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.
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…
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!
Publication date: 18th April 2019
Print length: 400 pages
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