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Today I am closing down the Blog Tour for DEAD REAL by Helen H Durrant.  This is book 12 in the Calladine & Bayliss series and is an absolutely stunning read that is perfect for anyone who likes crime fiction.

DEAD REAL (Calladine & Bayliss #12)

Format – Kindle
Publisher Joffe Books
Publication Date – 26th July 2022
Genre – Crime thriller, mystery and suspense
Author – Helen H Durrant

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Looking for a brilliant bestselling crime mystery with great detectives?

A sweltering summer day on the Hobfield housing estate. New tenant Lisa Woodley is horrified when her cat comes home with a human foot in its mouth.

The foot belongs to 16-year-old Noah Crosby, whose decomposing remains are found in a rubbish-strewn alleyway. It’s not a robbery, as the teen has an expensive gold watch, high-end trainers and a top-of-the-range mobile phone on him. Where did he get such expensive gear?

A letter X is carved into Noah’s flesh. Twenty years ago this was the hallmark of a serial killer who was never caught.

Is he back killing again?

Detective Tom Calladine and his partner DS Ruth Bayliss reach a dead end. People are scared. No one will talk.

Then Tom’s new girlfriend’s shop is targeted — and it’s clear she’s not telling him the whole truth about the attack. Just what is she hiding?

Can Tom and Ruth get answers before the murderer strikes again?

Love Angela Marsons, Rachel McLean, J.D. Kirk, J.M. Dalgleish or Rachel Abbott? You’ll love this bestselling crime fiction writer.

DEAD REAL is the brand-new book in the series of detective thrillers featuring DS Ruth Bayliss and DI Tom Calladine.

WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT DEAD REAL:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Great characters and plots.” Amanda P.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I loved it. Couldn’t put it down.” Sue W.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Fantastic read. I love this series of books and characters.” Booklover Bev

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “A fast-paced read and an exciting book.”

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “What a page turner, I was glued to the story” Els V.

⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Suspense, intrigue, action, and great police work!.” Debbie B.

⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Definitely keeps you hooked till the end.” Bonita S.

THE DETECTIVES
Tom Calladine is a 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 is balancing her professional life with looking after a small child.

THE SETTING
The fictional village of Leesdon is 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.


Review

I am thrilled to have been able to catch up with Calladine and Bayliss again in this gripping,  12th book in the series.  If you haven’t read any of this series yet it is fine because they work perfectly stand alone.

Tom Calladine had a health scare at the end of the last book but after a break he is now ready to get back to work which is just as well because a very perplexing case is about to land on his desk.

The decomposing body of a young man is found, Noah Crosby was only 16 how come nobody missed him and why would someone want to kill him?  Not robbery as he was still wearing very expensive trainers and a high end mobile phone was found on his body.  During the post-mortem an X was found carved into his body, this was the trademark of a serial killer from Calladine’s past who was never caught.

As the team begin to investigate it soon becomes clear that this is going to be a difficult case and when the shop of Tom Calladine’s girlfriend is targeted things become even more complicated. Can the team crack this case before anyone else dies?

Picking up an addition to a long running series like this is like having a catch up with old friends as we find out what has changed and see how the  characters develop and I certainly wasn’t disappointed.

Another gripping story that had me turning page after page each one filled with more suspense and intrigue – absolutely brilliant I really hope this series will keep on running.

5 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.

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

  • DEAD REAL

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

DETECTIVE ALICE ROSSI MYSTERY SERIES:

  • THE ASH LAKE MURDERS

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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