A former barrister, Helen now writes the breath taking, Scottish set crime series – D.I.Callanach and D.I. Ava Turner about a former member of Interpol, Luc Callanah, who is now working for the Major Investigations Team of Police Scotland with Ava Turner. Her debut novel Perfect Remains is an Amazon best seller. Her next book ‘Perfect Kill’ is due out on 6 February 2020 and I have been fortune enough to gain an advanced copy (see below for review). She currently commutes between Hampshire, Scotland and California, and lives with her husband and three children. She can be found on twitter @Helen_Fields
The DI Callanach series can be read as standalone novels as the cases are new in each one, it is purely character development that ties the books together. Having said that once you have read one you will want to read them all as they are enthralling reads.
A killer who wants authorities to believe that the woman he has kidnapped is dead goes to great lengths to convince them, leaving her her teeth and a fragment of clothing burning on a remote highland mountain. French Detective Inspector Luc Callanach has just transferred to Edinburgh, trying to escape his past with Interpol, lands himself in the middle of of a murder investigation with a twist he could never imagine.
This story will chill you to the bone. With a gripping story line, likeable characters (with the exception of the murderer obviously!) and unpredictable twists whats not to love?
I do feel i t is important to mention that it is very graphic and so will not be to everyone’s tastes.
The second DI Callanach instalment. In a crowd of thousands, a charity worker is murdered and no one saw his attacker. Then the body of a primary school teacher is found in a dumpster then around the city, graffitied on buildings, words appear describing each victim. It’s only when they realise the words are appearing before rather than after the murders, that DI Callanach and DI Turner understand the killer is announcing his next victim…
This series has me hooked but is not for the faint heated. I finished this booked within days and immediately ordered the third! I Love that the twists and turns aren’t your standard thriller twists that can be guess from the start and that there are realist relationships through out.
Unknown to DI Luc Callanach and the newly promoted DCI Ava Turner, a serial killer has Edinburgh firmly in his grip. The killer is taking his victims in the coldest, most calculating way possible – engineering slow and painful deaths by poison, with his victims entirely unaware of the drugs flooding their bloodstream until it’s too late. DCI Turner also has to come to turns with the apparent suicide of her former boss and mentor, can she prove it was a set up with out tarnishing his legacy?
As I was a late comer to the party I was able to read this straight after the second book and I am definitely addicted to this series! The story lines keep your mind turning and the sexual tension between the two lead characters just makes you want to scream at the to get it on already!
Dolls cut from the flesh of victims, a series of drug-users are brutally branded with the letter Z slashed into their foreheads, is this the work of the same assailant?
The scenes are graphic and grotesque but the writing and plots are brilliant and even manages to provide a will they-won’t they love story along side! This really is my all time favourite detective thriller series.
What appear to be a string of suicides turn out to be carefully curated deaths by a psychopathic killer a lot closer to Callanach and Turner than they know.
I dearly love these series but I feel like the ending was really rushed, it barely mentions what happens after the explosion, which would have been perfect for Luc and Ava to sort things but but yet again they haven’t got together, probably so that there is enough for another book! But I will read the next one and the crimes are always very well described and have twist that you don’t see coming, Field’s imagination is incredible!
DI Luc Callanach is in Paris investigating an illegal organ harvesting ring and trying to mend bridges with his former Interpol college. At the same time, DCI Ava Turner is in Scotland, trying to cope with, a missing persons investigation, several murders that appear to be linked to people trafficking, relationship issues and some devastating news from her best friend. Both cases seem separate until a photograph of DCI Turners missing person turns up on French soil.
This was another great page turner from Fields, I devoured it in a matter of hours and am already hungry for the next instalment. It opened my eyes to many things including the side of France that doesn’t pop into your head when you imagine Paris.
I especially loved following the development of DI Lively’s character in this book as in the first few novels he was a really odious man but in this book, you see another side to him, one that you makes you understand that there is two sides to every story. His dry humour, quick comments and raw emotion for the victims is a very welcome relief as the majority of book is very intense.
The whole series and especially this book are not for the faint hearted, the descriptions are gruesome and the way some of the victims are treated leaves you with that sick feeling in your stomach, hoping that this doesn’t happen in real life but knowing that deep down it probably does.
Having read all the prior novels in this series I was so excited to get this as an ARC and it has not disappointed.
Thank you NetGalley and Avon Books for the copy in exchange for an honest review.