Today I am thrilled to be kicking off the Book Tour for THE MISSING WOMAN. This is a brilliant new addition to the Detective Helen Carter series and is a gripping read full of suspense.
THE MISSING WOMAN (Detective Helen Carter book 4)
Format – Kindle
Publisher – Joffe Books
Publication Date – 16th May 2023
Genre – Crime thriller, mystery and suspense
Author – Jodie Lawrance
SHE’S OUT OF UNIFORM BUT SHE’S STILL IN THE LINE OF FIRE.
Discover a thrilling new Scottish crime series starring Detective Helen Carter.
Ella White is missing. And there’s something very wrong about the flat she left behind. The faint bloodstains. The reek of bleach in every room . . .
Whoever called the police, from a payphone in the night, made sure to clean up first. But they did leave one clue for Detective Helen and her team to go on.
A train ticket. Stuffed inside a book about Mark Landis, the ruthless Button Killer.
Detective Helen would know that name anywhere. Twenty years ago, her own father worked himself to the bone to put this notorious killer away.
That should have been the end of the case.
Now it looks like the Button Killer is back. There’s a spate of killings in the city, each victim found with his trademark signature — the button stuffed down the throat . . .
Is Helen dealing with a clever copycat?
Or even worse, could her father have put the wrong man behind bars?
All eyes are on Helen. This case will cost her dearly. She must face her own family’s dark past to find the answers — and the truth could shatter her life forever . . .
Fans of Caro Ramsay, Helen H. Durrant, J.D. Kirk, Angela Marsons, Rachel McLean, Val McDermid and Alex Gray will love this retro Scottish crime series.
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE MISSING WOMAN:
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘An addictive crime thriller that will keep you guessing . . . The Missing Woman had some tense moments that had my heart pounding.’ Paula L.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘I really enjoyed this, well written, highly recommend.’ Michelle F.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘It kept me guessing till the end. An absorbing, interesting and
enjoyable read.’ Carol S.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Kept me guessing all the way through leaving me on the edge and gasping for more. A haunting story to be enjoyed by readers.’ Booklover Bev
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘The level of suspense and intensity is top-notch. Very dramatic, and though it’s probably a cliché, a real page-turner.’ John D.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘One day, read it in one day! Addictive and complex mystery with solid characters you feel you know. One of the best police procedural series out there.’ Bonita S.
MEET THE DETECTIVE
Detective Sergeant Helen Carter is used to getting a rough time of it at work. As one of the few women officers around, she has heard it all before: she’s only there as a box-ticking exercise, or she only got the job because of her father, who was a detective inspector. But she can handle it. She knows she can hold her own against any man on the force. The only thing she can’t handle, however, are the constant fights with her fiancé, Ted.
Edinburgh CID in the 1970s is on the third-floor of the ugly, modern concrete lump that is the police station. On a sunny day, you can look right out to Arthur’s Seat. And on any day, you can see spotty-faced, bored teenagers coming and going from the local high school across the road. With its historic cobbled streets and fair share of deprivation, Edinburgh police are up against every type of criminal imaginable.
DETECTIVE HELEN CARTER SERIES
Book 1: THE UNIFORM
Book 2: THE EVIDENCE
Book 3: THE SUSPECTS
Book 4: THE MISSING WOMAN
Another thrilling addition to the Detective Helen Carter series. This book would work perfectly as stand alone.
A woman is reported missing but when the detectives arrive to investigate the flat is spotless with no sign of the occupant but forensics do find a couple of clues a faint bloodstain and a train ticket inside a book. Not just any book it was being used as a bookmark in a book about THE BUTTON KILLER. 2 decades ago Helen’s father worked himself into the ground trying to catch the Button Killer and he succeeded. The killer is behind bars. But then bodies start appearing that have all the marks of being the work of THE BUTTON KILLER. Either they have a copycat or her dad put the wrong man away. Helen is in a race against time to find out the truth before more people die.
An absolutely gripping read that keeps the pages turning. So many twists and turns that lead to dead ends. Helen is suspecting everyone except the right person and as we approach the ending and the identity is revealed I am sure you will be as shocked as I was.
The characters continue to develop and grow but I am sure they have a lot still to give and I can’t wait for the next book.
Jodie graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2018 with an MA in Creative Writing. When not writing, she is also an actress and has appeared in a variety of television, stage and film.
She’s also a contributor for BBC The Social.
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DETECTIVE HELEN CARTER SERIES
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