Review: Dead Guilty (Calladine & Bayliss #9) by Helen H. Durrant - .Red Wine & Books

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Review: Dead Guilty (Calladine & Bayliss #9) by Helen H. Durrant


Print Length: 211 pages
Publisher: Joffee Books (May 3,2019)

From Goodreads.com: DETECTIVES CALLADINE AND BAYLISS HUNT FOR A MISSING CHILD IN A MYSTERY WITH A SHOCKING ENDING.

Sophie Alder is the three-year-old daughter of local factory owner, Richard Alder. Richard and his wife Annie are locals from the rough housing estate who’ve made it big.

Plus, there’s a crime wave in Leesworth and the police can’t cope. One thief even dares to break into Calladine’s house.

A number of local men have formed a vigilante group. On one of their patrols they catch the burglar and he ends up dead. 

The investigation is complicated and the detectives keep hearing about a shadowy figure called “Street,” the mastermind behind the increase in drugs and theft.

With two more murders and Calladine’s personal life in turmoil, the detectives race against time to find “Street” and the missing child.

IN AN ENDING WITH A HUGE TWIST, THE DETECTIVES FIND EVERYTHING THEY BELIEVED IS TURNED UPSIDE DOWN.


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My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Don't let the fact that this is number nine in a series keep you from reading it. Each story in this series is a stand alone - meaning that while the core group of investigators stays the same throughout each book, the bad guys are always caught and they do not end on a cliff-hanger. There will of course be some references to the previous novels, but I don't feel like it takes away from the readers enjoyment of this one. Nor do I believe it would be overly confusing for a new reader. 

Speaking strictly on this novel, I was completely surprised at the twists and turns that this story takes. This author is certainly more than capable of weaving together a complex and intriguing story that draws the reader in and keeps them guessing until the often surprising reveal. I loved the interactions between the characters, the easy banter between colleagues, and even the more personal side threads that we see glimpses of. When you blend them together you get a wonderfully written story that seems real.  

I would highly recommend this story to those who are fans of high paced thrillers that keep you guessing. I would read more from this author.

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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                                         Dead Guilty is available from Amazon.com

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