Dead Sorry by Helen H. Durrant #BookReview #Calladine&Bayliss11 #BlogTour #JoffeBooks #BooksnAll #NetGalley #5*

DEAD SORRY is the brand-new book in the series of detective thrillers featuring DS Ruth Bayliss and DI Tom Calladine.

THE PAST COMES BACK TO HAUNT THEM

Twenty-five years ago, a schoolgirl was attacked. Ambushed by three bullies at her home where she lived alone with her granny.

Now, the mother of one of those bullies is found murdered on the Hobfield housing estate. Written on the wall in the victim’s blood is the word “sorry”.

Detective Tom Calladine and his partner DS Ruth Bayliss discover a link to some bones found at an old house up in the hills. It was the home of the teenage girl who was attacked.

The detectives have more than this puzzling case on their hands. Arch-villain Lazarov is threatening Calladine’s granddaughter and a valuable hoard of Celtic gold is coming to a local museum.

The pressure is on, and this time Calladine is cracking . . .

Love Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Mel Sherratt, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham? You’ll love this bestselling crime fiction writer.

The Calladine & Bayliss Mystery Series

  1. Dead Wrong
  2. Dead Silent
  3. Dead List
  4. Dead Lost
  5. Dead & Buried
  6. Dead Nasty
  7. Dead Jealous
  8. Dead Bad
  9. Dead Guilty
  10. Dead Wicked
  11. Dead Sorry

Gripping to the Last!

I’m absolutely amazed to find that this is the first book I’ve read in this series!

A quarter of a century ago, a schoolgirl is attacked by three bullies in the home she shares with her grandmother. Now, the body of a woman found relates back to this first crime as she is the mother of one of the bullies and when bones are found in the now abandoned home where the attack took place, they seem to belong to the attacked girl, giving Tom Calladine and Ruth Bayliss plenty to work on. On top of all of this, Tom’s new baby granddaughter is being threatened by arch-villain Lazarus, and a hoard of Celtic gold is due to arrive at the local museum. All of this stress is putting a lot of pressure on Tom Calladine . . .

I wonder if Helen H Durrant is a knitter? I like to think of this one as an Aran sweater with all the complicated stitches that involves: slip stitches, ones that are knitted into several times and plenty of cables twisting first one way and then the other, but resulting in a finished garment with no fraying edges. There is some very clever writing which had me thinking one way when in fact it wasn’t the case. Well-plotted and smartly written, this is another triumph for the author with a pair of detectives I’ll happily read again. Gripping to the very last, and thoroughly enjoyable. There is no reason not to give this one all five stars – it earns them, easily. Highly recommended.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy and to Jill Burkinshaw for my spot on this tour; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: crime mystery

Author Details

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.

Also by Helen H. Durrant

DI GRECO SERIES:

  • DARK MURDER
  • DARK HOUSES
  • DARK TRADE
  • DARK ANGEL

DI MATHEW BRINDLE SERIES:

  • HIS THIRD VICTIM
  • THE OTHER VICTIM

DCI RACHEL KING SERIES:

  • NEXT VICTIM
  • TWO VICTIMS
  • WRONG VICTIM
  • FORGOTTEN VICTIM

DETECTIVES LENNOX & WILDE SERIES:

  • THE GUILTY MAN
  • THE FACELESS MAN

BOX SETS:

  • DETECTIVES CALLADINE & BAYLISS BOOKS 1-3
  • THE DETECTIVE CALLADINE & BAYLISS MYSTERY SERIES BOOKS 1-9 BOX SET
  • DETECTIVE STEPHEN GRECO BOOKS 1-3
  • THE COMPLETE DETECTIVE STEPHEN GRECO BOX SET
  • THE DETECTIVE RACHEL KING BOOKS 1-3

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