Title: Dead Bad by Helen H Durrant
Publisher: Joffe Books
Date Published: 7th May 2018
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.
If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Mel Sherratt, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will enjoy this exciting new crime fiction writer.
DEAD BAD is book eight of a new series of detective thrillers featuring D.S. Ruth Bayliss and D.I. Tom Calladine.
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 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.
DISCOVER YOUR NEXT FAVOURITE MYSTERY SERIES NOW
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
THE DCI GRECO BOOKS
Book 1: DARK MURDER
Book 2: DARK HOUSES
Book 3: DARK TRADE
Book 4: DARK ANGEL
HIS THIRD VICTIM
The story opens with a hostage situation followed by the discovery of a dead woman in an abandoned church. The similarities to an old case from DI Tom Calladine’s past are unmistakable but Tom is nowhere to be found and a large amount of money is found in his bank account. It’s up to DS Ruth Bayliss and the team to prove Calladine’s innocence and find a murderer on the loose.
This is the eighth in the series but can be read as a stand-alone but I would recommend to have at least read a couple of the previous books just to get a better sense of the characters.
This was such an absorbing, fast paced read. With the kidnapping of Calladine and the brutal killer on the loose story lines, I just could not stop turning those pages!
This is the second Calladine and Bayliss novel I’ve read and what I appreciated in this one is we got a little bit more about the history/family of the characters than in the previous novel, Dead Jealous. There also a nice little bonus for fans of Helen’s other novels, as there is a guest appearance from DI Greco, the straight laced detective from her ‘Dark’ series of novels.
My only issue was that I got so enthralled by Calladine’s kidnap, I sort of forgot for a couple of chapters that there’d been a murder but that was just a minor point.
Overall a page turner that left me anxiously waiting for the next in the series.
OVER 500,000 books sold of her Calladine & Bayliss and DI Greco Series
I’m one of the ‘baby boomer’ generation. I was born in Edinburgh to an English father and Scottish mother. My father was from the North West of England and this was where the family settled.
I know the area well, both the good and the bad, and so I set my books here. Sitting 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. I always planned to write crime novels — to create the characters in my books. Since my retirement from a busy teaching job in FE, this is what I’ve done — almost to exclusion of anything else!
I have a grown-up family and five grandchildren. They see me as something of an eccentric — always on my laptop writing away. Writing is something of a second career and, despite having a bus pass, keeps me busy, young and tuned in the world as it currently is.
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