Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all doing well. Today I’m very excited to be taking part in the blog tour for Helen Fields’ latest crime thriller, ‘Perfect Kill’. This is the 5th book in the “DI Callanach” series – I’ve followed the series from the start and can safely say it is my favourite crime series! In this post, I’ll be giving you some information about the book,, as well as sharing a mini-review – but I will also be reviewing it in full at a later date, so keep your eyes peeled for that. Thanks so much to Avon for the opportunity! So, keep reading…
He had never heard himself scream before. It was terrifying.
Alone, trapped in the darkness and with no way out, Bart Campbell knows that his chances of being found alive are slim.
Drugged and kidnapped, the realisation soon dawns that he’s been locked inside a shipping container far from his Edinburgh home. But what Bart doesn’t yet know is that he’s now heading for France where his unspeakable fate is already sealed…
DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach are working on separate cases that soon collide as it becomes clear that the men and women being shipped to France are being traded for women trafficked into Scotland.
With so many lives at stake, they face an impossible task – but there’s no option of failure when Bart and so many others will soon be dead…
About the Author.
Helen Fields is the author of six novels, all in the “DI Callanach” series: ‘Perfect Remains’ (January 2017), ‘Perfect Prey’ (July 2017), ‘Perfect Death’ (January 2018), ‘Perfect Silence’ (August 2018), ‘Perfect Crime’ (April 2019) and ‘Perfect Kill’ (February 2020). Fields studied Law and then practised criminal and family law for thirteen years. She then went on to run a film production company called Wailing Banshee Ltd. with her husband, before pursuing writing.
‘Perfect Crime’ follows detectives Luc Callanach and Ava Turner as they work to solve a series of gruesome murders in both Edinburgh and France. Luc is stationed in France and Ava is working in Edinburgh. But they soon begin to realise that both cases are connected, and they’ll need to work together to save further victims.
The two main characters in the novel, Callanach and Turner, have a lot of history together. But they must learn to put their differences, and their past, behind them, and focus solely on working together to solve this series of gruesome murders. Both characters are excellently-written and, as in past books in the series, I really enjoyed reading all about the development of both the individual characters, and their joint relationship.
I felt that this book was excellently researched and executed. Some very complex themes, such as human trafficking and organ donation, were explored in the novel, which would have required a vast amount of research on Fields’ part. I was really impressed with the depth in which these themes were explored, and I enjoyed discovering more about these dark situations, which are largely hidden within today’s western culture.
There is a great deal of suspense and mystery running throughout the novel. Callanach and Turner make multiple discoveries and breakthroughs within their cases – which end up being much more connected than they originally thought. They both put themselves in extremely dangerous situations in order to solve the crimes. I just had to keep reading to find out the end result – I simply couldn’t put the book down!
There’s a final dramatic scene, in which both Callanach and Turner risk their lives for the good of others. They must work around the clock and focus all of their efforts on solving this case. The end scene is jam-packed full of action and violence – I couldn’t tear my eyes away. I really enjoyed the ending, and felt that all the events were tied together brilliantly.
This is an exceptional murder mystery novel that I highly recommend to all you crime lovers out there. Be warned, this book is very gruesome – however, if you can handle that, I believe you will really enjoy this book. I really enjoyed the book, and can’t wait for the next in the series!
Happy reading 🙂