Wednesday, June 15, 2022

BLOG TOUR - Sleeping Dolls


The beam shines around the dark room, lighting up the woman in sky-blue pyjamas lying on the couch. But she doesn’t wake under the bright glow, she isn’t sleeping at all…

When a concerned neighbour reports a woman missing, 
Detective Morgan Brookes squeezes through the stiff front door to find the woman dead. At first, the case appears unsuspicious, but something about the scene unsettles Morgan. Every clock in the house has been stopped, every mirror covered, and the woman seems physically unharmed except for one missing lock of hair.

Shirley Kelly was loved by her friends and hated by her ex-husband and his new wife, but they have an iron-clad alibi, and Morgan is certain that the scene-staging holds a vital clue. She’s devastated to be proved right when 
another woman is killed, and her home arranged in the same way. The only difference is that the second victim has been stabbed, using a knife from Shirley’s own kitchen…

The team can’t find a connection between the two women, but Morgan is sure that there is a deadly pattern to the killer’s actions. She hunts through each woman’s past until she finds the link: years ago, they both worked for a woman called Evelyn Reynolds, before tragedy struck her young family. But what has made them targets now? Morgan knows this twisted case is far from over, can she find the final clue before the clock stops for the next name on the killer’s list?

An absolutely gripping, mile-a-minute read. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Lisa Regan and Rachel Abbott!


Title:   Sleeping Dolls
Author:  Helen Phifer
Series:  Detective Morgan Brookes Book 6
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Genre:   Mystery & Thrillers
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   321
Date of Publication:   June 13, 2022
My Rating:   5 Stars 

An old Victorian tradition proves to be the setting for Detective Morgan Brooke’s newest case. The murder scene is quite eerie, with two very specific things based on that tradition - the clocks have been stopped and all the mirrors have been covered. It’s quite natural to for Morgan to see that something is very wrong in the house where the murder took place, especially when another murder happens with the same setting. What is more is there something that was found in the first victim’s house that was used to kill the second victim.

Despite these similarities, the women seem to have no ties that would connect them to each other. However, it is clear that the killer has a path that they are traveling on and it is up to Morgan and her team to try to find whatever connection she can before the life of another victim is claimed. On a personal level, Morgan and her boss Ben Matthews have moved their relationship forward, as they are now living together. 

Considering this is Morgan’s first case after a horrendously harrowing experience (Book 5, Find the Girl), her hands are certainly full. Furthermore, the team has a new boss, DI Marc Howard, and things are not going well. In fact, this intriguing book has more than a few surprises as well as clever misdirection. Ms. Phifer is certain to keep the reader’s attention in this captivating installment. There are some chapters that go back to 1989 peppered into this story, and that raises the level of intrigue in this exciting read. With excellent pacing, this sixth book in this thoroughly engaging series was easily a one-sitting read. One thing that makes this book so good is that with all the twists and turns it was impossible to figure out who the killer was. 

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

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Helen Phifer is the Bestselling writer of the hugely popular Annie Graham, Lucy Harwin, Beth Adams and her current series featuring Detective Constable Morgan Brooks published by the fabulous Bookouture.

She lives in the busy town of Barrow-in-Furness surrounded by miles of coastline and a short drive from the glorious English Lake District.

Helen loves reading books that scare the heck out of her and is eternally grateful to Stephen King, Dean Koontz, James Herbert and Graham Masterton for scaring her senseless in her teenage years. Unable to find enough scary stories she decided to write her own and her debut novel The Ghost House released in October 2013 became a #1 Global Bestseller.

She has written over twenty books in various genres, and you can follow her over on Instagram

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