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Monday, November 21, 2016

Book Review: Dead Nasty by Helen H. Durrant

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this set, free of charge,from Joffee Books, via Netgalley, for review and giveaway,  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,  all opinions are my own

Need a few books to keep you 'sane' during the next week with the inlaws, exlaws, banshees and drama divas, aka family?

Have I got a series for you!

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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. Her personal life finally seems to have settled down and she has just returned from maternity leave.
The fictional village of Leesdon 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.


The girl was part of a group of bullies from the local school. But DI Calladine recognises the MO of Craig Donnelly, a killer he thought he’d put away forever. And coincidentally Donnelly has just been released from prison. But when Detective Calladine charges in, he finds out that Donnelly has a watertight alibi and is under the protection of the local vicar who thinks Donnelly is a changed man.
When another girl goes missing from the same group of friends, Calladine must look elsewhere for the killer and comes across a sinister online predator who was in touch with all the girls.
DS Ruth Bayliss is back from maternity leave, but even her skills and common sense can’t crack the case. In a race against time, they must stop the killer, someone who may even be close to home, before he continues his vicious killing spree.
Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you turning the pages until the stunning conclusion

DEAD NASTY is book six of a new series of detective thrillers featuring D.S. Ruth Bayliss and D.I. Tom Calladine. I had read Helen's Det Graco series, but this one was new to me. But I needed have worried! Helen's writing style is so clear, that she brings in the needed background info for her readers in a natural organic way, so you don;t feel like you're playing catch up, and readers (already) of the series, don't feel drowned in already known facts! Add in a game of 6 degrees of separation, and you have a mystery that not only keeps the reader on their proverbial toes, but having to switch back and forth on who the suspect really is. It's a series that is honest with its characters back stories and home lives, and that adds to the suspense level. This one has a shocker at the end, but it just makes the series more realistic and allows for changes in Book 7, that allow for the characters to grow and change. A sign of a great author, who ants to keep the series fresh and alive for her readers! Do NOT miss this series!

The Series:
Book One: DEAD WRONG- A bag of severed fingers is found in the playground, it's a race against time to track down a killer before the whole area erupts in violence
Book Two: DEAD SILENT-  body is found in a car crash, but the victim was already dead . . .
Book Three: DEAD LIST- An unlikely serial killer with a bucket list of victims . . .
Book Four: DEAD LOST- An abandoned cotton mill holds horrific secrets....
Book Five: DEAD & BURIED-40 years ago something terrible happened in Annie's new house . . .

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