Book reviews, Crime thriller

Sins Of The Fathers by Les Cowan – Book Review. @LionHudson @MidasPR #SinsOfTheFathers #LesCowan #blogtour


Father Ramon was a priest with a problem. How can a normal healthy young man cope with both the demands of the priesthood and his attraction to women? Appealing to the bishop doesn’t help. Do what you must but make sure I don’t find out, was the astonishing reply. Fifteen years later, Ramon comes out of prison. 

Instead of feeling guilt and remorse, he is now bent on revenge against those who testified against his shocking exploitation of children. Most are easy to find but there is one last piece missing in his puzzle: Andrea has moved to Edinburgh. 

David Hidalgo continues to pastor his church. Nowadays, this includes an English chat group for the many young people leaving Spain and looking for work in Edinburgh, people like Andrea. As Andrea slowly realises her past has terrifyingly become her present, once again David Hidalgo finds himself in the middle of a problem he wasn’t looking for. Can David help halt Ramon’s revenge or will there be further casualties…


#3 in the David Hidalgo series, but can be read as a stand-alone too.

As a former priest convicted and imprisoned for sexual offences, Ramon has served his time and if now being released. 

He has plans!

He wants revenge on those he feels are responsible for his incarceration.

David Hidalgo and his fiancé, Gillian Lockhart are running the Southside Church in Edinburgh and planning their wedding. They also help the local Spanish community with language skills. 

When Andrea reads of murders in Spain, she believes she knows who is responsible and that she may be in danger. Who can she tell?  David gets involved, but can he stop the killer before anyone else dies?

This is a crime thriller with faith and the church at its heart. It tells of how some abused a position of trust and innocents were hurt.  Overall, an intriguing murder mystery with some thought provoking moments.

Thank you to Amber at Midas PR for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book. This is my honest and unbiased review.




Les Cowan is a crime and thriller novelist from Scotland. He graduated from Edinburgh University with a degree in English Language and Literature and has worked in the criminal justice system. Currently based in Orkney, Les has lived in Madrid, Edinburgh and Galicia, all of which are locations brought to life in his writing. His previous novels featuring David Hidalgo include Benefit of the Doubt and All That Glitters. 

Book reviews, Police procedural

Broken Souls by Patricia Gibney – Book Review. @trisha460 @Bookouture #BrokenSouls


‘She shivered, though the kitchen was warm. Icicles of foreboding trickled down her spine. With trembling hands she whipped back her hair at the nape of her neck. As she turned away from the window, she missed the shadow passing by.’

One dark winter’s morning, bride-to-be Cara Dunne is found hanging in her home, dressed in her wedding dress, with a lock of hair removed. Detective Lottie Parker is first on the scene. Looking at Cara’s bruised and battered body, she wonders who could have hated her enough to kill her at the happiest time of her life. 

The case takes a darker turn that afternoon with another shocking discovery – the broken body of a second young woman, pushed from the roof of the hospital where she worked. Fiona Heffernan was also due to be married, and her body is clad in a wedding dress, a lock of her hair cut off. 

The killings seem so personal that Lottie is convinced the girls have been killed by someone they knew. When she goes to break the news to Fiona’s family, she’s on the alert for anything suspicious. But then she makes a discovery that causes her blood to run cold – Fiona’s eight-year-old daughter Lily didn’t return home from her dance recital that afternoon. Terrified that Lily will be the next victim of a twisted and dangerous individual, Lottie takes the case into her own hands, risking her life when she comes face-to-face with the killer…

If you love Karin Slaughter, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Caine, you’ll be hooked by this heart-stopping thriller from Patricia Gibney. Broken Souls will keep you guessing until the very last page! 


#7 in the DI Lottie Parker series by Patricia Gibney, but can easily be read as a stand-alone. (But you are missing out on a great series!)

A woman’s body is found, hanged. She was wearing a wedding dress….but when a second woman’s body is found, after a ‘fall’ from a care home roof, also in a wedding dress the police realise something sinister is going on.

DI Lottie Parker, her home life is the usual chaos, with her three children, an interfering mother and a half brother all in the mix. There’s also her relationship with her colleague Boyd, he’s asked her to marry him and she’s agreed but wants to keep it quiet for now…..

The story felt a little disjointed to me at the beginning, with seemingly unrelated chapters, but I was so wrong. As the tale progresses the darker it gets, with the murders, a missing child and creepy doll maker and the story all comes together in a marvellously twisty plot.

Lottie is her usual, dogged, determined but also insecure self, putting herself in danger with only others welfare in her mind.

Can she find Lily? And can she stop the killer before any more deaths? Oh and the bombshell at the end left me speechless!!! Brilliant and I can’t wait for Book 8.

Thank you to Bookouture for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour, for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review. 

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Patricia is the million-copy bestselling author of the DI Lottie Parker series. She yearned to be a writer after reading Enid Blyton and Carolyn Keene and even wanted to be Nancy Drew when she grew up. She has now grown up (she thinks) but the closest she’s come to Nancy Drew is writing crime! In 2009, after her husband died, she retired from her job and started writing seriously. Fascinated by people and their quirky characteristics, she always carries a notebook to scribble down observations. Patricia also loves to paint in watercolour and lives in the Irish midlands with her children.


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