Dead and Buried
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40 years ago something terrible happened in Annie’s new house . . .
Annie Naden and her husband buy a remote country cottage at auction. It’s the home of their own that they always wanted, but as they begin renovations, Annie discovers a satchel in a dusty old hidden cupboard. Inside are the usual schoolbooks, now over 40 years old, and a girl’s diary. Among the record of day-to-day crushes and pop concerts, is a secret whose terrible consequences are still resonating to this day.
Detective Tom Calladine has problems of his own. A notorious villain, Vinny Costello, seems to be back in town, and the bodies soon stack up. With Calladine’s loyal DS Ruth Bayliss on maternity leave, he gets in hot water with one of Costello’s assistants, and must also cope with an abrasive new member of the team as they seek to untangle a complex series of murders.
What happened to that girl forty years ago? And what’s it got to do with the current crime wave?
Full of twists and turns, this is a gripping detective mystery that will keep you turning the pages until the stunning conclusion
This is book 5 in the Calladine and Bayliss series. Ruth is on maternity lead and Calladine is struggling without her to guide and support him,
There is obviously a lot more to learn about the characters as they continue to develop and their personalities become shaped by their backgrounds.
The story is so intriguing I was trying to work out where it was going all the way through. It is very cleverly written and is full of twists, turns and red herrings. DCI King is added into the mix as Calladine is forced to work with another colleague who has their own goals and agenda.
A brilliant book that I could not put down and highly recommended to readers of Crime Fiction and/or Police Procedurals.
5 stars from me .
Helen H Durrant
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 Victims
Twitter – @hhdurrant