Review: Dead Sorry (Calladine & Bayliss #11) by Helen H. Durrant


Print Length: 197 pages
Publisher:  Joffe Books (June 17, 2021)

From  Twenty-five years ago a schoolgirl was attacked by three bullies in her home where she lived with her grandmother.

Now, the mother of one of those bullies is found murdered on the Hobfield housing estate. Written on the wall in the victim’s blood is the word, “sorry.”

There is a link to the discovery of bones at an old house up in the hills — the home of the teenage girl who was attacked.

Detective Tom Calladine and his partner DS Ruth Bayliss have more than this puzzling case on their hands. Arch-villain Lazarov is threatening Calladine’s granddaughter and a valuable hoard of Celtic gold is coming to a local museum.

The pressure is on, and this time Calladine is cracking . . .


My Rating: 4 stars out of 5


I have been a fan of Helen H. Durrant for years now, and enjoyed most all of her different novels and series. However, I had begun to notice that the last few have all been so similar that it was easy to guess exactly which direction the story was going to go and who was going to be behind everything. 

Dead Sorry, thankfully, was more in line with the books I remember from this author. The kind that not only follows the detectives throughout the course of their investigation, but also touches on their home lives. Little scenes or notations that make them seem like real people on a real case. This was the kind of that leads you to follow one path, only to make you realize that you've been wrong all along. 

I was captivated from the first with this story, staying up far later than normal to finish so I could find out just who was behind the murders, and whose bones had been found all those years ago. Each time I thought I was close to figuring it out, another thread was unraveled, making me second guess my thoughts until finally, it all came together in one very surprising package. 

I would definitely recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a well written police procedural, and I can't wait to read more from this author! 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher. 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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