When the Dead Speak by Sheila Bugler @sheilab10 @canelo_co #WhenTheDeadSpeak #NetGalley #BookReview #NewRelease

When the Dead Speak: A gripping and page-turning crime thriller packed with suspense by [Sheila Bugler]


Secrets can be fatal. But so can the truth.

When the murdered body of Lauren Shaw is discovered laid out on the altar of St Mary the Virgin church in Eastbourne it sends a chill to the core of those who have lived in the area for a long time. They remember another woman, also young and pretty, whose slain corpse was placed in the same spot 60 years ago.

Dee Doran is as intrigued as the rest but focused on her investigation of the whereabouts of a missing person from the Polish community. The police weren’t interested but Dee’s journalistic instincts tell her something is amiss.

But as she starts asking questions Dee finds the answers all point to the same conclusion – someone is keeping secrets and they will do whatever it takes to keep them safe.

A chilling and gripping crime thriller that fans of Fiona Barton and Alex Marwood will love.


When the Dead Speak: A gripping and page-turning crime thriller packed with suspense


This is a whodunit twice over, with what appears to be identical murders some sixty years apart. Both women were of similar age and left in the same unusual place. It seems that someone is leaving a message. The story is told in the past from the diary of a lady called Emma going way back to the 1960s and the time when her son Graham is accused of murdering the first victim. Graham ended his life after, something his mother blamed on the people that continually hounded him, she always swore he was innocent.

In present day, Dee Doran, a local newspaper reporter has promised to look into the disappearance of a young Polish woman. Dee sort of lives with the policeman investigating the new murder but due to personal connections he has asked to be taken off the case, unknown to Dee.

This is both a fascinating and at times complex novel with the big question being what connection the two victims had and why they were killed in the same way? The case is certainly tense with sheer gutsy moments with Dee as she punches peoples buttons to stir them up. Wow, this lady has some nerves of steel. She has to be my favourite character in the story.

Leave yourself plenty of time to read this if not you will seem like an uncaring mother, partner or friend that lets the world go by without you while you finish the book.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


Sheila Bugler

I grew up in a small town in the west of Ireland. After studying Psychology at University College Galway, I left Ireland and worked in Italy, Spain, Germany, Holland and Argentina before finally settling in Easbourne, where I now live with my husband, Sean, and our two children.

I adore crime fiction and have never wanted to write anything else. I’d be delighted to share my recommendations with you and to hear yours too.

Twitter: @sheilab10


When the Dead Speak: A gripping and page-turning crime thriller packed with suspense by [Sheila Bugler]

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