BEFORE I FOUND YOU (Ruby Baker #2) by Daisy White #mystery #TeamJoffeBooks #crimefiction @DEWhiteAuthor @joffebooks

BEFORE I FOUND YOU (Ruby Baker #2)

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Do you love gripping mysteries? Then discover Ruby Baker, a young woman with a talent for uncovering the truth.

A child found alone on the beach.

A mother who served ten years for a crime she says she didn’t commit.

Ruby Baker is back with another seaside mystery. When she and her friends rescue a child from the beach in a storm, police are baffled. Nobody has reported a child missing, and the girl appears to be so traumatised that she is unable to speak.

In Johnny’s hairdressing salon, the notorious Beverly Collins makes an appointment with Ruby, but it soon becomes clear the woman wants more than a haircut.

Beverly has just been released from Holloway Prison after serving ten years for child cruelty. The body of her missing daughter was never found, but Beverly insists she is innocent, and she wants Ruby Baker’s Investigation Bureau to prove it.

This isn’t going to be an easy investigation. Opinion is divided on Beverly’s innocence. Reporters Kenny and James are keen to uncover a big story, while Ruby’s best friend, Mary, is distracted and struggling to deal with motherhood.

As Ruby tries to unravel the past, she discovers that Beverly Collins release seems to have triggered a bizarre chain of events.

Has she really been framed for her crime, and if so, where is her daughter Ella Collins now? And who is the mystery girl on the beach?

Discover a gripping new mystery writer today. Great for fans of Agatha Christie or LJ Ross.

This is the second book in a mystery series is set in 1960s Brighton, a tumultuous time of change and opportunity.


My Review

This is book 2 in the Ruby Baker series and is set in Brighton in the 1960’s.  They do work well as stand alone but you learn about Ruby and Mary’s background in book 1.

Ruby is on the beach when she sees and hears a young girl screaming.  The girl is traumatised and wont speak.  Shortly afterwards a woman who was sent to prison for murdering her young daughter is released, still pleading her innocence, and asks Ruby to help find her daughter. There are other strange happenings too.  Is it coincidence or is something else going on?

This is a very intriguing read.  As a mother I was gripped from the start.  It is every mother’s nightmare to lose a daughter  but to be accused of murdering your own child is horrific.  Ruby is up against a lot of people who are convinced Beverley is guilty. All the evidence pointed to her.  Will Ruby and her friends be able to unravel the clues to uncover the truth?  I just kept turning page after page late into the night.

The characters develop well and there are personal issues interwoven into the story to give it a realistic human element.  I love the dark Will I am sure there is more to learn about this strange man who has Ruby’s back.

Brilliant read and I am looking forward to more in this series.

What the bloggers are saying:

Linda Strong Book Reviews

But as Ruby and her friends start asking questions, someone out there is willing to do anything at all to keep the truth from seeing the light of day. And Ruby is in the cross-hairs with a target on her back.  Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

I found this book to be seriously addictive.  The story hit the ground running and maintained the pace throughout.  The writing style is such that I couldn’t help but be drawn into the story.  Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

Be prepared for a dramatic ending after the full horror of Man’s inhumanity and the problems of public figures with twisted private lives are revealed. I would thoroughly recommend reading this novel although I wouldn’t recommend starting it if you have a timetable to adhere to – you will miss appointments and meals until you’ve finished it!  Read more here

Donna’s Book Blog

This has a really good plot with some twists and surprises that I didn’t see coming – I really enjoyed going back in time to read the story and catching up with the characters.  Five stars from me for this one, the series is getting better for me!  I am looking forward to more from this author!!  Read more here

Black Books Blog

The story is a nice change from some of the books I have read as it is set in the 1960’s so there are no modern investigative tools to be used and no mobile phones or internet, so all research has to be done manually.  Read more here

BEFORE I LEFT (Ruby Baker #1) by Daisy White #mystery #TeamJoffeBooks #crimefiction @DEWhiteAuthor @joffebooks

Brighton Palace Pier at dawnBEFORE I LEFT (Ruby Baker #1)

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Nineteen-year-old runaway Ruby Baker and pregnant best friend Mary escape domestic violence in London to find a new home in Brighton. They join a glitzy set of party girls, who are hell-bent on enjoying themselves in the new freedom of the 1960s.

But their new life soon comes under threat. Someone is watching Ruby. A tall stranger who Ruby keeps spotting in the shadows.  This man may have followed them from London. And Ruby fears her dark secret will be exposed.

Then a murder at a local beauty spot brings danger for the party-loving set, and the first murder is followed by a second. Rumours of occult sacrifices spread across town.

In a breathtaking conclusion, Ruby faces a race against time to save someone very close to her, and her new life may be destroyed and her secrets exposed.

My review

This book is very well written and descriptive which makes the reader envisage the scenery and  surroundings very realistically.  The book is very well written and has many characters which develop gradually over the course of the book.

It is the 1960s and Ruby and Mary are running away from a violent life in London.  They travel to Brighton to stay with Pearl in the hope of a peaceful life.  Things are starting to look up when a girl is murdered.  When Ruby notices a stranger watching her she worries that maybe she hasn’t escaped the violence and secrets of her life in London.

The book progresses at a steady pace as we join the girls on their journey to rebuild their lives and watch them build new friendships and turn amateur detective to find the murderer.  There are many twists and turns along the way with a little Black Magic thrown in which makes for an intriguing read towards a fast paced and gripping ending that comes as a real shock.

What the bloggers thought

Donna’s Book Blog

This is the first book that I have read by this author and I really enjoyed it, the plot was great and the descriptive nature used really helped you to envisage the scenes and the locations in the book, it really brought them to life.

Linda Strong Book Reviews

This was a fast, easy read filled with colorful characters. It started a little slow for me, but it didn’t take long before I was hooked into the story.

Joyce’s Reviews

This book takes some very interesting twist and turns. It is well written and plotted. The books starts out casual and with just a little tension, but as the story builds, so does the suspense.

ADVENT BOOK BLOG 20 – Oct-2018 (2) – Before I trust you (Ruby Baker #3) by Daisy White #crimefiction #mystery @joffebooks

Just a few more days left on my Advent Book Blog and today it is the turn of Before I trust you by Daisy White. This is book 3 in the Ruby Baker series and is a brilliant read.

BEFORE I TRUST YOU (Ruby Baker #3)

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Do you love gripping mysteries? Then discover Ruby Baker, a young woman with a talent for uncovering the truth.

Rita Stonehill runs in front of the horses on a sunny day at Brighton racecourse. Why did she kill herself and is there more to it than meets the eye?

Ruby Baker is shocked to witness this dramatic event. Rita’s brother thinks she was murdered, but there’s no evidence to suggest that.
It seems like an open-and-shut case of suicide, but as a sordid love triangle emerges, is there more to it than that?
Ruby plunges into the glamorous world of horse racing to discover the truth. This is her most dangerous case yet and Rita’s death strikes very close to home for Ruby.
And then Ruby’s best friend Mary experiences a very shocking event . . .

Discover a gripping new mystery writer today. Great for fans of Agatha Christie or LJ Ross.

This is the third book in a mystery series set in 1960s Brighton, a tumultuous time of change and opportunity.


My Review

This is book 3 in the Ruby Baker series.  It is the 1960s so bear that in mine when reading as opinions and safety have changed a lot since then.

This series is definitely growing on me and I am hoping for many more.

The story begins at a horse race.  Everyone is in high spirits and very excited when a girl suddenly runs out in front of the horses.  A tragic accident, suicide or murder?  There are a lot of opinions but nobody really saw anything or did they?

This is a story that moves along at a fairly fast pace and I was gripped all the way through.  There is a lot going on and that brings with it a lot of interest.  We expect competition and gambling in the horse racing world but there is a lot more going on here.

Suicide (or murder) by horse is a unique idea.  The victim was playing the field so maybe jealousy was a motive or maybe not.  The suspense builds all the way through the book and we are nearly at the end before the pieces fit together.

Ruby and her gang of amateur detectives are realistic characters that have grown and developed over the series.  There are also a couple of back stories that could make the reader feel they have missed something but apart from that the book works well as stand alone.

Adrenaline pumping suspense, twists, turns and red herrings this is an intriguing story that will keep you entertained.  5 stars from me.

What the bloggers think

Black Books Blog

There are so many twists in the story with more people going missing that you struggle who committed any of the murders, or if people actually were murdered or just ran away to hide.  Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

I adore the character of Ruby Baker and I took to her from the start.  She’s a lovely lass, who seems to have a great deal of success in solving crimes.  If something doesn’t seem right to her then it usually means that it isn’t.  When Ruby takes on a case you know that she is going to investigate the matter fully even if the investigation does get her into the occasional scrape or two.   Read more here

On The Shelf Reviews

I really enjoyed the setting of the racecourse and the whole racing scene, it was so realistically done with great attention to detail, especially the opening scenes of the book, I could almost picture myself there in the crowd.  Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews

This one grabs you from the very first page and doesn’t let go until the very surprising end.  Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

I love Daisy White’s books. The story keeps you glued to the page, desperate to find the next clue, although I have never managed to solve a case before Ruby! The characters are so believable and the stories make the trip into the 1960’s into nostalgia rather than being drearily old-fashioned.  Read more here

Turn The Page 

This is the third book in a mystery series set in 1960s Brighton, a tumultuous time of change and opportunity.  Read more here

Mystery Thriller Week 

This is a good mystery. Young Rita Stonehill commits a gruesome suicide by throwing herself in front of racing horse in Brighton racecourse. Or did she? Daisy white slowly unravels exactly who is Rita Stonehill and the shady circumstances leading up to her death. Or murder.  Read more here

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