BEFORE I FOUND YOU (Ruby Baker #2) by Daisy White #mystery #TeamJoffeBooks #crimefiction @DEWhiteAuthor @joffebooks

BEFORE I FOUND YOU (Ruby Baker #2)

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Do you love gripping mysteries? Then discover Ruby Baker, a young woman with a talent for uncovering the truth.

A child found alone on the beach.

A mother who served ten years for a crime she says she didn’t commit.

Ruby Baker is back with another seaside mystery. When she and her friends rescue a child from the beach in a storm, police are baffled. Nobody has reported a child missing, and the girl appears to be so traumatised that she is unable to speak.

In Johnny’s hairdressing salon, the notorious Beverly Collins makes an appointment with Ruby, but it soon becomes clear the woman wants more than a haircut.

Beverly has just been released from Holloway Prison after serving ten years for child cruelty. The body of her missing daughter was never found, but Beverly insists she is innocent, and she wants Ruby Baker’s Investigation Bureau to prove it.

This isn’t going to be an easy investigation. Opinion is divided on Beverly’s innocence. Reporters Kenny and James are keen to uncover a big story, while Ruby’s best friend, Mary, is distracted and struggling to deal with motherhood.

As Ruby tries to unravel the past, she discovers that Beverly Collins release seems to have triggered a bizarre chain of events.

Has she really been framed for her crime, and if so, where is her daughter Ella Collins now? And who is the mystery girl on the beach?

Discover a gripping new mystery writer today. Great for fans of Agatha Christie or LJ Ross.

This is the second book in a mystery series is set in 1960s Brighton, a tumultuous time of change and opportunity.


My Review

This is book 2 in the Ruby Baker series and is set in Brighton in the 1960’s.  They do work well as stand alone but you learn about Ruby and Mary’s background in book 1.

Ruby is on the beach when she sees and hears a young girl screaming.  The girl is traumatised and wont speak.  Shortly afterwards a woman who was sent to prison for murdering her young daughter is released, still pleading her innocence, and asks Ruby to help find her daughter. There are other strange happenings too.  Is it coincidence or is something else going on?

This is a very intriguing read.  As a mother I was gripped from the start.  It is every mother’s nightmare to lose a daughter  but to be accused of murdering your own child is horrific.  Ruby is up against a lot of people who are convinced Beverley is guilty. All the evidence pointed to her.  Will Ruby and her friends be able to unravel the clues to uncover the truth?  I just kept turning page after page late into the night.

The characters develop well and there are personal issues interwoven into the story to give it a realistic human element.  I love the dark Will I am sure there is more to learn about this strange man who has Ruby’s back.

Brilliant read and I am looking forward to more in this series.

What the bloggers are saying:

Linda Strong Book Reviews

But as Ruby and her friends start asking questions, someone out there is willing to do anything at all to keep the truth from seeing the light of day. And Ruby is in the cross-hairs with a target on her back.  Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

I found this book to be seriously addictive.  The story hit the ground running and maintained the pace throughout.  The writing style is such that I couldn’t help but be drawn into the story.  Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

Be prepared for a dramatic ending after the full horror of Man’s inhumanity and the problems of public figures with twisted private lives are revealed. I would thoroughly recommend reading this novel although I wouldn’t recommend starting it if you have a timetable to adhere to – you will miss appointments and meals until you’ve finished it!  Read more here

Donna’s Book Blog

This has a really good plot with some twists and surprises that I didn’t see coming – I really enjoyed going back in time to read the story and catching up with the characters.  Five stars from me for this one, the series is getting better for me!  I am looking forward to more from this author!!  Read more here

Black Books Blog

The story is a nice change from some of the books I have read as it is set in the 1960’s so there are no modern investigative tools to be used and no mobile phones or internet, so all research has to be done manually.  Read more here

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