Skip to content

Perfect Death (DI Callanach#3) by Helen Fields @AvonBooks @Helen_Fields #PerfectDeath

January 16, 2018

 

Source: Netgalley

Publication: 25 January from Avon Books

 

There’s no easy way to die…

Unknown to DI Luc Callanach and the newly promoted DCI Ava Turner, a serial killer has Edinburgh firmly in his grip. The killer is taking his victims in the coldest, most calculating way possible – engineering slow and painful deaths by poison, with his victims entirely unaware of the drugs flooding their bloodstream until it’s too late.

But how do you catch a killer who hides in the shadows? A killer whose pleasure comes from watching pain from afar? Faced with their most difficult case yet, Callanach and Turner soon realise they face a seemingly impossible task….

 

D.I.Luc Callanach has become such a welcome addition to the Scottish detective crime canon that when a new Callanach and Turner is unleashed I jump at the bit to read it. Though each book (Perfect Remains; Perfect Prey) can easily be read as a stand-alone, it makes more sense of the relationships if they are read seriatim.

The naked body of a young woman is found high on Arthur’s Seat, and it looks as though she died from hypothermia. Ava Turner and Luc Callanach are both finding it difficult to settle into their new relationship, that of boss and subordinate and that’s really not going to help when things get much more complicated later on.

Their personal relationship will become even more complex when Luc’s estranged mother appears on the scene and the strain that already exists between them with reach breaking point when Turner begins to investigate another case ‘off the books’, without telling Callanach what’s going on.

As if Luc doesn’t have enough going on in his personal life to keep him fully occupied, it soon transpires that there is a devious serial killer on the loose. This one does not hang about to watch his victims die, which makes him all the harder to catch and the poison he uses isn’t always easy to detect.

Helen Fields has a dark and twisted mind which does not at all flinch from going into some gruesome details and her fertile imagination is a great place from which clever murders and nefarious deeds spring.

I do worry about Ava Turner, though. She’s going to have to watch herself if she wants to keep her shiny new job.

These are books that you want to read in one sitting because they grip you and won’t let go until you have finished and this one certainly did not disappoint. I really enjoyed too the way that the relationship between Luc and Lively is developing, adding some welcome light to the darkness. Perfect Death hits the ground running and never lets up.

Amazon                                           Waterstones

 

About Helen Fields

helen fields.jpg.

Helen Fields’ first love was drama and music. From a very young age she spent all her free time acting and singing until law captured her attention as a career path. She studied law at the University of East Anglia, then went on to the Inns of Court School of Law in London.

After completing her pupillage, she joined chambers in Middle Temple where she practised criminal and family law for thirteen years. Undertaking cases that ranged from Children Act proceedings and domestic violence injunctions, to large scale drug importation and murder, Helen spent years working with the police, CPS, Social Services, expert witnesses and in Courts Martials.

After her second child was born, Helen left the Bar. Together with her husband David, she went on to run Wailing Banshee Ltd, a film production company, acting as script writer and producer.

Helen self-published two fantasy books as a way of testing herself and her writing abilities. She enjoyed the creative process so much that she began writing in a much more disciplined way, and decided to move into the traditional publishing arena through an agent.

The Perfect series is set in Scotland, where Helen feels most at one with the world. Edinburgh and San Francisco are her two favourite cities, and she travels whenever she can.

Beyond writing, she has a passion for theatre and cinema, often boring friends and family with lengthy reviews and critiques. Taking her cue from her children, she has recently taken up karate and indoor sky diving. Helen and her husband now live in Hampshire with their three children and two dogs.

You can follow Helen on twitter@Helen_Fields

4 Comments
  1. So great to hear that this is such a great series. I’ve snagged number 1 when it was free for a limited time but I still haven’t read it. I’m bumping it up though or I’ll never catch up. I like attention to detail and I don’t mind gruesome so I think this is a series I’ll really like. Great review!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Thanks! It’s a series I have very quickly grown to enjoy. A fast read for a dark day.

    Like

  3. Great review – I’m so keen to get to this series! (Also, learned a new word: seriatim!)

    Liked by 1 person

  4. One of my favourite series!

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

The Annual Bloggers Bash

The Official Website for the Best Blogging Event of the Year!

The Bibliofile

Book Reviews, Books, Bestsellers, Literary Fiction

Liz Loves Books

The Wonderful World of Reading

Daily (w)rite

Damyanti Biswas is an author, blogger, animal-lover, spiritualist. Her work is represented by Ed Wilson from the Johnson & Alcock agency. When not pottering about with her plants or her aquariums, you can find her nose deep in a book, or baking up a storm.

Being Anne...

Books, travel, and other things that make life interesting

Books in my Handbag Blog

"I love your book blog and am honoured to be there amongst such class" - Carol Drinkwater, Apr 2017

Short Book and Scribes

To the point book reviews and other bookish stuff

Bucks, Books & Beyond

This blog is for me to share with you where books have taken me recently.

Sandy's Book a Day Blog

A book a day is bliss😍

Over The Rainbow Book Blog

Book reviews and ramblings from a book mad mum of three!

Raven Crime Reads

Criminally good reads...

BOOKISH.LIFE.WORDS

Live the life of a reader

A Knight's Reads

All things bookish

Barbara Copperthwaite

PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLERS TO GIVE YOU SHIVERS

Fictionophile

Fiction reviews, Bookblogger, Fiction book reviews, books, crime fiction, author interviews, mystery series, cover, love, bookish thoughts...

Audio Killed the Bookmark

Two Girls Who Love To Read Spreading the Love For All Things Bookish! 💕📚🎧

%d bloggers like this: