I am so buzzing to be one of the bloggers opening up the blog tour for Noelle Holten’s second book in the D.C. Maggie Jamieson series. A massive thanks to Sarah over at BooksOnTheBrightSide for the invite and to the publisher and Netgalley for the ARC.
. I already had been lucky enough to beta read the first draft of this and it was an absolute delight to be able to sit down and lose myself in the final product!
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
The serial killer is behind bars. But the murders are just beginning…
DC Maggie Jamieson’s past comes back to haunt her in this dark and gripping serial killer thriller.
Three missing women running out of time…
They were abducted years ago. Notorious serial killer Bill Raven admitted to killing them and was sentenced to life.
The case was closed – at least DC Maggie Jamieson thought it was…
But now one of them has been found, dismembered and dumped in a bin bag in town.
Forensics reveal that she died just two days ago, when Raven was behind bars, so Maggie has a second killer to find.
Because even if the other missing women are still alive, one thing’s for certain: they don’t have long left to live…
Noelle Holten smashed it last year with her debut, Dead Inside and Dead Wrong is an easy “nailing it” follow up this year. As per usual I’ve put the official blurb up on my post, so you can get the jist of the storyline for yourself. What I’m going to give you is my thoughts on the book.
The author has taken the police procedural genre and given it her own unique USP. Although the main character of the series is Detective Maggie Jamieson, we also become closely acquainted with the rest of the multi-disciplinary team across the force. In the real world the Police don’t work in a silo, they work alongside a number of other agencies such as probation, domestic abuse services and beyond and the author captures this perfectly in this series. With a whole host of characters who have their unique roles to play, we get to see police work from a completely different perspective than normal.
In Dead Wrong, Maggie Jamieson is leading the way and I loved getting to know more about her character. I felt a genuine connection with her, she has her crosses to bear that’s for sure, but she is no cliché detective. I warmed to her immediately and loved her relationships with the other characters in the book. There is a real authenticity about her as a character, she is filled with self-doubt at times and is always overthinking but she is also fiercely loyal and protective of her colleagues and friends. The friction with her superior, DI Rutherford, adds a tension to the working environment and again a great sense of realism as we all know that may workplace is not always sweetness and light! Yet despite this friction, Maggie can still look underneath the surface and show an empathy for her boss. If I was a detective, I reckon I’d want to be partnered up with someone like Maggie.
Maggie has been called back to her team as one of her previous cases, The Chopper aka Bill Raven has appealed his sentence. Now he is one bad guy and I mean BAD with a capital B! The author painted a picture of him and his interactions with Maggie and believe you me, it was not a pretty picture at all! He sends shivers down my spine and right back up again!
Andy, Maggie’s brother, is also back on the scene and staying with her. I know Andy isn’t a main character but again I get a real connection with him. I look forward to seeing the family dynamics develop in this series, as there are strong hints that family tensions run deep!
It’s good to see some characters from Dead Inside make an appearance, especially the brilliant Dr. Kate Maloney, one of my favourite characters in the books. The relationship between Maggie and Kate takes a new turn and I’m sure everyone is going to be on tenterhooks waiting for the outcome of this! And of course the wonderful Kat Everett is in there keeping it real, she really makes me smile!
The storyline moves along at a fast pace but not so fast that you are left breathless and confused. With plenty of action, tension and murder, there is something for every armchair detective to get their teeth into here. The murders described are chilling but never in a gratuitous fashion, just enough detail to make you make sure you lock all your doors at night and look out behind you when you’re out and about! One of the things I particularly like about this series is that the author gives the victims a voice, we get to know them as human beings and not just in terms of their addictions or vulnerabilities.
Noelle Holten has taken the police procedural out of its box and given it a bit of a prod with this series; her portrayal of the police as a cog in a very large system, the multi-agency approach, mixed with the human side of a cast of characters who could all easily have a spotlight shone on them in the series, provides you with a cracking good read that will engage you and leave you begging for more, especially when she ends on such a killer hook for the next in the series!
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About the author:
Noelle Holten is an award-winning blogger at www.crimebookjunkie.co.uk. She is the PR & Social Media Manager for Bookouture, a leading digital publisher in the UK, and was a regular reviewer on the Two Crime Writers and a Microphone podcast. Noelle worked as a Senior Probation Officer for eighteen years, covering a variety of cases including those involving serious domestic abuse. She has three Hons BA’s – Philosophy, Sociology (Crime & Deviance) and Community Justice – and a Masters in Criminology. Noelle’s hobbies include reading, author-stalking and sharing the booklove via her blog.
Dead Inside is her debut novel with One More Chapter / Killer Reads/Harper Collins UK and the start of a new series featuring DC Maggie Jamieson.
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