Lost Graves: Compelling and utterly addictive crime fiction

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The only sound in the forest was the wind through the branches; the only light came from the campfire. Jessie stood up, suddenly gripped by a powerful sense of dread. There was something – someone – beyond the darkness, through the trees…

When single father Joe Keenan and his young son Finbar make camp for the night in the ancient forest of Leitrim, little do they imagine their rural escape is about to turn into a nightmare. For deep in the woods they find a corpse… As the remains of dozens more victims are uncovered by police, it becomes clear this is the burial site of a serial killer who has obviously been active, unnoticed, for years.

Arrested for the murders, while his beloved son is sent into care, Joe pleads his innocence to no avail. But criminal behaviourist Jessie Boyle is convinced the killer is still out there. Determined to reunite Joe and his son, Jessie’s investigation turns towards the local community. Who knows the shadowy depths of the forest well enough to hide not just one, but many bodies?

Then someone else goes missing, and the situation takes a terrifying turn: it’s clear the killer is escalating their gruesome spree. Forced to enter the woods alone to save a life, Jessie runs from a killer so skilled at hiding and so clever at hunting, it will take every ounce of her strength to make it out alive…

A gripping, nail-biting crime thriller that will have you hooked from the first page to the final line. Fans of Patricia Gibney, Lisa Gardner and Lisa Regan will not want to miss this.

Readers love LOST GRAVES:

‘Terrific!... one heck of a rollercoaster rideI absolutely love this series! The last one was a cracker (a five star read) and if it’s possible this is an even better belter!!... dark, eerie, spooky and creepygoosebumps and fear tingles down the spineFantastic! Overall, this is a must-read series for me and I can’t wait for number three.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Oh man, what a rollercoaster of a ride… jaw-dropping and edge-of-the-seat... Instantly hooked… I literally couldn't put it down… Fantastic book!’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Outstandingblew my mind!... I find this book to be both clever and brilliant. I simply could not put down this book, so I read it in one sitting. It made me anxious, heartbroken, and proud… The characters are so vivid and real. I have a clear film version of this book on my mind. Simply brilliant! Tove Reads, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Wow... [Dunphy] brings been watched from the shadows to a whole new level… Everything about this story give me the shivers.’ Spooky's Maze Of Books, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I can't recommend this book enough!!!! This book definitely ticked all my boxes. Packed with tension and suspense. Plenty of heart in your mouth moments and a story that had me sat on the edge of my seat and tapping my kindle like a demented wood pecker. I loved the characters, the plot was clever and kept me guessing. A monster with a heart and a touch of folklore. I could not put this book down and finally turned the last page in the wee hours. Yes this book is that good. I can't wait to read more from this very talented author.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Detectives Boyle and Keneally are back with a bang... This series is outstanding... This is one police procedural series I recommend to all my friends.’ cayocosta72, ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This rollercoaster story will keep you up late into the night! You'll want to go back and read book one, and you'll eagerly be waiting on book 3!’ Bless Their Hearts Mom,


Filled with suspense, folklore, mystery, and urban myth… I couldn't put this book down with all the twists and turns.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Amazing compelling characters, drama and tension and incredible intrigue. I loved the first book in this series, Bring Her Home, and this second book, Lost Graves, was even better. The eerie vibe never once let up. Robin Loves Reading, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Chilling and addictive This is compulsive reading and I didn't want it to end.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘An exciting read full of action and suspense… A fantastic second novel. I really enjoyed it and I can’t wait for the next instalment in this fab series. 5 stars from me.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

An exciting, compulsive read with a few tricks up its sleeve… There is never a dull moment in this novel and no lull in proceedings so 5* all round... It’s fun and highly entertaining.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


‘I read it all in one go and the series has become one of my favourites. My only concern is how long I have to wait until the next book.’ @mariasbookmusings, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘A great read. I read this straight through and didn’t want it to end.’ Reader's Den, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


A fast paced book and sweeps you along to a thrilling finish… I strongly recommend it!’ @carolineo17, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Ancient, historic, mystic, secluded, and remote forest landscape located in Ireland is just perfect for a backdrop to the suspenseful, gripping, and entertaining crime drama. I really liked this.’ @rachel.fox.14224, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


‘A wonderfully riveting crime novel… Crime and mystery readers will love this brilliant series!!!’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐


‘An absolutely gripping tale. Thrilling and keeps the reader guessing about what next.’ Frost At Midnite, ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Readers can’t get enough of S.A. Dunphy:

‘I opened the book yesterday morning and didn’t stop reading until I was finished… I just HAD to know how it ended!…This book sucked me inREAD THIS!! Set aside a day and start in the morning because once you start, you will not want to put this book down.’ My Novel Addiction ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Wow. This is just my kind of book!… It oozes menace, it’s chilling and it is hard to put down, exactly as described on the cover!! It’s a brace yourself and buckle up read!’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Wow… Fantastic… All guns blazing from the very startI was glued to each page5 stars from me.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Gripping and magnificentThe Irishness of it all is just perfect… creating a world that is dark and utterly compelling.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Wow! That ending was tense and I’ll definitely think about it for a long time… What really had me intrigued… was the folklore aspect. This elevated everything to a whole new level… If you’re looking for action, intrigue and a supersize helping of the macabre, you need to read this fantastic crime thriller!Griffbuck ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


‘From the opening page, this book caught my attention and the rapid pace did not let up until the final page leaving me wanting more… I certainly found it compelling. An absolute 5 star read for sure.’ Maria’s Book Musings ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Wow, wow… Actually made me sit up straighter in my seat!Absolutely mesmerising… If you get the chance check this one out.’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐

7 reviews
Kirsty Whitlock
January 27, 2022
BLOG TOUR REVIEW Review for 'Lost Graves' by S.A Dunphy. Read and reviewed via NetGalley for S.A Dunphy, Bookouture publishers and Bookouture anonymous Publication date 24th January 2022. This is the fifth book I have read by this author under Shane Dunphy but his second book by S.A Dunphy. It is also the second book in the 'Boyle & Keneally' series but can be read as a standalone. I have also read the first book in this series called 'Bring Her Home' which I loved and would definitely recommend. I was originally drawn to this book by its beautiful eye catching cover and its intriguing synopsis and title. The synopsis stated that 'Fans of Patricia Gibney, Lisa Gardner and Lisa Regan will not want to miss this.' I am a huge fan of Lisa Gardner, Lisa Regan and Patricia Gibney so am looking forward to seeing if this lives up to this statement. I am also a huge fan of Shane Dunphy and if this is half as good as Shane's previous books it is sure to be a page turning read. I must
Michelle De Alwis
January 24, 2022
Travellers Joe Keenan and his son Finbar are camped out in the Dedarra woods in Leitrim. When Finbar takes his dog for a walk nearby he discovers a hand buried in shallow ground. Finbar is not shocked as he should be but as travellers, they have a hard life and sees many things that normal people don’t. He tells his father and discovers that there are more bodies buried in the ground. So, his father Joe decides to report it to the police. But he knows straightway that they may accuse him of the crimes. He is arrested straightaway. But when Jessie Boyle and Seamus Keneally start to investigate, they know that he is telling the truth. But who did these killings and why have they been warned off the area by the military? Lost Graves by S.A. Dunphy is the second book in the Boyle & Keneally series. I didn’t think it could get better from the first book in the series (Bring her Home) But this was even better. This is an exciting read full of action and suspense. I liked the mixture of a police procedural with some Irish folklore thrown in and learning about the Turf wars between two Traveller families. Jessie Boyle and Seamus Keneally and don’t forget Terri Kehoe are great characters and each are different, but they all make a great team. This is fantastic second novel. I really enjoyed it and I can’t wait for the next instalment in this fab series. 5 stars from me.
Janice Tangen
December 29, 2021
black-ops, trauma, travelers, rom-families, behaviorist, historian, history-and-culture, historical-setting, law-enforcement, lawless, Ireland, espionage, murder, murder-investigation, PTSD, family-dynamics, fast-pace, folklore, forensics, friendship, fugitive, superstitions, support-system, survival, suspense, legend, urban-myth, rural, small-town, computer-nerd, thriller, procedural***** A blending of the impossible, the possible, and the all-too-real, this is waaay more than a psychological thriller or police procedural. Gathered into a special division of the Gardai in Ireland under the command of a more than capable officer who is responsible to a very high muckity muck in the ministry, are a police detective, a behaviourist, a historian, and a computer geek of the finest kind. They respond to a rural detachment where a traveler (Irish Rom in the Isles) has been detained for reporting the site of multiple unreported burials of people who have been murdered. Then it really gets sticky! Folk horror mixed with a whole lot more made me stay up too late because I JUST had to finish it! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Bookouture via NetGalley. Thank you! Now I just bought the audio of book one!

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