#BlogTour: LAST VICTIM (Detective Rachel King #5 by Helen H Durrant. #bookshelf #bookstagram #Crimefiction @joffebooks @booksnall2020

Today I am sharing my review of LAST VICTIM by Helen H Durrant.  This is book 5 in the brilliant Rachel King series and all I can say WOW if you like Crime Fiction then you will absolutely LOVE this!

Format – Kindle
Publisher Joffe Books
Publication Date – 2nd December 2021
Genre – Crime thriller, mystery and suspense
Author – Helen H Durrant

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Loved it. Read it in one sitting.” Aileen G.

MEET DETECTIVE RACHEL KING IN THIS BRILLIANT NEW CRIME SERIES.

A brand-new mystery from #1 bestselling author Helen H. Durrant that will have you gripped from start to pulsating finish.

A two-month-old baby is missing. James’s parents left him with a babysitter while they went out for dinner. But when they get home, there’s no sign of baby or sitter.

This is the last thing DCI Rachel King wants to hear on her last night of maternity leave. But worse is to come. The missing infant belongs to Scott Agnew, alleged member of Manchester drug-dealing ring, the Trio.

Then the elderly mother of another Trio boss disappears. Rachel knows that if these are retaliation kidnappings, things will only go from bad to terrible.

And guess who everyone thinks is behind all of this? The prime suspect is Rachel’s partner Jed, ex-gangland boss and father of her youngest child.

FIND OUT IF THEY’RE RIGHT IN THIS RACE-AGAINST-TIME MYSTERY FULL OF STUNNING TWISTS.

Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel McLean, Kimberley Chambers, Damien Boyd, Rachel Abbott, Patricia Gibney, D.S. Butler or Mark Billingham.

WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT LAST VICTIM:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Another first-class read from Helen H. Durrant.” Iain

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “This pulls at the heart strings . . . a satisfying and enjoyable read.” Carol S.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Wow . . . this will keep you on the edge of your seat. Brilliant story from this author.” Booklover Bev

THE DETECTIVE
DCI Rachel King. Mother of two teenage daughters. Divorced from Alan. She lives in the Cheshire village of Poynton — about ten miles from central Manchester. She is good at her job, gets results but does make mistakes. One of them was getting involved with a budding villain in her teens. No one — family, friends or colleagues know the truth about this.


Review

Detective Rachel King is back in this 5th addition to the brilliant series. As book 4 ended we saw her leaving to begin her maternity leave and her very rocky relationship with Jed McAteer appeared to have settled down and Jed has promised to be a hands on Dad.

As we begin book 5 her maternity leave is coming to an end as she is called back to work early following the kidnapping of a baby.  Not just any baby this is the baby of one of the TRIO a group of gangsters who are running the county.  When other family members of the Trio go missing it becomes clear someone is determined to take over the dark underworld of Manchester and top of the list of suspects is Jed.

As Rachel tries to get back into work mode it soon becomes clear that the promises Jed made to do his share of parental duties are unlikely to be fulfilled.  As Rachel juggles childcare with a difficult, high profile case she has additional problems, where does Jed keep disappearing to?

With suspicions that Jed is being unfaithful or returning to his bad old days, A young baby and a difficult case the last thing Rachel needs is a threat against her family.

This is an absolutely brilliant story with many twists and turns that keeps the pages turning.  I kept changing my mind about who was in charge of the takeover and as a mother I could relate to the conflicting emotions Rachel was dealing with.  The ending: well, absolutely edge of the seat, shocking and unexpected – brilliant.

Characters that keep on giving, a story that keeps the pages turning and just the right amount of personal lives interwoven into the book this was an absolutely stunning read in every way.

I can’t wait for book 6.  5 golden stars from me.


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

  • DEAD SORRY

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

  • LAST 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

  • DETECTIVE MATT BRINDLE DOUBLE-BOOK BOX SET

  • JOFFE BOOKS MURDER MYSTERY & SUSPENSE SHORT STORY COLLECTION

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