My review of Dead Jealous by Helen H. Durrant

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Helen H. Durrant’s brilliant new book – Dead Jealous. Anyone that follows my blog or Facebook page will know that I am a massive fan of all of Helen’s books so I am absolutely delighted to be able to take part in this tour!!

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A teenage girl’s body is found in the back of a car on the notorious Hobfield housing estate. No one had reported her missing, but she’s been dead for a week.

Meanwhile, an old jar is brought into the station. It was found carefully wrapped in a blanket, with a child’s pink hairclip. The jar contains ashes and bone fragments.

Seventeen years ago, Detective Tom Calladine had been part of a team investigating the disappearance of Jessica Wilkins. Her mother had taken her to Leesdon Park one summer afternoon. She went to get the child an ice cream and when she returned her daughter was gone. Over the years there were no sightings, no witnesses — nothing.
Will there finally be closure for this unsolved mystery?

And why was the girl found in the car killed and why are her friends not telling the police the whole story?

Detectives Tom Calladine and Ruth Bayliss will unravel a web of lies and pain, in this fast-moving and gripping crime mystery.

I have to admit that I was very keen to be able to get my hands on a copy of Helen’s latest book having becoming an avid fan of her work.  I thoroughly enjoyed the story and definitely would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone who loves a great crime book, and a really good read in general.  For me they can be read as stand alone books but you really will get the benefit of reading them from the first book if you are new to the series so you can follow the characters personal woes as they go about their roles in the Police force. I loved the plot, pace and characters as normal – most definitely another 5 stars read for me from Helen!!


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