John Schlarbaum was raised in the small town of West Lorne, Ontario, Canada. He began his professional writing career working as a Writer and Field Director for several nationally syndicated television programs. After a fifteen year career as a Private Investigator, he is now owner / operator of the Page 233 Bookstore in Amherstburg, Ontario. He is also a radio book reviewer and writing his next mystery novel.
This thrilling short story bridges the events in Kate Watterson's suspense novel, Charred, with the next book in the series, Buried.
BONUS: This short story includes an excerpt from Kate Watterson's next book in the Detective Ellie MacIntosh series, Buried.
At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
‘She reached into the pram and placed her hands on the cotton blanket. It was still warm. But her smiling, new baby sister, with her wide blue-grey eyes, was gone...’
Twenty five years later, three bodies are found at a ramshackle cottage in the Irish countryside, and Detective Iris Locke is sick to her stomach. The victims are Anna Crowe and her two young children.
Iris has only recently joined the Limerick Murder Squad. Against her father’s advice, she’s working the narrow lanes and green hills of her childhood. Iris still remembers Anna, who was just a small girl when her baby sister was snatched, never to be seen again. It was the one case Iris’ own father never solved, and Iris can’t help but wonder if the two crimes are connected.
She’ll stop at nothing to find Anna justice, but a fire has destroyed almost all the physical evidence, and Limerick is the same small town she remembers: everybody protects their neighbours, and Iris has been away for too long.
Can Iris unpick the lies beneath the surface of her pretty hometown, and catch the most twisted individual of her career, when reopening the old case means reopening old wounds for her team, the rest of the community, and her own father?
Fans of Patricia Gibney, Angela Marsons and L.J. Ross won’t want to miss this – the first book in a gripping and unputdownable new crime series.
Previously published as ‘Silent Night’.
Readers are hooked on Her Sister’s Bones!
‘Fantastic!... enthralling, heart wrenching, overall wonderful read, definitely have you feeling all the feels… I will be anxiously awaiting the next book in the series!’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘I couldn't read it fast enough. All the characters were believable even down to the inevitable drunk with attitude and personal problems. The ending is mind-blowing and totally unexpected. I loved itand look forward to the next in the series.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Wow! amazing book! tons of twists and turns and suspense. held my attention from the first page to the last page. will definitely be recommending this to others and can't wait to read more by this author!’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Kept me gripped from beginning to end… no hesitation in recommending.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Brilliant… can’t wait for book 2’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Great read… kept me gripped… I'm glad that there will be more books to follow.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Well what a FANTASTIC book. BRILLIANT characters with strong storylines, excellent plot I did not guess at all took me by total surprise. I can highly recommend this OUTSTANDING book.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Amazing plot twist and the end that I never saw coming. I’ll def be looking for more in this series’ Goodreads Reviewer
‘A great start to a new series and I can't wait to read more of it.’ Spooky’s Maze of Books
‘The wonderful characters and great storyline had me hooked.’ Goodreads Reviewer
‘This is a new author for me so was looking forward to reading this. It’s a good start to a new police procedural series and I really enjoyed the storyline. It was good getting to know the characters of Iris and Slattery and hopefully will find out more about them in future books in this series. I would recommend this and look forward to reading more of the series.’ NetGalley Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
She calls herself Lady Justice. And once she has chosen a man as her target, she turns herself into a tall blonde or a curvaceous redhead, makes herself as alluring and seductive as possible to them. Once they are in her grasp, they are powerless.
The first victim is wealthy businessman Nigel McEnroy. His company’s human resources department has already paid out settlements to a couple of his young victims—but they don’t know that his crimes go far beyond workplace harassment. Lady Justice knows. And in one shocking night of brutality, she makes him pay a much steeper price.
Now Eve Dallas and her husband, Roarke, are combing through the evidence of McEnroy’s secret life. His compulsive need to record his misdeeds provides them with a wide range of suspects, but the true identity of Lady Justice remains elusive. It’s a challenging case, made even more difficult by McEnroy’s widow, who reacts to the investigation with fury, denial, and threats. Meanwhile, Lady Justice’s criminal crusade is escalating rapidly, and if Eve can’t stop this vigilante, there’s no telling how much blood may be spilled...