Today I am very happy to be closing the blog tour for Helen Durrant’s new book Dark Angel, published by Joffe books on the 22nd January 2018.
About the Book
DARK ANGEL by HELEN H. DURRANT
Love gripping crime fiction? Discover Detective Stephen Greco, a meticulous policeman with a messy personal life.
Two young men break into an expensive house in Cheshire. They take money and jewellery — and a large amount of heroin. Within twenty-four hours they are found brutally murdered.
The killings have the hallmarks of a local drug baron. The two victims were also “angels” helping in a community project which seems to have been lowering the crime rate in the area.
Meanwhile, Detective Stephen Greco’s colleague and on-off girlfriend Grace is pregnant. He isn’t sure how he feels, and they haven’t told the boss.
This gripping and fast-paced crime mystery ends with a series of shocking twists.
If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Mel Sherratt, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will enjoy this exciting new crime fiction writer.
DCI Stephen Greco is a meticulous policeman with a touch of O.C.D. Easy to admire, but difficult to like. He has created a new team after a personal tragedy threatened to end his career, and is struggling to care for his daughter.
DS Grace Harper is an ambitious young policewoman with excellent people skills. Like Greco, she is a single parent and tries to balance work and childcare.
The Northern city of Manchester is a place of great diversity, from high-end restaurants and clubs for the moneyed classes to grim housing estates riven by crime and drugs.
DISCOVER YOUR NEXT FAVOURITE MYSTERY SERIES BY THE BEST-SELLING WRITER HELEN H. DURRANT
Book 1: DARK MURDER
Book 2: DARK HOUSES
Book 3: DARK TRADE
Book 4: DARK ANGEL
CALLADINE & BAYLISS
Book 1: DEAD WRONG
Book 2: DEAD SILENT
Book 3: DEAD LIST
Book 4: DEAD LOST
Book 5: DEAD & BURIED
Book 6: DEAD NASTY
Book 7: DEAD JEALOUS
HIS THIRD VICTIM – My review for this can be found here
This is the second book of Helen’s I have read, but the first one in this series of books.
Even though this is the 4th book in the series it can be read as a standalone book, although personally I felt I was missing something as there isn’t any back story and wasn’t sure about how DCI Grecco and DS Harper’s relationship had started and even if they were in an actual relationship or just had a fling.
The book starts off with properly with a couple of thieves breaking in to a house and stealing drugs, whilst taking photos of them doing so and sending them to the Police.
Shortly after this they are both found dead and mutilated, which is the main plot of the book and works really well as a strong story on it’s own. The story then follows the team as they try and unravel what has happened to these young lads, and to find the murderer. There are enough red herrings within this story to keep you guessing all the way through, and I really loved the ending of the book.
There are a couple of sub-plots, one of which revolves around Stephen and Grace’s relationship and how they are coping with Grace being pregnant. This story line was well written and made me feel sorry for both of them as it has strongly affected their relationship, and whether they both want a baby or not.
Overall this was a thoroughly enjoyable and easy book to read.
To purchase the book click on the links below.
About the Author
Helen sets her books in the area she has lived in for many years. The towns and villages that sit in the shelter of the Pennine hills. This is an area 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.
Helen always planned to write crime novels. But until she retired from full-time work in a local further education college, it had to go on the back burner. Once she did retire – there was no excuse. She now writes full-time. Retirement proper will have to wait!
Currently there are seven books in the ‘Calladine & Bayliss’ series available – Dead Wrong, Dead Silent, Dead List, Dead Lost, Dead & Buried, Dead Nasty – and the latest – Dead Jealous.
Also available are three books in the new ‘DI Greco’ series – Dark Murder, Dark Houses, Dark Trade and the latest – Dark Angel.