Helen H. Durrant
Calladine & Bayliss, Book # 1
Joffe Books Mystery
July 3, 2015
June 5, 2018 June 10, 2018
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.
About the book
Detective Inspector Tom Calladine and Detective Sergeant Ruth Bayliss are called to the scene of a grisly discovery in the local playground at Leesdon, near Manchester, England. A plastic bag with human fingers inside, is only the beginning of a terrible and brutal series of murders by a psychopathic killer who has no empathy for his victims. Calladine and Bayliss are sure that the crime is linked to the Hobfield estate where drug sales and criminals get together for illegal activities.
The book starts well, with a macabre scene in which the killer is torturing one of his victims. Then we go to the investigation when pieces of victims are found around the city.
The book is a bit short, small investigation and the capture of the killer is a bit anti-climatic. Who was the killer was clear when “someone” (I will not say who) starts asking where “some people” are. I know it’s a bit cryptic but I don’t want to reveal too much. However there is a specific scene that tells you who the killer is.
I don’t understand why they don’t look for Masheda (I think the name is, the last one missing) through the electronic bracelet, I know that you can take it off but it should at least give an alarm… I mean, there’s a scene where he shows the bracelet but then it isn’t mentioned again. Details, please, thank you.
The style is smooth, chapters are not too long but the ending is a bit short. Certainly it isn’t one of those brain-splitting books where there are twists everywhere. Few details. This is only the first book in the series but I hope the characters are better developed going forward.