My review of Dead Wrong by Helen H. Durrant

A bag of severed fingers is found in the playground by a rough housing estate
Police partners, D.I. Calladine and D.S. Ruth Bayliss race against time to track down a killer before the whole area erupts in violence. Their boss thinks it’s all down to drug lord Ray Fallon, but Calladine’s instincts say something far nastier is happening on the Hobfield housing estate.

Can this duo track down the murderer before anyone else dies and before the press publicize the gruesome crimes? Detectives Calladine and Bayliss are led on a trail which gets dangerously close to home. In a thrilling finale they race against time to rescue someone very close to Calladine’s heart.  The series is set in 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.

DEAD WRONG is the first in a new series of detective thrillers featuring D.S. Ruth Bayliss and D.I. Tom Calladine.  Tom Calladine is a single, fifty-one-year-old 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 wishes she had more time for the gym and a love life. She uses her demanding workload as an excuse not to try too hard with the men she meets.

I actually read Dead Wrong back in January this year but have just been going through my review notes and I realised that I didn’t actually share this review online when I finished the book, so I am now doing a belated review post – I loved the book and it deserves to be shared! I think it really is a fantastic series and the characters of Tom Calladine and Ruth Bayliss are great and really do gel well together.

The book opens with quite a bang and you are literally gripped, the plot and descriptions are a bit grisly at times but it is well done and in keeping with the intricate plot that is woven throughout.

I have read the books in this series out of sequence and I didn’t feel it really affected any of my enjoyment – I still loved the story, the characters and the writing style – Helen is definitely one of my MUST READ authors!