Eastbourne Murder Mysteries

I Could Be You (book 1)

A life has been taken. But whose life is it?

On a stifling hot day, former journalist Dee Doran finds the crumpled body of her friend at the roadside. Katie and her little boy, Jake, have been a light in Dee’s otherwise desolate life – now a woman is dead and a child is missing.

Katie has been keeping secrets for a long time. Years earlier, she fell for the wrong person. But he was in love with someone else; who he couldn’t have but couldn’t keep away from. When jealousy and desire spilled over into murder Katie hid the truth, and has been pretending ever since.

As Dee assists the police with their enquiries she’s compelled to investigate too. She realises Katie wasn’t who she claimed to be. Lies are catching up. Stories are unravelling. Revenge is demanded and someone must pay the price. The question is: who?

Praise for I Could Be You:

‘Propulsive action and stirring plot twists abound in this compelling thriller… one of those books you’ll read in one sitting. Thoroughly entertaining!’ Wendy Walker, Sunday Times Bestselling author of The Night Before

‘A beautifully written and atmospheric page-turner that is also a totally absorbing read… I loved it.’ Abbie Frost, author of The Guesthouse

‘A brilliant read – twisted, cleverly plotted and one hell of a page-turner.’ M J Lee, author of Where the Truth Lies

When the Dead Speak (book 2)

Secrets can be fatal – but so can the truth.

When the murdered body of Lauren Shaw is discovered laid out on the altar of St Mary the Virgin church in Eastbourne it sends a chill to the core of those who have lived in the area for a long time. They remember another woman, also young and pretty, whose slain corpse was placed in the same spot 60 years ago.

Dee Doran is as intrigued as the rest but focused on her investigation of the whereabouts of a missing person from the Polish community. The police weren’t interested but Dee’s journalistic instincts tell her something is amiss.

But as she starts asking questions Dee finds the answers all point to the same conclusion – someone is keeping secrets and they will do whatever it takes to keep them safe.

A chilling and gripping crime thriller that fans of Fiona Barton and Alex Marwood will love.

Praise for When the Dead Speak:

‘Reminscent of Agatha Christie at her innovative peak, this is the best crime novel I’ve read in 2020’ NetGalley reviewer

‘Sheila Bugler has a real gift for summoning up powerful images and she does it here with a flamboyant murder – a dead young woman on a church altar surrounded by her own shorn hair.’ Chris Curran, author of All The Little Lies

‘Leave yourself plenty of time to read this; if not, you will seem like an uncaring mother, partner or friend that lets the world go by without you while you finish the book.’ Books From Dusk till Dawn blog.

Before You Were Gone (book 3)

The truth can’t stay buried forever

Emer Doran’s life was torn apart when her sister, Kitty, drowned. Her body was never recovered. Twenty years later, Emer sees a woman who is the image of Kitty. In that brief moment, Emer is convinced – her sister is alive.

Dee Doran jumps at the chance to get to know her long-lost cousin when Emer calls asking to meet. But it is not the happy family reunion Dee had expected. Emer is desperate for Dee’s help to find out what really happened to Kitty.

As Dee works to uncover the truth, one thing becomes clear: there is a tangled web of lies that date back many years. And those with the answers are determined to keep their secrets at any cost.

Praise for Before You Were Gone:

‘Family intrigues, unreliable narrators and murder all come together in this enjoyable book. I highly recommend it. Lorraine Mace, author of Love Me Tender

A literary masterpiece… This is my first read by Bugler and I’ve just added her to my auto-buy list. What an amazing nail-biting, roller coaster ride.’ NetGalley review

‘Sheila Bugler’s novels get better and better… The tension builds to a fabulous denouement. I can’t recommend this book highly enough.’ NetGalley review

Amazing story with so many twists..Absolutely gripping from start to finish!‘ NetGalley review

Wow wow wow! This book gripped me from the first page and never let go!’ NetGalley review

You Were Always MineYou Were Always Mine (book 4)

Miscarriage of justice, or ruthless murder?

Cassie McNamara was found guilty of the murder of her husband, Paul Cavellini, but she has always protested her innocence. Upon her release, she hires local journalist, Dee Doran, to prove she was wrongfully convicted.

Cassie and Paul’s young daughter, Grace, was adopted by Paul’s family. When eighteen-year-old Grace goes missing and her body is found, all eyes turn to Cassie as the prime suspect in her daughter’s death. Then, Cassie, just like Grace, disappears.

Left behind to investigate, Dee must work to find the truth behind Grace and Paul’s deaths, because someone is keeping secrets. They’ve killed before, they’ll do it again if they have to.

Praise for You Were Always Mine:

‘I loved this book. Its cleverly constructed plot was so twisty it tied my mind up in knots trying to work out who, what, why and when! A great addition to the Dee Doran series. Highly recommended.’ Lorraine Mace, author of Say Your Prayers

You Were Always Mine has captivating characters, plenty of thrills, an enthralling storyline and a wonderful sense of place… everything I look for in a great mystery.’ Chris Curran, author of When the Lights Go Out

‘This is a talented and gifted author…It would make a great television show or movie.’ NetGalley reviewer