Title: Last Victim (Rachel King 5) by Helen H Durrant
Date Published: 2nd December 2021
Publisher: Joffe Books
Genre: Police Procedural
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 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 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 was top notch and the characters were very real.” Kat
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.
ALSO BY HELEN H. DURRANT
DETECTIVE RACHEL KING
Book 1: NEXT VICTIM
Book 2: TWO VICTIMS
Book 3: WRONG VICTIM
Book 4: FORGOTTEN VICTIM
Book 5: LAST 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
Book 10: DEAD WICKED
Book 11: DEAD SORRY
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
DETECTIVES LENNOX & WILDE
Book 1: THE GUILTY MAN
Book 2: THE FACELESS MAN
I want to thank Jill Burkinshaw for inviting me on this tour and Joffe Books for providing me with a copy of Last Victim in exchange for an honest review.
This is the fifth book in the Rachel King series. While it can be read as a standalone, I would highly recommend reading at least the previous book Forgotten Victim for a bit more background.
Rachel is back at work after having a baby, only to find herself looking into a kidnap of a two-month-old baby. To make matters worse, the baby’s father is a notorious criminal and member of a gang called The Trio. Another family member of The Trio is kidnapped, and it’s up to Rachel and her team to get to the bottom of it.
Last Victim is a character driven novel which, rather than trying to make you figure out a mystery, you have to work out the more complicated motives for the crime.
I still enjoy reading the character of Rachel, even though she’s happily settled with her on/off beau
Jed and a new baby, it has not softened that suspicious nature of hers one bit and I love it!
There were some good villains in this novel, in particular the slightly terrifying Grace Blackmore, wife of one of the members of The Trio. She’s definitely not someone you’d want to cross!
I felt like this edged more into a gangland thriller rather than a police procedural, but of course that’s just my opinion.
If you’re a fan of gritty, gangster filled novels, then I’d highly recommend Last Victim to you
About The Author:
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.