DETECTIVE STEPHEN GRECO BOOKS 1-3
by Helen H Durrant
Available from AMAZON
YOU GET THREE ENTHRALLING MYSTERIES IN THIS BOX SET
Meet Detective Inspector Stephen Greco, an OCD policeman with a nose for the truth in the hardest cases.
BOOK 1: DARK MURDER
A woman is found dead by a canal . . . why have her eyes have been viciously poked out?
Detective Stephen Greco has just started a new job at Oldston CID and now he faces a series of murders with seemingly no connection but the brutal disfigurement of the victims. Greco’s team is falling apart under the pressure and he doesn’t know who he can trust. Then they discover a link to a local drug dealer, but maybe it’s not all that it seems.
Can Greco get control of his chaotic team and stop the murders?
BOOK 2: DARK HOUSES
A young woman is found brutally murdered in an empty house
Detective Stephen Greco and his team must piece together her life as quickly as possible. Within twenty-four hours there is another killing using the same method. The detectives realise that the victims are random but the locations are not. The killer is more concerned with finding the right house – an old empty place where he won’t be disturbed.
When someone walks into the station and confesses, it looks like it’s all over, but Greco’s not convinced and soon he’ll be fighting to save the woman who’s most important to h¬¬im
BOOK 3: DARK TRADE
A teenage boy is found murdered. He has been stabbed through the heart by a professional killer.
Detective Stephen Greco .and his new team discover that the boy is an illegal immigrant. A killer nicknamed “the Knifeman” then strikes again. The murder leads DCI Greco on a dark trail of people smuggling and exploitation.
DCI Greco must quickly get his new team to gel, but he is still recovering from a terrible personal tragedy, and his relationship with DS Grace Harper threatens to turn very unprofessional.
This is the first book in the Greco series by Helen H Durrant
I read Dark Angel many months ago so I am able to confirm that these books work excellently as stand-alone although you will probably want to go back and read them all as I have.
Greco has had to uproot and move to a new area and new team in order to maintain a relationship with Matilda, his young daughter.
He is very fragile emotionally and feels he has been put in charge of a team of misfits which doesn’t help his stress levels. He suffers from OCD which gets worse with stress and his cleanliness fetish means he finds some team members more difficult than normal.
When his newly divorced wife has to go and care for her sick Dad Greco is left with his 5 year old daughter to care for in addition to all his other problems. Grace steps up to the plate and helps him out but that means he has to let down a few barriers and let her in a little which could be misinterpreted. In short Greco is struggling every which way.
Speedy gets himself in debt to a dangerous man who is suspect in a murder investigation and we are treated to a unique fly on the wall view of life on the dark side of the law which brings a new dimension to the story.
Realistic characters all with unique quirks and a story with many strands makes this book a fast-paced, adrenaline pumping read with twist and turns everywhere. A great introduction to the series.
5 stars from me.
In an empty house the body of a pretty girl is discovered. Rape, torture the victim had horrific injuries and Greco has his work cut out. The killer is forensically aware so there is no evidence it is on a low income estate so everyone ‘seen nothing, heard nothing’ Add into the mix a schizophrenic young man and things are starting to get really complicated.
Greco is trying to rebuild his relationship with his ex wife while working his way through his OCD issues and is feeling a little insecure. Speedy is disillusioned with life and work and Grace has a crush on Greco. Can the team clear their heads enough to pick up and run with the tiny bits of clues that are available before more young women die?
There are many twists and turns as the reader is taken on a roller coaster ride full of edge-of-your-seat suspense all the way to an ending that is mind blowing.
Another absolutely fantastic read from a very talented author.
5 stars from me
This is book 3 in the DCI Greco series by the brilliant Helen H Durrant.
The story begins with a young boy being assassinated. Why would someone want to eliminate a teenager in this manner?
Greco has recently been promoted to DCI of the newly formed Serious Crimes Team and is struggling to pull together a pretty dysfunctional team while dealing with the loss of Suzie. He has kept Grace and Speedy as part of the new team but Grace has romantic inclinations towards Greco and at this point in his life that is more than he is able to cope with and adds to the stress which also impacts on his OCD.
With the makings of a difficult case added into the mix Greco is really up against it.
The team struggle to unravel clues as to what is going on while random people from different areas of the underworld turn up dead.
This is a very intriguing book as there is so much going on with twists, turns and shocks all the way through. We are almost at the end before the dots begin to join up and the end result is even more shocking than expected.
Another absolutely stunning read that keeps the adrenaline pumping all the way through as we are treated to an insight into the stark reality of life within a detective team. The reality is not black and white it is grey and fuzzy and this book captures that perfectly.
5 stars from me. If you like detective books and haven’t read any books by this author you don’t know what you are missing.