It’s a huge pleasure today to be on the blog tour for Dead Wrong which is the second book in the DC Maggie Jamieson series by Noelle Holten. Having read (AND LOVED!) the first book Dead Inside, I was super excited to read its sequel. Huge thanks to Sarah at BOTBS for my blog tour invite and review copy of the book.
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 what have you done to me!! How could you do that?! Dead Wrong kept me on my toes throughout with some very dark and disturbing scenes plus the mother of all cliffhangers which had me screaming “NOOOOOOOO!!!!” as soon I had had read that final sentence. I mean, no sooner had I finished book two in this series then I wanted book three in my hands IMMEDIATELY!! And that’s the sign of a GREAT series!
We are back with DC Maggie Jamieson in Staffordshire where she is called upon to solve a murder. Nothing unusual in that for a police officer you might say but wait until you realise that the dead woman is Lorraine Rugman, the victim of a serial killer already behind bars for that murder! This means that he couldn’t have committed the crime that he’s been put away for and it’s up to Maggie and her team to work out what the hell is going on! It also becomes a race against time to find the other women he was accused of murdering before they really ARE killed!
It was lovely to see the team back together again, even (and especially!) the lovely Doctor Kate, and this mix of characters works really well here. We find out more about Maggie and her personal life as an aside to the main focus so I discovered that I like her even more than I thought I did! She’s certainly a determined and strong minded woman but I felt I understood her a little more this time and that there’s a softer side she keeps well hidden from her colleagues at work. But it’s the vile villains who steal the show here and I can’t believe I didn’t work out who was at the centre of this intriguing plot until the big reveal hit me in the face. Be warned though that, if you’re a little squeamish, there are some quite graphic descriptions of the crimes committed but gory definitely fits the plot here!
Dead Wrong has a well written, gripping and compelling storyline from start to finish. I loved it and I can see that Noelle has used her background and knowledge to create a believable main character who’s fast becoming a real favourite, not just for me but for crime fans worldwide. Highly recommended by me!
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, attending as many book festivals as she can afford and sharing the booklove via her blog.
Dead Inside is her debut novel with One More Chapter/Harper Collins UK and the start of a new series featuring DC Maggie Jamieson.