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The Puppet Maker is going on tour with Rachel's Random Resources, if you wish to participate please contact me on with your name, blog name, preferred post type and availability. 

The Puppet Maker by Jenny O’Brien


Genre: Police Procedural

Tour Dates: 17th - 26th October 2023

Publication Date: 17th October 2023

Publisher: Storm

Formats available: Netgalley widget

Standalone First Book in the Detective Alana Mack series

Estimated Word Count - 80k

Types of post available: Reviews (preferred) or basic promo / spotlight posts

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The scrap of paper looked as if it had been torn from a diary. The words written in faint pencil. The letters rounded, almost childlike: Please look after her. Her life and mine depend on you not trying to find me. 


When Detective Alana Mack arrives at Clonabee police station, in a small Irish seaside town on the outskirts of Dublin, she doesn't expect to find a distressed two-year-old girl sobbing on the floor. Abandoned in a local supermarket, the child tells them her name is Casey. All Alana and her team have to go on is a crumpled note begging for someone to look after her little girl. This mother doesn't want to be found. 


Still recovering from a terrible accident that has left Alana navigating a new life as a wheelchair user, Alana finds herself suddenly responsible for Casey while trying to track down the missing mother and solve another missing person's case… a retired newsagent who has seemingly vanished from his home.


Forced to ask her ex-husband and child psychiatrist Colm for help, through Forensic Art Therapy, Alana discovers that whatever darkness lies behind the black windows in Casey's crayon drawing, the little girl was terrified of the house she lived in. 


Then a bag of human remains is found in a bin, and a chilling link is made – the DNA matches Casey's. 


Alana and her team must find the body and make the connection with the missing newsagent fast if she is to prevent another life from being taken. But with someone in her department leaking confidential details of the investigation to the media, can Alana set aside her emotional involvement in this case and find Casey’s mother and the killer before it's too late? 


Heart-pounding and totally addictive, The Puppet Maker is the first in the Detective Alana Mack series that will have fans of Ann Cleeves, Angela Marsons and LJ Ross racing through the pages late into the night. 

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About Jenny O'Brien

Born in Dublin, Jenny O'Brien moved to Wales and then Guernsey, where she tries to find time to write in between working as a nurse and ferrying around 3 teenagers. 

In her spare time she can be found frowning at her wonky cakes and even wonkier breads. You'll be pleased to note she won't be entering Bake-Off. She's also an all-year-round sea swimmer.

Jenny is represented by Nicola Barr of The Bent Agency and published by Storm Publishing and HQ Digital (Harper Collins).

Social Media Links

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Blog Tour Schedule

Capacity per day as shown. Confirmed blogs will appear here. 

17th October

  1. karen_loves_reading

  2. Jaffareadstoo

  3. Left on the Shelf

  4. My Reading Getaway

  5. Books by Bindu

18th October

  1. YorkshireCarly’s Book Reviews

  2. Chick Lit Central


  4. @mrsbookburnee

19th October

  1. Jane Hunt Writer (jolliffe01)

  2. Novel Kicks

  3. Hooked From Page One

  4. Kirsty_Reviews_Books

20th October

  1. The Book Magnet

  2. Heidi Lynn’s Book Reviews

  3. Reviewsfeed

  4. Ginger Book Geek

21st October

  1. Jenny Lou's Book Reviews

  2. Little Miss Book Lover 87

  3. bertyboy123

  4. Rajiv's Reviews

22nd October

  1. gini_reading_and_books

  2. Lyndas_bookreview (IG)

  3. Christian Bookaholic

  4. InsomniacBookwormBookreviews

23rd October

  1. Is This Mutton

  2. Scintilla

  3. BTPBookclub

  4. Bookish Jottings

24th October

  1. Scrapping&Playing

  2. QuirkyBookReads

  3. Inked Book Reviews

  4. ARL Book Review

25th October

  1. Splashes Into Books

  2. DEEKAY | Daily Dose of Reading

  3. The Word Is Out - Alyson's Reviews

  4. Sharon Beyond The Books

26th October

  1. Niki Preston

  2. Pickled Thoughts and Pinot


  4. Leanne bookstagram

  5. Just One More Chapter…Book Blog.

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