Saturday, May 7, 2016

Book Review: Dark Houses by Helen H. Durant

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Joffee Books, via Edelweiss, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

Mom like a really good British police procedural and mystery?

Then I've got a great book for her!

dark houses cover


A young woman is found brutally murdered in an empty house 

Detective Stephen Greco and his team must piece together her life as quickly as possible. Within twenty-four hours there is another horrific murder using the same method. The detectives realise that the victims are random but the locations are not. The killer is more concerned with finding the right house – somewhere he won’t be disturbed as he pursues his evil plan. 

When a man walks into the station and confesses, it looks like the case is closed. But Greco’s not convinced and soon he’ll be fighting to save the woman who’s most important to him in a stunningly tense and emotional conclusion. 

Can Greco keep himself and his team under control as the criminal gets personal? 


This is the second book in the new Det. Greco mystery series. Dark Murder was book one. Stephen Greco has moved to Oldston in this book, after his wife divorced him. He doesn’t like the place much but he wants to stay close to their daughter, Matilda. He is a meticulous policeman with a touch of O.C.D. Easy to admire, but difficult to like. 

I hadn't read the first book in this new series, but love Durant;s Bayliss and Calladine series, so I was eager to read this one! And it did NOT fail! Once again she gives us a great lead character who is flawed, realistic and easy to understand. Add a team that is trying to learn to work with him, and together, and equally built of realistic characters and you have the beginning of a sound series. Add what appears to be a closed room type of mystery, with no obvious clues, beyond what Durant shares from an involved party's perspective, and you have a book that you can NOT put down! There's a few surprises at the end, but they are they type where you didn't see the clues for the trees of the buildup. Kudos to Durant for another great series, and I'll be going back and reading book one, and eagerly awaiting book 3!

About the Author (from her!):

I’m one of the ‘baby boomer’ generation. I was born in Edinburgh to an English father and Scottish mother. My father was from the North West of England and this was where the family settled.
I know the area well, both the good and the bad, and so I set my books here. Sitting 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. I always planned to write crime novels — to create the characters in my books. Since my retirement from a busy teaching job in FE, this is what I’ve done — almost to exclusion of anything else!
I have a grown-up family and five grandchildren. They see me as something of an eccentric — always on my laptop writing away. Writing is something of a second career and, despite having a bus pass, keeps me busy, young and tuned in the world as it currently is.
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