dead in her bed, seemingly poisoned in what looks like a horrifically painful death. Detective Lottie Parker realises that Ragmullin has another serial killer when a second woman is found dead in similar circumstances, a shard of glass having been found in both of their throats. When Lottie’s fiancé, Boyd, goes missing before their wedding, she knows it is something to do with the case. Can she find him before he suffers the same fate as the women?

This is the ninth book in Patricia Gibney’s Lottie Parker series and I am enjoying reading them just as much as ever. Over the course of the series, we have got to know Lottie, her family and her colleagues really well and each new book is like catching up with old friends. In Silent Voices, we see Lottie finally about to put her troubled past behind her by marrying her fiancé and colleague, Boyd. After everything that has happened to Lottie since the death of her first husband, we cannot begrudge her a little happiness but, in true Detective Parker style, you just know that things would not run smoothly!

This is probably one of the most complex plots of this series with numerous characters making you wonder how they were all going to connect. The author manages to do this with ease as the book progresses and, by the end, I felt I had a complete picture of who everyone was and how they became involved in such a heinous crime. This is a book very much about secrets and although we are given a hint quite early on in the book as to the event that triggered the murders, we do not know who the person is that it is referring to, leaving you guessing right until the end.

I think what I liked most in Silent Voices was how there were numerous, seemingly unconnected plots, each one tying together neatly by the end. I found myself connecting most with the character of Maddy, someone who Boyd encounters and becomes concerned about. I willed everything to work out well for Maddy and hoped that whatever it was that she had experienced in her past would be able to be resolved.

Silent Voices is another great book in the Lottie Parker series and, without giving too much away, I hope that the detective finds her happiness in book 10!

With thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for my copy and to Sarah Hardy for organising the blog tour.

**BLOG TOUR** Buried Angels by Patricia Gibney

When part of a dismembered body is found near to the railway line, DI Lottie Parker is horrified to find that it belongs to a child. It soon becomes apparent that the torso had been frozen, leading the police to believe that this is not a recent death. Why has no one reported a missing child and where is the rest of the body? After a local woman discovers a small skull when renovating her house, connections are made, but are they the right ones? Why have these body parts started appearing and who else must die to protect the secret?

Well, Lottie certainly had her work cut out with this case and it has definitely confirmed for me that Ragmullin is fast becoming Ireland’s answer to Midsomer due to the amount of murders occurring in a relatively small place! As well as having to deal with possibly her most complex case to date, Lottie is having to contend with numerous problems in her personal and professional life. Finally engaged to her colleague, Boyd, she is having to support him through his recent cancer diagnosis whilst also helping him with his sister due to the death of his mother. Added to this, Lottie’s daughter is also looking to move away from Ragmullin to live in America with her young son and there is also someone at work desperate to bring the detective down. With all of this turmoil, it’s a wonder she manages to solve the crime!

Buried Angels has arguably the most complex plot so far in any of Patricia Gibney’s books with numerous characters and plots providing a complicated yet gripping story line. What initially starts off as a cold case soon becomes much more recent as more bodies are found. It was obvious that all of these deaths were linked, but how? As the book progressed, it became apparent that there was a link to something that took place many years before and we become privy to some of this by the way of flashbacks. I was genuinely horrified by what I read, shocked by the depravity of the individual who Lottie would go on to reveal towards the end of the book.

With such a complex plot, I was pleased that the ending tied up all loose ends beautifully, linking each seemingly unrelated event successfully. The turn taken in Lottie’s professional life is an interesting one, and I can’t wait to see how the relationship between herself and her superior develops in the next book. I always look forward to reading the next Lottie Parker book and Buried Angels has left me in a similar position. Bring it on!

With thanks to Sarah Hardy for organising the Books on Tour and to Bookouture and Net Galley for my ARC.

 

 

 

**BLOG TOUR** Broken Souls by Patricia Gibney

When the body of a woman is found hanging in her home, wearing a wedding dress, it is initially thought that it is a case of suicide. Things take a turn for the worse, however, when a second woman is found dead, also wearing a wedding dress. This is too much of a coincidence for D I Lottie Parker, who immediately starts to look for evidence of foul play. When it is revealed that one of the women had a young daughter who has seemingly gone missing, it becomes a race against time to catch the perpetrator before more bodies are discovered.

It is hard to believe that Broken Souls is the seventh book in the Lottie Parker series, the first book, The Missing Onesonly being published in 2017. In this short time, we have seen Lottie grow as a character, dealing with the grief of her lost husband and now contemplating marriage to one of her colleagues. Her family is as dysfunctional as ever, with the added bonus of her half-brother, Leo, disrupting the equilibrium even further! After events in previous books, I was pleased to see Lottie’s family taking more of a back seat in this one – there is only so much trauma one family can take!

With there being two deaths near the beginning of the book, and a lot of characters introduced,  I initially struggled to remember who everybody was. As the book progressed, however, and the cases began to intertwine, I developed more of an understanding of each character and how they were connected to the dead women. The setting, a place where everyone seemed to know everybody else, helped to muddy the waters when trying to find the culprit as there were so many shifty characters! A few hints were dropped throughout the book, but I did not predict the outcome at all.

As this is now the seventh book, I feel that I have come to know the characters really well and so I was left reeling at the revelation at the end of this installment. There is a genuine, ‘”Noooo!” moment in the final pages, and I really hope that Patricia Gibney resolves this issue in a pleasing way! To find out what it is, you will just have to read the book!

If you have never read the Lottie Parker series, then I cannot recommend it enough. With great plots and characters, Broken Souls is a great addition to an already brilliant set of books.

With thanks to Bookouture & Net Galley and to Sarah Hardy for organising the blog tour.

 

**BLOG TOUR** Final Betrayal by Patricia Gibney

When two young women fail to return home after an evening at a local nightclub, their families begin to fear the worst. It’s not long before Detective Lottie Parker and her team identify a person of interest – Conor Dowling. Recently released from prison after being put there thanks to the evidence of one of the missing girls, Conor is certainly on the radar of the investigating officers when the bodies of the women are found. After two more bodies are discovered, it would seem that a serial killer is stalking the streets of Ragmullin and they haven’t yet finished what they set out to do…

Final Betrayal is the sixth in the Lottie Parker series and, again, we see the detective trying to balance her home and work life. Settled into her new home, things should be looking up on the domestic front, but, as readers of this series will know, Lottie’s complicated backstory is never going to give her an easy ride! Without giving away spoilers, readers of the previous book will be shocked to see that the revelations in the previous book play a huge part in Final Betrayal and provide some genuine heart in mouth moments! I’ve always enjoyed how Patricia Gibney mixes the police investigation with Lottie’s personal life – even if I do think that Lottie and her family must have some sort of curse hanging over them!

This is definitely one of Lottie’s most demanding cases for numerous reasons, not least due to the huge body count. With her team not all firing on full cylinders after events on the previous book, we do see cracks beginning to appear as she is determined not to turn to the prescription drugs and alcohol of her past. Her relationship with Boyd is still not progressing even though Boyd would like it to go much further. It will be interesting to see what happens in the next book…

Final Betrayal has a great plot and there are a few clues slipped in throughout the book. By having a couple of story lines running parallel to each other, the author has cleverly managed to muddy the waters so that you’re not always sure who is doing what. All will make sense when you read the book! I did manage to work out who the killer was, but did not solve all aspects of the case!

I would advise that you read the rest of this series before reading this book as there are several spoilers throughout. This is a superb series, though, and one that I’m sure you’ll enjoy catching up on.  Take a look at my reviews of the other five Lottie Parker books:

The Missing Ones

The Stolen Girls

The Lost Child

No Safe Place

Tell Nobody

With thanks to Bookouture and Net Galley for my ARC and to Kim Nash for organising the blog tour.

Tell Nobody by Patricia Gibney

Scoring the winning goal in an important football match should be a cause for celebration. Eleven-year-old Mikey Driscoll finds his celebrations and his life cut tragically short, however, when his body is found two days later. When the body of a second boy is discovered, Detective Lottie Parker has a personal reason for wanting this case closed as soon as possible – the boys are known to her son, Sean. Are the deaths linked to a disturbed young woman who proclaims she has killed ‘him’ and just what is the subject of the conspiracy of silence that seems to be in existence? This will be one of Lottie’s toughest and most emotional cases yet…

Tell Nobody is the fifth outing for D. I. Lottie Parker, in a series that is going from strength to strength. Still coming to terms with events in previous books, Lottie is, once again, struggling to balance home and work life, this time with the spectre of a long-lost relative lurking in the background. For this reason, although it is not essential, I would advise that you read the other books in the series before this one as it will aid in understanding several events that are referred to.

Ragmullin is fast becoming the crime capital of Ireland, and is definitely not a place I would like to live in! In Tell Nobody, we meet several shady characters, each one with secrets they do not want to rise to the surface. Which one, though, is implicated in the most heinous of crimes – the abuse and murder of young boys? The subject matter is, at times, distressing, as is any plot involving the abuse of children. What built up the tension in this book, however, was that we don’t just meet these boys after their death, but we get to find out a bit about their backstory beforehand. By using Lottie’s son and his friends, we get to develop a relationship with these boys, building up a sense of foreboding that something is about to happen to one of them.

Twists and turns abound in a story that, in one part, will rock fans of the series to their very core. No spoilers, but let’s just say that for one of the regular characters, life will never be the same again.

There is still so much more to come from this series, not least Lottie’s reaction to the part of her past that is beginning to merge with the present. Patricia Gibney is a fantastic writer and I can’t wait to see what she has in store next for Lottie.

With thanks to Bookouture and Net Galley for my ARC.

My reviews of the rest of the series can be found here:

The Missing Ones

The Stolen Girls

The Lost Child

No Safe Place

 

No Safe Place by Patricia Gibney

When the body of a young woman is found at the bottom of an open grave, Detective Lottie Parker fears that it could be Elizabeth Byrne who, only days earlier, vanished after getting on a train. The case stirs up memories of a past case for Corrigan, her superior officer, when another young woman from Ragmullin disappeared a decade ago in a similar way. A coincidence or could there be a connection? When two more women vanish in a similar fashion, Lottie fears that there is a serial killer at large. With major problems of her own and a new boss to contend with, this looks like being one of Lottie Parker’s most difficult cases to date.

No Safe Place follows on from the previous book The Lost Child but as this could still be read as a standalone, I will refrain from giving any spoilers! Lottie is still struggling with events from her past so when she discovers that her boss is going to have an operation and his post is being covered by someone she dislikes immensely, it is inevitable that she will, once again, turn to medication to get her through the day. Lottie is an incredibly tragic character yet at the same time is tenacious and totally committed to her job. I think most fans of this series are desperate for her to have a bit of luck in her life and it’s about time her and Boyd sorted themselves out once and for all!

The mystery is a fascinating one. Young women are going missing on a train and there are very few, if any, witnesses. Several suspects are put forward and it is not until the very end of the book that we finally discover the culprit and the reason behind them doing what they are doing. Patricia Gibney has done a fantastic job in concealing who the guilty party is to the point where the clues given could apply to more than one character. I liked how all the sub-plots linked together and whereas in some books these links could be tenuous, this was not the case here. All loose ends were tied up nicely and the conclusion was realistic and satisfying.

As in previous books, the author has thrown in a few curveballs which will, hopefully, be explored in subsequent books. One in particular (which linked to the previous book) was a shocker and I can’t wait to see what happens there!

This is a series that is going from strength to strength – Lottie is becoming one of those familiar fictional characters that seems as though they have been around forever. I hope there is much more to come!

With thanks to Bookouture and Net Galley for the ARC.

The Stolen Girls by Patricia Gibney

51Au1qVQ0PL._SY346_Detective Lottie Parker is a woman in turmoil. After events took a harrowing turn in her previous case, her relationship with her children has become more strained than ever, so when a woman turns up on her doorstep asking for help, Lottie is pushed to her limits. On the same day, the body of a partially decomposed woman is found – could the two incidents be linked?

I can honestly say that the opening chapter of this book, describing atrocities taking place in Kosovo, is once of the most harrowing and emotional I have ever read – not ideal when you are reading it on public transport! Patricia Gibney succeeded in drawing me in right from the start, helping me to develop an emotional attachment to many of the characters. My heart went out to the Kosovan boy who witnessed things that no child should ever have to and also to Mimoza, the woman whose visit to Lottie sparks off an investigation into people trafficking, prostitution and organ harvesting.

In Lottie Parker, we have a very realistic, likeable protagonist who is desperately trying to balance her home and work life. As in the previous book, The Missing Ones, her family become embroiled in the case, the trauma of previous events coming back to haunt one of her children. Although there are some spoilers, it is not essential to have read the first book in the series, but I would advise you do as it is another fantastic book.

The subject matter is, at times, incredibly hard-hitting and evokes sympathy throughout. I genuinely could not put this book down, the short chapters moving the story along at a very fast pace, and the quality of the writing immersing me completely in the plot. This has definitely been one of my favourite reads of the year so far.

With thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for my ARC.

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