Book Review and Blog Tour: Close Her Eyes (Detective Josie Quinn #17) by Lisa Regan

I am thrilled to be on the blog tour for the latest from Lisa Regan, Close Her Eyes! Out now from Bookouture!

Title:         Close Her Eyes

Author:     Lisa Regan  

Publication Day: May 3, 2023

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The young woman lay among the rocks next to the creek like a broken doll, strands of her long dark hair covering her face. Her body was the kind of cold that only the dead can be…

A body lies beside Kettlewell Creek, the waters rushing and churning next to her broken form. When Detective Josie Quinn arrives at the scene, she finds few clues and a victim with no enemies. Nineteen-year-old Sharon Eddy was cherished by her beloved grandmother, who raised her, and her death shocks the Denton community where she worked at the local animal hospital.

When Josie is called to the morgue to hear the results of Sharon’s autopsy, the case takes a sinister turn. She is horrified to see that a mark has been burned on to Sharon’s left hip with a cattle brand: a horseshoe shot through with an arrow. Shaken and terrified, the usually cool and collected Medical Examiner Anya Feist lifts her own top to show Josie an identical mark. Ten years ago, Anya fled her hometown after her marriage to her high school sweetheart ended in terror.

But Josie can find nothing to connect Anya’s ex-husband Vance Hadlee to the murder. Her search of his family farm leads to more questions than answers.

Then another body is found. A young woman in a red coat, lying in her final resting place, her hip bearing the same tell-tale horseshoe mark. As Josie gets closer to finding the truth, the killer creeps ever closer to home, threatening the lives of those Josie loves the most. Can she put together the pieces of this terrifying puzzle before it’s too late?

A completely unputdownable crime thriller from an Amazon, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Gripping, page-turning and guaranteed to keep you up all night, it’s perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Caine.

My review:


This book. I’m not giving away anything. But there were parts of this one that just about broke me. I had to go get the Kleenex.

You’d think a series might drag after five or six books. Ten, surely. Not so with Detective Josie Quinn. Lisa Regan keeps her foot on the gas and keeps writing stories that keep me hanging on the edge of my seat. When I get my hands on each new book in the series, I tear through it in twenty-four hours or less. They’re that good.

In each new story, we learn more about someone’s history. Often it’s Josie. In this case, we learn more about medical examiner Dr. Anya Feist. She was the victim of an abusive husband, and when Sharon Eddy’s autopsy reveals a brand on her hip identical to the one Anya’s ex-husband Vince gave her, it really rocks Anya’s world. Is Vince now a killer?

Josie, Noah, and the team have to cross jurisdictional lines to tee it up with Vince and his family. They’ve got to work with Sheriff Cyrus Grey, as they’re in his backyard, and he often seems more intent on hindering their investigation than helping it. Why?

The story moves fast and keeps you hooked the whole time. There’s more than one dead body, more than one brand, more than one suspect, and hurdles at every turn. We also get to see Josie working with twin sister Trinity, as Trinity is approaching the same set of facts from a different angle for her show.

And there’s the plot twist that had me absolutely gobsmacked and sobbing.

Tension, suspects aplenty, clues and red herrings, and a team that’s really a family to each other. Lisa Regan brings us another masterwork with Close Her Eyes. Five big ol’ stars from me. How long do I have to wait for book eighteen?!

About the author:

Lisa Regan is the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Detective Josie Quinn series. Lisa is a member of Sisters In Crime, International Thriller Writers, and Mystery Writers of America. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University. She lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the U.S. with her husband, daughter, and Boston Terrier named Mr. Phillip. Find out more at her website:

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