Three cold cases. One determined cop.

Someone’s playing tricks on Karen at home and at work.

When two cold case files about missing girls turn up on her desk, she’s fuming. When a third file arrives…she blows a fuse. 

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Her boss demands she takes holiday leave just as Karen discovers her late father was involved in one of the cases. Now she’s compelled to investigate them. 

Karen’s accompanied by sometime boyfriend John – but can she trust him or his friend and map-keeper Mr Binks? 

She has formidable detective skills but will they work in places where old-world magic is still powerful? 

Karen’s life is in serious danger… but from whom…. or what? 

My Review

What a crazy roller coaster of a ride. I just loved this book. Fantastic cast of characters – DI Karen Thorpe, tough, clever, untidy, her on-off boyfriend John Steele, head of forensics, Karen’s opposite, tidy and organised. But I especially loved ‘wee’ book shop owner and map-keeper Mr Binks. Who is he and what does he really do? Can we trust him?

Suspending disbelief doesn’t even come close to cutting it. Witches pathways, gatekeepers (are you the gatekeeper? homage to Ghostbusters?), visions, nightmares, ghosts, hallucinogens, a powerful spell book and even raising the dead – it’s all here, but what is real and what is not? Who knows. Who cares. I just couldn’t stop reading. This is the kind of stuff I love. I hope it ends up on TV.

In 1964 three little girls went missing. Three girls, three locations, many miles apart, but are they connected? No-one was charged, no-one was prosecuted, their bodies never found.

Many years later, Karen’s father re-opened one of the cases, but he died before any progress could be made. Now these files plus two more have mysteriously appeared on Karen’s desk and she feels compelled to investigate. So she and John set off round the country to Lincoln, York and Edinburgh to see what new evidence they can discover. But strange things happen which are linked to old-world magic – the type of thing that Karen is far too sensible and down-to-earth to believe in. Big mistake and one that could put her in serious danger.

I’m a huge fan of crime fiction and police procedurals, but they can often be a bit samey and formulaic. Trust me, this is like nothing I’ve read before and I couldn’t get enough of it. Brilliant!

Many thanks to @zooloo2008 for inviting me to be part of this blog tour.

About the Author

Jane writes novels, short stories and poems, usually with a good dose of humour in them. She’s probably owes it all to her late grandmother who, she’s just found out, also wrote short stories and poems. She tends to get an idea and then run with it whether it be a 100 word short story or an 80 thousand word novel. It all depends on the voices in her head at the time…

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