Saturday, April 24, 2021

BLOG TOUR - Dead Secret



‘Enthralling from the first page to the last. Devoured in one sitting. Noelle Holten has become one of my must-read authors’ Angela Marsons, bestselling author of the Detective Kim Stone series

Psychopaths can take root in the unlikeliest soil…

DC Maggie Jamieson crosses paths once again with Probation Officer Lucy Sherwood when a domestic violence survivor stumbles into her new refuge, unable to speak, desperate for help.

Then another case hits Maggie’s desk. A young man has been murdered, and a curious constellation of black dots has been inked onto his cheek.

That’s when DCI Hastings goes missing and Maggie uncovers a shocking connection that turns the case on its head.

Every family may hide secrets, but not every family buries them…

Title:  Dead Secret

Author:  Noelle Holten
Series:  DC Maggie Jamieson #4
Genre:   Mystery/Thrillers
Publisher:  Harper Impulse Killer Reads
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   400 Pages
Date of Publication:  April 23, 2021
My Rating:  5 Stars


DC Maggie Jamieson is thrust into the case of the murder of a young man. While first noticing that DCI Hastings hasn't been seen at the station for days. It soon becomes apparent that he, his wife and their daughter, are missing. While Maggie and her team begin the process of notifying the young man's family and looking for suspects, Maggie also begins to vigorously try and determine where Hastings and his family could possibly be.

Meanwhile, Probation Officer Lucy Sherwood has come a long way from being a victim of domestic violence to establishing a safe place that will prove to be a safe haven. Even before the doors are opened to those in need, a young woman knocks on the door and is in desperate need of help. She refuses to go to the hospital and also refuses to provide many details as to who hurt her and other factors that might aid Lucy and the police when it comes to protecting her.

Are any or all of these three situations connected in any way? Maggie, along with her new partner, Kat, leave no stone unturned when it comes to seeking answers. While all of this is going on, Maggie is contending with other issues. For one thing, her dear friend, Dr. Kate Moloney, had a very difficult time during a previous case, and is no longer working with Maggie, causing Maggie to miss her dearly. Then there is the nagging reporter, Julie Noble, determined to ruffle Maggie's feathers any way possible. To say Maggie has her hands full is a true understatement. 

What a thrilling book in this fourth book in the DC Maggie Jamieson series. The twists and turns in this exciting book kept my interest from beginning to end, and also kept me planted in my recliner until I reached the very last page. I have read and loved each previous book in the series, Dead InsideDead Wrong and Dead Perfect, all previously reviewed on my blog. This is a fabulous series and this entry shows how Maggie excels when it comes to solving crimes, no matter how complicated. I love seeing Maggie grow as a detective, but also as a woman managing changes in her life. I definitely look forward to continuing further books in this series.

Many thanks to Harper Impulse and Killer Reads and to NetGalley for this ARC to review. This is my honest opinion.


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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  1. Thank you so much for being part of the blog tour today Robin x

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