Dead Jealous by Helen Durrant

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DEAD JEALOUS by Helen H. Durrant

A teenage girl’s body is found in the back of a car on the notorious Hobfield housing estate. No one had reported her missing, but she’s been dead for a week.

Meanwhile, an old jar is brought into the station. It was found carefully wrapped in a blanket, with a child’s pink hairclip. The jar contains ashes and bone fragments.

Seventeen years ago Detective Tom Calladine had been part of a team investigating the disappearance of Jessica Wilkins. Her mother had taken her to Leesdon Park one summer afternoon.

She went to get the child an ice cream and when she returned her daughter was gone. Over the years there were no sightings, no witnesses — nothing.

Will there finally be closure for this unsolved mystery?
And why was the girl found in the car killed and why are her friends not telling her the whole story?

Detectives Tom Calladine and Ruth Bayliss will unravel a web of lies and pain, in this fast-moving and gripping crime mystery.

Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you turning the pages until the stunning conclusion

If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Mel Sherratt, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will enjoy this exciting new crime fiction writer.

DEAD JEALOUS is book seven of a new series of detective thrillers featuring D.S. Ruth Bayliss and D.I. Tom Calladine.

Tom Calladine is a detective inspector who is devoted to his job. His personal life, however, is not so successful. Having been married and divorced before the age of twenty-one has set a pattern that he finds difficult to escape.

Ruth Bayliss is in her mid-thirties, plain-speaking  but loyal. She is balancing her professional life with looking after a small child.

The fictional village of Leesdon on the outskirts of an industrial northern English city. There is little work and a lot of crime. The bane of Calladine’s life is the Hobfield housing estate, breeding ground to all that is wrong with the area that he calls home.



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My Review

Lately I’ve been dipping my toes into new waters, sampling new authors which previously I hadn’t heard of or was uncertain if their books were what I would typically read. Helen Durrant is one of these authors I had not previously experienced, I’m so glad Joffe Books offered this opportunity to review Dead Jealous, it certainly didn’t disappoint.

Dead Jealous is the seventh book in the series following Calladine & Bayliss, in this instalment they find themselves investigating three crimes a cold-case of an abducted child seventeen years previous, the brutal death of a sixteen year old teenage girl and the murder of the local loan shark.

Opening scene is the cold-blooded death of Flora found in the boot of an abandoned car, she has lain a week and nobody has noticed or reported her missing, her mother and friends don’t seem to be concerned, what are they hiding. A jar of ashes wrapped in a pink blanket with a hairclip is handed to the police , after being discovered during house renovations, could this be Jessica the missing toddler from Leesdon Park an investigation which never yielded clues or witnesses, a case that still haunts Calladine, will there finally now be closure. Has the local loan shark went too far, pushed a customer over the edge, his volatile nature has been his downfall, paying the ultimate penalty…..his death with no interest accrued.

I couldn’t believe how well Helen intertwined each scenario, it was effortless and gelled well together, thoroughly enjoyed trying to unravel the twists, the lies and connecting the dots with Calladine and Bayliss to try and discover the truth.

Calladine and Bayliss are a well oiled team within the unit, they have all suffered in the past, the way Helen interspersed personal and work life proved effortless and added to the depth of the storyline, allowing the feeling of really knowing the characters. I certainly felt empathy with Bayliss, where she felt her husband showed more interest in his work than family relations, leaving her feeling that her work wasn’t important either, causing rifts in her family life. What Helen portrayed could have been anyone’s life, even my own at times, which proved to show the characters in a more realistic light.

I couldn’t commend Helen highly enough on Dead Jealous, it certainly was a book that I couldn’t put down except for when the inevitable life things get in the way, like having to work. Even though I had to get on with daily life, the urge to get back to Dead Jealous was always there, the short chapters, the fantastic storylines, the characters, I became absorbed in the pages and wanted to know more quicker.

I have had the pleasure of having a taste of what Helen can conjure up at a recent author event, I like to pose a question with three objects and Helen was kind enough to write a short story in response, I thank Helen very much for humouring me on this occasion with my weird questions. Funnily enough I like to try it with all authors I come across at all author events I attend and its much appreciated.

A definite 5 star read and I would highly recommend reading, Helen Durrant is an author with a wicked flair in her thought process in producing a storyline which is rational and clear-sighted.

Thank you to Joffe Books, Helen Durrant and Booksnall Jill Burkinshaw for the opportunity to read and review an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review.

helen durrant

Author Bio


OVER 450,00 books sold of her Calladine & Bayliss and DI Greco Series
I’m one of the ‘baby boomer’ generation. I was born in Edinburgh to an English father and Scottish mother. My father was from the North West of England and this was where the family settled.

I know the area well, both the good and the bad, and so I set my books here. Sitting 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. I always planned to write crime novels — to create the characters in my books. Since my retirement from a busy teaching job in FE, this is what I’ve done — almost to exclusion of anything else!

I have a grown-up family and five grandchildren. They see me as something of an eccentric — always on my laptop writing away. Writing is something of a second career and, despite having a bus pass, keeps me busy, young and tuned in the world as it currently is.

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