Dead Mercy by Noelle Holten @OneMoreChapter @nholten40 @BOTBSPublicity

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.

This is such a gripping series and it just seems to get better with every new book released! Noelle Holten isn’t afraid to tackle difficult and emotive subjects and her previous work as a probation officer means that her storylines are authentic and well researched. Dead Mercy has at its heart a gripping and sometimes disturbing crime that DC Maggie Jamieson finds herself having a personal connection to so it’s more important than ever for her to solve it quickly.

What a love about this series is that I’ve come to know the main characters so well and every new meeting reveals more so the storyline feels realistically portrayed as though I’m reading about real people. Maggie herself is relatable and I loved catching up with her professional and personal life once again. The crime scene she’s first called out to is an horrific incident and there’s also a shocking revelation about who the victim could be. It quickly becomes obvious that there’s more to this crime than meets the eye and links to a cold case become apparent too. Sometimes the details were very harrowing to read but that’s probably because Noelle brings such detail to her plots which raises them to an almost visual experience.

If you’ve not read any of the previous books in this series then you certainly can read this as a stand-alone although I think you’d get more from it if you’ve met the characters previously. And I think that they still have more to give! This is a series that I never tire of and always look forward to. If you love gripping plotlines that challenge your preconceptions of the police and the agency’s they work with then Dead Mercy is a must read for you.

Highly recommended by me.

Noelle Holten is an award-winning blogger at 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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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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