I’ve had a few people asking me to recommend books to buy for Christmas presents. So, on the run up to Christmas I’m going to make a few recommendations based on books that I have reviewed this year.
The first I’m going to recommend is not a single book but a series of 3 great novels that have all been released in the last 12 months.
Patricia Gibney is an author based in Ireland and started writing as a form of therapy following the death of her husband. The stories she writes are complex, and cover some very nasty, but unfortunately common, crimes.
Her main protagonist is a troubled Detective Inspector, Lottie Parker.
Lottie is a strong character; a single mom, struggling at various times with drink and prescription drugs, but she has strong morals.
The stories in the three books are self-contained, but the characters run through each book. As much as I loved the books for their gritty, multi-layered, storylines, I loved them even more for their rich characters. Lottie’s Police team, and her family, cause her pride and consternation in equal measures.
If you are looking to buy a set of books for somebody, or just want to treat yourself, this would be my top recommendation for a new series which has started this year.
I have a family friend, Coupons, (as her son calls her Coupons in his blogs its good enough for me) who’s in her 70’s. She’s an avid reader and loves everything from a romance to a bit of crime.
My daughter is 26 and works in the West Midlands Police, she likes realistic hard-hitting crime books.
I have recommended these books to both of them. I know I’m on safe ground when I can tell both of them they will love the Lottie Parker series. They are realistic crime thrillers with tremendous characters.
So my first recommendation for a Christmas Present, from this year’s publications, is a complete, but ongoing series;
The Missing Ones
The Stolen Girls
The Lost Child
Written by Patricia Gibney and published by Bookouture.
The links below are to my original reviews of the books.
They are all available on Amazon