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DEAD WRONG a gripping detective thriller full of suspense (Calladine & Bayliss Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
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!
- ASIN : B010Y7641M
- Publisher : Joffe Books Mystery, Crime Thriller, Suspense (July 3, 2015)
- Publication date : July 3, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 917 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 170 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #28,726 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This encounter is wonderful for Tom’s stress levels and soon sweeps away his disastrous police work problems.
Mysterious parcels arrive with loose fingers cut off, plus also a head without a body.
What is happening?
Very soon the serial killer sedates Lydia outside her flat and then takes her to his country lair. The serial killer is frothing at the mouth as he stares at Lydia lying naked and strapped to a bench, with her legs wide apart. His hands stroke her body and thinks.” This is the woman I really want.” He squeezes one of her nipples and imagines cutting it off with secateurs and sending to D.I.Tom to frighten and scare him. He cannot resist feeling her body with his hands, and soon has his fingers playing with the top of her legs. He tells Lydia that he may keep her as a prisoner for awhile in order to have some exciting sexual fun.
Lydia is terrified and thinks about what will happen.
This author really knows what men like for reading pleasure and paints sizzling sex scenes to stretch their imagination and keep the reader’s eyes glued to the book.
A stunning and gripping story of terror and wickedness. Everyone will thoroughly enjoy this smashing, serial killers expertise and planning.
Calladine and Bayliss are detective partners in this gripping, grisly murder mystery. They are great detectives but flawed individuals. Of Calladine one might say: Oh, what a muddle Tom makes of his personal life.
The protagonists are well-defined, emotionally rich and believable. They come to life through their dialogue and thoughts and through their personal lives and weaknesses.
British slang is incorporated into the novel, which is not a distraction, rather a pleasant change. Reviewed by the author of The Children's Story, About Good and Evil.
Don't get me wrong, this is not a bad book. The story line is good. It is well written. It just failed to grip me like it should have and like I expected it to. I never quite got that excited, "go away, leave me alone, I am reading a really good book" feeling, which was a pity as the storyline shows so much promise.
First there is a shooting, then a bag of severed fingers is found on a swing in a children's playground, closely followed by other bags of body parts strewn about.
Is this the start of a drug war on this impoverished housing estate...or is there something more sinister going on?
D I Calladine believes it is nothing to do with the drug war, that the answers lie buried firmly in the past, but his boss disagrees. So not only does he have a boss who can't see the wood for the trees to contend with, but there is the problem of Monika, his on-again/off again girlfriend, and friend of his DS Ruth Bayliss who seems determined to keep them together.
I can't quite put my finger on what was missing from this read for me. And I have pondered it for the past 24 hours.....Whatever it was, it won't put me off reading more from Helen Durrant. It appears that this was her first book, and I believe she can only get better. A stellar effort for a first book.
Thank you to NetGalley, Joffe Books and Helen Durrant for the gift of a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Top reviews from other countries
I am in two minds about how to rate this book however. On the one hand I found the key characters unbelievable. Detective Inspector Tom Calladine is a middle-aged, ‘old school’, experienced detective who I can only presume is going through a mid-life crisis given the way he is so easily swayed by a beautiful young female journalist (who strikes me as a rather shallow and clearly overly ambitious individual). In addition, Calladine appears to rely on his intuition to a greater extent than I would have expected from a seasoned detective. Detective Sergeant Ruth Bayliss is in her thirties and appears a more level-headed individual but why she is forever covering for Calladine in both his business and private life is not entirely convincing. Both these characters obviously have problems with personal relationships and some of their relationships would be highly questionable from a professional standpoint. Chief Inspector George Jones appears a pompous buffoon who has clearly forgotten what it was like to be a detective even though he was one only six months earlier. The various ‘baddies’ in the story are totally unpleasant characters who presumably the author does not want us to feel any sympathy for (and in this respect she succeeds!).
However, I thought the plot is reasonably clever and for this reason I wanted to keep reading the story to see how it ended. The investigation appears to be getting nowhere for much of the book but once the breakthrough in the case is revealed, the story comes to a relatively quick conclusion. There is an interesting twist at the end which may frustrate some budding armchair detectives as it is not easy to spot from the various clues peppered throughout the story.
This story has, however, intrigued me sufficiently to want to read the next book in the series (Dead Silent).
Otherwise, this is an okay-ish, fairly predictable police procedural. There are quite a few cliches: Our Hero's bullying but not very competent boss, the sink estate with its cast of drug-dealing youths and feckless single mothers, the tediously inevitable abduction of the above-mentioned femme fatale by the murderer, and her likewise tediously inevitable escape. I might borrow another book in this series from the library if there wasn't much else available, but I certainly wouldn't buy one.
The author has pitched this perfectly into the town of Denton and the territory of one DCI Jack Frost.
You could quite easily just change the names and cast David Jason into the picture.
This is certainly one of the best 'Jack the Ripper' books I've read for a while.
No spoilers but I had 2 and a half endings in mind.I made the wrong choice.
When I do that it means the authors got it right.
As a post script. I do with some one would change the rating star wording.
How do you 'love' a book that involves disembowelling?
You've got 5 stars.........
A few days pass by before Calladine wondered if he was on the wrong track. Maybe this wasn't about drugs. It could be about revenge.
For further information, buy this book. You won't be sorry.
Looking forward in reading book 2