I’m really excited to be sharing my review today for Perfect Death by Helen Fields which is out now in paperback and eBook.
The DI Luc Callanch series is one of my favourite crime fiction series out at the moment and Helen’s books keep getting better and better.
Source: Review Copy
There’s no easy way to die…
Unknown to DI Luc Callanach and the newly promoted DCI Ava Turner, a serial killer has Edinburgh firmly in his grip. The killer is taking his victims in the coldest, most calculating way possible – engineering slow and painful deaths by poison, with his victims entirely unaware of the drugs flooding their bloodstream until it’s too late.
But how do you catch a killer who hides in the shadows? A killer whose pleasure comes from watching pain from afar? Faced with their most difficult case yet, Callanach and Turner soon realise they face a seemingly impossible task…
I love this series. When the invitation went out to join the blog tour, I didn’t hesitate in saying yes. Helen Fields knows how to weave a clever, intricate story. Whenever I pick up one of Helen’s books, I know that I am going to lose a few hours to reading.
Fast-paced, gruesome murders, captivating characters, this series has it all! Crime fans, if you haven’t yet discovered this series, you don’t know what you’re missing out on!
When a young girl’s body is found in the hills at Arthur’s Seat, DI Callanch and his team suspect that she may have perished at the result of taking an overdose. The case should be fairly simple to wrap up, but something is niggling away at Callanch to suggest there may be more to the young girl’s death than meets the eye.
Meanwhile, newly promoted, DCI Ava Tuner is called to a scene, where the body of her former boss, DCI Begbie has been found in his car, where it appears that he has taken his own life. But Ava is far from convinced that this is the case. As Ava struggles to prove that there may be a sinister motive behind her former chief inspector’s death, Callanch’s investigation steps up. He believes that a serial killer may be operating on the streets of Edinburgh, a killer who is cold, calculating and intelligent. With few leads to follow and a killer keeping well in the shadows, can Callanch stop them from killing again? And can Ava get to the bottom of her former boss’s suicide?
I love the relationship between DI Luc Callanch and his colleague DCI Ava Turner in these books. I enjoy reading the scenes when it is just the two of them together as there is often a good dose of humour in their conversations. Their relationship is put a little under strain in this book. For me, this is one aspect which made the book really exciting. I was keen to see how their personal and working relationship was going to develop. We also learn a lot more about Callanch’s past in this book, particularly more about his relationship with his mother. I’m intrigued to see how Helen will explore this in future books as this is a part of Callanch’s life which we have heard little about.
As with the previous books in the series, Helen Fields has created an utterly terrifying serial killer. Her original ideas is another reason why these books have become a favourite of mine. She is one of the most exciting crime writers in the business at the moment, and I really can’t wait to see where she’ll take Luc, Ava and the rest of her characters next.
This series keeps getting better and better. Whenever Helen Fields has a new book out it always goes straight to the top of my reading pile and I am never disappointed. Helen is such a talented writer, and I can’t recommend her books highly enough.
Publication date: 25th January 2018
Print length: 448 pages
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