Perfect Crime by Helen Fields #bookreview blog tour @Helen_Fields @AvonBooks @Sabah_K #PerfectCrime

I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Helen Fields fifth book in the DI Luc Callanch and DCI Ava Turner series, Perfect Crime. Thank you to Sabah Khan at Avon Books for inviting me to take part.

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Your darkest moment is your most vulnerable…

Stephen Berry is about to jump off a bridge until a suicide prevention counsellor stops him. A week later, Stephen is dead. Found at the bottom of a cliff, DI Luc Callanach and DCI Ava Turner are drafted in to investigate whether he jumped or whether he was pushed…

As they dig deeper, more would-be suicides roll in: a woman found dead in a bath; a man violently electrocuted. But these are carefully curated deaths – nothing like the impulsive suicide attempts they’ve been made out to be.

Little do Callanach and Turner know how close their perpetrator is as, across Edinburgh, a violent and psychopathic killer gains more confidence with every life he takes…

MY THOUGHTS

Helen Field’s DI Luc Callanach and DCI Ava Turner series is one I have followed since the beginning, and this is a series that keeps on delivering the goods. It’s been fascinating to see Luc’s relationship with Ava grow over the course of the last five books, is there something more in store for them in the future? We shall have to see.

The cases that Ava and Luc are investigating in Perfect Crime are perplexing. The book opens with a rather dramatic scene, as Stephen Berry is attempting to commit suicide and disturbingly, a stranger in the crowd is egging him on and laughing at his attempt. So it is a huge relief to the majority of the crowd when a Good Samaritan persuades Stephen to halt his actions. So when Stephen ends up dead after falling from a wall at Tantallon Castle only a few days later, it is devastating. But soon more bodies begin to turn up, it appears to Ava and Luc that someone is targeting vulnerable people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts and the one thing that links the cases is the strange man witnessed laughing in the crowd. Can they identify and stop this individual before they kill again?

This is a really pacy read. From very early on though I did have an idea who the killer was, but this didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the story. Helen focuses here not only on the murders of suicidal victims but on a few different cases, one that does throw Luc in the eye of the police as a potential suspect. Helen follows on from earlier revelations about Luc’s own family and his past in this book, and you can see just how angry he is and how it has affected him. You don’t have to read the previous books to understand what’s happened as it is explained here, but it does help to get a better understanding of the characters if you have. And really, why wouldn’t you want to read the rest? They’re really excellent books.

I loved the moments that Luc spent with Ava, and I could see their feelings for each other growing. It was one of those parts of the story which I didn’t really expect to come at all, after reading the first few books in the series and again Helen has me wondering what is install for them next.

Perfect Crime is another terrific addition to this series. I can’t wait to see what Helen has install for her characters next. Top stuff!

Publisher: Avon

Publication date: 18th April 2019

Print length: 400 pages

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Perfect Silence by Helen Fields blog tour @Helen_Fields @AvonBooksUK

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Source: Review Copy

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When silence falls, who will hear their cries?

The body of a young girl is found dumped on the roadside on the outskirts of Edinburgh. When pathologists examine the remains, they make a gruesome discovery: the silhouette of a doll carved in the victim’s skin.

DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach are struggling to find leads in the case, until a doll made of skin is found nestled beside an abandoned baby.

After another young woman is found butchered, Luc and Ava realise the babydoll killer is playing a horrifying game. And it’s only a matter of time before he strikes again. Can they stop another victim from being silenced forever – or is it already too late?

MY THOUGHTS

This is a series which I have followed since the beginning. Since the first novel Perfect Remains was released, Helen Fields has always taken her books to the next level. I do think that she is one of the most exciting crime writers out there at the moment who always manages to come up with unique ideas for each book. Her novels are always gruesome, they are certainly not for the faint hearted, but what you can expect from a Helen Fields’ book is an absolutely gripping story and it is always great to catch up with DI Callanch and DCI Ava Turner.

The crimes that take place in Perfect Silence are disturbing, which is something I have come to expect in Helen Fields writing. What I really like about Helen Field’s books is that the detectives, especially DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanch, become emotionally attached to the cases they are investigating and to the victims who are involved in the crimes; this adds a very human touch to their characters. This isn’t something that you always see in crime fiction and this is what makes Turner and Callanch two really likeable characters. In this book I found this particularly the case with Ava. But they are not without their own sets of problems and Helen delves deeper into this in her latest book. They are certainly characters who I want to find out more about and they have continued to keep me invested in this series.

The pace in the novel is fast and it never lets up. The plot is engaging, you really do get the sense in this book that the police are racing against the clock to solve the case. Once again Helen takes us into Edinburgh’s murky underworld. She explores several different strands which may or may not be connected and I kept wondering if the person responsible for the killings was behind the other crimes that were taking place.

This is another fantastic addition to this series which keeps going from strength to strength. I always look forward to a new Helen Fields novel and Perfect Silence didn’t disappoint. I can’t wait to see where she takes her characters next. Thank you to Sabah Khan at Avon Books for inviting me to join the blog tour and for sending me a copy of the book to review.

Publisher: Avon

Publication date: 23rd August 2018

Print length: 432 pages

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#PerfectDeath by Helen Fields blog tour @Helen_Fields @AvonBooksUK

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

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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…

MY THOUGHTS

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.

Publisher: Avon

Publication date: 25th January 2018

Print length: 448 pages

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