Oh Lord I am buzzing beyond belief to be taking part in the tour for Noelle Holten’s FIFTH in the DC Maggie James series! Can you believe she has written 5 books already, the woman is a writing machine! But enough of my gushing, let’s get down to business!
Before I share my thoughts, let’s see what the official blurb says:
A brutal murder…
When a burned body is found with its teeth missing, DC Maggie Jamieson discovers that the victim may be the husband of one of her probation colleagues.
A dark history…
As the body count rises, the team becomes increasingly baffled by how the victims could possibly be connected until a clue leads them to a historical case that was never prosecuted.
A terrible secret…
In order to catch the killer, Maggie must piece together what happened all those years ago before it’s too late.
That cover, that blurb! How can anyone stop themselves falling into the pages and losing themselves in the delicious twistedness that is Noelle Holten’s mind! I’ve loved every one of the books in this series and Dead Mercy is no exception!
Once again Noelle Holten reaches out, grabs the reader by the throat and knocks them out with her opening chapter. Earning her place in the Queen of killer openings. No spoilers but I definitely read this with my hands over my mouth!
A tale of revenge laced with her trademark twistedness, this author is going from strength to strength as with each book her writing becomes more powerful, she is honing her craft and dare I say it, her twistedness becomes more twisted.
A police procedural in that it features Maggie James, but more than that, using its multi-disciplinary approach it paints an authentic picture of modern day policing; the police don’t work in silos, they work alongside a number of agencies and the author has recreated this realistically but without boring the readers about all the dull ref tape involved.
Her characters step out the page to greet you like old friends, I feel like I’ve got to know them so well over the last couple of years. Never perfect, each have their flaws, but all of them making them engaging and easy to connect with.
DC Maggie Jamieson is both prickly and approachable at the same time: something about her draws you into her life; her complicated relationships, her passion for the job combined with an underlying sense of insecurity makes her one of those people you can’t help but connect with, at times you want to sit her down and give her a good talking to, yet at others you want to sit her down and give her a big reassuring hug. I love her!
Good to see Dr Kate Maloney back too, she’s another character in the book who has been through the mill and back over the series but despite this she’s a strong assured character and she shines in this novel.
The author really does draw well on the range of human complexity to create multi-layered and interesting characters. She brings them in and out of her books throughout the series and in doing so has created an ensemble cast that captures the reader’s attention.
And plot, well read the blurb to get the nub of the story but let’s just say that while this author may look all sweet and wholesome on the outside, you don’t need to scratch very deep to get beneath the surface to a dark and twisted mind. Filled to the brim with enough twists and turns to satisfy any armchair detective, and that ending! Seriously Noelle Holten ! Totally a tease! Dead Mercy is one you do not want to miss!
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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 worked as a Senior Probation Officer for eighteen years, covering a variety of risk cases as well as working in a multi agency setting. She has three Hons BA’s – Philosophy, Sociology (Crime & Deviance) and Community Justice – and a Masters in Criminology. Noelle’s hobbies include reading, attending as many book festivals as she can afford and sharing the booklove via her blog. Dead Inside – her debut novel with One More Chapter/Harper Collins UK is an international kindle bestseller and the start of a new series featuring DC Maggie Jamieson.
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