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Dead Secret

(DC Maggie Jamieson #4)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  60 reviews
‘Enthralling from the first page to the last. Devoured in one sitting. Noelle Holten has become one of my must-read authors’ Angela Marsons, bestselling author of the Detective Kim Stone series

Psychopaths can take root in the unlikeliest soil…
DC Maggie Jamieson crosses paths once again with Probation Officer Lucy Sherwood when a domestic violence survivor stumbles into her
Published April 16th 2021 by One More Chapter
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Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
I read the previous novel in this series and wasn’t fully drawn to the series although I sensed there was a lot more to come from both this series and author Noelle Holten. Well I am glad I decided to read another book in this series as after getting introduced to the characters in the previous book I was now ready to dig deeper into the characters. DC Maggie Jamieson is an exciting character and is growing on me so I fully intend to read the other books in this series.

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DC Maggie Jamieson is thrust into the case of the murder of a young man. While first noticing that DCI Hastings hasn't been seen at the station for days. It soon becomes apparent that he, his wife and their daughter, are missing. While Maggie and her team begin the process of notifying the young man's family and looking for suspects, Maggie also begins to vigorously try and determine where Hastings and his family could possibly be.

Meanwhile, Probation Officer Lucy Sherwood has come a long way fr
Rachel Gilbey
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
When's the next book out in this series? I need it faster than it can be written. That last chapter I did not see coming and I can't believe I have to wait an unknown amount of time, just so that this incredibly talented author has time to write the next book!! I'd love to implant myself in her brain just to see what on earth she was thinking.

And to see just how on earth she came up with the plot of Dead Secret - omg that was insane. It started sedately, with a murder that just seemed slightly
Sean Talbot
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Noelle Holten has done it again. Such a strong story with an amazing character. Maggie is one of the strongest female characters that I have seen in a long time. She is fast becoming one of my favourites.
elles. bookshelf
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book follows DC Maggie Jamieson and her team after a young man has been murdered and found with some mysterious black dots on his arm and soon after DCI Hastings goes missing. Meanwhile, probation officer Lucy helps a domestic violence survivor who is so traumatised she is unable to speak.

This book is the fourth in the DC Maggie Jamieson series which I hadn't initially realised however, this had no impact on my ability to follow the plot or the characters as I was quickly immersed into the
Mar 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
*Thank you to NetGalley, Noelle Holten and Harper Collins for an ARC in exchange for an honest review*

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Dead Secret is Noelle Holton’s fourth book in the DC Maggie Jamieson series. I recommend reading the three books before this one.

A young man has been found murdered behind an office building, and DC Maggie Jamieson is one of the first ones at the scene. At the same time, DCI Hastings, Maggie’s boss, has been discovered missing, along w
Shell Baker
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Apr 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Misty's Corner Review :

Coming Soon April 23, 2021! Mark your calendars!!

“𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐟𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐦𝐚𝐲 𝐡𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐬, 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐟𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐛𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦…”

Another book where the tag line immediately caught my attention! Already being a Noelle Holten and DC Maggie Jamieson fan, the decision to read book four in this series was a no-brainer! I'm so glad that I could binge-read most of this, as the short chapters led to an incredibly fast-paced and action-packed reading experience!

Having finished this only mom
Joseph - Relax And Read Reviews
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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I've now read all four books in the DC Maggie Jamieson series by Noelle Holten and have to say that this series is getting better and more intriguing with each new installation. Dead Secret is full of twists and turns and kept me hooked from start to finish.

This book starts exactly where book three had left us but it can be read as a standalone just the same. An injured young woman in distress with her face all bruised and bloody arrives at Lucy Sherwood's new shelter for domestic abuse victims.
Joanne Robertson
Apr 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
How on earth is this book 4 already?! Although I feel as though I’ve known Maggie Jamieson forever as she has really become a favourite character of mine now and I do feel as though I know her personally now! Yes, she is that well brought to life by crime author Noelle Holten who has once again delivered a dark, shocking and thoroughly gripping read!

Maggie never seems to get a break does she?! Not only does she have the death of a young man to solve but she also finds out that one of the DCIs an
Nat Eveleigh
Apr 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read this book.

This book is the fourth instalment of the DC Maggie Jamieson series, and focuses on her murder unit. In this one a body of a young male is found, and then it transpires that DCI Hastings, his wife, and daughter are all missing. The two cases are treated separately, but Maggie has a niggling feeling that she just can’t put her finger on. We also see the other characters from previous books who work alongside Maggie in the murd
Jacob Collins
Apr 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Dead Secret is the latest book in the DC Maggie Jamieson series by Noelle Holten, and I think it is my favourite book in the series. This is a series that keeps getting better and better, and in Noelle’s true style, she has left the book on another cliff-hanger. I now need the next book in this series ASAP.

Maggie finds herself involved in a complex, high profile investigation when her boss, DCI Hastings, disappears. His family are also missing, and it is feared that he has done something terribl
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is the 4th book in the DC Maggie Jamieson series, and while it could be read as a standalone you would get a better idea of the team dynamics if you have read the series.

This is was a really riveting read and one that I feel the author really got to grips with the plot lines. It feels much bolder and more intense as the main characters have quite a lot to deal with. A body is found beaten up, quite a grisly murder with very little to go on, but possibly a robbery.

While this murder investig
Joe Singleton
Apr 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The power of words written down can be amazing and it is a rare occassion to have a book that sweeps you away and leaves you thinking of the subject matter and events for some time after putting the book down but this is one of those occassions. The author deals excellently with subjects such as domestic abuse, psycopaths/sociopaths and police procedurals. No wonder the bastions of modern crime fiction like Martina Cole, Angela Marsons, Casey Keller and M.W. Craven have been singing the praises ...more
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Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a series! What a book! This book had everything and made me have to keep reading on well into the early hours of the morning. I needed to know what had happened and why.

We have three seemingly unrelated events that Maggie is dealing with in this book. It starts with a an abused woman arriving at a refuge centre, then a body of a young man is discovered and then Maggie’s DCI and his family go missing. Can Maggie and her colleagues solve these disparate mysteries.

This book really had its
Tracy Wood
Mar 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Lucy Sherwood, now a part-time probation officer, knows what it's like to survive an abusive relationship, in fact it's why she has set up her own refuge, called The Haven. On the day she shows her friends and colleagues around the new building a survivor arrives on her doorstep before she has even officially opened.

DC Maggie Jamieson has had her weekend off interrupted after the body of a young man is found with a curious set of marks left on his body. As they begins to investigate her team re
Apr 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Lots of plot threads, some difficult to fathom🤔

3.5-4 🌟stars
I found this latest DC Maggie Jamieson investigation had its highs and lows. The main investigation into seemingly unconnected murders and a missing family was the main draw and the best part. Everyone hustling to keep the body count from growing after they identify markings on the victims that indicate a countdown of murderous mayhem is underway: that kept me hooked.

There were two elements that I found weakened the story. The first rela
Mar 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I am so loving this series. I love Maggie and how we get to see different aspects of not just the police force but probation also. In the latest book, things hit Maggie and the team hard when one of their own goes missing and things are definitely not clear cut when it comes to this case.

There are so many twists and turns in this story, I didn’t know whether I was coming or going. Poor Maggie seems to be getting hit from all sides and I love the tension between her and Julie, the roving reporter
Barbara Powell
Mar 17, 2021 rated it liked it
Interesting story that is book 4 in a series, however I haven’t read any of the others and had no issue so it can stand alone. It follows DC Maggie Jamieson and her team as they investigate the brutal murder of a man who the killer left with dots on his face. Soon after this discovery the DCI and his family appear to have been abducted and the team has to solve both cases simultaneously and figure out if they’re connected before anything happens to the family.
Maggie’s friend Lucy is opening a s
Tessa (Talks Books)
Apr 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Dead Secret is the perfect thrill-ride from beginning to end, as police race to find one of their own before it’s too late. The pace stays fast throughout the novel, keeping the thrills coming turn after turn. A fellow policeman and his daughter are missing, and two other people they know are found dead. The pages flip as fast as they can go as I wanted to find out where they are, if they are safe, and who murdered two people. I love the attention to small details. Maggie, the main character and ...more
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Just for once, DC Maggie Jamieson would like a case that was straight forward and didn’t involve her crossing paths with Julie, her newspaper nemesis. But this latest case is going to push not just Maggie but all her colleagues to their limits. After all, one of their own is missing and the ensuing investigation shakes everyone to their core. Secrets need unravelling and lies uncovered before there is any more bloodshed and a media frenzy goes haywire. However, Julie the intrepid journalist does ...more
Mar 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Intriguing Mystery. Explosive Ending. This was my first book from Holten, and thus obviously I hadn't read the prior three books in this series. And yet this book totally works. Yes, there are references to prior events, but they are explained enough to keep the current story going without overburdening the current story with prior details. If you've ever started in the middle of a military technothriller series ala Tom Clancy or Dale Brown - similar feel here.

Overall, the world is interesting
Apr 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I have read in this series by Noelle Holten. While it is apparent reading it that there is more to DCI Maggie Jamieson and her friends and colleagues, and that reading the previous books would loop you in more, starting this book without having read the previous three did not leave me feeling at a huge disadvantage. The book does a good job of making you feel like you understand what is happening, and who each character is regardless.

As for the story, it is full of twists
Apr 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Book 4’in the series and sometimes I have probz remembering lead ( and other characters ) after a break and it takes me a while until I am at the ‘aha that’s it’ moment, not so with Maggie, as soon as she is back, I am back with her and her life, her ‘ways’ and her new case
This time we have a murder in the woods and a case that affects her work place, are the two linked? and is there a psychopath on the loose?, there certainly is but will say no more on them except to say they are as dark as nig
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was ok
Set in Staffordshire this story is full of plots and subplots. DC Maggie Johnson works on the case of a young man who is found murdered. His murderer left an unusual calling card. Maggie's boss disappears which leads investigators to wonder whether the cases are somehow tied together. Lucy Sherwood, a probation officer, houses terrified Ronnie, a domestic abuse victim who lives in her own world. Through the book we follow the investigators as they are baffled by the alarming crimes and catch per ...more
Emma Bunting
Apr 20, 2021 rated it liked it
I really enjoy this DC Maggie Jamieson series and I love the MO of the killers in each of the books and piecing all the clues together as to who is doing it and why.
This one took me quite by surprise because without giving spoilers away, everything seems so “close to home” within the story, and took me quite by surprise when things were finally revealed as to who was who.
What I especially love about Noelle’s books is the explanation of incidents, and laying it out to you as to why things have h
Apr 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The fourth book in the series and an old favorite character, Lucy, is back! She has set up her shelter but isn't quite ready to open when she comes across an injured young woman in need of hel. This storyline seems to run quite separate from the main storyline of Maggie and team dealing with some murders and the apparently related absence of their DCI. That disconnection was a bit jarring but I was glad to see Lucy back. I really like her character! The other new thing was the increase in sweari ...more
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This series just gets better and better. I love Maggie as a character and everything she represents.

Shes strong, but doesn't lack compassion for others. She's courageous, but isn't afraid to show her faults. She isn't ashamed of who she is and embraces her sexuality rather than hides it, apart from her parents.

I come back to this series not just for the fabulous writing style or the brilliant storylines but for Maggie herself. It's just like checking on on a friend, seeing what's new in her lif
Wendy C
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Ooh! Where do I start with this book?

This will be a hard to review, I want to give it justice but not sure my words can portray how wonderfully dark and twisted it turns out to be!

Noelle Holten has really outdone herself with this next instalment. It’s got all the crime thriller traits you want in a novel of this genre.

I love the storyline and character relationships that develop with each book and find those endings such great cliffhangers that when finishing you have to curse the author for
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Noelle Holten is an award-winning blogger at She is the PR & Social Media Manager for Bookouture, a leading digital publisher in the UK, and was a regular reviewer on the Two Crime Writers and a Microphone podcast. Noelle worked as a Senior Probation Officer for eighteen years, covering a variety of cases including those involving serious domestic abuse. She has three Ho ...more

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