#BookReview DEAD LOST (Detectives Calladine & Bayliss #4) by Helen H Durrant @hhdurrant @JoffeBooks #detective #crimebook #TeamJoffeBooks

DEAD LOST (Detectives Calladine & Bayliss #4)

A BRAND NEW GRIPPING DETECTIVE MYSTERY FROM A BEST-SELLING AUTHOR

An abandoned cotton mill holds horrific secrets
Police partners, D.I. Calladine and D.S. Ruth Bayliss face one of their toughest challenges yet. A group of homeless people have set up camp in the grounds of a disused cotton mill belonging to local businessman Damien Chase.

But one of the men is not what he seems. He has a secret he will do anything to cover up. And once Calladine and Bayliss investigate, they find the crimes go much further than they could have ever imagined.

Will Ruth be able to juggle her personal and professional lives, and can Calladine deal with their new boss, a woman he neither trusts nor likes? Willing to do anything to bring terrible suffering to an end, Calladine make an astonishing move . . 

Tom Calladine is a single, fifty-one-year-old detective inspector who is devoted to his job. His personal life, however, is not so successful. Having been married and divorced before the age of twenty-one has set a pattern that he finds difficult to escape. 

Ruth Bayliss is in her mid-thirties, plain-speaking but loyal. She wishes she had more time for the gym and a love life. She uses her demanding workload as an excuse not to try too hard with the men she meets. Her hobby is birdwatching.

The series is set in the fictional village of Leesdon on the outskirts of an industrial northern English city. There is little work and a lot of crime. The bane of Calladine’s life is the Hobfield housing estate, breeding ground to all that is wrong with the area that he calls home.


MY REVIEW

Another great addition to the Detectives Calladine and Bayliss series.

Calladine is struggling personally.  He is trying to find himself after the bombshell his Mum left him.  His is bouncing from one unlikely relationship to another and his Sergeant is heavily pregnant and about to go on Maternity leave.  But things are going to get worse before they get better and to add to the confusion he has to deal with the upcoming court case knowing that there are people out there who will stop at nothing to prevent him giving evidence.

He suspects someone in the force is corrupt but who is it?  Prime suspect is his new DCI.  They get off on the wrong foot and he begins to think she is on a mission to remove him from the team or dismantle the team either way he is very much on his guard.

The story has several strands.  The homeless camp seems to be the central point but a very unlikely one.  When homeless men go missing will anyone care?  Well Calladine and his team do and when their investigations turn up other possible crimes the team are struggling to work out what is going on.

Another gripping story full of twists, turns and red herrings all the way to a totally shocking conclusion.  A 5 star read that will appeal to all crime fiction readers.


Helen H Durrant Author Bio

Helen sets her books in the area she has lived in for many years. The towns and villages that sit in the shelter of the Pennine hills. This is an area between two counties, Lancashire and Yorkshire, and between the city and the hills. It offers a rich mix of the industrial and the countryside and all the character therein. 

Helen always planned to write crime novels. But until she retired from full-time work in a local further education college, it had to go on the back burner. Once she did retire – there was no excuse. She now writes full-time. Retirement proper will have to wait! 

Currently there are nine books in the ‘Calladine & Bayliss’ series available – Dead Wrong, Dead Silent, Dead List, Dead Lost, Dead & Buried, Dead Nasty, Dead Jealous, Dead Bad, and the latest – Dead Guilty. There is also a box set of the first three books.

Also available are four books in the ‘DI Greco’ series – Dark Murder, Dark Houses, Dark Trade, and the latest – Dark Angel.

There are two books in the DI Matt Brindle series – His Third Victim and The Other Victim.

The DCI Rachel King series has two books – Next Victim and Two Victim

LINKS

Website: https://booksnall.blog

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/helenhdurrant/

Twitter: @hhdurrant

#BookReview – DETECTIVES CALLADINE & BAYLISS 1-3 by Helen H Durrant @hhdurrant @JoffeBooks #detective #crimebook #TeamJoffeBooks

CALLADINE & BAYLISS 1-3 by Helen H Durrant

YOU GET THREE ENTHRALLING MYSTERIES IN THIS BOX SET

Available from AMAZON

BOOK 1: DEAD WRONG

A bag of severed fingers is found in the playground by a rough housing estate

Police partners, D.I. Calladine and D.S. Ruth Bayliss race against time to track down a killer before the whole area erupts in violence. Their boss thinks it’s all down to drug lord Ray Fallon, but Calladine’s instincts say something far nastier is happening on the Hobfield housing estate.

Can this duo track down the murderer before anyone else dies and before the press publicize the gruesome crimes? Detectives Calladine and Bayliss are led on a trail which gets dangerously close to home. In a thrilling finale they race against time to rescue someone very close to Calladine’s heart.

BOOK 2: DEAD SILENT

A body is found in a car crash, but the victim was already dead . . .

D.I. Calladine and D.S. Ruth Bayliss race against time to catch a vicious serial killer. The first two victims are American university students and both have livestock tags fixed to their earlobes.

Who wanted them dead and what’s the connection? The detectives piece together the forensic evidence and track down the witnesses, to reach a shocking conclusion.

BOOK 3: DEAD LIST

An unlikely serial killer with a bucket list of victims . . .

Calladine and Bayliss battle a murderer who is working their way through a list of victims. Each murder is meticulously planned and unique, and a tarot card is left at the scene of the crime.

When two children disappear in the local area, the stakes are raised and the team are baffled by the link between the crimes. Calladine and Bayliss race against time to prevent any more carnage.

THE DETECTIVES

Tom Calladine is a single, fifty-something detective inspector who is devoted to his job. His personal life, however, is not so successful. Having been married and divorced before the age of twenty-one has set a pattern that he finds difficult to escape. 

Ruth Bayliss is in her mid-thirties, plain-speaking but loyal. She wishes she had more time for the gym and a love life. She uses her demanding workload as an excuse not to try too hard with the men she meets. Her hobby is birdwatching.


My Reviews

Book 1 – Dead Wrong

I joined the Calladine and Bayliss series at Dead Jealous and reading the series from book 1 has been on my TBR list ever since.  So I was thrilled to find a slot to go back to the beginning.

Usually I expect book 1 to be slow going with a lot of character building but Helen has successfully avoided this and the book moves along at an adrenaline pumping pace from beginning to end.

Calladine is DI, married to the job.  His first marriage broke down in the early stages as Rachel couldn’t cope with coming second.  He is now in a relationship with Monika who works at the Care Home where his Mother lives.  However, he isn’t committed to the relationship.  He is a good detective but he always looks for things that don’t appear to be there and his team find this annoying but what is more annoying is that he is usually right.

Ruth Baylis is his Sargant and a dedicated one at that but she is methodical and deals with the facts in front of her.  She is single and happily so and like Calladine is dedicated to her job.

We learn about the characters as part of the story.  It is expertly done.  The characters gain depth and complexity as the investigation unfolds with events prompting the look back into their backgrounds.

The story had me hooked from the prologue.  It starts with school bullies which lead to a boy dying.  The death is decided to be accidental but someone wants the bullies to pay for the part they played.  When the first body parts turn up it has all the markings of a drug war but the reality is much worse.  Who is killing the bullies and why now?

This is a gripping story full of twists and turns but the ending is a shock I never saw coming.  This is a brilliant beginning to a bestselling series.  Helen has set the foundations on which to build the series and I am thrilled to be along for the ride.

5 stars from me.

Book 2 – Dead Silent

Book 2 in the Calladine and Bayliss series and another brilliant read.

Calladine is suffering.  His mother has died and Lydia has gone the last person he needs to see at his Mother’s funeral is Fallon, his wayward cousin. Then he is called away to a murder.

Someone is targeting American students and who is Vida?  How can these young women go missing and nobody knows or cares?  Except Alice, a student who has been doing a bit of amateur investigation.

This is a totally gripping twisty turny book with plenty going on:  an abducted child, murder of a witness and the dead/missing young women.  Given that Calladine is short a detective and his DCI is ineffectual the team have their work cut out trying to juggle everything so the last thing Calladine is expecting is to have Pandora’s box delivered from the grave.

But this is Calladine and with Ruth Bayliss’ help he will put the pieces together and get the bad guys, all of them.

The characters continue to develop and I felt I got to know Calladine a lot more.  He is a realistic character with flaws and good points and his team all work together really well so it is no surprise that they start to untangle the web of lies and secrets and find the way forward to solve the cases.

Another brilliant read.  I am loving this series.

Book 3 –  Dead List

I do like the format of the books in this series so far.  With the Prologue providing you with a taster and the story switching between the police investigation and the mind of the killer.

The characters continue to develop and the events in their personal lives makes them more interesting and realistic.  I won’t say too much about the characters and events as I don’t want to spoil it for anyone.

This book sees the introduction of Greco (he has a series of his own so I wont say much about him at this stage).  When the cases overlap between the different forces Greco and Calladine clash each wanting control of the case/s and Ruth is tasked with trying to persuade Calladine to be less precious which makes for an interesting side story.

The story itself is intriguing and really makes you think outside the box with a very unlikely killer on the loose working through a bucket list.  There is no MO each murder is different and the clues are sparse as the team appear to be fishing in the dark looking for something, anything that could turn into a lead.

Lots of twists and turns and a massive helping of stress for Calladine as he struggles to crack the case before Greco .

Another brilliant addition to a very addictive series.


Helen H Durrant Author Bio

Helen sets her books in the area she has lived in for many years. The towns and villages that sit in the shelter of the Pennine hills. This is an area between two counties, Lancashire and Yorkshire, and between the city and the hills. It offers a rich mix of the industrial and the countryside and all the character therein. 

Helen always planned to write crime novels. But until she retired from full-time work in a local further education college, it had to go on the back burner. Once she did retire – there was no excuse. She now writes full-time. Retirement proper will have to wait! 

Currently there are nine books in the ‘Calladine & Bayliss’ series available – Dead Wrong, Dead Silent, Dead List, Dead Lost, Dead & Buried, Dead Nasty, Dead Jealous, Dead Bad, and the latest – Dead Guilty. There is also a box set of the first three books.

Also available are four books in the ‘DI Greco’ series – Dark Murder, Dark Houses, Dark Trade, and the latest – Dark Angel.

There are two books in the DI Matt Brindle series – His Third Victim and The Other Victim.

The DCI Rachel King series has two books – Next Victim and Two Victim

LINKS

Website: https://booksnall.blog

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/helenhdurrant/

Twitter: @hhdurrant

DROPZONE (DS Smith & DC Taylor #2) by Stewart Giles #detective #crimefiction #TeamSJ @StewartGiles #Blogtour #bloggers

Yesterday I reshared my review of THE ENIGMA if you didnt see that you can read it here. Today as promised I am sharing a #booklaunch with a difference. Dropzone begins with the death of a skydiver whose parachutes failed. Stewart received a lot of help and advice from his Skydiving friends at SKYDIVE ON THE VAAL (South Africa). On Sunday a paperback copy of DROPZONE went skydiving. It was pushed out of the aircraft along with the skydivers and left to make its own way down without a parachute (just like the skydiver in the story) Below are the photos proving that DROPZONE really can fly.

What the bloggers thought of Dropzone:

Black Books Blog

As with all of Stewart’s books there are some nice little red herrings and more dead people along the way as we try and work out what happened.  Read more

Jessica Belmont

I highly recommend Dropzone. It will have your eyes glued to the pages and your heart thumping out of your chest. Read more here

Sharon Rimmelzwaan

This book has made me want to read every single book Stewart has written about Smith and Taylor, so much I have got every book on my kindle!   Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

Stewart Giles mixes an absorbing tale with patches of dark human behaviour and patches of humour which all make a great balance. Once again, as with all his books, it is impossible to second-guess who is behind the murders although I try every time.  Read more here

On The Shelf Reviews

If you’re looking for a novel with plenty of fast paced action and heart in your mouth moments, I think Dropzone is the book for you.  Read more here

The Word is Out

A terrific murder mystery, well written with plenty of twists and very engaging characters (including a repulsive pug!) which will keep the reader engrossed right up to the last page. Highly recommended, as are all the books by this author. 5* Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews

DROPZONE is well written, the suspense starts with the flight of Brandon Stone and doesn’t let up until the very last page. Read more here

Turn The Page Blog

Another fantastic installment from my favourite crime fighting, murders solving duo! Another twisting plot to keep you hooked. I don’t want to say too much sort from make sure you buy it!! Read more here

Sassy Redhead Book Reviews

I really liked the twists and turns in this book. The characters are entertaining, interesting, and full of life. The suspense of who could have pulled this off will pull you in from the beginning and won’t let you go until the end of the book.  Read more here

Akamatra

Do you really need to ask? I loved it! So much so that I asked Stewart for an interview and I am going live with it in a few days.  Read more here

Debbie Hipster

Once again it’s full of red herrings, keeping you guessing, and pondering on how did 2 chutes fail. Who is the murderer? It’s a good gripping pace, and highly enjoyed.   Read more here

Donna’s Book Blog

It is five stars from me again, this is possibly my favourite DS Smith book so far and can’t wait for his next release!! Read more here


Dropzone (DS Jason Smith & DC Harriet Taylor #2)

Available from Amazon   UK   US    AU    CA

Goodreads link to Dropzone

From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes book 2 in the very popular DS Jason Smith and DC Harriet Taylor series.
Brandon Stone is doing his first Accelerated Free Fall Skydive. He has done the training and his instructors are with him so nothing can go wrong…. Can it? A double malfunction and Brandon is staring death in the face. A very rare accident. Or is it?

Jason is returning to work after 3 months recovering from injuries at the hands of Boronov. Light duties? Not if Jason can help it.

DC Harriet Taylor is taking a well deserved holiday with Jon Finch that includes tandem skydiving. Out of all the planes in the country they were on the same one as Brandon.

With a detective as a witness this should be an easy case to solve. Wrong! Jason and the team need all the help they can get to unravel the lies and find the clues before more bodies turn up.

This is a gripping story with twists, turns and intrigue all the way through. A fast moving page-turner you will not be able to put down.

THE DETECTIVES

DC Harriet Taylor had only been married for 2 years when her philandering husband was killed in a car crash. It is common knowledge around the station that the woman who died next to him was his latest lover. Harriet transferred to Trotterdown to escape the gossip and sympathetic looks. She is now finding her way around Cornwall and getting to know the other members of the team.

DS Jason Smith is an Australian who was sent to York to live with his Grandmother when his sister disappeared from a beach. He has suffered many losses in his life and is now a dedicated detective. He is a bit of a loose cannon – he has his own way of doing things and that doesn’t always mean following orders and procedures.

What readers are saying about Dropzone:
As always, great plot with plenty of suspense and twists to keep you guessing until the end. – Kirsty Nimmo

“I loved this book. I think this maybe my very favourite Stewart Giles. It kept me on the edge to the end.” – Alison Gitelson

“I was quickly drawn into a world of air adventure and read it in two sittings. It’s an engaging, fast paced murder/mystery with believable characters, plot and background on their private lives.” – Carol Stone

It starts with an adrenaline pumping chapter and then delves into the investigation with a sprinkling of dead ends and jaw dropping twists and turns. – Books ‘n’ All



ALSO BY STEWART GILES

DS JASON SMITH SERIES
Book 0.5-Phobia
Book 1-Smith
Book 2-Boomerang
Book 3-Ladybird
Book 4-Occam’s Razor
Book 5-Harlequin
Book 6-Selene
Book 7-Horsemen
Book 8-Unworthy

DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
Book 1-The Beekeeper
Book 2-The Perfect Murder
Book 3-The Backpacker
Trotterdown – A Box Set of books 1-3

DS JASON SMITH &DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
Book 1-The Enigma
Book 2-Dropzone

Stand Alone Thrillers
Miranda – A psychological thriller


Stewart Giles – Author Bio

After reading English at 3 Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling around the world with my wife, Ann, finally settling in South Africa, where we still live. After Ann dropped a rather large speaker on my head I came up with the idea for a detective series. DS Jason Smith was born. Smith, the first in the series was finished a few months later. 3 years and 8 DS Smith books later, Joffe Books wondered if I would be interested in working with them. As a self-published author, I agreed. However, we decided on a new series – the DC Harriet Taylor Cornwall series. The Beekeeper hit the shelves and hit the number one spot in Australia. The second in the series, The Perfect Murder did just as well. The third in the series, The Backpacker I have self-published and there are plenty more to come. Unworthy, the ninth Smith instalment was followed by a totally new start to a series – a collaboration between the Smith and Harriet thrillers. Entitled The Enigma, it brings together the broody, enigmatic Jason Smith and the more level-headed Harriet Taylor. Miranda is something totally different. A stand-alone psychological thriller, it is a real departure from anything else I’ve written before. Dropzone, book 2 in the  Smith/Harriet series is now available and the 10th Smith instalment will be released later in the year.

Links

Website: www.stewartgiles.com

Twitter: @stewartgiles

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stewart.giles.33

You can join the Stewart Giles reader club by completing this form  https://mailchi.mp/a64f6de4c541/sgreadersclub

#BookReview DEAD LIST (Detectives Calladine & Bayliss #3) by Helen H Durrant @hhdurrant @JoffeBooks #detective #crimebook #TeamJoffeBooks

DEAD LIST (Detectives Calladine & Bayliss #3)

The latest brilliant mystery in the best-selling series, full of twists and turns.

An unlikely serial killer with a bucket list of victims . . .
Police partners, D.I. Calladine and D.S. Ruth Bayliss battle a murderer who is working their way through a list of victims. Each murder is meticulously planned and unique, and a tarot card is left at the scene of the crime.

When two children disappear in the local area, the stakes are raised and the team are baffled by the link between the crimes. Calladine and Bayliss race against time to prevent any more carnage.

If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Mel Sherratt, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will be gripped by this exciting new crime fiction writer.

DEAD LIST is book three of a new series of detective thrillers featuring D.S. Ruth Bayliss and D.I. Tom Calladine. Calladine discovers shocking new information on his complicated family background and Ruth has some surprising news for him. A new detective, Stephen Greco, also come onto the scene, provoking competition with Calladine.

Tom Calladine is a single, fifty-one-year-old detective inspector who is devoted to his job. His personal life, however, is not so successful. Having been married and divorced before the age of twenty-one has set a pattern that he finds difficult to escape. 

Ruth Bayliss is in her mid-thirties, plain-speaking but loyal. She wishes she had more time for the gym and a love life. She uses her demanding workload as an excuse not to try too hard with the men she meets. Her hobby is birdwatching.

The series is set in the fictional village of Leesdon on the outskirts of an industrial northern English city. There is little work and a lot of crime. The bane of Calladine’s life is the Hobfield housing estate, breeding ground to all that is wrong with the area that he calls home.

MY REVIEW

I do like the format of the books in this series so far.  With the Prologue providing you with a taster and the story switching between the police investigation and the mind of the killer.

The characters continue to develop and the events in their personal lives makes them more interesting and realistic.  I won’t say too much about the characters and events as I don’t want to spoil it for anyone.

This book sees the introduction of Greco (he has a series of his own so I wont say much about him at this stage).  When the cases overlap between the different forces Greco and Calladine clash each wanting control of the case/s and Ruth is tasked with trying to persuade Calladine to be less precious which makes for an interesting side story.

The story itself is intriguing and really makes you think outside the box with a very unlikely killer on the loose working through a bucket list.  There is no MO each murder is different and the clues are sparse as the team appear to be fishing in the dark looking for something, anything that could turn into a lead.

Lots of twists and turns and a massive helping of stress for Calladine as he struggles to crack the case before Greco .

Another brilliant addition to a very addictive series.

Helen H Durrant Author Bio

Helen sets her books in the area she has lived in for many years. The towns and villages that sit in the shelter of the Pennine hills. This is an area between two counties, Lancashire and Yorkshire, and between the city and the hills. It offers a rich mix of the industrial and the countryside and all the character therein. 

Helen always planned to write crime novels. But until she retired from full-time work in a local further education college, it had to go on the back burner. Once she did retire – there was no excuse. She now writes full-time. Retirement proper will have to wait! 

Currently there are nine books in the ‘Calladine & Bayliss’ series available – Dead Wrong, Dead Silent, Dead List, Dead Lost, Dead & Buried, Dead Nasty, Dead Jealous, Dead Bad, and the latest – Dead Guilty. There is also a box set of the first three books.

Also available are four books in the ‘DI Greco’ series – Dark Murder, Dark Houses, Dark Trade, and the latest – Dark Angel.

There are two books in the DI Matt Brindle series – His Third Victim and The Other Victim.

The DCI Rachel King series has two books – Next Victim and Two Victim

LINKS

Website: https://booksnall.blog

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/helenhdurrant/

Twitter: @hhdurrant

#BookReview DEAD SILENT (Detectives Calladine & Bayliss #2) by Helen H Durrant @hhdurrant @JoffeBooks #detective #crimebook #TeamJoffeBooks

DEAD SILENT (Detectives Calladine & Bayliss #2)

A body is found in a car crash, but the victim was already dead . . .

Police partners, D.I. Calladine and D.S. Ruth Bayliss race against time to catch a vicious serial killer. The first two victims are American university students and both have livestock tags fixed to their earlobes.

Who wanted them dead and what’s the connection? The detectives piece together the forensic evidence and track down the witnesses, to reach a shocking conclusion.

DEAD SILENT is book two of a new series of detective thrillers featuring D.S. Ruth Bayliss and D.I. Tom Calladine.

In this second book, Calladine faces personal tragedy and startling revelations, and Ruth’s relationship with Jake Ireson develops. Who wanted them dead and what’s the connection? The detectives piece together the forensic evidence and track down the witnesses, to reach a shocking conclusion.

Tom Calladine is a single, fifty-one-year-old detective inspector who is devoted to his job. His personal life, however, is not so successful. Having been married and divorced before the age of twenty-one has set a pattern that he finds difficult to escape. 

Ruth Bayliss is in her mid-thirties, plain-speaking but loyal. She wishes she had more time for the gym and a love life. She uses her demanding workload as an excuse not to try too hard with the men she meets. 

The series is set in the fictional village of Leesdon on the outskirts of an industrial northern English city. There is little work and a lot of crime. The bane of Calladine’s life is the Hobfield housing estate, breeding ground to all that is wrong with the area that he calls home.

MY REVIEW

I joined the Calladine and Bayliss series at Dead Jealous and reading the series from book 1 has been on my TBR list ever since.  So I was thrilled to find a slot to go back to the beginning.

Book 2 in the Calladine and Bayliss series and another brilliant read.

Calladine is suffering.  His mother has died and Lydia has gone the last person he needs to see at his Mother’s funeral is Fallon, his wayward cousin. Then he is called away to a murder.

Someone is targeting American students and who is Vida?  How can these young women go missing and nobody knows or cares?  Except Alice, a student who has been doing a bit of amateur investigation.

This is a totally gripping twisty turny book with plenty going on:  an abducted child, murder of a witness and the dead/missing young women.  Given that Calladine is short a detective and his DCI is ineffectual the team have their work cut out trying to juggle everything so the last thing Calladine is expecting is to have Pandora’s box delivered from the grave.

But this is Calladine and with Ruth Bayliss’ help he will put the pieces together and get the bad guys, all of them.

The characters continue to develop and I felt I got to know Calladine a lot more.  He is a realistic character with flaws and good points and his team all work together really well so it is no surprise that they start to untangle the web of lies and secrets and find the way forward to solve the cases.

Another brilliant read.  I am loving this series.

5 stars from me.

Helen H Durrant Author Bio

Helen sets her books in the area she has lived in for many years. The towns and villages that sit in the shelter of the Pennine hills. This is an area between two counties, Lancashire and Yorkshire, and between the city and the hills. It offers a rich mix of the industrial and the countryside and all the character therein. 

Helen always planned to write crime novels. But until she retired from full-time work in a local further education college, it had to go on the back burner. Once she did retire – there was no excuse. She now writes full-time. Retirement proper will have to wait! 

Currently there are nine books in the ‘Calladine & Bayliss’ series available – Dead Wrong, Dead Silent, Dead List, Dead Lost, Dead & Buried, Dead Nasty, Dead Jealous, Dead Bad, and the latest – Dead Guilty. There is also a box set of the first three books.

Also available are four books in the ‘DI Greco’ series – Dark Murder, Dark Houses, Dark Trade, and the latest – Dark Angel.

There are two books in the DI Matt Brindle series – His Third Victim and The Other Victim.

The DCI Rachel King series has two books – Next Victim and Two Victim

LINKS

Website: https://booksnall.blog

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/helenhdurrant/

Twitter: @hhdurrant

Kate Hamblin Series: Book 6 – Death on the Levels #Bookreview #crimefiction #detective #detectiveseries @joffebooks

Day 6 and the final day of my Detective Kate Hamblin blogs and today it is Book 6: DEATH ON THE LEVELS

DISCOVER A BREATH-TAKING SERIES OF MYSTERIES THAT YOU WON’T WANT TO PUT DOWN

Death on the Levels (Kate Hamblin #5)

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A PSYCHOTIC SERIAL KILLER TARGETING OLDER WOMEN: THE AUNTIE KILLER.

An eccentric letter arrives at the police station from a man threatening to kill his aunts. Detective Kate and her colleagues don’t take it seriously.

But an elderly woman is found strangled in her home. “RIP Auntie” is written on the floor in red lipstick.
Then another older woman is murdered.

With a major police manhunt underway, it becomes clear that they are up against a very dangerous serial killer, who is engaged in some kind of personal vendetta. An adversary who will not stop until he has achieved what he set out to do. 

But as she tries to get into the mind of the perpetrator, she finds he’s something of a chameleon and always seems to be one step ahead of the police — and this is not the only problem she has to deal with. She finds herself at odds with her boss over what she perceives as a crucial link between their man and a now derelict orphanage.

And another victim will die if Kate can’t track down the killer. 

Whose aunt will pay the ultimate price next?

My Review

A letter is received from George explaining that he is going to murder his Aunts.  Is it a hoax or intention to murder?  Kate thinks the former whereas her DI thinks not.  Roscoe is soon to be proven wrong which won’t help his mood and having another woman DCI to report to, one that he had issues with in a previous case, is unlikely to help his bad mood.
 
It soon becomes clear that the letter is definitely not a hoax as a woman’s body is found.  Now there is the problem of finding out who George is before he finds his next victim.
 
This is a very gripping story filled with danger and twists and turns.  Kate has sympathy for George and I agreed with her.  This is an horrific story of the abuse of a young child who dared to be different.  Religion and closed minds result in a very damaged individual who has been shunted from one institution to another all his life all these institutions having one thing in common:  he suffered abuse while under their ‘care’.
 
Kate has personal problems and this is distracting her to the extent that she puts herself in danger more than once.  Can she keep her mind on the job and solve the case or will her problems put her in a situation that she can’t escape?
 
Another brilliant addition to this series.  Twists, turns and curve balls intertwine to make this an adrenaline pumping read I found impossible to put down.
 
5 stars from me.

#BookReview DEAD WRONG (Detectives Calladine & Bayliss #1) by Helen H Durrant @hhdurrant @JoffeBooks #detective #crimebook #TeamJoffeBooks

DEAD WRONG (Detectives Calladine & Bayliss #1)

A bag of severed fingers is found in the playground by a rough housing estate

First a shooting, then a grisly discovery on the common . . .
Police partners, D.I. Calladine and D.S. Ruth Bayliss race against time to track down a killer before the whole area erupts in violence. Their boss thinks it’s all down to drug lord Ray Fallon, but Calladine’s instincts say something far nastier is happening on the Hobfield housing estate.

Can this duo track down the murderer before anyone else dies and before the press publicize the gruesome crimes? Detectives Calladine and Bayliss are led on a trail which gets dangerously close to home. In a thrilling finale they race against time to rescue someone very close to Calladine’s heart.

DEAD WRONG is the first in a new series of detective thrillers featuring D.S. Ruth Bayliss and D.I. Tom Calladine.

Tom Calladine is a single, fifty-one-year-old detective inspector who is devoted to his job. His personal life, however, is not so successful. Having been married and divorced before the age of twenty-one has set a pattern that he finds difficult to escape. 

Ruth Bayliss is in her mid-thirties, plain-speaking but loyal. She wishes she had more time for the gym and a love life. She uses her demanding workload as an excuse not to try too hard with the men she meets. 

The series is set in the fictional village of Leesdon on the outskirts of an industrial northern English city. There is little work and a lot of crime. The bane of Calladine’s life is the Hobfield housing estate, breeding ground to all that is wrong with the area that he calls home.

MY REVIEW

I joined the Calladine and Bayliss series at Dead Jealous and reading the series from book 1 has been on my TBR list ever since.  So I was thrilled to find a slot to go back to the beginning.

Usually I expect book 1 to be slow going with a lot of character building but Helen has successfully avoided this and the book moves along at an adrenaline pumping pace from beginning to end.

Calladine is DI, married to the job.  His first marriage broke down in the early stages as Rachel couldn’t cope with coming second.  He is now in a relationship with Monika who works at the Care Home where his Mother lives.  However, he isn’t committed to the relationship.  He is a good detective but he always looks for things that don’t appear to be there and his team find this annoying but what is more annoying is that he is usually right.

Ruth Baylis is his Sargant and a dedicated one at that but she is methodical and deals with the facts in front of her.  She is single and happily so and like Calladine is dedicated to her job.

We learn about the characters as part of the story.  It is expertly done.  The characters gain depth and complexity as the investigation unfolds with events prompting the look back into their backgrounds.

The story had me hooked from the prologue.  It starts with school bullies which lead to a boy dying.  The death is decided to be accidental but someone wants the bullies to pay for the part they played.  When the first body parts turn up it has all the markings of a drug war but the reality is much worse.  Who is killing the bullies and why now?

This is a gripping story full of twists and turns but the ending is a shock I never saw coming.  This is a brilliant beginning to a bestselling series.  Helen has set the foundations on which to build the series and I am thrilled to be along for the ride.

5 stars from me.

Helen H Durrant Author Bio

Helen sets her books in the area she has lived in for many years. The towns and villages that sit in the shelter of the Pennine hills. This is an area between two counties, Lancashire and Yorkshire, and between the city and the hills. It offers a rich mix of the industrial and the countryside and all the character therein. 

Helen always planned to write crime novels. But until she retired from full-time work in a local further education college, it had to go on the back burner. Once she did retire – there was no excuse. She now writes full-time. Retirement proper will have to wait! 

Currently there are nine books in the ‘Calladine & Bayliss’ series available – Dead Wrong, Dead Silent, Dead List, Dead Lost, Dead & Buried, Dead Nasty, Dead Jealous, Dead Bad, and the latest – Dead Guilty. There is also a box set of the first three books.

Also available are four books in the ‘DI Greco’ series – Dark Murder, Dark Houses, Dark Trade, and the latest – Dark Angel.

There are two books in the DI Matt Brindle series – His Third Victim and The Other Victim.

The DCI Rachel King series has two books – Next Victim and Two Victim

LINKS

Website: https://booksnall.blog

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/helenhdurrant/

Twitter: @hhdurrant

Kate Hamblin Series: Book 5 – Secrets on the Levels #Bookreview #crimefiction #detective #detectiveseries @joffebooks

Day 5 of my Detective Kate Hamblin blogs and today it is Book 5: SECRETS ON THE LEVELS

DISCOVER A BREATH-TAKING SERIES OF MYSTERIES THAT YOU WON’T WANT TO PUT DOWN

Secrets on the Levels (Kate Hamblin #5)

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Detective Kate believes that her own number is up when she finds herself staring at the wrong end of a double-barrelled shotgun on a sodden stretch of Somerset marshland. 

She’s on the trail of villain Lenny Stallard who has just broken out of prison. He was serving time for the murder of the elderly wife of a colonel during a robbery at their country residence near Bridgwater. 

Kate might have been taken off the case but the surprises are not over yet. And she never gives up in her quest for the truth.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS BOOK WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AS DEADLY SECRETS

My Review

I am a big fan of detective series especially ones that take advantage of the area in which they are set.  I have really enjoyed this series by David Hodges.  Set on the Somerset Levels it takes advantage of the wetlands and mysteries that make up the area.
 
So here we are:  book 5 and I have loved every single book and each has gotten better and better.  Secrets on the Levels is by far the best though. 
 
Kate and Hayden continue to bring a touch of humour to the book along with the miserable, chain smoking Roscoe.  The characters have all grown in depth and complexity as the series progresses with additional characters coming and going to add interest to the stories.
 
The plot is excellent it begins as a standard plot, a murderer escapes from prison and sets out to seek revenge on the people who put him there.  But did he actually murder anyone?  At first I was of the mind that he was just another murderer protesting innocence but as the story progressed I began to question myself.  But if it wasn’t the escapee why were people connected to the case being murdered?  The truth is shocking and makes for a story full of many massive curve balls with adrenaline pumping suspense.
 
This  is a brilliant read well worth the 5 stars and I am hoping there are many more stories to come.

Kate Hamblin Series: Book 4 – Killer on the Levels #Bookreview #crimefiction #detective #detectiveseries @joffebooks

Day 4 of my Detective Kate Hamblin blogs and today it is Book 4: KILLER ON THE LEVELS

Killer on the Levels (Kate Hamblin #4)

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THE TOUGHEST CASE OF KATE’S CAREER

Missing journalist Ellie Landy is found in the River Parrett by a news crew covering the worst floods the Somerset Levels have suffered in living memory.

A paperback is found by the woman’s bed with a mysterious inscription mentioning “Sandman” and a time of day.

Police assume it is an accidental drowning. Kate disobeys orders from the top and probes the death, as she suspects this was no accident.

When another woman dies in suspicious circumstances, Kate finds herself drawn ever deeper into a nightmare of murder, treachery and perversion.

SHE WILL RISK EVERYTHING TO STOP A SERIAL KILLER, BEFORE THE SANDMAN PUTS ANYONE ELSE TO SLEEP.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS BOOK WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AS SANDMAN

My Review

This is book 4 in the Kate Hamblin series. 
 
The Somerset levels have been subject to abnormal weather, the worst for 250 years, and there is a lot of flooding with Fields and hedgerows hidden underwater it is a difficult time for everyone.  Young journalist Ellie is stranded at Lowmoor having travelled there by boat but now has no way of getting back and is being hunted down.
 
Married to Hayden Kate has her work cut out.  While she is a dedicated police officer her husband is laid back verging on lazy.  An attempt to cover for the fact that he overslept comes back to bite her when the missing person he is supposedly investigating is found floating in the River Parrett.  Kate suspects murder but her superiors always looking at the budgets order her to leave it as accidental drowning.  Kates instinct is usually spot on and she is right this time as becomes clear when the pathology reports come in.
 
What had Ellie stumbled upon that got her killed?  As Kate and Hayden continue to investigate on the quiet they soon find themselves getting tangled up in the dark grimy world of drugs.
 
This is a gripping page turner as we follow Kate into a world of lies, corruption and danger.  Another great addition to a brilliant detective series.

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