“Missing in Wales” by Jenny O’Brien – Book Review

DC Gaby Darin has just moved to Pembrokeshire, Wales after a difficult work-related experience in Swansea. She is teamed up with DCI Rhys Walker, a man who seems to have hidden secrets but is a copper that she respects.


Izzy Grant has tried to move on with her life. She now runs a cottage industry which supplies knitted goods. She lives alone with her rescue cat, Bucket. Five years ago, her partner and one week old daughter vanished without a trace. At the same time, her friend, Grace Madden disappeared. Now, while doing some Christmas shopping, Izzy spots Grace in a busy Cardiff street.

Naturally, Izzy tells the policeman who was on the case five years ago… DCI Rhys Walker. He and the new to the area DC Gaby Darin re-investigate the cold case.

Gaby is increasingly aware that her partner, DCI Rhys Walker has personal feelings for Izzy.  She tries to keep this knowledge on the back burner whilst working the case.

Meanwhile, Izzy does more than a little amateur sleuthing herself.

Izzy receives a postcard from Charlie, her daughter’s father:

With renewed hope that her daughter might still be alive, Izzy makes every effort to determine what happened five years ago. Her efforts put her in grave danger.

I was pleased to make the acquaintance of a new female police protagonist. DC Gaby Darin was an interesting character. Bright, brash, overweight, lonely, and very good at her job.

The Pembrokeshire setting was well-described and the plot contained more than one ‘red-herring’ which will please most mystery readers. One of these had me thinking that I had the story all figured out – I was dead wrong. Another red-herring led the story down a path that I felt wasn’t resolved as much as it should have been. Finally, I put my own brain in gear and guessed the outcome of the story. I was nearly at the end of the book, but as they say ‘better late than never’. LOL

I am convinced that “Missing in Wales” will be well-received by all those readers who delight in a well-written police procedural mystery. I look forward to the sequel “Stabbed in Wales” which has DC Gaby Darin starting out again at a new police station  – this time in Llandudno.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel in order to participate in the blog tour presented by Rachel’s Random Resources.

The Stepsister, Jenny O’Brien’s first thriller, will be free worldwide from  July 22nd to 26th.


UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stepsister-gripping-psychological-thriller-wicked-ebook/dp/B07H3TH4HT

US –  https://www.amazon.com/Stepsister-gripping-psychological-thriller-wicked-ebook/dp/B07H3TH4HT

Born in Dublin, Ireland, Jenny O’Brien says she is a wife and mother first – a writer second. She has written romance, thrillers, and children’s books.

Jenny currently resides on the island of Guernsey with her husband, children and cats. She works as a nurse and writes in her spare time.

Readers can find out more about Jenny and her books on her blog

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About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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11 Responses to “Missing in Wales” by Jenny O’Brien – Book Review

  1. Pingback: “Missing in Wales” by Jenny O’Brien – Book Review — Fictionophile – Truth Troubles

  2. Bookish Hooker says:

    Fantastic review! I’ll definitely be adding this to my Goodreads shelves. I love that you said the author described the setting very well. I find that I can really get into a book if that’s the case.

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  3. Sounds like one for my husband. Thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. carhicks says:

    Wonderful review Lynne. Yes, we were definitely on the same wavelength. I didn’t think to put the Canadian Amazon up for the free book, I think I will add it now for those who are fellow Canadians that follow my blog.

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  5. Jenny says:

    Thank you for signing up to my blog tour and the amazing review – adore the graphics x

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Shalini says:

    I bought this book yayyy

    Liked by 1 person

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