Sunday, August 14, 2022

BLOG TOUR - Local Girl Missing


Through swirling dawn fog, they follow the trail of discarded items at their feet: a tube of glittery lip gloss; a cell phone; a cracked make-up compact, broken chunks of ivory powder spilling into the grass. Then the mist parts—just for a second—to reveal a beautiful young girl on the ground, her pale lips frozen forever in a silent scream…

On a winding mountain road into the small town of Denton, Pennsylvania, Detective Josie Quinn finds the body of a localteenage girl, Dina Hale. The sight of plum-colored bruises gathering around the girl’s neck pierces Josie’s heart, but the discovery of a second girl’s empty purse in the dirt nearby gives her a flicker of hope that one person, at least, made a lucky escape.

Dina’s parents are grief-stricken as the town rallies together in a desperate search for the second girl, Alison Mills, who waitressed with Dina at a local hotel. The two best friends were on their way to a shift when they were attacked. Josie was too late to save Dina, but she won’t rest until Alison is home safe.

Hitting a dead-end with interviews, Josie thinks she’s on to something when a photo surfaces suggesting Alison was romantically involved with one of the hotel staff. But when Josie arrives at the man’s house to find a bullet in his head, and the house ransacked, the case comes crashing down.

Evidence of frantic searching at both crime scenes has Josie convinced a twisted killer is on a hunt for something very personal and precious. And that they won’t stop until they find it. But how many innocent lives will be destroyed before Josie can uncover the missing piece at the heart of this deadly puzzle? And what sacrifices will she have to make to find Alison alive?

An absolutely unputdownable crime thriller from an Amazon, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Caine. WARNING: will keep you up all night flipping pages until dawn!

Title:   Local Girl Missing
Author:  Lisa Regan
Series:   Detective Josie Quinn #15
Publisher:   Bookouture 
Genre:   Mystery & Thrillers
Format:  Kindle ARC 
No. of Pages:   421
Date of Publication:   August 11, 2022
My Rating:   5 Stars

Detective Josie Quinn and her new husband Noah Fraley, also a police officer, are driving home after their delayed honeymoon. Driving slow due to intense fog, they spot a girl running. Of course, they stop. They see a man attacking a teenage girl. This is only the start of a very difficult case for Josie. Sadly, the girl was murdered and her name was Dina. It is her best friend Alison who was running and has now has gone missing. 

Not only does the young girl, Alison, remain missing, causing her parents real terror, Josie wonders why the girl did not return home. Josie is quite concerned as to why they are having so much trouble locating her. Furthermore, Dina’s autopsy revealed something shocking, thus increasing the urgency to find Alison as soon as possible. 

More questions than answers plague Josie as she realizes that she and her team are in a race against time. As they are begin to interview the man who murdered Dina, at first his crime does not match the man he portends to be. Quite naturally, Josie realizes that there are some deeply hidden facts that instigated the murder, and realize that Alison is most certainly in grave danger. 

Like pieces of the most complicated of jigsaw puzzles, the pieces of evidence surrounding these crimes just will not fit into place. This installment in the Detective Josie Quinn series is fast-paced, multi-layered and illustrates the incredible talent of deduction that Josie has as she unravels the nuances of this difficult case. 

There is mention of Josie’s painful past, and that would make this book work as a stand-alone. However, Josie’s story is sensitive and her growth, her marriage to Noah, and her relationship with her family all evolve at a wonderful pace as each and every book in this series is written for those of us who are addicted to this compelling series. Lisa Regan is a true master and did not miss a beat with Local Girl Missing, proving that this stellar series is as strong as ever. 

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

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Lisa Regan is the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Detective Josie Quinn series. Lisa is a member of Sisters In Crime, International Thriller Writers, and Mystery Writers of America. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University. She lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the U.S. with her husband, daughter, and Boston Terrier named Mr. Phillip. Find out more at her website:


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