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Little Bones

(Cathy Connolly #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  714 ratings  ·  125 reviews
Twenty-four-year-old Garda Cathy Connolly might be a fearless kick-boxing champion but when she discovers a baby's bones concealed in the hem of a wedding dress, the case becomes personal.

For artist Zoe Grant, the bones are another mysterious twist in her mother's disappearance. Then her grandmother, head of the Grant Valentine department store empire is found dead, and a
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Published May 17th 2016 by Twenty7
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Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an atmospheric and enthralling crime fiction debut by Sam Blake. It centres on Cathy 'Cat' Connelly, a 24 year old, kick boxing, Irish detective. Set primarily in Dublin, Cat is at the scene of a house that has been broken into and vandalised. It belongs to artist and florist, Zoe Grant, who the day before had spied a suspicious man outside and reported him. In the hem of a wedding dress, Cat finds little bones of a new born child. Cat's boss, DI Dawson O'Rourke, has the headache of tryi ...more
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
This is the first book in a brand new series and I can't wait for more to come. I love my crime fiction but when you read a lot of it sometimes it's hard to find books that stand out from the crowd - this one did.

The writing style really impressed me. There is wonderful descriptive detail about scenes that is just the right balance for you to see the whole picture without being overkill. The writing is fluid, dialogue is very realistic and it's just really well executed.

The plot is fascinating!
LITTLE BONES is Book 1 in the Cat Connolly police/crime fiction series from Sam Blake. This debut novel features Irish Detective Garda Cathy Connolly, a twenty-four-year old kick boxing champion.

When twenty-four-year old Garda Cathy Connolly discovers baby bones concealed in the hem of a vintage wedding dress during a investigation into a break in at the home of artist Zoe Grant it is the beginning of a intricate case filled with lies and secrets.

On the same day Zoe`s grandmother, (Lavinia Gran
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
Detective Garda Cathy Connolly is investigating a break-in, but the discovery of bones concealed in the hem of a wedding dress changes everything. The owner of the wedding dress, Zoë Grant has been gifted the wedding dress by her grandmother who has said that the dress belongs to Zoë's mother who left Zoë when she was little. But, they never manage to question Lavinia Grant about the dress as she is found dead in her home in Dublin. Now Cathy Connolly has to find out the truth about the bones, c ...more
Rachel Hall
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Little Bones is a powerhouse of a debut novel from author Sam Blake which catapults feisty Irish detective, Garda Cathy Connolly, onto centre stage and deservedly so. A remarkably assured first outing, Little Bones is compulsively readable and combines a meaty plot with multiple threads and gutsy characters. However, it is the sheer attention to detail and evidence of solid research into the areas which the novel touches upon that impressed me so much. Sam Blake's lean, mean fighting machine of ...more
Trish at Between My Lines
With engaging characters, a sinister theme, and a gripping storyline, this one was a winner for me. My only complaint was the abrupt end. I need to book 2 ASAP!
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017challenge
Little Bones by Sam Blake is the first book in a new series featuring Irish Detective Cathy Connolly. A twenty-four year old kick boxing champion, Cathy already has quite a history in the police force, having experienced more in her short career than some officers can experience in a lifetime. As a result of this past she has a close working relationship with her boss O’Rourke, but she has something going on in her personal life that she is too scared to even tell him about. Something which coul ...more
As a crime thriller fan, I’m always on the outlook for new series to obsessively read. When I stumbled upon Little Bones in the bookstore, I felt as though I had found exactly what I was looking for. The blurb of Sam Blake’s debut read, the first book following Cathy Connolly, seemed to be exactly what I look for in my crime fiction reads.

Although I did enjoy this one, I wasn’t as crazy about it as I had hoped to be. In truth, this was more of a three-point-five-star read rather than the three s
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Many,many thanks to Emily Burns and Bonnier Zaffre for sending me a copy of this book.

When twenty four year old Garda Cathy Connolly discovers baby bones concealed in the hem of a vintage wedding dress during a routine investigation into a break in at the home of artist Zoe Grant it is the beginning of a complex case of lies and secrets the roots of which reach deep into the past.

On the same day Lavinia Grant,Zoe`s grandmother and head of the Grant Valentine retail group is found dead in her hom
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
Dear Reader,

Finding baby's bones sewn into the hem of a wedding dress,Garda Cat Connolly quickly realises that this case of breaking and entering is somewhat out of the ordinary.

Together with Dawson O' Rourke,they embark on a case that delves deep into the past of a wealthy business woman Lavinia Grant and her granddaughter Zoe.

Just why was Lavinia media shy,what of the cold and dispassionate relationship between her and Zoe,and what of the whereabouts of Zoe's mother,a figure she knows nothin
Margaret Madden
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Detective Garda Cathy Connolly makes a gruesome discovery while examining the scene of a burglary. Sewn into the lining of a vintage wedding dress are tiny little bones, which appear to be human. Here begins a investigation that reaches far into the past, yet still has a rippling effect in the present. While Cathy searches for answers, she keeps her own secrets from those closest to her. But how long can she keep silent?

Cat Connolly is a feisty young female detective who is not afraid to take c
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it >> Little Bones is number one in the Cathy Connolly detective series, a fairly new police procedural set in Dublin, Ireland. As soon as I read that blurb, I knew I had to give this novel a chance. Baby bones concealed in an old wedding dress? Count me in!

What surprised me the most about this book was that it didn’t exactly read as a police procedural. The main character is a detective, sure, but the book is far more than that. It’s also a story about family secrets and th
Nick Davies
Mar 15, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I didn't enjoy this much. Encouraged by the back cover blurb, I was hoping for something of the ilk of Stuart Neville, Adrian McKinty, even Ken Bruen. What I got in the end was a novel which suffered from an oft-irritating tendency with female authors writing female characters (esp. detectives) with possibly a female target audience in mind - there was *far* too much description of mundane aspects of how things looked, what everyone was wearing, and how they'd done their hair. The central charac ...more
Liz Barnsley
One crime leads to another in Sam Blake’s “Little Bones” – a perfectly paced and brilliantly addictive tale with a dark heart and a banging main character in Cathy “Cat” Connolly.

Starting off with the haunting discovery of tiny bones in a wedding dress, the author weaves a twisty and authentic tale, cleverly plotted for maximum effect, you just have to keep turning and turning those pages. One of those stories with roots in history, an intersecting and intriguing puzzle, just the type of story w
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
In this book "little bones" are found by Cathy, a police constable, in an old wedding dress after an apparent break in and one things leads to another. The first few chapters of the book introduce a number of characters in a number of locations and it seems probable that these diverse threads will connect later on. In the main I found the characters interesting - I particularly liked the old lady known as Mary in London who maybe isn't called Mary. Certainly the main characters were mostly well ...more
Jun 25, 2017 added it
Warning! This debut novel in a new series ends with a cliffhanger. If you hate those as much as I do, be prepared for it. I would have liked to know ahead of time because if I know it, I don't read the first one until I have the second at my side.

Set in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, and featuring Detective Garda Cathy Connolly (I refuse to refer to her as "Cat"), this is a slower paced police procedural focused on the mystery of some infant bones found sewn into a wedding gown. In addition, there are
Natalie M
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
An intricately woven (pun intended😉) Irish tale centred on a sustained sewing/art metaphor that ties all the characters together so beautifully. Despite what seemed to be 3 separate plot lines, midway the threads are pulled together & ultimately they are all tied to each other through fate, family & misfortunes. Deep & meaningful societal themes, credible mystery-thriller elements & characters you’ll be dying to meet again. The ending certainly has hints of a sequel, which I will definitely be r ...more
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Little Bones is set in Ireland. I've always been fascinated with the police force there. I think because they come under the name Garda that for some reason story lines to do with their force has always appealed to me.
Cathy I really liked. She is a strong single mother who puts everything into her job. As always with a detective in a crime series, she has her issues. That's good though as she comes across as being much more human and someone that readers can relate to. I won't say to much about
Clare O'Beara
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: irish-crime
This police procedural is set in Ireland and features a female detective, which get stars from me right away. However I can't give anything with a cliffhanger ending five stars. Some authors think this will draw you to read the next book - actually it won't, because what if that ends on a cliffhanger too?

The case begins when a young woman who reported a prowler around her once-genteel Dun Laoghaire home, now suffers a break-in. While the police investigate some ancient bones are found, improbab
Cleopatra  Pullen
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Kickboxing Detective Garda Cathy Connolly is called to a break-in at Zoe Grant’s house in Dublin which opens up a crime far bigger than the burglary that she was sent to investigate. Amongst the scattered clothing in Zoe’s bedroom is a beautiful wedding dress with added decoration which seems way out-of-place, some small bones have been sewn into its hem. And if that wasn’t enough for the Garda, the FBI believe a double murderer who needs urgent apprehension has entered Ireland, and they want hi ...more
Caroline Percy
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

Huge thanks to Sam Blake, Bonnier Publishing and NetGalley for this copy in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first book I've read by this author and I really enjoyed it. Cathy is a no nonsense and driven Detective Garda with amazing kick boxing skills and a nose for investigating.

She tackles each problem head on and doesn't stop until she gets the truth.

The three storylines twist, turn and build until you arrive at the answer to the questions you've been asking. I will say now th
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
2 and ½ Stars

I have to admit that I was so frustrated with the protagonist, Cathy, that I almost would have thrown the book in the trash – if it were a book and not on my Kindle. She has this problem with smells. It just drove me crazy. Basically, I couldn’t stand her. I seem to notice that this is not what most reviewers felt, but darn!

That being said, the book was barely okay. There were confusing points of view. The plot was not believable and overly laden with unnecessary facts. The cops di
Katy O'Dowd
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Crisp New Take On Crime

I’m not sure what I liked most about this book – the fact that I couldn’t guess what was coming next when I can usually suss something out quickly? The cracking pace that kept me up far too late on a school night? The great story line? Was it the interesting characters and their equally interesting backstories? Superb writing? Perhaps it was all of the above.

What struck me most when reading Sam Blake’s Little Bones was how fresh it is. In a sea of crime books it stands o
Chris Whitaker
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After reading the blurb and reviews I had high hopes for Little Bones, and I'm pleased to report that it didn't disappoint. The story follows Detective Garda (and kickboxing badass) Cathy Connolly as she tries to unravel the mystery surrounding the discovery of a baby’s bones and their apparent connection to the powerful Grant family, whilst also coming to terms with major changes in her personal life. Alongside the Grant case, Cathy and the team also have to contend with the arrival of Angel Hi ...more
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When a break in reveals the bones of a baby, sewn into the hem of a wedding dress, Detective Garda Cathy Connolly finds herself investigating a mystery spanning three generations.

This fast moving tale is full of intrigue. You no sooner think you know where something is leading when Sam Blake turns you in another direction.

Cathy Connolly was an interesting character, feisty but very likable. I hope this is just the start of the stories from the Dublin Garda.

Thanks to Netgalley for giving me the c
Cathy Ryan
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Garda Cathy (Cat) Connolly is investigating a break in at the house of artist, Zoë Grant, following on the heels of the report of a man lurking in the garden the previous night. As Cathy examined the clothes scattered around the bedroom she noticed a tear in what seemed to be a wedding dress. What she found concealed in the hem of the dress sparks an investigation that uncovers dark deeds and secrets lain dormant for decades.

Zoë’s grandmother and head of a worldwide retail group, Lavinia Gra
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This novel kept me in suspense about what was going on for a very very long time. It’s all extremely mysterious and it takes at least two thirds of the novel before the coin finally dropped and I got the bigger picture on how all the puzzle pieces fit (perfectly and brilliantly) together. There was definitely more going on than I ever expected.

To start, there’s the ongoing investigation of the little bones found in the hem of a wedding dress passed on to Zoe from her mother – who she doesn’t hav
Celeste Ní raois
Meet twenty-four-year-old Garda Cathy Connolly, she might be a fearless kick-boxing champion but when she discovers a baby's bones concealed in the hem of a wedding dress during what seems to be a routine break-in, the case becomes personal.

The bones are another mysterious twist when artist Zoe Grant's mother disappears. Then her grandmother, head of the Grant Valentine department store empire and owner of the dress's original owner is found dead, and a trail of secrets is uncovered that threate
E.J. Wood
May 05, 2019 rated it liked it

I just finished Little Bones and admittedly I purchased this book based on the title and cover. My rating is more myself as the reader than anything to do with the writing of Sam Blake. This was my first Irish based novel and I know absolutely nothing about Ireland nor how to pronounce any of the terminology and locations and this combined with the many characters that were introduced I found personally a little mind boggling. I liked the story but I feel Cathy should be older than 24!
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