Afternoon my lovelies.  Today I’m super excited to be on the blog tour for Dead Secret, the fourth book in the DC Maggie Jamieson series by the lovely Noelle Holten.  I absolutely loved the first three and this didn’t disappoint….another fabulous crime thriller that had me completely gripped……

about the book

Title: Dead Secret
Author: Noelle Holten
Genre: Crime Thriller
Series/Standalone: Fourth book in a series; Can be read as a standalone
Estimated page count: 398
Formats available: Paperback and eBook
Publisher: One More Chapter (23 April 2021)
Tour organised by: Book On The Bright Side

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…

Purchase links: Amazon UK ~ Amazon US

my thoughts

It was a joy to be back with Maggie and her unique ways!!  This time a young man’s body is found, having been murder and a series of dots drawn on his cheek.  What do they mean? Not only that, she then finds out that her DCI has gone missing along with his family.  The pressure is on for the team…..

But as Maggie investigates, she starts to suspect there is more than first meets the eye; and as she uncovers a connection between everything happening, everything comes to a spectacular head……

Noelle delivers yet another brilliant, gripping crime thriller that will have you rushing through the pages.  If you’ve read any of the previous books you will love being back with Maggie and seeing how things are developing with Julie.  If you haven’t met her before, you can’t help but love her – even though some of the rules she bends are questionable!  However, she always has the best intentions at heart.  We also meet some of our other favourite characters including Lucy and Mark – but things don’t turn out so great for them this time……And Kate is still in the picture despite what happened in the last book…

The plot was fantastic.  With different threads keeping you on your toes, you’l be trying to weave all the information together along with Maggie.  I did get an idea early on of what would happen towards the end but it didn’t ruin it for me at all, in actual fact, it kept me turning the pages to see if I was right!

Noelle’s writing style is easy and enjoyable to read and follow. It flows brilliantly and will really draw you in.  If you haven’t read any of the previous books, you will definitely want to after reading this.  And finally….the ending! I was not expecting it at all and can’t wait for the next book!

So if you’re looking for your next brilliant, gripping British crime thriller with a fantastic plot and equally fantastic characters, then definitely check this out.  Highly recommended by me.

about the author

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.

Where to find Noelle online: Newsletter ~ Twitter | @nholten40 ~ Facebook | noelleholtenauthor ~ Blog FB Page | crimebookjunkie ~ Instagram | @author_noelleholten ~ Website ~ Bookbub Author Page

follow the tour

Thanks to Sarah for inviting me on to the tour, and to Noelle, One More Chapter and Netgalley for my copy of the book.  All views and opinions are my own.

Have a wonderful day my loves.

Chelle x

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