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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Twenty7 (17 May 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1785770233
  • ISBN-13: 978-1785770234
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
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Incredibly engrossing with many twists & turns along the way...I would happily recommend Little Bones to anyone looking for a fast paced crime thriller Swirl and Thread Blog The start of an exciting new crime series introducing fearless Detective Cat Connolly... one of the year's most thrilling reads. Easons Little Bones is a fascinating story about old sins and family secrets. I found the book engrossing from the start, thanks to both the interesting story and its characters. -- Magdalena Johansson A Bookaholic Swede Blog I was incredibly impressed by Little Bones. If you like your crime fiction to involve the more traditional police procedural, one that has a little more complexity to the generic, this may well be a book that you will really enjoy. Cleopatra Loves Books Blog Little Bones has suspense, mystery, suspicious death, festering families, a brilliantly executed plot, PLUS characters with plenty of flavour Little Bookness Lane Blog It was a great book, with some unexpected twist and with an ending that first was promising and then turned devastating. I recommend this book warmly! It's a Mad, Mad World A gripping read Irish Country Magazine Sam Blake's debut novel is a fast-paced thriller with a twisting plot and a likable heroine Irish Times (Weekend Review) One to watch Crime Always Pays From the very first page the reader is treated to a tense, fast-paced journey of suspense. A thrilling debut with a gutsy protagonist and a memorable story. The pages will practically turn themselves... Highly Recommended Bleach House Library Connolly, for whom the word "gutsy" might have been invented, is a terrific character ... a compelling debut; the author keeps her complex storyline going all the way to its incredible ending Sunday Independent A truly engrossing read independent.ie I thoroughly enjoyed it. It has a good, strong story-line with believable and maybe more importantly, likeable characters. It's a dark, chilling read and I really enjoyed it. Cathy Connolly is instantly likeable and I can't wait to read more from Sam Blake soon. Definitely a debut writer to watch out for. Damp Pebbles if you love complex mystery plots, you could definitely enjoy Little Bones. And despite that creepy blurb, the book is never graphic or too disturbing, I can assure you. Dark and gripping? Absolutely... The Misstery I whizzed through this and am highly impressed that this is a debut! Written with a fresh voice in the genre of crime fiction it will be hard to put down. Addictive and shocking and full of mystery. I cannot wait to read more from this author. Supermum This is a fast-paced, suspenseful read that will have you whipping through the pages, frantic to discover what happens in the next chapter, and the next and the next. Suffice to say, it is very addictive. Little bones will knock you off your feet and in the way only a superlative read truly can, prove impossible to banish from your thoughts. Ronnie Turner Little Bones will grab you from the very beginning. Blake sets up a new series of police crime thrillers with Little Bones, and Cathy is a strong female protagonist to use as the heroine. Little Bones is a must for anyone looking to get their summertime crime fix. Pure M Magazine Tightly plotted, believably charactered and told with style - what more can you want? A great debut. The Book Bag I can not believe this is a debut novel! Sam Blake has created a hard, powerful kickass character in Detective Cat Connelly... LauraPrime.com

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Incredibly engrossing with many twists & turns along the way....I would happily recommend Little Bones to anyone looking for a fast paced crime thriller (Swirl and Thread Blog)

The start of an exciting new crime series introducing fearless Detective Cat Connolly.... one of the year's most thrilling reads. (Easons)

Little Bones is a fascinating story about old sins and family secrets. I found the book engrossing from the start, thanks to both the interesting story and its characters. (Magdalena Johansson A Bookaholic Swede Blog)

I was incredibly impressed by Little Bones. If you like your crime fiction to involve the more traditional police procedural, one that has a little more complexity to the generic, this may well be a book that you will really enjoy. (Cleopatra Loves Books Blog)

Little Bones has suspense, mystery, suspicious death, festering families, a brilliantly executed plot, PLUS characters with plenty of flavour (Little Bookness Lane Blog)

It was a great book, with some unexpected twist and with an ending that first was promising and then turned devastating. I recommend this book warmly! (It's a Mad, Mad World)

A gripping read (Irish Country Magazine)

Sam Blake's debut novel is a fast-paced thriller with a twisting plot and a likable heroine (Irish Times (Weekend Review))

One to watch (Crime Always Pays)

From the very first page the reader is treated to a tense, fast-paced journey of suspense. A thrilling debut with a gutsy protagonist and a memorable story. The pages will practically turn themselves... Highly Recommended (Bleach House Library)

Connolly, for whom the word "gutsy" might have been invented, is a terrific character . . . a compelling debut; the author keeps her complex storyline going all the way to its incredible ending (Sunday Independent)

A truly engrossing read (independent.ie)

I thoroughly enjoyed it. It has a good, strong story-line with believable and maybe more importantly, likeable characters. It's a dark, chilling read and I really enjoyed it. Cathy Connolly is instantly likeable and I can't wait to read more from Sam Blake soon. Definitely a debut writer to watch out for. (Damp Pebbles)

if you love complex mystery plots, you could definitely enjoy Little Bones. And despite that creepy blurb, the book is never graphic or too disturbing, I can assure you. Dark and gripping? Absolutely... (The Misstery)

I whizzed through this and am highly impressed that this is a debut! Written with a fresh voice in the genre of crime fiction it will be hard to put down. Addictive and shocking and full of mystery. I cannot wait to read more from this author. (Supermum)

This is a fast-paced, suspenseful read that will have you whipping through the pages, frantic to discover what happens in the next chapter, and the next and the next. Suffice to say, it is very addictive. Little bones will knock you off your feet and in the way only a superlative read truly can, prove impossible to banish from your thoughts. (Ronnie Turner)

Little Bones will grab you from the very beginning. Blake sets up a new series of police crime thrillers with Little Bones, and Cathy is a strong female protagonist to use as the heroine. Little Bones is a must for anyone looking to get their summertime crime fix. (Pure M Magazine)

Tightly plotted, believably charactered and told with style - what more can you want? A great debut. (The Book Bag)

I can not believe this is a debut novel! Sam Blake has created a hard, powerful kickass character in Detective Cat Connelly... (LauraPrime.com)

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I really enjoyed this. It was a great read; a real page turner and a well written, well constructed crime story. It did everything you could ask a book to do! I don't know why it's taken me so long to get around to reading Sam Blake as I have seen so many rave reviews for her novel but I can assure you, as the blurb promises, protagonist Cath Connolly is indeed a bright young heroine set to take the crime world by storm!

"Cathy had seen worse, but standing here in the ransacked bedroom, her six years on the force didn't help make her feel any less unclean."

I really liked the premise for this police procedural as to me, it felt like more fresh and original than the recent crime novels I have read - there seemed to be an element of domestic noir within it and also more about a family's secret history. As the title suggests, the mystery centres around the discovery of baby bones hidden within the hem of a wedding dress that now belongs to Zoe. This is such an imaginative opening and such an intriguing discovery that I was immediately hooked!

Zoe is a struggling artist about to put on an exhibition of her work and she received the dress from her very wealthy and successful grandmother. The bones are only discovered after her house is ransacked and the dress snags on a nail revealing what turns out to be the start of a complex unravelling of a story that spans decades as well as continents.

Zoe is a well created character as I was unsure how to respond to her initially. She is clearly rattled by events - and rightly so- but the early implication that she is used to being followed, watched and judged hints at something more sinister and suggests that perhaps Zoe is privy to more than she is revealing.
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Loved this book from beginning to end, it's several individual meaty story lines running side by side all keeping you intrigued until all is revealed in the final piece of this book. I found the main characters believable, they stood up well and I found I was interested in their welfare from the start. Glad to see with the shock ending that there will be a follow up to this great book.
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This was beyond a doubt the biggest waste of my time. The characters were toe curlingly cliched and the plot was utter dross. I persevered as I thought maybe there might be a decent twist ... but no. So so dismayed that this is what is considered a thriller. My 13 year old could have written with more believability.
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I loved this book and it's characters. It gripped me from the start and I enjoyed how the storylines enmeshed with one another. Can't wait fir the sequel to come out in April.
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Little Bones is an intriguing crime novel that grabbed my attention from the off. It features the varied locations of Ireland, London, and Las Vegas, which kept things bubbling along very nicely.

The catalyst for this story is the chance discovery of tiny bones that are carefully sewn into the hem of an antique wedding dress (how creepy is that?!). The mystery of the eerie find continues throughout, as there’s little assistance forthcoming from the owner of the frock, who claims to be as much in the dark as the authorities investigating the case of a reported break in at her home.

Zoe Grant, an artist about to launch her career at a show, and granddaughter of the Lavinia Grant retail empire, is taken aback when the police call her back from preparations for her new exhibition. She appears unable or reluctant to co-operate, while the police crawl all over her home looking for solutions to identify the little person’s bones that have found their way into her possession.

My curiosity was immediately piqued as to why anyone would knowingly keep incriminating evidence in their house, especially if it could draw a swarm of media attention to the famous family name. It’s not until an unresolved private family saga raises its head revealing decades of manipulation that you see the clearer picture. Lavinia’s friend, Trish, has a particularly nasty streak (imagine a vengeful Patsy from Ab Fab).

Another story emerges in London when Emily Cox’s job alerts her to a confused, elderly lady. Mary, as she is known, shows signs of Dementia and her living conditions are dire. So, Emily unprofessionally takes her under her wing much to the surprise of her psychologist husband.
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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 could change everything for her.

The premise of this book is intriguing to say the least. Artist Zoe Grant has reported a strange person in her garden at night and then the following day, while she is out at an appointment, someone breaks into her house. This in itself is worrying enough but when the Garda, namely Cathy and O’Rourke, arrive to investigate they find a wedding dress, torn to shreds, in which a collection of small bones are found stitched into the hem. When the bones turn out to be human, Cathy and O’Rourke have a job on their hands to discover the source of the bones. It is made especially hard by Cathy’s personal issue, the fact that the investigtions keeps hitting barriers and that O’Rourke is somewhat distracted by the search for a fugitive wanted by the FBI for a series of murders in the US, a man now thought to be in Dublin.

In amongst Cathy and Zoe’s stories, there are interludes taking us to London where a woman known as Mary is found wandering dazed and confused. Quite how and why Mary fits in with the story in Ireland is not clear until the end, although it is fairly easy to guess where the story may be leading.
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