Day 2 of my Advent Book Blog and in the limelight today is DARK ANGEL by Helen Durrant. This is book 4 in the brilliant Greco series and is a fast paced police procedural that is perfect for Crime Fiction lovers.
DARK ANGEL by HELEN H. DURRANT
Love gripping crime fiction? Discover Detective Stephen Greco, a meticulous policeman with a messy personal life.
Two young men break into an expensive house in Cheshire. They take money and jewellery — and a large amount of heroin. Within twenty-four hours they are found brutally murdered.
The killings have the hallmarks of a local drug baron. The two victims were also “angels” helping in a community project which seems to have been lowering the crime rate in the area.
Meanwhile, Detective Stephen Greco’s colleague and on-off girlfriend Grace is pregnant. He isn’t sure how he feels, and they haven’t told the boss.
This gripping and fast-paced crime mystery ends with a series of shocking twists.
If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Mel Sherratt, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will enjoy this exciting new crime fiction writer.
DCI Stephen Greco is a meticulous policeman with a touch of O.C.D. Easy to admire, but difficult to like. He has created a new team after a personal tragedy threatened to end his career, and is struggling to care for his daughter.
DS Grace Harper is an ambitious young policewoman with excellent people skills. Like Greco, she is a single parent and tries to balance work and childcare.
The Northern city of Manchester is a place of great diversity, from high-end restaurants and clubs for the moneyed classes to grim housing estates riven by crime and drugs.
DISCOVER YOUR NEXT FAVOURITE MYSTERY SERIES BY THE BEST-SELLING WRITER HELEN H. DURRANT
Book 1: DARK MURDER
Book 2: DARK HOUSES
Book 3: DARK TRADE
Book 4: DARK ANGEL
CALLADINE & BAYLISS
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
HIS THIRD VICTIM
This is the newest addition to the DI Greco series and is the first I have read. It works very well as a stand-alone. We miss a bit of the background to Grace and Stephen but it isn’t difficult to work it out and Helen has made an excellent job of putting in enough to fill in the blanks but not that much that people who have read the earlier books will be bored with repetition.
A couple of lads get a tip off there are drugs to be found but they were not expecting the massive amount that they stumbled upon. They are made for life but that life is destined to be very short lived.
As Greco and his team search for clues and start putting the pieces together something is not working out in Stephen’s mind. Can his gut instinct be relied upon given the personal problems he is fighting with in his mind? All the clues point to one person but is that too easy? When the drugs team from another branch try stealing the case the team are on a mission to solve the murders before they lose the case.
The main characters are Greco and Grace as we learn more about their characters. There is a very human element to Helen’s books that bring the characters to life and I really felt I got to know Stephen and Grace in this book. I am waiting for the next book to see how they handle the fall out from their relationship.
This is a fast paced story with a very intricate plot. There are many twists and turns along the way to an ending that nobody expected. The readers is gripped from the very beginning and the pages just keep turning.
A brilliant book and I am looking forward to more from this author.
Helen sets her books in the area she has lived in for many years. The towns and villages that sit in the shelter of the Pennine hills. This is an area between two counties, Lancashire and Yorkshire, and between the city and the hills. It offers a rich mix of the industrial and the countryside and all the character therein.
Helen always planned to write crime novels. But until she retired from full-time work in a local further education college, it had to go on the back burner. Once she did retire – there was no excuse. She now writes full-time. Retirement proper will have to wait!
Currently there are seven books in the ‘Calladine & Bayliss’ series available – Dead Wrong, Dead Silent, Dead List, Dead Lost, Dead & Buried, Dead Nasty – and the latest – Dead Jealous.
Also available are three books in the new ‘DI Greco’ series – Dark Murder, Dark Houses, Dark Trade and the latest – Dark Angel.