Bookouture Blog Tour – Dead Girl Walking

Welcome to my stop on the tour for a new first in a series mystery.

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Book: Dead Girl Walking

Author: Roberta Gately

Publication Day: November 24, 2020

My Thoughts:

As an ER nurse, Jessie Novak is both observer and participant. She’s a smart new female protagonist, even though she’s not the usual cop/former cop or private investigator. I warmed to her personality as the story and her background details evolved. The story is well-written and the plot is engaging. I enjoyed this mystery and will read any future installments.


“911. What’s your emergency?”
“He came for her. She’s been shot,” says a desperate voice, as footsteps echo down an alley. “She’s dying.”
“Oh no, oh no, he’s coming back. Please, come quickly––” And then a click, and the drone of a dial tone.

The beautiful young woman on the stretcher could be on her honeymoon. Chestnut hair tumbles around a pretty face, rose petals tangled in the loose strands. But the bandage around her forehead tells a different tale, as Emergency Room Nurse Jessie Novak desperately battles to keep her alive. Jessie’s thoughts are racing—who shot this beautiful young woman and more importantly, why?

Ann Hart’s life hangs by a thread, and Jessie cannot bear to see this beautiful young woman die without justice being done. Being a nurse is like hunting for clues, and Jessie is sure she can find the person who hurt Ann. She also asks her friend Detective Sam Dallas for help digging into Ann’s past. But then Jessie receives a gift that sends shivers up her spine: a huge bouquet of blood-red roses, just like the ones in Ann’s hair…

As the first snowflakes start to fall, another body turns up. Jessie is sure that she’s in danger too—since the roses, someone has been watching her… Sam is reluctant to see the link but Jessie knows she must find the culprit before he strikes again. He is stalking her through the frozen streets and he doesn’t want his fun to stop. Can Jessie turn the tables on the killer, or is she just a dead girl walking?

A totally addictive mystery novel that will leave you gasping for breath and have your heart thumping! Fans of Lisa Regan, Gregg Olsen and Tess Gerritsen will be completely hooked.

Prologue – Teaser:

“Nine-one-one. This call is being recorded. What’s your emergency?”
Silence, except for a distant smattering of sound, impossible to discern, and other than that—nothing but a chilling kind of quiet.
“Nine-one-one. What’s your emergency?” the dispatcher repeated, an unmistakable hint of tension in her voice.
“I… I need help.”
“We’ll get help to you right away, sir, but first, what is your emergency?” There was a pause, for minutes it seemed, though it was only eight seconds. “Sir? Are you there?”
“Help me,” the caller cried again.
“Where are you, sir? What’s your emergency?”
“I… I’ve been shot. My wife, too. I think she might be dying. We were robbed. He had a gun.”
“Can you tell me where you are?”
“I don’t know for sure. It’s so dark. But we’ve been shot. Both of us.”
“Is the person who shot you still there?”
“No, no. I don’t think so.”

If you enjoyed this teaser extract from Dead Girl Walking by Roberta Gately, you can grab your copy here: 





Author Bio:

Roberta Gately, lives in Boston where she works as a nurse at the Boston Medical Center. It was in the ER where she developed an interest in the investigations behind the crimes and the victims she encountered. Working in a busy ER is much like being a detective—the search for answers is a methodical process, not unlike the work required to solve a murder! 

Her crime series with Bookouture stars the brave and brilliant ER nurse Jessie Novak who teams up with her detective friend to solve tricky Boston murder cases. Expect addictive mysteries, breathtaking suspense and a gutsy heroine you’ll never forget. When she’s not writing or working at the hospital, Roberta enjoys reading, working out and spending time with friends and family.

She has also worked in humanitarian aid, providing medical care in some of the world’s bleakest spots ranging from Africa to Afghanistan. Her two previous novels, Lipstick in Afghanistan and The Bracelet were based upon her experiences of nursing abroad. Her memoir—Footprints in the Dust tells the true stories of some of the extraordinary people she met. 

Author Social Media Links

Roberta loves hearing from readers and you can get in touch with her using the links below. 

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