Dead Guilty - Helen H. Durrant

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Official Blurb:

DETECTIVES CALLADINE AND BAYLISS HUNT FOR A MISSING CHILD IN A MYSTERY WITH A SHOCKING ENDING.
Sophie Alder is the three-year-old daughter of local factory owner, Richard Alder. Richard and his wife Annie are locals from the rough housing estate who’ve made it big.
Plus, there’s a crime wave in Leesworth and the police can’t cope. One thief even dares to break into Calladine’s house.
A number of local men have formed a vigilante group. On one of their patrols they catch the burglar and he ends up dead.
The investigation is complicated and the detectives keep hearing about a shadowy figure called “Street,” the mastermind behind the increase in drugs and theft.
With two more murders and Calladine’s personal life in turmoil, the detectives race against time to find “Street” and the missing child.
IN AN ENDING WITH A HUGE TWIST, THE DETECTIVES FIND EVERYTHING THEY BELIEVED IS TURNED UPSIDE DOWN.

My Thoughts:

This is a very fast-paced crime story. You need to have your wits about you as a lot is going on in this book. It isn’t, but you do need to concentrate on keeping up with everything that is developing throughout the investigation. At first, it feels like two parallel stories are being told and you think the detectives have too much to deal with, but it all starts to come together.
I was a little disappointed to realise that this was book nine in a series (it would be helpful if this were in brackets next to the title on NetGalley so that you are aware straight away). Although you don’t need to have read any of the previous books, there is a sense of having missing information. There are a few times when previous investigations are referred to, and you are left wondering if these were in past books. If they were, then there are slight spoiler alerts. I do have all of Durrant’s previous books on my TBR list, so I didn’t want anything to be given away. I had enjoyed the stand-alone book ‘Next Victim’ so I requested this one without realising it was part of a series.
Despite the initial disappointment, I did really enjoy this book, the characters were easy to get to know, and even though the investigation is fast-paced, it is possible to keep a handle on everything that is going on. It certainly makes me want to catch up on the previous books in case she brings out book ten!

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Dead Guilty
by Helen H. Durrant
Date Started
1st May 2019
Date Finished
2nd May 2019
Rating
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