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  • Fast paced read

    Morgan Brookes you do get yourself in a quandary and manage so far to get out with the help of Ben, Amy and the team. Did I say you are my hero and would love to have you on my side investigating (unless I am the culprit then don't bother). Morgan's school friends are suddenly dying a nasty death one by one and it looks like someone is to get them all. Morgan is doing her best not to fall apart and to find out what is going on. How can this be happening. The pages fly by and the lights stay on for one more hour just to see who is guilty. I love this series and each book keeps getting better and better so if you have not read the Morgan Brookes books do yourself a favour and put them to the top of the TBR pile I will be first in line for the next adventures of Morgan and Ben.

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  • 4.25⭐ A well-written and developed mystery.

    First Girl to Die, the fourth story in the Morgan Brookes series was a very enjoyable police procedural. And as my first introduction to the character I found it extremely easy to read as a stand-alone. Furthermore, this was a very well-written and developed mystery. That drew me in from the start and honestly I thought I had the killer nailed only to be proven completely wrong. And with Cumbria and the Lakes as the backdrop and intriguing characters this is certainly a series I want to read more off and a story I would happily recommend to others. **I was kindly provided with an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

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  • Great addition to the series

    4.5 stars First Girl to Die by Helen Phifer is the 4th in the Detective Morgan Brookes series. Series Information: (Warning – May contain spoilers from previous books) Morgan Brookes has always dreamed of being a detective. As a rookie officer, she finds the body of a woman, and is catapulted into the Crime Investigation Department under the direction of DS Ben Matthews, where she will work with him, Amy and Des.  After losing her mother, she finally got to know her dad, but Stan is now dead.  Meanwhile, she has learned that her biological father is a rapist and a killer, and is now in prison. My Synopsis:   (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions) When Morgan and Ben arrive at a school, she is stunned to find she knows the teacher who just jumped or fell out the window.  She had been a high school friend.  The other teachers say that Brittany had been acting really strange prior to barricading herself into the room. When another high school friend ends up in the hospital after erratic behaviour, Morgan quickly ties the two incidents together.  Could this possibly have something to do with their friend that died during a high school camping trip many years ago? Unfortunately, both friends had both ingested tea provided by Morgan's aunt.  Could someone be setting her aunt up, or does bad blood continue to run through her family. Then there is the fact that Morgan's biological father has escaped from prison. My Opinions:    Well, this series is back on track after a slight blip in the last book.  This was really good. Again, the plot was good,  and the short chapters and non-stop action make for a very fast read.  I had guessed wrong about the identity of the perpetrator, and that made it great! Character-wise, I like the team, and they work well together.  I absolutely love Morgan's Aunt, but I am not really thrilled with the relationship between Ben and Morgan.  I was actually rooting for them, but now, not so much. Anyway, this was a great addition to the series, and I'm already looking forward to the next one!

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  • another GREAT installment to the series

    A digital copy of this book was given to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Morgan and Ben are called to a school to negotiate a jumper situation when Morgan realizes the jumper is one of her best friends from school and that she was acting strange in the moments before her death. Then one by one her friend group seemingly is targeted. Her Aunt Ettie is questioned and arrested for the poisoning. Morgan tries to clear her Aunt and save her remaining friends. Morgan and Ben fight their feelings for one another even though the entire force thinks they are an item. I love the friendship between Morgan and Ben and Amy's "tell it like it is" attitude. First To Die is the 4th in the Detective Morgan Brookes series. If you love detective series like I do check this one out.

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  • Another great detective Morgan Brookes story

    4+ stars This is the fourth DC Morgan Brookes story and it is the best one to date! Morgan and her boss Sergeant Ben are called to the primary school one morning as one of the teachers is acting very strangely and threatening to jump from the first floor window. Ben is a trained negotiator but when Morgan it is her old school friend Brittany she races upstairs to see if she can get through to her. Unfortunately it is too late for Brittany as she throws herself to her death. The staff at the school are beside themselves and say she was acting completely out of character. The next day police are called to Rydall caves as there are reports of a near naked woman behaving really oddly. Morgan is again surprised to find it is another of her school friends, Sienna. Luckily she is reached in time and is recovering in the hospital. But it’s not over yet. By now Morgan is already wondering if this has something to do with the fateful night of five years ago when the friends along with Brad, the only boy in the group, went up to the caves with lots of vodka to celebrate Brittany’s birthday. Morgan was invited but was grounded by her dad and just for once she obeyed him and stayed home. Her friend Brad never made it home though! Just as Morgan is wondering if she should warn the other two girls who were there that night - Jasmine and Lara - she learns that Jasmine is also dead, having been struck by a van in the middle of a dark road at night. Now it’s almost certain that the past is coming back to haunt them. But the mystery is what has caused these women to behave so oddly. It’s as if they have been drugged by an hallucinogen. Is her Aunt Ettie somehow involved through her herbal teas? What is really going on is not as obvious as it would seem at first and we head towards a stunning showdown. The claws are out and there’s no stopping some people’s quest for retribution. Can Morgan prevent yet another death and can she unmask a murderer. This was a quick and fairly light and easy read that was nevertheless satisfying and meaty enough for most thriller lovers. We will have to wait for another instalment though to see if Morgan and Ben can work out how they feel about each other! Thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for the much appreciated arc which I reviewed voluntarily and honestly.

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