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Dead Lost: A DI Calladine & DS Bayliss Thriller by Helen H Durrant
Joffe Books 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. The security hired to guard the mill is hassling the camp residents. Men are disappearing. Whether the disappearances are part of the scheme to get rid of the homeless, or are a part of a different plan is unknown.
Meanwhile, as Ray Fallon’s trial approaches, a hit man is targeting Calladine and someone from his department has betrayed him.
All of the Calladine and Bayliss thrillers are enthralling police procedurals. Dead Lost is no different. The books do not have to be read in order. If you are a fan of this genre of mysteries, you can't go wrong with Durrant.
I received a copy of Dead Lost from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
Description A BRAND NEW GRIPPING DETECTIVE MYSTERY FROM A BEST-SELLING AUTHOR An abandoned cotton mill holds horrific secrets Police partners, D.I. Calladine and D.S. Ruth Bayliss face one of their toughest challenges yet. A group of homeless people have set up camp in the grounds of a disused cotton mill belonging to local businessman Damien Chase.
But one of the men is not what he seems. He has a secret he will do anything to cover up. And once Calladine and Bayliss investigate, they find the crimes go much further than they could have ever imagined.
Will Ruth be able to juggle her personal and professional lives, and can Calladine deal with their new boss, a woman he neither trusts nor likes? Willing to do anything to bring terrible suffering to an end, Calladine make an astonishing move . . .
If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Mel Sherratt, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will be gripped by this exciting new crime fiction writer.
DEAD LOST is book four of a new series of detective thrillers featuring D.S. Ruth Bayliss and D.I. Tom Calladine. They can be read together or as standalone novels.