A CRIME MYSTERY FULL OF TWISTS AND TURNS
Annie Naden and her husband buy a remote country cottage at auction. It’s the home of their own that they always wanted, but as they begin renovations, Annie discovers a satchel in a dusty old hidden cupboard. Inside are the usual schoolbooks, now over 40 years old, and a girl’s diary. Among the record of day-to-day crushes and pop concerts, is a secret that may have had terrible consequences which are still resonating in the present day.
Detective Tom Calladine has problems of his own. A notorious villain, Vinny Costello, seems to be back in town, and the bodies soon stack up. With Calladine’s loyal DS Ruth Bayliss on maternity leave, he gets in hot water with one of Costello’s assistants, and must also cope with an abrasive new member of the team as they seek to untangle a complex series of murders.
What happened to that girl forty years ago? And what’s it got to do with the current crime wave?
Full of twists and turns, this is a gripping detective mystery that will keep you turning the pages until the stunning conclusion
If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Mel Sherratt, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will enjoy this exciting new crime fiction writer.
DEAD & BURIED is book five of 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. Her personal life finally seems to have settled down.
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.
Book One: DEAD WRONG 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.
Book Two: DEAD SILENT A body is found in a car crash, but the victim was already dead . . .
Book Three: DEAD LIST An unlikely serial killer with a bucket list of victims . . .
Book Four: DEAD LOST An abandoned cotton mill holds horrific secrets
Praise for Helen H. Durrant’s previous best sellers
“There’s no frilly pages full of description in these books, just great mysteries and characters, which I appreciate. And thank goodness she’s writing as fast as she is, because I’ve been devouring these books just as quickly. Can’t wait for the next in the series.” Mary E
“The usual fast action, gripping plot and great setting.” Martha B
“This is an exceptional book which I will recommend to everyone who loves a good British thriller. ” Jackie Roche
“Another great book in this series and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all of them. I finished this one in a single sitting. ” Books R Best