Hello Readers! Today is my stop during the blog tour for Missing in Wales by Jenny O’Brien, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources. Please check out the book details, excerpt, and giveaway in this post. And The Stepsister, Jenny O’Brien’s first thriller, will be free worldwide from 22 to 26th July. The links are below.
Missing in Wales by Jenny O’Brien
Publication Date: 20th July 2019
Genre: Crime Thriller
Potential Trigger Warning: Missing young baby
Alys is fine – don’t try to find us
Izzy Grant is haunted by the abduction of her newborn daughter five-years ago. When a postcard arrives from her missing partner, the man she believes is responsible, saying they’re fine and asking her not to try to find them, she knows she can’t give up hoping. Then she sees a face from her past. Grace Madden. Just where did she disappear to all those years ago? And is there a connection between her disappearance and that of her child?
DC Gabriella Darin, recently transferred from Swansea, is brash, bolshie and dedicated. Something doesn’t fit with the case and she’s determined to find out just what happened all those years ago.
Missing in Wales, the first in an exciting new Welsh-set crime series by Jenny O’Brien, author of The Stepsister. The next in series, Stabbed in Wales, will be available soon.
‘You wanted to see me, Guv?’
‘Ah, yes, DI Walker, come in and shut the door,’ DCI Brazil-North said, lifting a hand and waving it in the direction of the only spare chair.
Rhys threw a brief smile in Gaby’s direction before taking a seat and crossing his legs at the ankles.
So, this is my new boss. Not bad looking if you like square, rugby types… There are cogs there, many and complex – it would be foolish to underestimate him. Gaby frowned at the thought before returning her attention back to the woman behind the desk.
The DCI placed her pen down before lifting her head, her face an expressionless mask. ‘I know it’s Christmas Eve but I’ve asked DC Darin to drop in so I can introduce you. She’ll be joining us from the Swansea office in a couple of days and, with her arrival, I think a little reshuffle is in order. After the sterling effort you made inducting DC Abraham, I’ve decided to reward you with a new partner.’ She leant forward, her elbows on the desk, her eyes flint. ‘I don’t want to hear a murmur of negativity towards our latest officer and I will hold you personally responsible if I do,’ her smile widening briefly to include Gaby. ‘I hope you’ll be very happy with us, DC Darin. The DI will keep a close eye and ensure you receive a warm welcome from all members of the team.
Leaning back in her chair, she picked up her pen, again focusing on the document in front of her.
‘Ma’am, if I could have a brief word in private?’
There was an awkward silence where Gaby took to examining her nails, her attention now on the man at her side and just what he was about to say. Surely he wouldn’t refuse to mentor her but, after what had happened in Swansea, she wouldn’t put anything past her esteemed fellow colleagues. She sat and waited, the silence lengthening, her clear nail polish not man enough to hold her attention for more than about five seconds.
‘An officer of your experience should know that there are no secrets between partners. Say your piece. I’m sure DC Darin will keep your confidence,’ she finally replied, still staring down at the document in front of her.
‘It’s about the Baby Grant case, Ma’am.’
‘Oh God, really?’ She placed her pen down carefully before raising her head. ‘This had better be good, Walker. The force spent millions the first time round scouring the globe and we didn’t come up with anything other than censure from the public and politicians alike. You know as well as I do that the possibility of her still being alive is non-existent?’
‘That’s as may be, ma’am. But I bumped into the mother in the supermarket yesterday – she’s adamant she’s in possession of new evidence that will make a huge difference to the case.’
‘What new evidence?’ her gaze pinned to his.
‘Grace Madden seems to have appeared back on the scene. Miss Grant’s convinced of it. It was actually quite sad seeing her like that with her meal for one,’ he said with a little shake of his head. ‘She can’t move on with her life until she gets some news, one way or the other. You might remember that both the baby and boyfriend disappeared around the same time as the friend – it was all highly suspicious.’
‘I know all that,’ her tone as glacial as her look. ‘I also know to the pound just how much it cost the branch in terms of man hours searching for Madden and the boyfriend. So, she’s turned up, has she?’ She picked up her pen and scribbled something in the margin of her notebook.
‘Well, not quite but the mother seems to think that she spotted her yesterday.’
‘I don’t need to hear anymore, Rhys. There’s not a lot we can do until after all the festivities are over. When you get back tell the team to have a sniff around but don’t spend long on it and be discrete. The very last thing we want is to alert the media. It was like a circus last time.’
The Stepsister, Jenny O’Brien’s first thriller, will be free worldwide from 22 to 26th July,
Jenny O’Brien was abandoned in Dublin at the tender age of 17 by her parents when they decided to move to Wales. It was only on the completion of her studies that she was finally able to join them.
She’s an avid reader and book blogger in addition to being a RoNA book judge.
She writes for both children and adults with a new book coming out every six months or so.
In her spare time she can be found frowning at her wonky cakes and even wonkier breads. You’ll be pleased to note she won’t be entering Bake-Off. She’s also an all-year-round sea swimmer.
Jenny currently resides on the island of Guernsey with her husband, children and cats. She works as a nurse and writes in her spare time.
Readers can find out more about Jenny from her blog: https://jennyobrienwriter.wordpress.com
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