* Review * HER DYING SECRET by Lisa Regan

I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

* Review * HER DYING SECRET by Lisa ReganHer Dying Secret by Lisa Regan
Series: Detective Josie Quinn #20
Published by Bookouture on May 14, 2024
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She gently opens the woman’s tightly clenched fist, uncurling each finger to reveal a square of folded paper hidden in her palm. Scrawled in thick crayon, beside a child’s crooked drawing of a red flower, is one word that sends a shiver through the evening mist: HELP

It was supposed to be a routine road accident recovery, but the moment Detective Josie Quinn sees the passenger—pale and painfully thin, a sharp tool lodged in her stomach—it’s clear she was the victim of something far more sinister, and likely dead before the crash. Watching the driver taken away in an ambulance, questions spin through Josie’s mind. Where were these two women going? Was the driver trying to save a life, or hide a body? And—most heartbreaking of all—is there a child in danger, crying out for help with no reply?

Josie quickly identifies the crash survivor as Mira Summers, a singleton and animal-lover on her way home from nearby stables. Mira swears she doesn’t know who the woman in the car beside her is, or how she was injured. And when she’s diagnosed with concussion and memory loss, Josie is forced to back down.

But the discovery of Mira’s prints on the child’s drawing is all the proof Josie needs that Mira knows more than she’s letting on, and a witness saw Mira meeting with a man with a gnarled diamond-shaped tattoo at the stables. In a race against the clock to track down this elusive man, Josie faces danger from the most unexpected places. Pushed to her limit, can she stay alive long enough to catch the killer and save the life of an innocent child?


Always a joy to reconnect with Detective Josie Quinn! Lisa Regan is keeping Josie fresh with the 20th book in her beloved series as she dives into a brand new case full of mystery. The intrigue in this particular story was good, but I wasn’t nearly as invested along the way as I usually am. I feel like the team connection is suffering a lot with many not even being mentioned more than in passing, and the same goes for Josie’s family and friends. I want to see a bit more oomph brought back into her personal interactions again in addition to the work stress. This new detective is yet to show his true colors as well. I’m looking forward to the drama to come from that.

I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a detective who always solves her case and has a lot of human interest in her own life and past along the way. The joy of this series is feeling like they are old friends who we get to dive into a new case with as each new book arrives.


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