Book 7 of 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 7: Dead Jealous
Format – Kindle
Publisher – JOFFE BOOKS
Publication Date – 16th July 2017
Genre – Crime Fiction
Author – Helen H Durrant
TWO MOTHERS HAVE LOST THEIR DAUGHTERS — SEVENTEEN YEARS APART. CAN DETECTIVE CALLADINE BRING THEM JUSTICE?
A teenage girl’s body is found in the back of a car on the notorious Hobfield housing estate. No one had reported her missing, but she’s been dead for a week.
Meanwhile, an old jar is brought into the station. It was found carefully wrapped in a blanket, with a child’s pink hairclip. The jar contains ashes and bone fragments.
Seventeen years ago, Detective Tom Calladine had been part of a team investigating the disappearance of Jessica Wilkins. Her mother had taken her to Leesdon Park one summer afternoon. She went to get the child an ice cream and when she returned her daughter was gone. Over the years there were no sightings, no witnesses — nothing.
Will there finally be closure for this unsolved mystery?
And why was the girl found in the car killed and why are her friends not telling the police the whole story?
Detectives Tom Calladine and Ruth Bayliss will unravel a web of lies and pain, in this fast-moving and gripping crime mystery.
Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you turning the pages until the stunning conclusion.
Helen Durrant is a fabulous author and I loved this book from the very first page. Forensic pathology is a particular interest of mine so this was an extra bonus. While it is part of a series it does work very well as stand alone. The book does refer to events from the previous book but Helen has, excellently, managed to bring a new reader up to date while at the same time ensuring readers of the previous books are not bored with recaps from previous books.
There are several cases that the team has to juggle. A teenage girl is murdered, a 17 year old cold case is reopened and a viscous moneylender has residents living in fear. Totally different cases and the team is struggling to move forward with any of them.
Team dynamics play a big part in this book as personal feelings and resentments come to the fore. The characters are very realistic and complex. We learn a little about their personal lives within the book as they develop.
A fresh pair of eyes and a different perspective added to advances in forensics brings to light evidence and possibilities that were overlooked 17 years ago with shocking results. There are many twists and turns along the way as the team untangles a web of lies going back many years. The conclusion is a real shocker that the reader cant see coming.
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
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 & BURIED
DI GRECO SERIES:
DI MATHEW BRINDLE SERIES:
HIS THIRD VICTIM
THE OTHER VICTIM
DCI RACHEL KING SERIES:
DETECTIVES LENNOX & WILDE SERIES:
THE GUILTY MAN
THE FACELESS MAN
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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