9 of 10 Dead Bad -CALLADINE and BAYLISS series by Helen H Durrant #bookreview #detective #crimefiction @hhdurrant @joffebooks

 

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Looking for a brilliant best-selling crime mystery with great detectives?

Detective Calladine and Bayliss face a vicious serial killer in a mystery with a shocking ending.

A woman’s body is found in a disused church, a homemade stuffed toy by her side. The victim had been dumped there months ago. The crime has the hallmarks of twenty-year-old case whose alleged perpetrator is in prison.

Detective Ruth Bayliss must work out whether a serial killer has returned, or whether a new killer is just taunting the police.

Her partner DI Tom Calladine faces the fight of his life to clear his name of corruption accusations. And then things go from bad to worse for Calladine . . .

With the team under massive pressure and drugs flooding the streets, another gruesomely presented body is found.

In an ending with a huge twist, the detectives must unpick decades’ old lies before anyone else dies.

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 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.


My Review

Helen is one of my favourite authors and I love all 3 of her series’ so was very excited to read this new addition to the Calladine & Bayliss series.  What can I say?  FANTASTIC I  was gripped from the very first page, fast paced, plenty going on and adrenaline pumping suspense.  What more could I ask it ticked every single box.

The story starts with the abduction of a child that reveals the corpse of a murdered woman this victim has been tortured in a horrific way and affects the team badly.  Close on the heels of this Calladine goes missing and the discovery of a dangerous batch of drugs that are flooding the area Ruth and the remainder of the team are chasing their tails trying to keep up with everything.

We learn more about Ruth in this book as she struggles with a difficult decision that could affect everyone.  The rest of the team’s character’s continue to grow and develop into well rounded, realistic but complex characters.

There are many twists and turns as the team juggle the two cases and several mind blowing shockers ensure that the reader keeps turning the pages all the way to the jaw dropping conclusion.

Brilliant read well worth the 5 stars.


Helen H Durrant

Author Bio

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

LINKS

Twitter – @hhdurrant

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pg/helenhdurrant/about/?ref=page_internal

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – The Flower Show Murder (Monica Noble #2) by Faith Martin #mystery #crimefiction @joffebooks @faithmartin_nov

Thank you to all the wonderful Bloggers who helped with the launch of THE FLOWER SHOW MURDER your help is very much appreciated,

What the bloggers thought:

Loopy Laura

We are provided with plenty of suspects and led to make assumptions about them: a clever misdirection by the author to keep us on our toes whilst reading! Read more here

The Word is Out

DCI Jason Drury is soon on the case, sifting through countless suspects and motives. I like the fact that he plays the main part in running the investigation and that much of the action centres on him and his sergeant. Read more here

Nicki’s book blog

There is always a good plot to keep the grey matter active. A little humour along the way and characters so well described that you can see them in your minds eye. A wonderful page turner and a clever entertaining plot. Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews

Another well crafted mystery from this author! The main characters are finely drawn, secondary characters are unique, some quirky, lending an air of credibility to the story. Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

The whole thing is an easy read and very enjoyable and one wonders, yet again, at the range of humanity which is displayed in a village. The evil, the sweet, the egotistical and the ambitious etc are all on parade for our enjoyment. Another triumph for Ms Martin! Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

Reading ‘The Flower Show Murder’ was like being on an unpredictable and slightly scary rollercoaster ride with more twists and turns that you would find on a ‘Snakes & Ladders’ board.  Some of the twists I guessed and some of them I didn’t. Read more here

Robin Loves Reading

There are no shortage of suspects and this story is a busy, yet quick read that kept me guessing until the end. I was very surprised as to who the killer was. Read more here


Discover a new series of murder mysteries set in an idyllic English village. From million-selling author Faith Martin.

Meet Monica Noble: the vicar’s wife with a taste for solving crimes.

Please note this book was first published as “UNHOLY WHIFF OF DEATH” under Faith Martin’s pen name JOYCE CATO.

SMELL THE ROSES AND DIE!

Monica Noble is thrilled to be asked to judge a neighbouring village’s flower show, even if she can’t tell a begonia from an azalea!

Her fellow judge Vicar James Davies inhales deeply from a large bloom and drops dead in the tent. At first everyone thinks he’s had a heart attack, but the doctor on hand is suspicious and calls in the police.

A second murder quickly follows, this time of one of the main suspects.
Monica must help the Chief Inspector Jason Dury to solve the two murders and find the killer —fast, before anyone else pays the ultimate price.

This is the second of a series of enjoyable murder mysteries with great characters and baffling crimes which will keep you gripped till the final page.

MONICA NOBLE was widowed young, leaving her to raise her feisty daughter on her own. That is, until she met and fell in love with Graham Noble, a country vicar (pastor), who enticed her to leave her high-flying job in advertising in the city and move to the Cotswold countryside. There she found bucolic life very pleasant indeed — until murder started to rear its ugly head. And she discovered, to everyone’s surprise, that she had a flair for solving the most unholy of crimes.

FAITH MARTIN is the million-selling author of the DETECTIVE HILLARY GREENE and JENNY STARLING mysteries, which have topped the global best-seller charts.

More MONICA NOBLE mysteries coming soon. Join the Joffe Books mailing list to be the first to hear about the next in the series.

MONICA NOBLE MYSTERIES
Book 1: THE VICARAGE MURDER
Book 2: THE FLOWER SHOW MURDER


My Review

This is the first Monica Noble book I have read so I can confirm they work perfectly as stand alone.

Monica is a vicar’s wife with a teenage daughter from a previous relationship. 

Carol Ann is studying for exams that will pave the way to university but she also aspires to be a model.  She wants to hate her stepfather, Graham, but really likes him although she will never admit it.  She brings a little humour to the book as we read of Monica’s struggles to keep her under control.

Monica wants a quiet life and is happy just being a Vicar’s wife but she usually finds herself tangled up in murder cases much to the annoyance of DI Drury.

It is the annual Flower Show in the quiet Cotswold village and the competition is fierce not only among the entrants but also among the judges with each wanting the most prestigious category to judge.

When Vicar James Davies drops dead after smelling a rose the village is deeply shocked.  Among them is a murderer but who is it?  As DI Drury sets about the task of interviewing all the attendees he is not too happy to find Monica Noble among them.  Can he unravel the clues to the murder before Monica?

This is a very interesting story full of interesting, unique characters with many twists, turns and shocks all the way to the very unexpected ending.  This is a book that readers of Cozy Mysteries will absolutely love.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers: Joffe Books for the advance copy.  This is my unbiased review.


Faith Martin author bio

Faith Martin was born in Oxford, and has spent all her life within twenty miles of the university city, even working at Somerville College for five years before turning to writing full-time.  The author of the popular DI Hillary Greene novels, she also writes more classic-style ‘whodunits’ under the pen name Joyce Cato, but began her writing career as Maxine Barry, winning an award for penning romance novels! A popular writer for over 25 years, she has had nearly 50 novels published so far. Her hobbies include walking her now ageing dog, wildlife-watching, reading and (reluctantly) gardening.  

8 of 10 Dead Jealous -CALLADINE and BAYLISS series by Helen H Durrant #bookreview #detective #crimefiction @hhdurrant @joffebooks

DEAD JEALOUS by Helen H. Durrant

‘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.’

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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 her 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

If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Mel Sherratt, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will enjoy this exciting new crime fiction writer.

DEAD JEALOUS is book seven of a new series of detective thrillers featuring D.S. Ruth Bayliss and D.I. Tom Calladine.


MY REVIEW

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,

I absolutely loved this book I was hooked from the beginning and just kept reading ‘a little bit more’. I intend to read Helen’s backlist as soon as time allows.

A fantastic read. Thank you to Joffe Books for the advance copy,


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 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.

THE DCI GRECO BOOKS
Book 1: DARK MURDER
Book 2: DARK HOUSES
Book 3: DARK TRADE

THE CALLADINE & BAYLISS MYSTERY SERIES
Book 1: DEAD WRONG
Book 2: DEAD SILENT
Book 3: DEAD LIST
Book 4: DEAD LOST
Book 5: DEAD & BURIED
Book 6: DEAD NASTY
Book 7: DEAD JEALOUS

Helen H Durrant

Author Bio

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

LINKS

Twitter – @hhdurrant

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pg/helenhdurrant/about/?ref=page_internal

7 of 10 Dead Nasty -CALLADINE and BAYLISS series by Helen H Durrant #bookreview #detective #crimefiction @hhdurrant @joffebooks

Dead Nasty (Calladine & Bayliss, #6)

Dead Nasty (book 6)

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A GIRL’S BODY IS FOUND IN A DUSTBIN. DEAD MEAT IS WRITTEN ON A NOTE FOUND WITH HER.

The girl was part of a group of bullies from the local school. But DI Calladine recognises the MO of Craig Donnelly, a killer he thought he’d put away forever. And coincidentally Donnelly has just been released from prison. But when Detective Calladine charges in, he finds out that Donnelly has a watertight alibi and is under the protection of the local vicar, who thinks Donnelly is a changed man.

When another girl goes missing from the same group of friends, Calladine must look elsewhere for the killer and comes across a sinister online predator who was in touch with all the girls.

DS Ruth Bayliss is back from maternity leave, but even her skills and common sense can’t crack the case. In a race against time, they must stop the killer, someone who may even be close to home, before he continues his vicious killing spree.

Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you turning the pages until the stunning and surprising conclusion


My Review

This is book 6 in the Calladine and Bayliss series. The first book I read in this series was book 7 some time ago and I have found the time to go back to the beginning and catch up so I can confirm they work perfectly as stand alone although I would recommend starting at the beginning if possible.

The body of a teenager is found and the method of murder takes Calladine back to a case from his past. The murder of Annabelle affected Calladine all those years ago and although the killer was caught and imprisoned he always maintained he was innocent. However, he has been released on parole and now history is repeating itself. Was the wrong man imprisoned? Calladine thinks not but Ruth Bayliss uncovers questions from the earlier case that had no answers forcing Calladine to question is gut instinct.

This case brings both Calladine and Bayliss’ personal lives into their professional ones as they both try to uncover the clues to identify the killer.

I love the characters in this book they develop a little more with each addition to the series as we learn more about the history that has shaped the individual.

This is a fast paced, intriguing story that kept the pages turning on a roller coaster ride of adrenaline pumping suspense all the way to the totally shocking ending.

WOW 5 stars from me – absolutely brilliant


Helen H Durrant

Author Bio

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

LINKS

Twitter – @hhdurrant

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pg/helenhdurrant/about/?ref=page_internal

BLOG TOUR – The Flower Show Murder (Monica Noble #2) by Faith Martin #mystery #crimefiction @joffebooks @faithmartin_nov

Today I am pleased to be closing the Blog Tour for this latest release by the brilliant Faith Martin. THE FLOWER SHOW MURDER is book 2 in the Monica Noble series.


Discover a new series of murder mysteries set in an idyllic English village. From million-selling author Faith Martin.

Meet Monica Noble: the vicar’s wife with a taste for solving crimes.

Please note this book was first published as “UNHOLY WHIFF OF DEATH” under Faith Martin’s pen name JOYCE CATO.

SMELL THE ROSES AND DIE!

Monica Noble is thrilled to be asked to judge a neighbouring village’s flower show, even if she can’t tell a begonia from an azalea!

Her fellow judge Vicar James Davies inhales deeply from a large bloom and drops dead in the tent. At first everyone thinks he’s had a heart attack, but the doctor on hand is suspicious and calls in the police.

A second murder quickly follows, this time of one of the main suspects.
Monica must help the Chief Inspector Jason Dury to solve the two murders and find the killer —fast, before anyone else pays the ultimate price.

This is the second of a series of enjoyable murder mysteries with great characters and baffling crimes which will keep you gripped till the final page.

MONICA NOBLE was widowed young, leaving her to raise her feisty daughter on her own. That is, until she met and fell in love with Graham Noble, a country vicar (pastor), who enticed her to leave her high-flying job in advertising in the city and move to the Cotswold countryside. There she found bucolic life very pleasant indeed — until murder started to rear its ugly head. And she discovered, to everyone’s surprise, that she had a flair for solving the most unholy of crimes.

FAITH MARTIN is the million-selling author of the DETECTIVE HILLARY GREENE and JENNY STARLING mysteries, which have topped the global best-seller charts.

More MONICA NOBLE mysteries coming soon. Join the Joffe Books mailing list to be the first to hear about the next in the series.

MONICA NOBLE MYSTERIES
Book 1: THE VICARAGE MURDER
Book 2: THE FLOWER SHOW MURDER


My Review

This is the first Monica Noble book I have read so I can confirm they work perfectly as stand alone.

Monica is a vicar’s wife with a teenage daughter from a previous relationship. 

Carol Ann is studying for exams that will pave the way to university but she also aspires to be a model.  She wants to hate her stepfather, Graham, but really likes him although she will never admit it.  She brings a little humour to the book as we read of Monica’s struggles to keep her under control.

Monica wants a quiet life and is happy just being a Vicar’s wife but she usually finds herself tangled up in murder cases much to the annoyance of DI Drury.

It is the annual Flower Show in the quiet Cotswold village and the competition is fierce not only among the entrants but also among the judges with each wanting the most prestigious category to judge.

When Vicar James Davies drops dead after smelling a rose the village is deeply shocked.  Among them is a murderer but who is it?  As DI Drury sets about the task of interviewing all the attendees he is not too happy to find Monica Noble among them.  Can he unravel the clues to the murder before Monica?

This is a very interesting story full of interesting, unique characters with many twists, turns and shocks all the way to the very unexpected ending.  This is a book that readers of Cozy Mysteries will absolutely love.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers: Joffe Books for the advance copy.  This is my unbiased review.


Faith Martin author bio

Faith Martin was born in Oxford, and has spent all her life within twenty miles of the university city, even working at Somerville College for five years before turning to writing full-time.  The author of the popular DI Hillary Greene novels, she also writes more classic-style ‘whodunits’ under the pen name Joyce Cato, but began her writing career as Maxine Barry, winning an award for penning romance novels! A popular writer for over 25 years, she has had nearly 50 novels published so far. Her hobbies include walking her now ageing dog, wildlife-watching, reading and (reluctantly) gardening.  

6 of 10 Dead & Buried -CALLADINE & BAYLISS series by Helen H Durrant #bookreview #detective #crimefiction @hhdurrant @joffebooks

Dead & Buried (Calladine & Bayliss, #5)

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


MY REVIEW

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

Author Bio

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

LINKS

Twitter – @hhdurrant

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pg/helenhdurrant/about/?ref=page_internal

5 of 10 Dead Lost -CALLADINE & BAYLISS series by Helen H Durrant #bookreview #detective #crimefiction @hhdurrant @joffebooks

Book 4: Dead Lost

Dead Lost

Calladine & Bayliss book 4

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An abandoned cotton mill holds horrific secrets

Police partners, D.I. Calladine and D.S. Ruth Bayliss face one of their toughest challenges yet. A group of homeless people have set up camp in the grounds of a disused cotton mill belonging to local businessman Damien Chase.

But one of the men is not what he seems. He has a secret he will do anything to cover up. And once Calladine and Bayliss investigate, they find the crimes go much further than they could have ever imagined.

Will Ruth be able to juggle her personal and professional lives, and can Calladine deal with their new boss, a woman he neither trusts nor likes? Willing to do anything to bring terrible suffering to an end, Calladine make an astonishing move . . .

DEAD LOST is book four of a new series of detective thrillers featuring D.S. Ruth Bayliss and D.I. Tom Calladine. They can be read together or as standalone novels.

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. Her personal life is about to change forever.

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.


MY REVIEW

Another great addition to the Detectives Calladine and Bayliss series.

Calladine is struggling personally.  He is trying to find himself after the bombshell his Mum left him.  His is bouncing from one unlikely relationship to another and his Sergeant is heavily pregnant and about to go on Maternity leave.  But things are going to get worse before they get better and to add to the confusion he has to deal with the upcoming court case knowing that there are people out there who will stop at nothing to prevent him giving evidence.

He suspects someone in the force is corrupt but who is it?  Prime suspect is his new DCI.  They get off on the wrong foot and he begins to think she is on a mission to remove him from the team or dismantle the team either way he is very much on his guard.

The story has several strands.  The homeless camp seems to be the central point but a very unlikely one.  When homeless men go missing will anyone care?  Well Calladine and his team do and when their investigations turn up other possible crimes the team are struggling to work out what is going on.

Another gripping story full of twists, turns and red herrings all the way to a totally shocking conclusion.  A 5 star read that will appeal to all crime fiction readers.


Helen H Durrant

Author Bio

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

LINKS

Twitter – @hhdurrant

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pg/helenhdurrant/about/?ref=page_internal

DETECTIVE RUBY BAKER Box Set by Daisy White #CrimeFiction #RubyBaker @DEWhiteAuthor @JoffeBooks

Detective Ruby Baker Box Set

A collection of 3 books in one Box Set

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Before I Left

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A LONG HOT SUMMER, A CITY BY THE SEA, AND A SERIAL KILLER ON THE LOOSE.

Nineteen-year-old runaway Ruby Baker and pregnant best friend Mary escape domestic violence in London to find a new home in Brighton. They join a glitzy set of party girls, who are hell-bent on enjoying themselves in the new freedom of the 1960s.

But their new life soon comes under threat. Someone is watching Ruby. A tall stranger who Ruby keeps spotting in the shadows.  This man may have followed them from London. And Ruby fears her dark secret will be exposed.

Then a murder at a local beauty spot brings danger for the party-loving set, and the first murder is followed by a second. Rumours of occult sacrifices spread across town.

In a breathtaking conclusion, Ruby faces a race against time to save someone very close to her, and her new life may be destroyed and her secrets exposed.

MY REVIEW

This book is very well written and descriptive which makes the reader envisage the scenery and surroundings very realistically. There are many characters which develop gradually over the course of the book.
It is the 1960s and Ruby and Mary are running away from a violent life in London. They travel to Brighton to stay with Pearl in the hope of a peaceful life. Things are starting to look up when a girl is murdered. When Ruby notices a stranger watching her she worries that maybe she hasn’t escaped the violence and secrets of her life in London.
The book progresses at a steady pace as we join the girls on their journey to rebuild their lives and watch them build new friendships and turn amateur detective to find the murderer. There are many twists and turns along the way with a little Black Magic thrown in which makes for an intriguing read towards a fast paced and gripping ending that comes as a real shock.
A very good read and I thank Joffe Books for the advance copy.


Before I found you

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Do you love gripping mysteries? Then discover Ruby Baker, a young woman with a talent for uncovering the truth.

A child found alone on the beach.

A mother who served ten years for a crime she says she didn’t commit.

Ruby Baker is back with another seaside mystery. When she and her friends rescue a child from the beach in a storm, police are baffled. Nobody has reported a child missing, and the girl appears to be so traumatised that she is unable to speak.

In Johnny’s hairdressing salon, the notorious Beverly Collins makes an appointment with Ruby, but it soon becomes clear the woman wants more than a haircut.

Beverly has just been released from Holloway Prison after serving ten years for child cruelty. The body of her missing daughter was never found, but Beverly insists she is innocent, and she wants Ruby Baker’s Investigation Bureau to prove it.

This isn’t going to be an easy investigation. Opinion is divided on Beverly’s innocence. Reporters Kenny and James are keen to uncover a big story, while Ruby’s best friend, Mary, is distracted and struggling to deal with motherhood.

As Ruby tries to unravel the past, she discovers that Beverly Collins release seems to have triggered a bizarre chain of events.

Has she really been framed for her crime, and if so, where is her daughter Ella Collins now? And who is the mystery girl on the beach?

MY REVIEW

This is book 2 in the Ruby Baker series and is set in Brighton in the 1960’s. They do work well as stand alone but you learn about Ruby and Mary’s background in book 1.

Ruby is on the beach when she sees and hears a young girl screaming. The girl is traumatised and wont speak. Shortly afterwards a woman who was sent to prison for murdering her young daughter is released, still pleading her innocence, and asks Ruby to help find her daughter. There are other strange happenings too. Is it coincidence or is something else going on?

This is a very intriguing read. As a mother I was gripped from the start. It is every mother’s nightmare to lose a daughter but to be accused of murdering your own child is horrific. Ruby is up against a lot of people who are convinced Beverley is guilty. All the evidence pointed to her. Will Ruby and her friends be able to unravel the clues to uncover the truth? I just kept turning page after page late into the night.

The characters develop well and there are personal issues interwoven into the story to give it a realistic human element. I love the dark Will I am sure there is more to learn about this strange man who has Ruby’s back.

Brilliant read and I am looking forward to more in this series.




Before I trust you

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Rita Stonehill runs in front of the horses on a sunny day at Brighton racecourse. Why did she kill herself and is there more to it than meets the eye?

Ruby Baker is shocked to witness this dramatic event. Rita’s brother thinks she was murdered, but there’s no evidence to suggest that.
It seems like an open-and-shut case of suicide, but as a sordid love triangle emerges, is there more to it than that?
Ruby plunges into the glamorous world of horse racing to discover the truth. This is her most dangerous case yet and Rita’s death strikes very close to home for Ruby.
And then Ruby’s best friend Mary experiences a very shocking event . . .

MY REVIEW

This is book 3 in the Ruby Baker series. It is the 1960s so bear that in mine when reading as opinions and safety have changed a lot since then.

This series is definitely growing on me and I am hoping for many more.

The story begins at a horse race. Everyone is in high spirits and very excited when a girl suddenly runs out in front of the horses. A tragic accident, suicide or murder? There are a lot of opinions but nobody really saw anything or did they?

This is a story that moves along at a fairly fast pace and I was gripped all the way through. There is a lot going on and that brings with it a lot of interest. We expect competition and gambling in the horse racing world but there is a lot more going on here.

Suicide (or murder) by horse is a unique idea. The victim was playing the field so maybe jealousy was a motive or maybe not. The suspense builds all the way through the book and we are nearly at the end before the pieces fit together.

Ruby and her gang of amateur detectives are realistic characters that have grown and developed over the series. There are also a couple of back stories that could make the reader feel they have missed something but apart from that the book works well as stand alone.

Adrenaline pumping suspense, twists, turns and red herrings this is an intriguing story that will keep you entertained. 5 stars from me.

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4 of 10 Calladine & Bayliss Box Set of books 1-3 – CALLADINE & BAYLISS series by Helen H Durrant #bookreview #detective #crimefiction @hhdurrant @joffebooks

CALLADINE & BAYLISS box set of books 1-3

Calladine & Bayliss

Box set of books 1-3

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BOOK 1: DEAD WRONG

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

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.

BOOK 2: DEAD SILENT

A body is found in a car crash, but the victim was already dead . . .

D.I. Calladine and D.S. Ruth Bayliss race against time to catch a vicious serial killer. The first two victims are American university students and both have livestock tags fixed to their earlobes.

Who wanted them dead and what’s the connection? The detectives piece together the forensic evidence and track down the witnesses, to reach a shocking conclusion.

BOOK 3: DEAD LIST

An unlikely serial killer with a bucket list of victims . . .

Calladine and Bayliss battle a murderer who is working their way through a list of victims. Each murder is meticulously planned and unique, and a tarot card is left at the scene of the crime.

When two children disappear in the local area, the stakes are raised and the team are baffled by the link between the crimes. Calladine and Bayliss race against time to prevent any more carnage.

THE DETECTIVES

Tom Calladine is a single, fifty-something 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. Her hobby is birdwatching.


My Reviews

Book 1 – Dead Wrong

I joined the Calladine and Bayliss series at Dead Jealous and reading the series from book 1 has been on my TBR list ever since.  So I was thrilled to find a slot to go back to the beginning.

Usually I expect book 1 to be slow going with a lot of character building but Helen has successfully avoided this and the book moves along at an adrenaline pumping pace from beginning to end.

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.

5 stars from me.

Book 2 – Dead Silent

Book 2 in the Calladine and Bayliss series and another brilliant read.

Calladine is suffering.  His mother has died and Lydia has gone the last person he needs to see at his Mother’s funeral is Fallon, his wayward cousin. Then he is called away to a murder.

Someone is targeting American students and who is Vida?  How can these young women go missing and nobody knows or cares?  Except Alice, a student who has been doing a bit of amateur investigation.

This is a totally gripping twisty turny book with plenty going on:  an abducted child, murder of a witness and the dead/missing young women.  Given that Calladine is short a detective and his DCI is ineffectual the team have their work cut out trying to juggle everything so the last thing Calladine is expecting is to have Pandora’s box delivered from the grave.

But this is Calladine and with Ruth Bayliss’ help he will put the pieces together and get the bad guys, all of them.

The characters continue to develop and I felt I got to know Calladine a lot more.  He is a realistic character with flaws and good points and his team all work together really well so it is no surprise that they start to untangle the web of lies and secrets and find the way forward to solve the cases.

Another brilliant read.  I am loving this series.

Book 3 –  Dead List

I do like the format of the books in this series so far.  With the Prologue providing you with a taster and the story switching between the police investigation and the mind of the killer.

The characters continue to develop and the events in their personal lives makes them more interesting and realistic.  I won’t say too much about the characters and events as I don’t want to spoil it for anyone.

This book sees the introduction of Greco (he has a series of his own so I wont say much about him at this stage).  When the cases overlap between the different forces Greco and Calladine clash each wanting control of the case/s and Ruth is tasked with trying to persuade Calladine to be less precious which makes for an interesting side story.

The story itself is intriguing and really makes you think outside the box with a very unlikely killer on the loose working through a bucket list.  There is no MO each murder is different and the clues are sparse as the team appear to be fishing in the dark looking for something, anything that could turn into a lead.

Lots of twists and turns and a massive helping of stress for Calladine as he struggles to crack the case before Greco .

Another brilliant addition to a very addictive series.


Helen H Durrant

Author Bio

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

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