Dirty Little Secret – Jonathan Peace



Small towns always hold secrets. With people unwilling to trust ‘newcomer’ DC Miller (even though she is from Ossett), her life is made that much harder when even her own team are against her. 


Ossett, West Yorkshire. March, 1987.
A town of flower shows, Maypole parades and Sunday football games. But behind all the closed doors and drawn curtains are hidden truths and shameful lies.
Discovering the body of a young girl dumped into a phone box at a local beauty spot, WDC Louise Miller’s first case as detective in her hometown is made harder by the sexism and misogyny of small-town policing. But her four years on the force in Manchester have prepared her for this and along with ally WPC Elizabeth Hines, the pair work the case together.
As their inquiries uncover the town’s hidden secrets, psychologist Karla Hayes offers insights into the troubled psychological problems of the victim, revealing dark truths that could lead to the identity of the killer.
But when a second girl goes missing, Louise realises that some secrets should stay hidden.
Including hers.


I often forgot this book was set 34 years ago and kept getting annoyed at the misogynistic nature of Louise’s colleagues until I remembered the ’80s were different times and not always in a good way. 

I really liked Louise, both for her no-nonsense approach to small-town politics and the fact that she wasn’t just a stuffy police detective. She actually ate food for a start! Her personality shone through and I’m looking forward to reading more about her. 

There are a lot of twists and turns in the book, some more obvious than others but I enjoyed the storyline and all the characters were so well-written, I imagined I was with Louise and Beth for the majority of the book. The loose ends were tied up nicely (apart from the last few which I assume were left open for the next few books) and Jonathan Peace did a fantastic job of expertly weaving story lines like spider’s webs, interweaving them until you were so wrapped up, you forgot all notion of time. 

Perfect for readers of police procedurals, especially those with female leads like Tess Gerritsen’s ‘Rizzoli and Isles’ series. 

Thank you to Zooloo’s Book Tours for the opportunity to read the book in exchange for an honest review. 


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