Today I’m delighted to feature best-selling crime author Patricia Gibney. As an avid crime reader it was perhaps natural that when she started to write she gravitated towards the crime genre. The result was her highly successful Detective Lottie Parker series. The first of these, The Missing Ones, reached a high of number 2 in Amazon UK Kindle charts and number 6 in the US. The latest in the series (No 11), The Guilty Girl was published this week.
To date ten books in the Detective Lottie Parker series have been published as eBook, paperback, and in audio, with over two million sales. Trade paperback editions are published by Sphere UK and Hachette Ireland. The most recent paperback Buried Angels was published in Ireland in 2022 and in the UK in July 2022.
The Stolen Girls (book 2) was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards.
Foreign translations have sold to Spain, Italy, Norway, France, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Iceland, and Taiwan.
Patricia is from Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, Ireland and is represented by Literary Agent, Ger Nichol of The Book Bureau.
Over to Patricia:
Which five pieces of music/songs would you include in the soundtrack to your life and why?
Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad by Meatloaf – At this stage of my life I know I will never be able to achieve all my dreams, but I believe that even if I succeed in one or two, that’s enough for me. I think we sometimes set too many goals for ourselves and it’s better to limit ourselves to a few manageable targets with the all important deadline. When I was writing The Missing Ones, my debut novel, I was at it for so long, I created self-imposed deadlines which helped me concentrate on what I was writing, finish it, get an agent and a publisher.
Anything by Status Quo – I loved Status Quo growing up and their music evokes memories of the discos I attended as a teenager and my hilarious attempts at air guitar dancing. I couldn’t dance, but who cared?
Annie’s Song by John Denver. This was my wedding dance song, and it always brings me back to that day. I was married the day before my 21st birthday, so my wedding day was also my birthday party! Aidan, my husband, was happy with this arrangement because in later years he discovered that one present sufficed for both my wedding anniversary and birthday. I didn’t think of that when picking the wedding date!
Bring Him Home, from the musical Les Miserables. This song was sung at my husband’s funeral in 2009 at the end of his funeral mass when his coffin was being carried out of the church. I love the musical and thought the song was apt, seeing as Aidan was a serving soldier in the Irish Army when he died after a short illness. Now I can’t listen to Bring Him Home without shedding a tear.
All the One Direction songs. Okay, so I know One Direction music is mainly enjoyed by the younger generation, but I have followed them from their start on X Factor. Niall Horan is from my town, Mullingar, so there was always a local interest. I find One Direction music great in my ears when I go out for my daily walk. I’m sure if anyone notices me walking around with earpods in, they probably think I’m listening to meditative music to relax my brain after a day’s writing. Nope. I love the beat of One Direction and though they are no longer a group, I still love them.
What five things (apart from family and friends) would you find it hard to live without.
My phone – I know it sounds materialistic, but I keep absolutely everything on my phone. I don’t know one number off by heart, so I’d be totally lost without my phone.
My car – I love travelling around the country to find inspiration and places to hideaway to write. If I hadn’t the car, I’d be dependent on others, therefore my car provides me with a certain degree of independence.
Kindle or a book– As well as a writer I am an avid reader. I always have a couple of books on the go at the one time. My kindle is handy for travel or waiting for appointments, as it is easy to carry, fits into my handbag, plus it holds so many books (my TBR is massive!). I also love to read a physical book and keep them on my bedside locker.
Water – I drink gallons of water every day. I can live without tea or coffee and even without Diet Coke but I must have a bottle of water with me at all times. I suppose it is a habit now, but I panic if I’m out somewhere and I haven’t got a bottle of water in my bag.
My laptop – I write all my books on my trusted MacBook Pro. I write notes longhand from time to time but for the main body of work, I type on my laptop. From first draft to final proofing, my laptop is my right hand.
Give five pieces of advice to your younger self?
Don’t give up
Be the best version of yourself – don’t try to be someone you are not. You are individual and unique. Celebrate it.
Believe in yourself – if you don’t believe in yourself, how can you expect others to believe in you.
Live in the moment – try not to always be worrying about tomorrow. Today is the most important day in your life.
Don’t worry about the things in your life over which you have no control.
Tell us five things that most people don’t know about you
I have grandchildren
I love solitude. I am an introvert and struggle socially in crowds, so my happy place is in solitude.
I am in a constant state of worry, some would say I catastrophise even the most inconsequential things in my life. It’s a bit of a bummer but I am working to view things and life with more positivity.
I don’t drink alcohol or smoke anymore. At one time these were a perceived prerequisite to be a writer!
I love to travel though I hate flying. Rescue remedy is always on hand, but I still think the plane is going to crash. Sometimes I just have to do the things I fear the most.
Tell us five things you’d still like to do or achieve.
To have the time to write a stand-alone bestseller. I started one a while ago, but I keep going back to Lottie and Co. Perhaps Lottie is my safety net, so I need to make time to write that one blockbuster that I know is within me.
I am something of a perfectionist, and this can drag me down with imposter syndrome and reduce my confidence, so I’d like to achieve contentment with my achievements to date.
To strive to be better a writer than I am now. (See point above!)
I’d like to see my children and grandchildren always happy and healthy.
To grow old (older) with good health and without loss of my faculties.
Many thanks for joining me today Patricia, as someone of a similar vintage I can appreciate your music choices. Status Quo have always been in the background growing up and Annie’s Song has always been one of my favourites as I love John Denver’s voice (though it was never ‘cool’ to admit it at the time). I’m also happy to admit to liking One Direction, why should age define your tastes? Great advice to your younger self, though I suspect many of us, went through our teens striving to be anything but ourselves. I still have difficulty at times about worrying no matter how many times I tell myself I should worry about something when, or if, it happens not before. It’s not easy though. Pleased to see you ditched the cigarettes and alcohol, it might not fit with the stereotypical image of a writer, but will certainly help in the health and long life stakes. Looking forward to seeing that best-selling standalone being published, have faith, it will happen!
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The Missing Ones (Book 1)
The hole they dug was not deep. A white flour bag encased the little body. Three small faces watched from the window, eyes black with terror.
The child in the middle spoke without turning his head. ‘I wonder which one of us will be next?’
When a woman’s body is discovered in a cathedral and hours later a young man is found hanging from a tree outside his home, Detective Lottie Parker is called in to lead the investigation. Both bodies have the same distinctive tattoo clumsily inscribed on their legs. It’s clear the pair are connected, but how?
The trail leads Lottie to St Angela’s, a former children’s home, with a dark connection to her own family history. Suddenly the case just got personal.
As Lottie begins to link the current victims to unsolved murders decades old, two teenage boys go missing. She must close in on the killer before they strike again, but in doing so is she putting her own children in terrifying danger?
Lottie is about to come face to face with a twisted soul who has a very warped idea of justice.
The Stolen Girls (Book 2)
The young woman standing on Lottie’s step was a stranger. She was clutching the hand of a young boy. ‘Help me,’ she said to Lottie. ‘Please help me.’
One Monday morning, the body of a young pregnant woman is found. The same day, a mother and her son visit the house of Detective Lottie Parker, begging for help to find a lost friend.
Could this be the same girl?
When a second victim is discovered by the same man, with the murder bearing all the same hallmarks as the first, Lottie needs to work fast to discover how else the two were linked. Then two more girls go missing.
Detective Lottie Parker is a woman on the edge, haunted by her tragic past and struggling to keep her family together through difficult times. Can she fight her own demons and catch the killer before he claims another victim?
The Lost Child (Book 3)
‘Let me out! Please…’ My tiny fists pound the door, but my voice reverberates off the stone walls and hangs in the air as if suspended by spider’s webs. No one comes…
Years later, a woman is found face-down in a pool of blood. Detective Lottie Parker is called to the remote farmhouse in the bleak Irish countryside. Inside, she finds a scene that speaks of uncontrollable rage: glasses smashed, chairs ripped apart, the woman’s body broken.
A black rain jacket makes Lottie think she knows the killer’s identity, but then she finds a disturbing clue: is the murder linked to an old case at St Declan’s asylum? A case investigated by her own father, just before he took his life.
When another victim is left without her tongue on the hospital steps, and a young girl goes missing, Lottie knows she has to act fast. Can she face her own demons and uncover the truth before another life is taken?
No Safe Place (Book 4)
There’s nothing more dangerous than a familiar face…
As funeral mourners stand in silence at Ragmullin cemetery, a deafening cry cuts through the air. Lying crumpled at the bottom of an open grave is the bloodied body of a young woman, and Detective Lottie Parker is called in to investigate.
Knowing the body can’t have been there long, Lottie wonders if it could be Elizabeth Bryne, a young woman who vanished without trace just days earlier. And with a new boss who seems to have it in for her, Lottie is under pressure to solve both cases quickly.
As two more women go missing from Ragmullin, Lottie and her team fear there is a serial killer on the loose. And the disappearances are strikingly similar to a cold case from ten years earlier. Could history be repeating itself?
As journalists begin to interfere with Lottie’s investigation, she fears the killer is about to strike again. Lottie is in a race against time to find the missing women, but the killer is closer than she thinks. Could Lottie be his next target?
Tell Nobody (Book 5)
The boy’s body was so white it was almost transparent. But that’s not what caused the nausea to rise up her throat. He was so young. His body was unmarked, surrounded by a halo of plucked wildflowers.
One hot summer evening, eleven-year-old Mikey Driscoll is on the way home from playing with friends. Two days later, his body is discovered on a bed of wildflowers by some local teenagers.
The case is assigned to Detective Lottie Parker and this time it’s personal. The victim was a close friend of her son, Sean, from the run-down Munbally estate on the other side of town. Sean tells his mother Mikey was behaving normally before he died, but Lottie can’t help but feel that her son is keeping something from her…
Then days later, another boy is found dead, surrounded by wild flowers next to beautiful Ladystown Lake.
On the hunt for a twisted individual with a terrifying calling card, Lottie must uncover the web of secrets within Mikey’s circle of friends. Someone is hiding something but who are they protecting and can Lottie find out before it’s too late? Lottie is desperate to catch the killer before he strikes again because this time her own child could be in terrible danger…
Final Betrayal (Book 6)
‘She lifted the flap of the envelope and pulled out the single white page. As she opened it up she stared, open mouthed. Four words were typed on the page. I am watching you.’
When Amy Whyte and Penny Brogan leave a local nightclub in the early hours of Sunday morning and don’t arrive home, their families are beside themselves with worry. Conor Dowling has just been released from prison, a man full of hatred for Amy, the girl who put him behind bars in the first place.
The case is given to Detective Lottie Parker, when the girls’ blood-soaked bodies are found, days later, in a derelict squat. Chillingly, both girls are clutching silver coins in their hands – what message is this killer leaving behind? All the signs point to Conor but his alibi is water tight.
As Lottie examines Penny and Amy’s final days alive in a desperate search for clues, two more girls are found stabbed to death in a luxury apartment complex. Caught up in what is fast becoming her toughest case yet, Lottie is unaware that somebody is watching her every move.
Then Lottie’s two daughters, Katie and Chloe suddenly disappear from the town centre. Terrified that the killer has her girls, the stakes have never been higher for Lottie.
But as Lottie puts everything on the line to find her daughters and solve the case, she’s about to find herself in terrible danger – someone has a personal axe to grind with her and they know the best way to get to her is to hurt the ones she loves the most.
Broken Souls (Book 7)
‘She shivered, though the kitchen was warm. Icicles of foreboding trickled down her spine. With trembling hands she whipped back her hair at the nape of her neck. As she turned away from the window, she missed the shadow passing by.’
One dark winter’s morning, bride-to-be Cara Dunne is found hanging in her home, dressed in her wedding dress, with a lock of hair removed. Detective Lottie Parker is first on the scene. Looking at Cara’s bruised and battered body, she wonders who could have hated her enough to kill her at the happiest time of her life.
The case takes a darker turn that afternoon with another shocking discovery – the broken body of a second young woman, pushed from the roof of the hospital where she worked. Fiona Heffernan was also due to be married, and her body is clad in a wedding dress, a lock of her hair cut off.
The killings seem so personal that Lottie is convinced the girls have been killed by someone they knew. When she goes to break the news to Fiona’s family, she’s on the alert for anything suspicious. But then she makes a discovery that causes her blood to run cold – Fiona’s eight-year-old daughter Lily didn’t return home from her dance recital that afternoon. Terrified that Lily will be the next victim of a twisted and dangerous individual, Lottie takes the case into her own hands, risking her life when she comes face-to-face with the killer…
Buried Angels (Book 8)
Bubbles of cold sweat trickled down Faye’s spine. The hole wasn’t empty. Before she could turn and run, she caught the two sightless eyes staring up at her. Only then did she scream.
When Faye Baker discovers a fragile child’s skull behind the walls of her new home, Detective Lottie Parker is called to investigate. The house has been owned for years by the family of Faye’s boyfriend Jeff, so when Jeff starts acting suspiciously, Lottie wonders what he might be hiding…
Lottie doesn’t have long to dig deeper before a child’s bones are found by eleven-year-old Gavin on nearby railway tracks. The bones don’t match the small skull behind the walls, but Lottie can’t ignore the coincidence. Someone out there must be missing their loved ones and it’s up to her to put right a terrible wrong.
Unable to shake a feeling of foreboding, Lottie goes to speak to Faye, and discovers that she hasn’t turned up for work. When Faye’s body is found stuffed in the back of her car, Lottie needs to find out who wanted her to keep quiet.
As Lottie hunts for Faye’s killer, the case takes a darker turn when Gavin goes missing. Faye and Gavin are connected only by the grisly body parts they discovered. But who are these little victims and why has their killer come back? Can Lottie find the answers before another precious life is taken?
Silent Voices (Book 9)
She lay so still, blue eyes shining, blonde hair fanned out, her mouth stuck forever open in a soundless scream…
When Rachel Mullen is found dead by her only sister Beth, her body twisted in an arc of pain, Detective Lottie Parker knows that she has been murdered the minute she enters the bedroom. Lottie’s heart aches for Beth, all alone in the world, whose last memory of her sister will forever be the brutal way she was taken. And when Lottie finds a shard of glass placed in the young girl’s throat, she fears that Rachel may be just the first victim.
The night before, Rachel had attended a party at a luxurious new restaurant in Ragmullin, and Lottie wastes no time in tracking down the other guests. But there are several things troubling her: Rachel’s handbag and keys are nowhere to be found, and no one at the party seems to have seen her leave.
Just as Lottie thinks she’s onto something, her worst fears are confirmed: another woman is found murdered… with glass in her throat. The brilliant, young doctor wasn’t a guest at the party and Lottie is forced to question everything.
Desperate to find proof of what really happened that night, Lottie gets close to the hostess of the party, whose two daughters were friends with Rachel. But Lottie’s hunt for the truth must be getting under the killer’s skin, because then her beloved fiancé, Boyd, goes missing.
Can Lottie get in the mind of this twisted killer before it’s too late? Or will the man she loves be silenced forever?
Little Bones (Book 10)
She lifted up her granddaughter from the cot, clutched her to her chest and, without looking at her beautiful daughter lying dead on the floor of her bedroom, ran from the house. Only when she was outside did she let a wail escape her lips, frightening the baby who joined in her screams.
When Isabel Gallagher is found murdered on the floor of her baby’s nursery by her mother, it’s a gruelling case for Detective Lottie Parker. Isabel’s pyjamas have been ripped, her throat cut and an old-fashioned razor blade placed in her hand. As Lottie looks at the round blue eyes and perfect chubby cheeks of Isabel’s baby daughter, she can’t understand who would want to hurt this innocent family.
That very same day she receives a call with devastating news. Another young mother, Joyce Breslin, has gone missing, and her four-year-old son Evan has been abducted from daycare. Lottie is sure that the missing mother and son are linked to Isabel’s death, and when she finds a bloody razor blade in their house, her worst fears are confirmed.
Desperate to find little Evan, Lottie leaves no stone unturned as she delves into Isabel and Joyce’s pasts and when she realises the two women have been meeting in secret, she knows she must find out why.
But when Joyce’s body is found in a murky pond and some little bones are found on a windy hillside, it feels as if this merciless killer will stop at nothing. The bones aren’t Evan’s but can they give Lottie the final clue to find the innocent child before more lives are taken?
The Guilty Girl (Book 11)
Something whistling through the door behind her caused her to turn. A shadow spread across the opening. She clasped a hand to her mouth, stilling the fear that was rising. The menacing shadow was followed by a face that sent a cold shiver down her spine…
When the call comes in about Lucy, a seventeen-year-old girl murdered after the secret party she held in her parents’ home, Detective Lottie Parker is first on the scene. As she picks her way through the smashed glasses and the blood spatter on the perfect cream carpet, she is horrified to see Lucy’s angelic face, silvery-blue eyes forever closed.
As Lottie breaks the news to Lucy’s heartbroken parents and the devastated partygoers, she discovers that hours before her death Lucy had revealed a terrible secret about her friend Hannah. And when Lottie finds Lucy’s bloodstained clothing hidden in Hannah’s bedroom, she has no option but to bring the shy, frightened girl into custody.
But Hannah claims to have no memory of the night Lucy died and Lottie begins to question her guilt. Then a fifteen-year-old boy who also attended the party is pulled from the canal. And as Lottie investigates, she discovers something shocking. Her own son Sean was at the party. Why did he lie to her? Is her beloved child a witness or a suspect… or is he now in the killer’s sights?
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