Today I am thrilled to be kicking off the Blog Tour for WRONG VICTIM with my #bookreview of this awesome addition to the Detective Rachel King series by one of my favourite authors: Helen H Durrant. Fast paced, full of twists and turns this is an absolutely gripping page-turner that is a must read for any crime fiction fans.
Author: Helen H Durrant
Published by Joffe Books
Publication Date: 5th December 2019
Genre: Crime Fiction
Available from: AMAZON
A man is found dead in his bed, suffocated, covered in confetti and with his ring finger missing. Detective Rachel King informs his daughter and takes her to identify the body. But she’s never seen the man before in her life.
WHAT IF YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW WHO THE KILLER REALLY WANTED TO MURDER?
Then a second murder. This time a woman, Alison, also suffocated and with her finger severed and confetti strewn over her body.
The team desperately search for a link before anyone else dies.
Meanwhile, someone has been running a property scam, selling dream houses that will never be built.
And the love of Rachel’s life has disappeared. Is he really the mastermind of a people-trafficking gang? Or does Rachel have enemies on her own team?
A MYSTERY FULL OF STUNNING TWISTS AND WITH NO ONE RACHEL CAN TRUST.
This is book 3 in the brilliant Detective Rachel King series by Helen Durrant.
A sick old man in a nursing home is found murdered with confetti sprinkled over him and his wedding finger missing. Who would want to kill a man who is dying and what is the confetti all about? These are just a few of the questions that Rachel King and her team need to find answers to but as they delve into the victim’s life they open Pandora’s box and are faced with shocks and more secrets than they ever expected.
Rachel King is a character who grows on you. She is in love with Jed but he lives on the wrong side of the law (or does he) so her feelings have to be kept locked inside. She relies heavily on her partner Elwyn and as everyone seems to have secrets he is the only colleague she is able to trust. In the previous book we saw her at loggerheads with Kenton, a detective from a nearby station. This very rocky relationship is carried through to this book as Rachel is forced to work with him. But can she trust him? Who can she trust?
Elwyn comes accross as the dependable type the voice of reason. He is not easily ruffled and is a perfect character to offset Rachel’s lack of patience.
Jonny takes a bigger role in the story as he develops his detective skills we see more of his gut instinct come to the fore as he gains the confidence to act on his hunches.
The story is fast paced as I expect from Helen Durrant. There are many twists and turns as we are taken on a journey through mistaken identity, corruption, drugs and revenge. But knowing the why doesn’t mean the who will be revealed it is all a very tangled web that Rachel and her team have to untangle to find the right path to cracking the case.
What readers are saying about HELEN H. DURRANT
“I couldn’t put it down.” Barbara
“This new series by Helen H. Durrant certainly has got off to a thrilling start.” Viv
“If you want a book to get your teeth into, this is the one. A massive 5*” Greta
“Another fast-paced murder mystery” Aileen
“The writing wastop notch and the characters were very real.” Kat
DCI Rachel King. Thirty-nine year-old 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 anything about this.
ALSO BY HELEN H. DURRANT
Book 1: Next Victim
Book 2: Two Victims
Book 3: Wrong Victim
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
Book 8: DEAD BAD
Book 9: DEAD GUILTY
THE DCI GRECO BOOKS
Book 1: DARK MURDER
Book 2: DARK HOUSES
Book 3: DARK TRADE
Book 4: DARK ANGEL
Book 1: HIS THIRD VICTIM
Book 2: THE OTHER VICTIM
Helen H Durrant
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
Twitter – @hhdurrant