The Innocent Wife

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Series: Detective Josie Quinn #16
Published by: ‎ Bookouture
Release Date: December 7, 2022
Pages: 356
ISBN13: 978-1803149097


Candles are lit and their rich vanilla scent twists its way through the cabin. The table is set for a romantic anniversary dinner with fresh roses dropping crimson petals on crisp white linen. But the woman seated at the table is cold to the touch, and there’s blood trickling down her neck…

When Denton’s most loved TV presenter returns home to find his wife dead at the dining table, it shatters the close-knit community. Beautiful and absolutely besotted with each other, Beau and Claudia Collins were idolized for being the perfect couple. But the devastating scene Detective Josie Quinn finds in their remote hideaway has her asking what dark secrets lurk beneath the surface of this seemingly flawless marriage?

Beau is grief-stricken by the loss of his kind-hearted wife who gave so much to others as a therapist, but Josie needs to know the significance of the small wooden puzzle box found clutched in Claudia’s hand. A prop in a popular game Beau played with his viewers to test the strength of their relationships, is it a twisted calling card, or a challenge from the killer? The broken body of one of Beau and Claudia’s assistants is found the next day, a matching little box left in the dirt beside her. It’s clear that if Beau doesn’t start telling the truth about the flaws in his marriage, those dearest to him will die.

Caught in a cat and mouse chase with disturbing revelations and a mounting body count at every turn, Josie and her team work night and day to keep Beau’s loved ones safe. What kind of calculating monster would do this? A faded newspaper article about a tragic accident is the break Josie desperately needs. But she may already be too late, an innocent child is in danger…


“I was glued to the pages, wondering what would come next and I couldn’t have imagined half of it. I was impressed by the author’s ingenuity with the twists and secrets that came tumbling out and loved the final twist that came after I thought it was all over.”
– Elaine, NetGalley Reviewer

“If you are after unlimited intrigue, suspense and want to be guessing every step of the way then this is the book you need to be holding in your hands, actually scrap that... this is the SERIES you need to be holding in your hands. If you haven't read the whole series WHY THE HELL NOT???”
- Janine H., NetGalley Reviewer

“A great add to the series! I especially enjoyed how the author keeps on peeling layer after layer showing the reader the skills and depths of her writing. It was enjoyable reading about the TV crew members and their complicated relationships. It is like they live on an island of their own. great story, skillful writing!”
– Tove R., NetGalley Reviewer

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