The Calladine and Bayliss Series by Helen H Durrant: Book 1 Dead Wrong @hhdurrant @joffebooks @booksnall2020 #Calladine&BaylissBlogEvent #CrimeFiction #Detectivebook #bookstagram #netgalley #DeadGuilty

Today I am kicking off my Blog Event for the Calladine and Bayliss Series by Helen H Durrant. Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday a book from the series will be featured in sequence.

CALLADINE & BAYLISS Book 1: DEAD WRONG

Format – Kindle
Publisher – JOFFE BOOKS
Publication Date – 3rd July 2015
Genre – Crime Fiction
Author – Helen H Durrant

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

“An edge of your seat detective thriller which had me completely enthralled. Calladine and Bayliss are fascinating police partners. The end was both surprising and uplifting.” Beth Boyd

“A must-read new police procedural that will have you gripped. The characters, setting, and plot are detailed and believable. Can’t wait for the next one.” Sarah Stevens

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.

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My Review

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.


THE CALLADINE AND BAYLISS SERIES

Book 1: DEAD WRONG buy from Amazon.  Read more on Goodreads
Book 2: DEAD SILENT buy from Amazon.  Read more on Goodreads
Book 3: DEAD LIST buy from Amazon.  Read more on Goodreads
Book 4: DEAD LOST buy from Amazon.  Read more on Goodreads
Book 5: DEAD & BURIED buy from Amazon.  Read more on Goodreads
Book 6: DEAD NASTY buy from Amazon.  Read more on Goodreads
Book 7: DEAD JEALOUS buy from Amazon.  Read more on Goodreads
Book 8: DEAD BAD buy from Amazon.  Read more on Goodreads
Book 9: DEAD GUILTY buy from Amazon.  Read more on Goodreads
Book 10: DEAD WICKED buy from Amazon.  Read more on Goodreads
Book 11: DEAD SORRY buy from Amazon.  Read more on Goodreads

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HELEN H. DURRANT

OVER 1 MILLION BOOKS SOLD!

Helen is one of the ‘baby boomer’ generation and began writing when she retired from her job at a local college. Born in Edinburgh to an English father and Scottish mother the family settled in a Pennine village between the counties of Lancashire and Yorkshire. It is an environment which has shaped her stories. Writing is a second career and, despite having a bus pass, keeps her busy, and tuned in.

Helen’s children are all grown-up and she has five grandchildren.

BOOKS BY HELEN H. DURRANT

CALLADINE & BAYLISS SERIES:

  • DEAD WRONG

  • DEAD SILENT

  • DEAD LIST

  • DEAD LOST

  • DEAD & BURIED

  • DEAD NASTY

  • DEAD JEALOUS

  • DEAD BAD

  • DEAD GUILTY

  • DEAD WICKED

DI GRECO SERIES:

  • DARK MURDER

  • DARK HOUSES

  • DARK TRADE

  • DARK ANGEL

DI MATHEW BRINDLE SERIES:

  • HIS THIRD VICTIM

  • THE OTHER VICTIM

DCI RACHEL KING SERIES:

  • NEXT VICTIM

  • TWO VICTIMS

  • WRONG VICTIM

  • FORGOTTEN VICTIM

DETECTIVES LENNOX & WILDE SERIES:

  • THE GUILTY MAN

  • THE FACELESS MAN

BOX SETS:

  • DETECTIVES CALLADINE & BAYLISS BOOKS 1-3

  • THE DETECTIVE CALLADINE & BAYLISS MYSTERY SERIES BOOKS 1-9 BOX SET

  • DETECTIVE STEPHEN GRECO BOOKS 1-3

  • THE COMPLETE DETECTIVE STEPHEN GRECO BOX SET

  • THE DETECTIVE RACHEL KING BOOKS 1-3

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