D.I. Lottie Parker #8
Bubbles of cold sweat trickled down Faye’s spine. The hole wasn’t empty. Before she could turn and run, she caught the two sightless eyes staring up at her. Only then did she scream.
When Faye Baker discovers a fragile child’s skull behind the walls of her new home, Detective Lottie Parker is called to investigate. The house has been owned for years by the family of Faye’s boyfriend Jeff, so when Jeff starts acting suspiciously, Lottie wonders what he might be hiding…
Lottie doesn’t have long to dig deeper before a child’s bones are found by eleven-year-old Gavin on nearby railway tracks. The bones don’t match the small skull behind the walls, but Lottie can’t ignore the coincidence. Someone out there must be missing their loved ones and it’s up to her to put right a terrible wrong.
Unable to shake a feeling of foreboding, Lottie goes to speak to Faye, and discovers that she hasn’t turned up for work. When Faye’s body is found stuffed in the back of her car, Lottie needs to find out who wanted her to keep quiet.
As Lottie hunts for Faye’s killer, the case takes a darker turn when Gavin goes missing. Faye and Gavin are connected only by the grisly body parts they discovered. But who are these little victims and why has their killer come back? Can Lottie find the answers before another precious life is taken?
Well, Lottie certainly has a lot on her plate this time, but no worries because she is always hungry. Hungry for justice for the victims, hungry to put the baddies behind bars, hungry to delve deep until she finds out every little detail.
She puts every case through the finest sieve she can find. She squeezes every witness gently to extract every drop of information and she grills every suspect until they sweat.
She does not only have to wade through a thick soup of crime, but she also has to deal with her personal life that gives her lemons. Will she be able to make lemonade?
In this story I had the feeling there was something fishy about almost everybody, except for the police team. Male or female, they were all acting suspicious and hiding secrets.
Lottie and her team really have to suck the marrow out of it before they can put the cherry on the cake.
A great, horrible story that had me frozen to my chair from page 1. 5 stars/chef’s hats 😉
Thank you, Patricia Gibney and Bookouture
About the author
Patricia is the million-copy bestselling author of the DI Lottie Parker series. She yearned to be a writer after reading Enid Blyton and Carolyn Keene and even wanted to be Nancy Drew when she grew up. She has now grown up (she thinks) but the closest she’s come to Nancy Drew is writing crime!
In 2009, after her husband died, she retired from her job and started writing seriously. Fascinated by people and their quirky characteristics, she always carries a notebook to scribble down observations.
Patricia also loves to paint in watercolour and lives in the Irish midlands with her children.