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The Detective's Secret

by Lesley Thomson

Part of the The Detective's Daughter Series

Crime / Mystery eBooks of the Month Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on The Detective's Secret

With hints of the supernatural and several sneaky red herrings laid in your path to trip you up, this sinister and murderous tale gradually creeps under your skin. ‘The Detective’s Secret’ is the third in this series, although you can certainly start here, some of the relationship nuances will cause you to wonder at what has gone before. Two different time spans swing to and fro, so it’s worth keeping an eye on the chapter headings until the switches become second nature. Jack and Stella are complex individuals, and as far away from your generic detective as you can possibly get; they also on occasion keep vital information from each other, ensuring an arresting suspense runs along side their inquiries. While the investigating duo pull all the pieces together, something shadowy, chilling and deadly lies in wait and as the end nears, you may well find yourself on the edge of your seat, advising them caution and administering warnings. 

Liz Robinson

The Detective's Secret Synopsis

Stella was the Detective's Daughter. Now she's solving cases of her own. A man has died under a late night train and Stella Darnell suspects it's murder. Now she's stirring up the past with questions that lead to an unsolved case from twenty years ago. Her friend Jack Harmon has promised to help. From his new home at the top of an old water tower, he has a perfect bird's eye view of west London. If he watches through binoculars he will learn who has secrets. He will learn who plans to kill. But up there, in the silence, Jack and Stella won't see the danger until it's too late...THE DETECTIVE'S DAUGHTER SERIES: The Detective's Daughter. Ghost Girl. The Detective's Secret.

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The Detective's Secret Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.  You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Ann Quintilla - 'An intriguing murder mystery that makes you keep turning the pages to discover what happens next.'
  • Gavin Dimmock - 'An unidentified corpse from 1987 and a modern-day suspicious suicide lead detectives Stella and Jack into a dangerous mystery where ghosts from the past threaten to destroy their lives.'
  • Sharon - 'Yet another tense crime thriller from this new crime author.  Couldn't wait to read this and I wasn't disappointed.'
  • Barbara Goldie - 'An engrossing with two quirky main characters, edge of the seat read.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'A strong emotional ride of a book that will stay with you long after you have finished it. I recommend this to any mystery lover.'
  • Clare Turner - 'It is atmospheric – the author certainly knows her London – and does manage to hold one’s interest in the outcome.'
  • Jan Kirkcaldy  - 'Jack and Stella are eccentric yet compelling and the well-constructed plot is brilliant. All in all a most enjoyable read.'
  • Nikki Whitmore - 'Not your typical crime novel.'
  • Jane Brown - 'Crime author up there with the best and a must for the Robert Goddard fans.'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'Oh how I struggled to get into this book but then it started to grow in on me and then I was hooked.'
  • Maureen Gourlay - 'Stella runs a Cleaning Agency and with her friend Jack, also runs a Detective Agency. An old case and a new one find them involved more than ever expected. An enjoyably intriguing and unusual read.'
  • Carol Peace - 'A great mystery just waiting to be read.'
  • Joan Sidwell - 'An interesting read but not one of my favourites.'
  • Gary Simkins - 'Cleverly interwoven with hidden clues, red herrings and twists and turns, this unusual crime novel certainly keeps you on your toes.'
  • Reba Khatun - 'I found this book hard to get into at first but when it picked up I had to read till the end.'

The Detective's Secret Press Reviews

'A haunting novel about loss and reconciliation, driven by a simple but clever plot'
The Sunday Times

'A clever mystery plot ... its excellence is in the characters, all credible and memorable'
Literary Review

'A wonderfully eerie London setting and a suitably chilling plot ... Lesley Thomson is now firmly established as one of our leading crime writers'
Elly Griffiths

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781781857717
Publication date: 08/10/2015
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781781857700
Publication date: 09/04/2015
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781857717
Publication date: 8th October 2015
Author: Lesley Thomson
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 480 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Crime & mystery,

About Lesley Thomson

Lesley Thomson was born in 1958 and grew up in London. She went to Holland Park Comprehensive and the Universities of Brighton and Sussex. Her first novel, A Kind of Vanishing, won the People's Book Prize in 2010. Her second novel, The Detective's Daughter, was published in 2013 and sold over 300,000 copies.   Author photo © Emily Andersen

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