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Her Mother's Grave

(Detective Josie Quinn #3)

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  9,161 ratings  ·  621 reviews
When two young boys discover human bones buried beneath a tree in a trailer park, Detective Josie Quinn races to join her team at the scene. She used to play in those woods as a child, happier outside and away from her abusive mother, Belinda Rose.

Josie’s past crashes into her present when a rare dental condition confirms the bones belong to a teenage foster-child who was
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Published July 19th 2018 by Bookouture
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Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I haven’t loved the Josie Quinn books--until now. Her Mother’s Grave, IMHO, is the best book in the series so far!

Her Mother’s Grave can be read as a standalone.

When a body of a teenage girl is unearthed, Chief of Police Josie Quinn and her team begin an investigation. The more they uncover about the dead girl, the more Josie reflects on her childhood and her abusive mother; exposing her vulnerabilities and putting her in imminent danger.

This book is focused on Josie’s childhood and the a
Mary Beth
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Josie comes to the scene and asks Noah, "What he's got"? Noah points to the backseat of the cruiser, and says "A couple of kids playing in the woods found some bones". Josie peered through the Window into the back seat of the cruiser where the faces of two young boys stare back at her. They couldn't be older than ten or eleven. Both were covered in mud. One of the neighbors called it in.

The boys dug up three fox holes and stopped when they found the bones. Josie and Noah found out that the bones
Wow! I just love this series and absolutely loved this book!  

HER MOTHER’S GRAVE (Detective Josie Quinn Book 3) by LISA REGAN was a highly entertaining, riveting, twisty, and suspenseful read that immediately grabbed my attention and held right to that very satisfying conclusion.

LISA REGAN delivers an absolutely fabulous story here with compelling characters and a gripping storyline that takes us back to Josie’s childhood. The story is told through flashback chapters when Josie was young and in
Berit Talks Books
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Best Yet Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

This is the third book in the detective Josie Quinn series and the best yet! Josie Quinn is being crowned my favorite female detective... Lisa Regan did a brilliant job with the character development of Josie... in the first book I liked her but I didn’t feel as though we really got to know her...in the second book we got to know her a little better, we got a little glimpse into her past, but we were still held at arms length... in this book WOW she was laid bare to us... w
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
I read Her Mother’s Grave with three of my Traveling Sisters and this story left all of shocked with that final twist that we all enjoyed and never saw coming.

Her Mother’s Grave is the third book in the Detective Josie Quinn series and has come to be the favorite of the three for me and this series has also become a favorite of mine. Josie did not start out as a favorite character for me and I really thought she was cold and hard to connect with, in the first book Vanishing Girls. It took me a
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Past and Present collide in this third installment of the Defective Josie Quinn books! Two boys are playing in the woods near their trailer park home when they find human remains. Josie Quinn joins her team at the scene and is immediately reminded of her past, as a child she played in these same woods and grew up in the trailer park where the boys currently live. To make matters more interesting, the bones are that of a young woman with a rare dental condition which makes identifying the remains ...more
Jul 14, 2018 rated it liked it
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The third in the Josie Quinn series, this book details Josie’s youth and abusive mother as the team investigates the discovery of a 30+ year old skeleton. As they learn more about the identity of the missing girl, Josie flashbacks to the horrors she endured living with her mother. Regan does a great job of intertwining the personal with the professional.

This is a straightforward mystery. Solid, well written, entertaining, but nothing flashy or special. I liked the constant pace. The interaction
Aug 05, 2018 rated it liked it
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3 Stars.

When Josie Quinn is called to a scene where human bones are discovered, she is immediately reminded of her childhood. The trailer park where she grew up and her deceased ex-husband, Ray. And then it gets worse. The bones that are discovered belong to a woman named Belinda Rose, who has been dead for over 15 years. Yet Belinda Rose is the name of Josie’s estranged mother... who is very much alive.

Shortly thereafter, a second body turns up and Josie, Noah and Gretchen’s investigation heat
Dash fan
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
4☆ An Action Packed suspenseful and thrilling read

Her Mother's Grave is the third book in the series. Although this can be read as a standalone I wish i had read the other books as there are some snippets along the way that I'm guessing have been running throughout the series.

This book is full of Drama and suspense and keeps you thoroughly gripped the whole way through.
In parts it's not always an easy read and does contain abuse which was not easy. But did have the impact it needed for the plot
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: She started the fire in the nursery. Her lips curved into a smile as amber flames licked the walls and spread throughout the room, consuming the perfectly matching furniture and the carpet from which she'd spent so many hours scrubbing invisible marks. The gossamer crib canopy she painstakingly arranged every day went up in a satisfying whoosh.

'Don't wake the babies. Don't go in there until the children are up. Don't. Don't. Don't.'

This'll teach her.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: When two young boy
Lou (nonfiction fiend)
"Her Mothers Grave" is the third book in the Detective Josie Quinn series by Lisa Regan and wowzer, what an incredible read! This is a masterclass for how to pen a killer thriller.

Josie Quinn races to the scene where two boys have discovered the body of a teenager who had been dead for 30 years. She went by the name Belinda Rose, the same name Josie's abusive mother used. There is a clear connection between the names but does she dare track her mother down? We learn an awful lot about Josie's pa
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Detective Josie Quinn hadn’t been Chief for long, but the support of her two main detectives, Noah and Gretchen were proving vital. And when the discovery of skeletal bones in an area of the woods where Josie used to play as a child was made, Josie’s past suddenly reared its ugly head. Memories she had tried to keep under lock and key for years now threatened to tangle with her and she wasn’t sure what to do.

Belinda Rose was the most brutal of women – and she was Josie’s mother. So how did she d
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a free e-copy of Her Mother's Grave (Detective Josie Quinn, #3) by Lisa Regan for my honest review.

Lisa Regan has become on of my favorite Authors. I have read all 3 of her Josie Quinn books. They are all packed full of excitement and I absolutely love the characters. I honestly can't get enough of Lisa Regan's books and am in love with this series.

I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves an amazing crime or mystery series. You won't want to put it down.

Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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MEGA BIG FAN of Lisa Regan's JOSIE QUINN!!! There is nothing that this book does not offer from suspense, crime, love, and characters that become a part of your life until the last page is read. This is the third in this series and would recommend reading these in order but if not pick this one up because I think it is fantastic. Quinn is the police chief who is called on to solve a murder that happened decades ago. But.. how she puts the pieces together to do this and finds the connections to r ...more
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Her Mothers Grave is book 3 in the Detective Josie Quinn series and in my opinion the best one so far. Absolutely loved this book and am hoping that another one isn't too far away.

Kids are playing in the wood when they discover human bones buried in the dirt. When those bones are identified as Belinda Rose, Jodie's world is about to come crashing down. Belinda Rose was her mothers name. This investigation is personal and all the things that Josie thought she knew about her mother are about to be
Linda Strong
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Detective Josie Quinn is investigating when young boys find human bones. These bones are found in the woods behind a trailer park that Josie once lived with her mother when she was a child.

Imagine her surprise when the bones are confirmed belong to a young woman who was murdered 30 years ago ... Belinda Rose... who happens to be Josie's mother.

So if this is the real Belinda Rose .. who is the woman who raised Josie?

Just as Josie gets closer to uncovering a secret that will shatter her world fore
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Josie Quinn series has quickly become one of my favorites. This is the third entry and each seems to get better. The setting is unique and the characters are enjoyable. If you have read either of the two previous books in the series (Vanishing Girls, The Girl With No Name) you know that Josie had a tough childhood. Her mother was an abusive drug addict / alcoholic / psycho. In this story Josie's past will collide with the present. Josie is a survivor but the question is how will Josie come o ...more
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars, damn she's good. This was a seriously good book. Some young boys playing outdoors in a trailer park find some human bones. It transpires the bones belong to Belinda Rose who was born in 1965 and died in her late teens. Josie (Detective Josie Quinn) says that can't be as Belinda Rose is her mother and she is very much alive. But if the bones are indeed Belinda Rose, then who is the woman calling herself Josie's mother?

As Josie uncovers some awkward truths that could change everything,
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
4.5 stars rounded up on this thrill-ride from Lisa Regan

This was the best in the series so far and it's my favorite. I'm loving the start of a romance with Noah and it is great to have so many secrets cleared up about Josie's past.

I think that Regan's writing has gotten stronger, this one flowed quite smoothly. I liked the chapters that were glimpses back to Josie's past, but made my heart ache.

I'll be anxiously awaiting book #4 and I'd like to read some of Regan's earlier books.
Yvonne (It's All About Books)

Finished reading: June 25th 2018

"She is spiteful, jealous, and vengeful, and most of all, she's unpredictable. And very, very dangerous."

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Bookouture in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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Ashley Daviau
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has definitely been my favourite book in this series so far! I really loved the flashes between past and present, it really added some punch to the story and made it even more interesting. I really enjoyed learning more about Josie and her past and having this story revolve around her much more. This is one hell of a thriller, from start to finish it’s non stop action and twists and turns that constantly keep you guessing right until the very end! I thought the ending was really interesting ...more
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bloody hell! This third instalment in the Josie Quinn series is just …. WOW! I don’t even know where to begin.

When human bones are discovered behind the local trailer park, little does Josie know her past is about to catch up with her. Dental records confirm the remains belong to a young girl who was murdered thirty years ago. Her name was Belinda Rose. But wait a minute, Josie’s mother was Belinda Rose, wasn’t she? Josie hasn’t seen her mother in years but it looks like she now has no choice bu
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Would have been a five star book but the audio narrator was bad. Tons of mispronounced words.
Nov 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this third Josie Quinn book from 2018, human remains are found in the woods behind the trailer park where Josie grew up. The same woods where her father shot himself. Chief of Police Josie must relive the past she's been trying to hide for over 15 years. Also, someone is harassing her by posting nasty Craigslist ads with her phone number.

The chapters go back and forth from the present case to Josie at six years of age and forward. Josie's mother was beyond cruel and treated her horrifically.
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
My first book by Regan. I was blown away, the writing style, I was hooked right away. This was a very fast read. I just sat down to read a chapter or two and read the whole book in one sitting.
I love it when that happens.
This is a series and I did not read the first two books. I was not lost or confused at all. it can be read as a stand alone.
4.5 stars and I HIGHLY recommend it.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views e
Elaine Tomasso
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Bookouture for an advance copy of Her Mother's Grave, the third novel to feature Detective Josie Quinn of the Denton, Pennsylvania police department.

When a couple of young boys dig up a skeleton Josie and the team swing into action. The body of a teenage woman has been buried for 30-40 years but with no open cases dating back that far the hunt is on to identify her. Fortunately she has a rare dental condition which identifies her as Belinda Rose, last seen in
Tanja ~ KT Book Reviews
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My first read by Lisa Regan and what an incredible introduction. Although Her Mother's Grave is book three in the Detective Josie Quinn series, it is very much a standalone read as well. I can say I'll be returning to the series to catch up on the books I've missed so far. Intelligent writing and storytelling with a flair for police procedurals. It's everything I love in an author. Thanks so much to Grand Central Publishing for sharing this title with me.

Fabulous read!

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Paula Sealey
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this series of books featuring Police Chief Josie Quinn! She is an awesome character and Lisa Regan has excelled herself with this latest offering. I honestly didn't put it down from the first to last page I was that riveted.

An investigation commences when bones are found in the woods near to where Josie grew up. A connection to her is discovered, and through alternating chapters past and present, we learn about Josie's horrific upbringing while she tries to solve the mystery of the bones
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

Police Chief Josie Quinn catches a very odd and very personal case. Two boys playing in the woods have discovered a skeleton. The identity comes back as one Belinda Rose. She was murdered approximately thirty years earlier. But that was Josie’s mother’s name. It can’t be. So, who was the woman who called herself her mother? Josie does not want to go back to her abusive childhood. The memories are ones that she has tried to put out of her mind for years now. As Josie begins to accept the t
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Lisa Regan is the USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Detective Josie Quinn series as well as several other crime fiction titles. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University. She is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Crime Writers’ Association, and International Thriller Writers. She lives in Philadel ...more

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