Perfect Death by Helen Fields

Review published on March 7, 2018.

Oh my, I do love this series of books. Perfect Death was a welcome return to Edinburgh and Police Scotland for me. This time, Helen Fields has shown that she doesn’t only write about gory deaths, as the deaths in Perfect Death are slow, torturous, drug-related ones. Don’t get me wrong, they’re still pretty horrible, but not quite worthy of a slasher movie this time!

We’re back with newly promoted DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach and their team. They actually have two cases to work. One is the killer poisoning his victims slowly, but the other is one of crime lords and corruption. This dual approach works well as Turner takes one case and Callanach takes another. DS Lively is still on the squad, a dyed in the wool officer who just loves ribbing Callanach for his pretty face. But I saw a different side to him in this book which was nice.

Also nice to see return from Perfect Prey, the previous book in the series, of Lance Proudfoot, the journalist. The whole range of characters in these books are perfectly drawn, they work well together and are hugely likeable. This being the third book they have featured in, I’m really starting to care about them and want them to succeed. And I must admit to having a real soft spot for Luc.

The book started with me reading slowly, taking it all in, working out what was going on. Then it completely took off and I just could not put it down. It’s absolutely thrilling, so exciting and so deliciously twisted.

You can read each of the books by Helen Fields as a standalone read but I really do recommend that you read all of the books in order, to appreciate the back story of each character, but also because they are so damn good. I’m over the moon to see that this is not, as I feared, a trilogy, and there are apparently another three books to come at least.

Perfect Death is a superbly put together crime thriller. I can’t get enough of the characters and I’m already eagerly awaiting the next instalment. The stories that Fields creates are so clever, so unique. She’s easily my favourite crime writer around at the moment.

Nicola Smith, Short Book and Scribes, 5/5

Perfect Death by Helen Fields
Avon 9780008181611 pbk Jan 2018

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