BLOG TOUR WRAP UP: DEAD JEALOUS

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This is a shout out to all the wonderful bloggers who helped with the Blog Tour.

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What the bloggers are saying:

Ali the Dragon Slayer

Dead Jealous is a fabulous story of fitting the jigsaw pieces together .. plenty of twists and turns, lots of secrets, false alibi’s are incredibly likely, people are loyal sometimes for the wrong reasons.

It’s gruesome in places but the balance of murder investigation and the personal life of Tom and Ruth along with other colleagues keeps the pages turning.


Orchard Book Club

This book jumps right into the nitty gritty, which I love, the author has a way of setting the scene that has you turning page after page. I enjoyed how she didn’t focus on just one crime within the book but jumped between them, always on my toes but never actually guessing who the villain was (hats off to you on that Helen) I loved all the characters, good and bad, my favourite having being Dolly, not sure why but she just struck a chord with me.


Mark my Words

The plot flowed well, and the cases being investigated by Calladine and Bayliss held my interest, bringing together an excellent cast of characters. A cold case involving the disappearance of a two-year-old girl, the murder of a 16 year old girl, and a housing estate being terrorised by a violent moneylender, kept the police busy and me turning the pages.


Book Snail Reads

I love, love, loved this book! I haven’t read any of Helen’s previous books, but I felt like I was stepping into a world that was both familiar and exciting… as much as murder, missing children and angry loan sharks can feel ‘familiar’. The crimes were believable and the setting gritty. It was exactly what you might expect during a real-life police investigation.


Donna’s Book Blog

I have to admit that I was very keen to be able to get my hands on a copy of Helen’s latest book having becoming an avid fan of her work.  I thoroughly enjoyed the story and definitely would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone who loves a great crime book, and a really good read in general.


Nicki`s Life of Crime

I really enjoyed this gripping,twist packed mystery.It made a refreshing change to read about a police team who were friends as well as colleagues and worked well together as a team.I loved the closeness and banter between Tom Calladine and Ruth Bayliss,they obviously were very close and cared deeply about each other.It was lovely to read a book in which the police investigations weren’t bogged down by interdepartmental back stabbing and point scoring.


Sweet Little Book

I couldn’t believe how well Helen intertwined each scenario, it was effortless and gelled well together, thoroughly enjoyed trying to unravel the twists, the lies and connecting the dots with Calladine and Bayliss to try and discover the truth.


baattyaboutbooks

This is another cracking series to feature Dead in the titles and another one that I follow closely, and once again Helen Durrant proves why I am always so keen to read the next one.


Books n All

A fresh pair of eyes and a different perspective added to advances in forensics brings to light evidence and possibilities that were overlooked 17 years ago with shocking results.  There are many twists and turns along the way as the team untangles a web of lies going back many years.  The conclusion is a real shocker that the reader cant see coming.

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP- Before I Left

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What the Readers are Saying

Short Book& Scribes

Before I Left is quite an atmospheric story. It’s the 1960s and the party scene in Brighton is in full swing. The era comes through quite strongly with a real sense of the carefree times that young people were experiencing, possibly for the first time. We meet Ruby Baker and her best friend, Mary Evans. They’re new to Brighton after running away from home in Croydon and a life of domestic violence.


Nicki’s Life of Crime

Blog Tour Book Extract

I can see him as he was on that last evening,shouting as usual and pushing Mum around the room.A big burly man with curly dark hair and a broad chest.He smashed some of the dresser plates for good measure,watched Mum creep away weeping and turned to me where I stood frozen in the doorway in my coat.Mary and I had already made up our minds to go that night…….


Donna’s Book Blog

This is the first book that I have read by this author and I really enjoyed it, the plot was great and the descriptive nature used really helped you to envisage the scenes and the locations in the book, it really brought them to life.


BLOG TOUR: Before I Left by Daisy White


Linda Strong Book Reviews

This was a fast, easy read filled with colorful characters. It started a little slow for me, but it didn’t take long before I was hooked into the story.


Joyce’s Reviews

This book takes some very interesting twist and turns. It is well written and plotted. The books starts out casual and with just a little tension, but as the story builds, so does the suspense.

BLOG TOUR: DEAD JEALOUS by Helen Durrant

DEAD JEALOUS by Helen H. Durrant

‘A fresh pair of eyes and a different perspective added to advances in forensics brings to light evidence and possibilities that were overlooked 17 years ago with shocking results.  There are many twists and turns along the way as the team untangles a web of lies going back many years.  The conclusion is a real shocker that the reader cant see coming.’

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Cover FinalBOOK DESCRIPTION

A teenage girl’s body is found in the back of a car on the notorious Hobfield housing estate. No one had reported her missing, but she’s been dead for a week.

Meanwhile, an old jar is brought into the station. It was found carefully wrapped in a blanket, with a child’s pink hairclip. The jar contains ashes and bone fragments.

Seventeen years ago Detective Tom Calladine had been part of a team investigating the disappearance of Jessica Wilkins. Her mother had taken her to Leesdon Park one summer afternoon.

She went to get the child an ice cream and when she returned her daughter was gone. Over the years there were no sightings, no witnesses — nothing.

Will there finally be closure for this unsolved mystery?
And why was the girl found in the car killed and why are her friends not telling her the whole story?

Detectives Tom Calladine and Ruth Bayliss will unravel a web of lies and pain, in this fast-moving and gripping crime mystery.

Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you turning the pages until the stunning conclusion

If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Mel Sherratt, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will enjoy this exciting new crime fiction writer.

DEAD JEALOUS is book seven of a new series of detective thrillers featuring D.S. Ruth Bayliss and D.I. Tom Calladine.


MY REVIEW

My rating 5 out of 5 stars

Helen Durrant is a fabulous author and I loved this book from the very first page. Forensic pathology is a particular interest of mine so this was an extra bonus. While it is part of a series it does work very well as stand alone. The book does refer to events from the previous book but Helen has, excellently, managed to bring a new reader up to date while at the same time ensuring readers of the previous books are not bored with recaps from previous books.

There are several cases that the team has to juggle. A teenage girl is murdered, a 17 year old cold case is reopened and a viscous moneylender has residents living in fear. Totally different cases and the team is struggling to move forward with any of them.

Team dynamics play a big part in this book as personal feelings and resentments come to the fore. The characters are very realistic and complex. We learn a little about their personal lives within the book as they develop.

A fresh pair of eyes and a different perspective added to advances in forensics brings to light evidence and possibilities that were overlooked 17 years ago with shocking results. There are many twists and turns along the way as the team untangles a web of lies going back many years. The conclusion is a real shocker that the reader cant see coming,

I absolutely loved this book I was hooked from the beginning and just kept reading ‘a little bit more’. I intend to read Helen’s backlist as soon as time allows.

A fantastic read. Thank you to Joffe Books for the advance copy,


THE DETECTIVES
Tom Calladine is a detective inspector who is devoted to his job. His personal life, however, is not so successful. Having been married and divorced before the age of twenty-one has set a pattern that he finds difficult to escape.

Ruth Bayliss is in her mid-thirties, plain-speaking  but loyal. She is balancing her professional life with looking after a small child.

THE SETTING
The fictional village of Leesdon on the outskirts of an industrial northern English city. There is little work and a lot of crime. The bane of Calladine’s life is the Hobfield housing estate, breeding ground to all that is wrong with the area that he calls home.

THE DCI GRECO BOOKS
Book 1: DARK MURDER
Book 2: DARK HOUSES
Book 3: DARK TRADE

THE CALLADINE & BAYLISS MYSTERY SERIES
Book 1: DEAD WRONG
Book 2: DEAD SILENT
Book 3: DEAD LIST
Book 4: DEAD LOST
Book 5: DEAD & BURIED
Book 6: DEAD NASTY
Book 7: DEAD JEALOUS

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