Once again Helen Durrant has crafted an impeccable police procedural where she successfully combines three complicated cases - two current and one from 17 years previous.
17years ago, Josie Wilkins’s daughter Jessica disappeared without a trace. No clues and no witnesses. Now someone has discovered an urn accompanied by what appears to be the toddler’s effects
Flora Appleton, a 16 year old is discovered in the boot of an abandoned car after being missing a week - a fact not reported by the mother
A local money lender with known violent tendencies is knifed and pushed over the rail of the housing block.
With the recent death of Imogen weighing on their minds, and Rocco away at an IT course, Calladine and his team are short-handed and out of sorts. His DS, Ruth Bayliss is having problems with her husband and is trying to balance her career with being the mother of an infant....
Helen H Durrant’s police procedurals show the dark side of rural Britain. Both gritty and captivating, these novels are not cozy. Rather, they showcase crime that often has an organized aspect to it - professional villains play a major role.
Dead & Buried starts with the death of a young woman 40 years ago. Readers, unlike the police know to expect a link to the newly discovered murder of a woman found not far from Clough Cottage. As the deaths escalate, readers are kept glued to the page, seeking to unravel the connections along with Calladine.
Don’t expect easy endings from Helen Durrant. As in reality, justice is not always served, even when the truth is uncovered. Although the novel is dark, it is lightened by the very human nature of her team of detectives. Her characters are real, their motivations understandable.
Dead Lost: A DI Calladine & DS Bayliss Thriller by Helen H Durrant
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date: January 29, 2016
I’ve read several books by Helen H Durrant and have enjoyed them all a great deal. British police procedurals are one of my favorite mystery types, and she knows how to create plots that are not only chilling, but also remind the reader of important but troubling issues. Dead Lost focuses on the plight of the homeless and on human trafficking. Throughout all of the Calladine and Bayliss novels, police politics makes an impact on their investigations.
The case begins with the discovery of a bloody coat. There is no sign of the owner. Despite the disapproval of their new DCI, Calladine moves to have it examined by forensics. The fact that the victim’s identity is uncertain adds to the difficulty.
Someone clearly wants the homeless population moved out of a disused mill. Bones of some kind are being sent to volunteers. Th...