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Book: Cold Heart Creek

Detective Josie Quinn #7 by Lisa Regan

Publisher: Bookouture

As the sun rises, the last glow of the campfire is just visible through the mist and the trees. The young couple are laid out on their backs beside the small blue tent, their hands clasped between them, their eyes open, their hearts cold…

A park ranger finds newlyweds Valerie and Tyler Yates dead by a creek near Denton, the stomping ground of our well-loved detective, Josie Quinn.

While Detective Quinn is immediately dispatched to the scene, she’s still trying to come to terms with the news that her abusive mother is dying. Her personal life has to be put to the back-burner though, because Josie suspects there is more to their deaths than what meets the eye. At first glance it seems Tyler and Valerie died of poisoning, maybe by eating the wrong food. But soon it becomes clear they were murdered.

The discovery of a third sleeping bag makes the alarm bells go off. Who is this third person and where are they? Is this another victim, a missing person, or could this be the murderer they’re looking for?

The search for this illusive third person brings Detective Quinn and her team to a farmhouse hidden deep in the woods. A commune for those looking to get away from everyday life and those who want to hide out, for their own reasons…

An Unwilling Group Of Farmhouse Residents

Josie has the huge task ahead of trying to uncover the information she needs from the people living at the farmhouse. People who’d rather not answer her questions. Are they hiding something, or someone? Or are they just not forthcoming because they don’t want to be disturbed?

When a third victim is found, a young girl from the commune, our team has to pick up the pace and work even harder to find the user of the third sleeping bag before more victims turn up.

Series But Standalone

With this seventh instalment of the Josie Quinn series, Lisa Regan created another gripping crime thriller that’s hard to put down. Although the book brings up some things from Josie’s past, it is perfectly readable as a standalone book without losing the plot.

The story left me on the edge of my seat. I just needed to know who this third person was. And just when I thought I had our suspect figured out Lisa had another trick up her sleeve and took the story in a completely different direction.

Suspense until the very end.

If you enjoy reading a good crime thriller, either as a series or as a standalone story. Cold Heart Creek, book 7 of the Detective Josie Quinn series is a must read!

Rating: 5/5

Cold Heart Creek is available from December 2, 2019

Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC from Netgalley and Bookouture in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own.

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