> Bless Their Hearts Mom: Book Review: Dead Bad by Helen H Durrant
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Book Review: Dead Bad by Helen H Durrant

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Joffee Books, via Netgalleyfor review purposes. 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.

This new mystery is on special this week, 
so make sure you read down to get it for next to nothing,
and get introduced to this great series!

dead bad cover


Detective Calladine and Bayliss face a vicious serial killer in a mystery with a shocking ending.

A woman’s body is found in a disused church, a homemade stuffed toy by her side. The victim had been dumped there months ago. The crime has the hallmarks of twenty-year-old case whose alleged perpetrator is in prison.

Detective Ruth Bayliss must work out whether a serial killer has returned, or whether a new killer is just taunting the police.

Her partner DI Tom Calladine faces the fight of his life to clear his name of corruption accusations. And then things go from bad to worse for Calladine . . .

With the team under massive pressure and drugs flooding the streets, another gruesomely presented body is found.

In an ending with a huge twist, the detectives must unpick decades’ old lies before anyone else dies.


This is the 8th book in the Calladine and Bayliss series. Bayliss takes the lead in this book, as Calladine is missing, and then suspended. It's an interesting twist, as Bayliss uses the 'what would Calladine do' thought process to make sure her team isn't missing anything. Yet they are stymied when they realize the new case has the earmarks of a killing that Calladine first worked in the early days of his career. Did the wrong killer go to jail? Is there a copy cat? Does the old case even relate to the issues keeping Calldine on the bench? Durrant does a spectacular job in this latest book of keeping the reader turning pages LONG into the night. While I had a guess of who the killer might be, it wasn't until all the evidence came to light that I was sure. Readers may be surprised at the ending, but thoroughly satisfied that they just completed a perfect crime thriller! Don't miss this one!

Right now it's on sale for ONLY 99 cents on Kindle, so there's NO excuse to miss it!

About the Author:

"I'm lucky inasmuch as I work from home. Sat on my favourite sofa I can write and see the birds in my garden through the back window."

Helen sets her books in the area she has lived in for many years: the towns and villages that sit in the shelter of the Pennine hills. The area sits 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. 

FYI- The front cover of Dead Bad is taken from an image of a local pub - now no longer exists - I think! It was high on the tops - the Horse and Jockey was it's name. I've had no end of comments from the locals who all recognise it!
Helen always planned to write crime novels. But until she retired from full-time work in a local further education college, it had to go on the back burner. Once she did retire - there was no excuse. She now writes full-time. Retirement proper will have to wait! 

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