DEAD GUILTY BY HELEN H. DURRANT – BOOK REVIEW

PUBLISHED BY JOFFE BOOKS ON 3rd MAY 2019

DETECTIVES CALLADINE AND BAYLISS HUNT FOR A MISSING CHILD IN A MYSTERY WITH A SHOCKING ENDING.

Sophie Alder is the three-year-old daughter of local factory owner, Richard Alder. Richard and his wife Annie are locals from the roughhousing estate who’ve made it big.

Plus, there’s a crime wave in Leesworth and the police can’t cope.

One thief even dares to break into Calladine’s house.

A number of local men have formed a vigilante group.

On one of their patrols, they catch the burglar and he ends up dead.

The investigation is complicated and the detectives keep hearing about a shadowy figure called “Street,” the mastermind behind the increase in drugs and theft.

With two more murders and Calladine’s personal life in turmoil, the detectives’ race against time to find “Street” and the missing child.

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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 is 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.

WHAT DID I THINK?

I have had this a while on my Kindle so as I am in front with my books at the moment I thought I would read a couple that I have bought for myself. Well, just wow, I am so glad I did but the only problem now is that I want to read all Helen’s other books as they are bloody brilliant. I read this in a day as just could not put it down and then the twist which I might add I do not think anyone will see that coming. I just loved everything about this book and I must say she will go down as one of my favourite authors, I just need to meet her now and I would love her to come to some of my events I put on.

I digress, anyway, you really need to get this and let me know what you think. I am also thinking that Joffe publishing is the best publishers for crime as they have some superb authors with all the books being great, probably best sellers as well.

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Helen Durrant 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 three books – Next Victim, Two Victims and soon to be released, 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

MATT BRINDLE
Book 1: HIS THIRD VICTIM
Book 2: THE OTHER VICTIM

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