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
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.
There’s a lot to like about this police procedural from Helen H. Durrant.
‘Dark Angel’ is part of the DI Greco series but it works well as a standalone also. Although, if you’re coming to this novel new it might be worth catching the others in the series otherwise you’ll miss some character backstories but I haven’t read them all nor did I find this much of an issue.
Helen also does a good job of getting the reader hooked straight away, opening with a gritty prologue set five months prior to the main narrative. The opening chapter is again, action-packed when were faced with a mysterious robbery and blackmail scenario. D.I Greco from serious crime division is tasked with investigating this case. Greco is an interesting character and not the typical ‘cop’ you often see in a police procedural. I like the fact that he has a very full and interesting personal life and that his sort of girlfriend/co-worker is pregnant and he’s not feeling as positive about it as she is.
The author also does a nice job of tying up all the loose ends while setting up for the next novel in the series. I’d be interested to read more from this author in the future.
I’d rate this novel ****