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Today I am reviewing You Were Always Mine by Sheila Bugler, published by Canelo Crime.


You can’t run from the truth…

Cassie McNamara was found guilty of the murder of her husband, Paul Cavellini, but she has always protested her innocence. Upon her release, she hires local journalist, Dee Doran, to prove she was wrongfully convicted.

Cassie and Paul’s young daughter, Grace, was adopted by Paul’s family. When eighteen-year-old Grace goes missing and her body is found, all eyes turn to Cassie as the prime suspect in her daughter’s death. Then, Cassie, just like Grace, disappears.

Left behind to investigate, Dee must work to find the truth behind Grace and Paul’s deaths, because someone is keeping secrets. They’ve killed before, they’ll do it again if they have to.

A gripping crime thriller you won’t be able to put down, perfect for fans of Alex Marwood and Fiona Barton.

“Miscarriage of justice…Or ruthless murder…”

Bugler has put together a gripping read where the pages just turn themselves. I was completely invested in it straight off the bat and it is so very compelling. I was very intrigued by Cassie and her story where the questions of is she a murderer, or victim and was she involved in the death of her daughter Grace, plagued me throughout. I throughly enjoyed the twisty ride I was taken on for the answers.

I loved being back with Dee, who now feels like an old friend and is such a wonderful character. It’s setting in Eastbourne, is majestic and menacing at the same time, providing the perfect backdrop. The pace is fast and at times had me on the edge of my seat. There were definitely some nail biting moments as it comes to a head and it is all brought to life through flawless writing.

I absolutely love this series and You Were Always Mine is another brilliant addition to it. It also came as no surprise that I ended up devouring it in one sitting, like I have with the previous books,, which is a testament to Bugler’s talent for storytelling. While this book can be read as a standalone, I do encourage you reading the others in the series as you would be missing out on another three fabulous reads.

Thank you to Sheila Bugler, Canelo and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of You Were Always Mine, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, Foyles and BookBub if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK.


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Sheila grew up in a small town in the west of Ireland. After studying Psychology at University College Galway (now called NUI Galway) she left Ireland and worked as an EFL teacher, travelling to Italy, Spain, Germany, Holland and Argentina.

She is the author of a series of crime novels featuring DI Ellen Kelly. The novels are set in South East London, an area she knows and loves.

She now lives in Eastbourne, on the beautiful East Sussex coast. Eastbourne is the location for her series of crime novels featuring investigative journalist Dee Doran.

When she’s not writing, Sheila does corporate writing and storytelling, she runs creative writing courses, is a tutor for the Writers Bureau and is a mentor on the WoMentoring programme. She reviews crime fiction for and she is a regular guest on BBC Radio Sussex.



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