Dortmund Hibernate, CJ Sutton

Dortmund Hibernate


Psychologist Dr Magnus Paul is tasked with the patients of Dortmund Asylum – nine criminally insane souls hidden from the world due to the extremity of their acts.

Magnus has six weeks to prove them sane for transfer to a maximum-security prison, or label them as incurable and recommend a death sentence under a new government act.

As Magnus delves into the darkness of the incarcerated minds, his own sanity is challenged. Secrets squeeze through the cracks of the asylum, blurring the line between reality and nightmare, urging Magnus towards a new life of crime…

The rural western town of Dortmund and its inhabitants are the backdrop to the mayhem on the hill.

It’s Silence of the Lambs meets Shutter Island in this tale of loss, fear and diminishing hope.

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Author Bio –

C.J. Sutton is a writer based in Melbourne, Australia. He holds a Master of Communication with majors in journalism and creative writing, and supports the value of study through correspondence. His fictional writing delves into the unpredictability of the human mind and the fears that drive us.

As a professional writer C.J. Sutton has worked within the hustle and bustle of newsrooms, the competitive offices of advertising and the trenches of marketing. But his interest in creating new characters and worlds has seen a move into fiction, which has always pleaded for complete attention. Dortmund Hibernate is his debut novel.

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My Review

I’ve been looking for different books to read recently so jumped at the chance to review newly released psychological thriller Dortmund Hibernate.  This book is published by the same publisher as my debut novel, so I was very intrigued by it and it sounded exactly like something I’d enjoy. The tagline of the book is ‘It’s Silence of the Lambs meets Shutter Island in this tale of loss, fear and diminishing hope.’ This is Sutton’s debut novel and I was very surprised by this as it read like it was written by an experienced author and it is confidently written throughout.

This novel hooks the reader from the first page with one of the best openings I’ve read: ‘Dark work, reporting on the minds of the condemned.’ This novel feels very well paced throughout and I found it easier to read a few chapters at a time then come back to it and it’s the kind of book you’ll think about long after you’ve finished it.  The chapters are also quite short which I think works well for this kind of novel. Sutton effectively deals with a lot of violence, dark and raw subject matter, that I felt this was a book I needed to take my time with.  I think it would make perfect reading group material. Sutton’s characterization is excellent throughout and each of his characters gets under your skin.  I did feel at times that his writing was reminiscent of Stephen King and Glen Chandler’s stage play, Killers. I enjoyed the fact that were introduced to each inmate individually and we hear their story with a unique voice that brings each character to life an each had their own unique voice when they tell their story to Dr Magnus Paul who has the unenviable task of deciding if they should die or sent them to a maximum-security prison.  I could definitely see this novel working as a stage play or a film. I can’t wait to read more from this author. If you are looking for an original psychological thriller and enjoyed Shutter Island, I think you will love this.

Billionaires’ Banquet, Ron Butlin



1985, Edinburgh. Thatcher’s policies are biting deep – fat cats and street-kids, lovers, losers and the rest struggle to survive. Hume sets up a business catering for the rich and their ever-growing appetites. But by the new millennium, these appetites have become too demanding . . .

Powerful, challenging and very funny, Billionaires’ Banquet is an immorality tale for the 21st century.

About the Author


With an international reputation as a prize-winning novelist, RON BUTLIN is a former Edinburgh Makar / Poet Laureate. Now over to Ron –


Before becoming a writer, I was a pop-song lyricist (3 records and a brief appearance in a justly-neglected film. I was also a footman attending parties for the great and good, the rich and bad (see my forthcoming novel ‘Billionaire’s Banquet’), a barnacle-scraper on the Thames and a male model. My work has been widely translated, and ‘The Sound of My Voice’ has been twice been awarded a ‘Best Foreign Novel’ prize as well been made into a film, a rather short film.


Ron is a novelist, poet, children’s author, opera librettist, playwright – one of these, on a good day. Ron has been auctioned twice for charity, and put in a cage outside parliament for The Day of the Imprisoned Writer. All very character-building.


Ron has given readings world-wide including at the House of Lords, John Knoz’s pulpit in St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, and an Arab tent in Bahrain.


Ron lives in Edinburgh with my wife, the writer Regi Claire, and their dog (Note – Nessie, as she’s called in the book, features in my first novel for early teens, ‘Steve & FranDan Take on the World’ which is due out this spring. She is great fun on paper and in real life).


My Review

I jumped at a chance to review this book it sounded right up my street, set in Edinburgh in 1985.  I struggled at the beginning of the novel until as I found it difficult getting to grips with who was who. However, once I got to about page 49 I was hooked and especially intrigued as to what would happen with DD and Hume. The way the novel is written reminded me of a film script – a character would end a chapter then that ending would be picked up again and I really enjoyed that.

The author also handles multiple points of view perfectly. It’s extremely well written and darkly humorous.  What I most enjoyed was the way the author evoked Edinburgh and the weather and the streets.  The author is masterful at creating vivid scenes and is highly descriptive. This is my favourite read of the year. I can’t wait to read more from this author.


The Tiger Temple, Steven Moore

About the book

Tiger Temple

A betrayed criminal. A kidnapped child. A deadly race against time.

On the Island of the Gods, expedition leader Hiram Kane is on holiday after a long season guiding in the Peruvian Andes.

When a good friend’s greed leads him to betray Bali’s most notorious gangster, their peaceful community is left shell-shocked after the six-year-old daughter of its leader gets kidnapped in a vicious and violent raid.

What follows is a whirlwind race across the paradise island to rescue the girl before ‘The Rooster’ takes his sadistic revenge, and with the waking giant of volcanic Mt. Agung threatening to destroy them all, Kane risks everything to prevent a devastating tragedy.

The Tiger Temple is the exciting new starter to the Hiram Kane adventure series. For fans of Russell Blake and Clive Cussler, Steven Moore’s action thriller will leave you breathless.


About the Author


Steven Moore grew up (apparently) by a beach in England. An avid (average) sportsman, painter, photographer and reader, those loves were only trumped by his love of travel and writing. To date he has visited 53 countries, and has lived and worked on five continents. Highlights include trekking in the Andes and Himalayas, scuba diving all over the world, teaching English in Korea, and eating anything and everything, wherever he happens to be. Oh yes, and sampling local beers, obviously.

Steven now lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico with his wife, freelance journalist Leslie Patrick Moore, and though they’ve at last found a beautiful home base, the next adventure is always just around the corner.

Steven has recently published the first three installments of his action thriller series, ‘The Tiger Temple’, ‘The Samurai Code’, and ‘The Condor Prophecy’, to great acclaim, and the 4th, ‘The Shadow of Kailash’, is coming in spring of 2018.

Early tributes for ‘The Samurai Code’:
“Starts fast and doesn’t let up.”
“An unremitting whirl throughout.”
“Thrilling from start to finish.”
“Great action, history & a dash of mystery.”
“Fast-paced and brilliantly written adventure thriller.”

“Moore has a crisp, economical style, and sets the scene well. The story, while bleak, is shot through with moments of pathos…compelling from start to finish” – Mark Dawson, bestselling author of the John Milton, Beatrix Rose, Isabella Rose and Soho Noir series.

Steven has also published a well-received literary coming of age novel, ‘I Have Lived Today’, as well as a popular short story, ‘The Death of Helena.’

To follow Steven’s writing career and learn about new releases, go to his imaginatively named author website, ‘Steven Moore, Author.’

My Review,

When I was asked to review this novel by Simon Leonard. I didn’t know what to expect but as it was the start of a new series I thought I would give it a try.  (Two more in the series are available on Amazon.)

I was also told fans of Clive Cussler would not be disappointed, so I had very high expectations before I read the first page. Overall the novel is well balanced and there’s a great deal of action and space for the reader to digest it. The books feel well written by an experienced author and thoroughly edited and original. I like to read novels in one sitting and this is definitely one that benefits if you can do that, I don’t think you would enjoy it as much if you read it in small sittings.  It’s very short coming in at around 135 pages and is a nice easy read, I think it would also suit younger teen readers. The length worked well for the story and the pacing. The novella is an enjoyable page turner.

I’d recommend it for afternoon reading or holiday.  Even though it is part of a series, it does work as a standalone and I think it’s a great introduction to the author if your looking for something a bit different or looking for a new series to try.

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No Reception, Maisie Porter

No Reception

No reception

For hyper-successful wedding photographer and blogger, Zody Lee Swabler, anonymous death threats come with the territory. When warned by email not to continue booking jobs, she responds by accepting the next request that comes in.

When a strangely eager woman approaches her about the emails, she accepts the woman’s invitation to visit her home. So begins Helena Hoath’s elaborate plan to take over the life and profession of the photographer she wishes she could be.

And when Zody unleashes her own revenge scheme, she discovers that the unhinged woman may still have the wit to turn a successful photographer’s own talents against her.

Zody and Helena’s lives begin to intertwine in ways that neither could have foreseen…

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Author Bio –  Maisie Porter works as a professional photographer in Australia, with wide experience covering weddings, though she has neither abducted nor been abducted by any competitors. No Reception is Maisie’s first novel.

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My Review

Maisie and I are both published by Crooked Cat books so I was really looking forward to this novel.  If you’re looking for something quick to read and a fast paced story, I think you will enjoy this thriller. It’s set in Australia and I think this is the first Australian thriller I’ve read.  It’s well written and although I don’t normally enjoy first person – this style compliments the story and works well. The novel is well structured – very pacey which makes it a great page turner to read in one or two sittings at most and the author does a good job of intertwining the story.  It is told from the viewpoint of two women, Zody and Helena.  It has a lot of unexpected moments and is different to a lot of the thrillers I’ve read recently.  If you are looking for something chilling and original. I would highly recommend this great read.

I learned that this was Maisie’s first novel, although, I struggled to believe it was.  I am looking forward to Maisie’s next novel already.


Murder never retires, Faith Martin


Looking for a brilliant best-selling murder mystery with a feisty female detective?

DETECTIVE HILLARY GREENE IS BACK! And this time she’s going to solve the most difficult cold cases.

Hillary Greene returns to Thames Valley Police HQ, acting as a consultant for the Crime Review Team, looking into murders which the police have never been able to solve.

She wasn’t sure she wanted to go back. But solving crimes is irresistible for Hillary Greene. And it doesn’t hurt that her new boss is devastatingly handsome.

Twenty years ago, mother-of-three Anna McRae was found beaten to death in her kitchen with a rolling pin. She’d been having an affair with her brother-in-law, so the prime suspect was Anna’s sister Debbie.

However as Hillary digs deeper, more secrets and betrayals emerge. Who wanted Anna dead and can Hillary finally bring her justice?

Meanwhile, Hillary is distracted by an unknown admirer, who quickly seems to be going from suitor to stalker.

Can Hillary solve a fiendishly complex case from the past while fending off unwanted attention?

This is a crime mystery full of well-observed characters, which will have you gripped from start to the absolutely thrilling conclusion.

MURDER NEVER RETIRES is the twelfth in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.

The village of Chesterton, just a few miles from the market town of Bicester. With recent development, the village (like many near large towns) is nowadays in danger of becoming a mere ‘suburb’ of its biggest neighbour. Especially since it’s a stones-throw from Bicester Village — the famous high-end designer-label shopping centre that brings large amounts of UK and foreign shoppers. But at the time of the original murder investigation, it was a village like many to be found in rural Oxfordshire. Surrounded by farmland, it was a peaceful, quiet location. Not the sort of place where you’d expect a shocking murder to happen

DI Hillary Greene
An attractive woman in her forties, Hillary Greene is a retired police detective. She had many years’ experience solving the toughest murder cases, and came up through the ranks. Consequently, she knows how the system works, and is fiercely loyal to the force without being blinkered to its faults. She was popular with the rank and file for her no-nonsense attitude and competence.



Faith Martin has been writing for over 25 years, in four genres and under four different pen names. She was born in Oxford and sets most of her crime novels within sight of the city of dreaming spires. A real nature lover and afficionado of the countryside, descriptions of wildlife and native flora often find their way into her manuscripts. Right now, JOFFE BOOKS are re-issuing the DI Hillary Greene novels in new updated editions! The first 12 books in the series are available now.
Her romance novels, written under the name of Maxine Barry, are now available from Corazon Books. IMPOSTERS In PARADISE, and HEART OF FIRE are both out, and others will very quickly become available in the future.

Her first foray into writing ‘spooky’ crime, (and written under the pen name of Jessie Daniels) comes out in November 2017. THE LAVENDER LADY CASEFILE is published by Robert Hale, an imprint of Crowood Press.

As Joyce Cato, she writes more classically-inspired ‘proper’ whodunits. So, if you like an amateur sleuth, plenty of clues and red herrings, plus a baffling murder mystery to solve, these are the books for you.


My Review

I’ve read quite a few of the DI Hilary Greene series now and I can always say that Faith Martin never disappoints. I was really interested to see what would with a newly retired Hilary.  Hilary has been enjoying retirement traveling on her narrow boat but now she is a police member of staff working within the crime review unit. This novel is part of a well established series but could easily work well as a standalone.  It’s a quick read. I read this novel within one sitting and its full of twists and turns to keep the reader turning the pages. An enjoyable police procedural that I’d highly recommend.

The Gravity of Love, Noelle Harrison


About the book

In love, there’s no such thing as a coincidence …

Scottsville, Arizona, 1989

In small-town America, Joy Sheldon loves the plants that bloom in the desert but longs too for the sea’s elemental wildness. It’s a dream never realised – and now, facing the brutal truth that her husband is a cheat, Joy learns of unimaginable secrets in her early life. Riven by betrayal and loss, a chance encounter with the enigmatic Lewis, Joy embarks on a journey to seek her true identity – and to discover why the sea pulls so strongly at her heart.

Soho, London, 1967

Lewis Bell, abandoned by his mother and responsible for his wayward sister, is now living the dream. An ambitious young graphic designer, he’s aiming for the big time – if only he can keep his creative spark. His talented girlfriend Marnie adds pressures of her own and, as Lewis’s troubles intensify, sixties London fast shows its darker side.

Ballycastle, Ireland, Easter, 1989

Unexpectedly drawn together, Joy and Lewis fly across the Atlantic to the Irish coast. She’s in search of a lost mother; he’s looking for a lost love. They need to make peace with the past, with themselves and others. But the truths they encounter and connections they create will transform everyone’s lives forever.

Bold, intimate and joyful, this glorious novel deftly interweaves decades, continents and lives to tell a story of the irresistible gravity of love.

 About the author

Noelle Harrison is the Irish author of Beatrice, A Small Part of Me, I Remember, The Adulteress & The Secret Loves of Julia Caesar. Her Valentina trilogy was published under the pen name Evie Blake. She has been translated into over 13 different languages, as well as featuring on Der Speigel’s Bestseller List. Noelle was one of 56 Irish writers included in the National Gallery of Ireland anthology and exhibition Lines of Vision, Irish Writers on Art. Now living in Edinburgh, Noelle divides her time between writing fiction, and on art and travel, as well as pursuing a Masters in Creative Writing at Edinburgh Napier University.



My review

The Gravity of love is a stunningly well-written novel about love in all its forms.  Harrison takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of emotions. The book is funny at times, sad, honest and hopeful.  I don’t normally like romance novels and I think that’s because I lot of them don’t feel real but this novel does. Once I started to read it I just couldn’t put it down, it’s extremely clever and I love the fact that it’s set over two different time periods which are woven together. Harrison does a fantastic job of evoking place. She captures a dusty Arizona, London and rainy Ireland.

The gravity of Love is one of those books that stays with you long after you finish it.  I highly recommend it. Its definitely the best book I’ve read this year. I didn’t want it to end but even then Harrison does a wonderful job.  I was hooked from the start and wanted to know what would happen to every character and I think that’s hard to achieve.  I look forward to reading more from Harrison in the future.

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Crimson Siege: Blood Riders


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Book description


In the Godforsaken badlands of Transylvania the fragile truce between mankind and monsters is about to explode…
When bounty hunters target one of 19th century Europe’s most feared vampire clans, the last place any lawman wants to be is caught in the middle…

But for Anton Yoska, Lord Marshal of the Imperial lands south of the Carpathian Mountains, fate has trapped him in a supernatural stand-off that can end only in a bloodbath.

A gang of mercenaries led by Anton’s former army comrade Milosh Drubrick have captured vampire aristocrat Stefan Modjeski, wanted for a string of frenzied murders, and have come to Anton to claim the reward. And as Stefan’s predatory undead kin lay siege to the jailhouse, Anton is faced with an agonising choice – hand over his prisoner and abandon the bounty hunters to their unspeakable fate, or stand and fight.

The jailhouse defenders are outnumbered and out of options. It’s a battle that can’t be won, certain slaughter for them all, and Anton can’t trust his scheming allies. But Lord Marshal Yoska isn’t about to surrender.

For he’s an experienced vampire hunter, a dangerous man when cornered, and a single minded warrior who knows there are worse things to fear than death…



Jay Raven is the author of Gothic chillers and historical horror reminding readers that the past is a dangerous place to venture, full of monsters and murderous men.

He blames his fascination with vampires, witches and werewolves on the Hammer Horror films he watched as a teenager, but living in a creepy old house on the edge of a 500-acre wood may have something to do with it.




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Twitter: @jayravenauthor

My Review

This is the first in a new horror series which looked good.  Its not something I’d usually pick up but I fancied a change and I’m glad I did because I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Its gory but not over the top and it is well written with lots of intriguing characters.  Its also very easy and quick to read and I didn’t find it too scary. The only thing I wan’t sure about was the use of modern language in this Gothic chiller, it didn’t quite work for me.  I would read another in this series and I’m looking forward to the sequel.  If you are put off by horror I would also say that it wasn’t too scary and it was a lot of fun to read.

ABSENT, Emma Salisbury



The worst things happen in plain sight.

When he stopped a serial killer in his tracks earlier in the year he thought that would be the end of it, but for DS Kevin Coupland his nightmare has just begun.

A child’s body is discovered hidden in a bag, kicking off a major investigation for Salford Precinct’s murder squad. Soon the National Crime Agency roll into town and Coupland is under strict instructions to play nice.

He’s got enough on his plate to worry about politics. A shock discovery in his personal life is starting to take its toll, causing him to make decisions that bring him to the attention of the powers that be for all the wrong reasons.

DS Alex Moreton returns from maternity leave to find her partner deeply troubled, but with a cold case to review she’s in no position to prevent him hitting the self-destruct button.

As he hunts down the child’s killer Coupland is forced to reflect upon his own life and find an answer to the question he’s been avoiding. Is it possible to accept the things you cannot change?

About the author

I write gritty, crime fiction that focuses on the ‘why’dunnit as well as the ‘who’. I worked for a housing association supporting socially excluded men and women with their return into society, which provided me with a lot of inspiration. If you like hard-boiled crime writers Stuart MacBride, Denise Mina AND Ed James then my Scottish crime series is for you. Fans of Ian Rankin or Mark Billingham-style police procedurals should try my Salford detective series. Like living on the edge? Why not try both…

ONE BAD TURN is the third in my Salford crime series and is available to pre-order now.
No sooner has Detective Sergeant Kevin Coupland stepped off the plane from a family holiday than he gets the call that a woman’s body has been found on a path beside a recreation park in a smart suburb in Salford. Account Manager Sharon Mathers suffered a brutal blow to the head following a night out with friends from work. As the body count rises Coupland makes a startling discovery – the killings… Read More

I write gritty, crime fiction that focuses on the ‘why’dunnit as well as the ‘who’. I worked for a housing association supporting socially excluded men and women with their return into society, which provided me with a lot of inspiration. If you like hard-boiled crime writers Stuart MacBride, Denise Mina AND Ed James then my Scottish crime series is for you. Fans of Ian Rankin or Mark Billingham-style police procedurals should try my Salford detective series. Like living on the edge? Why not try both…
ABSENT is the fourth in my Salford crime series and is available to pre-order now.
ONE BAD TURN is the third in my Salford crime series – No sooner has Detective Sergeant Kevin Coupland stepped off the plane from a family holiday than he gets the call that a woman’s body has been found on a path beside a recreation park in a smart suburb in Salford. Account Manager Sharon Mathers suffered a brutal blow to the head following a night out with friends from work. As the body count rises Coupland makes a startling discovery – the killings are linked to a murder in ’92. Coupland was a probationer back in the nineties – could he be linked in some way to the killer?

A PLACE OF SAFETY is the second of my Salford crime series and opens with a drive-by shooting that leaves a witness in fear for her life. DS Coupland and Moreton return to investigate what looks like a turf war gone wrong when a local gang does everything it can to cover the killer’s tracks. Why is a young woman who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time such a threat to them? Or as Coupland suspects, is there more to their guilt than meets the eye?

FRAGILE CORD is the first in my Salford Detective series introducing Alex Moreton and Kevin Coupland as they investigate the murder-suicide of a mother and her son. Alex is under pressure from her partner to have another child, but they’re happy as they are, aren’t they? Coupland’s wife is behaving oddly, is he right to be worried?

My Edinburgh crime series featuring Davy Johnson:

When the daughter of Edinburgh’s most powerful crime lord is kidnapped all hell breaks loose in the city. Determined to find her without the hindrance of the police Gus McEwan summons his most reliable men to track her down. Davy Johnson, still reeling from witnessing an horrific suicide is in no position to refuse. As the violence escalates but no ransom note emerges Davy must convince Edinburgh’s most fearsome gangsters that this isn’t about money or power, but something far more primitive.

TRUTH LIES WAITING, the first in my Scottish crime fiction series introduces anti-hero Davy Johnson as his life is thrown into turmoil when a killer strikes in Edinburgh’s underbelly – framing him in the process. TRUTH LIES WAITING will tackle your perception of good v. evil forever.

Fans of Ed James, Stuart Macbride and Ian Rankin will be gripped by the rollercoaster ride through Edinburgh’s colourful underbelly.

Most evenings I can be found walking the family dog on the beach near our home in East Lothian, Scotland. You can find out more on my website and I can be found on twitter @emmasauthor.

My Review

This is the first of this series that I’ve read and I think the reader would enjoy the series more from the start.  This police procedural is well written and pacey which is exactly what I like but it is also very dark and harrowing.  I found the crimes that the book deals with hard to read although well approached. I did find it difficult at times as the book felt real.  I really enjoyed the personal lives of the officers involved in the case and Salisbury does a great job of characterization.

This is a solid read that would work well as a standalone.  I’d definitely recommend to someone who is looking for a well researched police procedural.


(My reviews are shorter than normal at the moment as I’m dealing with a personal situation but I want to keep my commitments. Apologies to my readers.


DEAD BAD, Helen H. Durrant

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DEAD BAD by Helen H. Durrant

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Looking for a brilliant best-selling crime mystery with great detectives?

Detective Calladine and Bayliss face a vicious serial killer in a mystery with a shocking ending.

A woman’s body is found in a disused church, a homemade stuffed toy by her side. The victim had been dumped there months ago. The crime has the hallmarks of twenty-year-old case whose alleged perpetrator is in prison.

Detective Ruth Bayliss must work out whether a serial killer has returned, or whether a new killer is just taunting the police.

Her partner DI Tom Calladine faces the fight of his life to clear his name of corruption accusations. And then things go from bad to worse for Calladine . . .

With the team under massive pressure and drugs flooding the streets, another gruesomely presented body is found.

In an ending with a huge twist, the detectives must unpick decades’ old lies before anyone else dies.

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

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

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 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.





Author Bio

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OVER 500,000 books sold of her Calladine & Bayliss and DI Greco Series

I’m one of the ‘baby boomer’ generation. I was born in Edinburgh to an English father and Scottish mother. My father was from the North West of England and this was where the family settled.

I know the area well, both the good and the bad, and so I set my books here. Sitting 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. I always planned to write crime novels — to create the characters in my books. Since my retirement from a busy teaching job in FE, this is what I’ve done — almost to exclusion of anything else!

I have a grown-up family and five grandchildren. They see me as something of an eccentric — always on my laptop writing away. Writing is something of a second career and, despite having a bus pass, keeps me busy, young and tuned in the world as it currently is.

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My Review

‘Dead Bad’ is book eight in The Calladine and Bayliss murder mystery series.  I’ve only read a couple of them so wasn’t sure what to expect with this one. I was very impressed by the prologue which hooked me in straight away and makes for a gripping read.

The novel is very pacey and there are several story strands to follow and each one opens up a host of questions, this is exactly how I like a book to be.  It’s hard to write this review without giving too much away but the characters face some interesting personal turmoil which also makes for good reading and there is a good balance of light and dark moments.  It’s well written and doesn’t feel padded or full of red herrings.  I wanted to spread the book out and read it over several days, but I ended up reading this in one sitting.

This story also works well as a standalone but I think you would get more from the novel if it was read as part of the series.  Helen is going from strength to strength with this series and I can’t wait to read more from her.  I give this book five stars and would highly recommend and I’m looking forward to reading more from Helen H. Durrant.

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