Tuesday, July 2, 2024

BLOG TOUR - One Little Sigh


The small child floats so gently in the water, he could be peacefully but the cold blue of his skin reveals his fate. One mother’s little boy is never coming home again.

When Chief Maggie Riley sees the body of the small boy still dressed in pyjamas in Beaverhead Lake, her heart breaks. Little Patrick Warner went missing last night. Despite immediately calling the entire town of Coyote Cove into action, Maggie’s desperate search failed. Even worse, it’s clear it was Patrick took his last breath long before he entered the water.

Maggie is devastated—Patrick reminds her so much of her beautiful younger brother, gone for so long. Visiting the tiny, rumpled bed where Patrick’s teddy bear still lies, and where Patrick was last seen by his mother Jenny, Maggie’s grief turns to rage. She is determined to bring whoever hurt Patrick to justice.

In this isolated community, someone must know something. But no one will talk. And if his family had nothing to do with it, why are they so secretive? As Maggie’s investigation gathers pace, her emotions threaten to overwhelm her. She still doesn’t know her brother’s fate—she won’t let that happen for little Patrick.

But when Jenny suddenly disappears, suspicions whirl around her role in Patrick’s death. Could she have been lying all this time? Or is Jenny herself in terrible danger too? To uncover the truth before more innocent lives are lost, and lay her demons to rest, Maggie will have to risk not only those closest to her but her own life too…

An utterly addictive crime thriller perfect for fans of Lisa Regan, Mary Stone and Melinda Leigh.

Title:  One Little Sigh
Author:  Shannon Hollinger
Publisher:   Bookouture
Series:  Chief Maggie Riley #4
Genre:   Psychological Thriller 
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   355
Date of Publication:   June 28, 2024
My Rating:   4 Stars  


Chief Maggie Riley’s newest case of a missing boy brings back very sad memories for her. Previously, her little brother Brandon went missing, and this has left a huge void in Maggie’s life. Sadly, the missing boy’s body has been found, which makes this case even more personal for Maggie. So, this is how Maggie’s story changes. While her case is foremost in her mind, the story shifts between past and present by means of flashbacks. In fact, more about Maggie’s career and personal struggles are revealed. 

Maggie is not the only one going through changes. In fact, her fiancé Steve is dealing with a situation from his past. A former friend is placing Steve in a difficult situation, and despite the dangers this entails, he is determined to keep this a secret from Maggie and his family.

The Chief Maggie Riley series has really gained traction and, as a reader I have really been enjoying getting to know Maggie when it comes to what makes her tick, but especially her resilience. Also, it was interesting to see how things with Maggie have been progressing with Steve, and what challenges they face. As this series continues to grow, it just might be a conflict with personal and professional as Maggie’s career continues to grow. 

Shannon Hollinger has done a great job in building this series. When you factor in the characters, as well as the various layers in the stories, each book in this series have been excellent reads.

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


With degrees in Crime Scene Technology & Physical Anthropology, Florida author Shannon Hollinger hasn't just seen the dark side of humanity - she's been elbow deep inside of it! She finds writing to be a much cleaner way to spend her time than the autopsy suite. Most days it smells better, too.

Her debut novel, the psychological thriller Best Friends Forever, is the first of a five-book deal with publisher Bookouture.

Her short fiction has appeared in Suspense Magazine, Mystery Weekly, and The Saturday Evening Post, among a number of other magazines and anthologies, and her story Lady Killer was a finalist for the 2021 Al Blanchard Award sponsored by the New England Crime Bake.

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