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Publisher's Summary

First a shooting, then a grisly discovery on the common....
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 publicise 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. If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Mel Sherratt, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will be gripped by this exciting new crime fiction writer.
Dead Wrong is the first in a new series of detective thrillers featuring D.S. Ruth Bayliss and D.I. Tom Calladine. Tom Calladine is a single, 51-year-old 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 21 has set a pattern that he finds difficult to escape. Ruth Bayliss is in her mid-30s, plain-speaking but loyal. She wishes she had more time for the gym and a love life. She uses her demanding workload as an excuse not to try too hard with the men she meets. The series is set in 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.
©2015 Helen H. Durrant (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"An edge of your seat detective thriller which had me completely enthralled. Calladine and Bayliss are fascinating police partners. The end was both surprising and uplifting." (Beth Boyd)
"A must-read new police procedural that will have you gripped. The characters, setting, and plot are detailed and believable. Can’t wait for the next one." (Sarah Stevens)
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By Trish R. on 11-10-16

Good enough to go forward in the series..

For the most part this was a good book, except that I hate when the serial killer’s deeds are pages and pages of his actions. I like books about serial killers but keep the descriptions of the killings out. I don’t want to read about him cutting the guys fingers off or disemboweling another guy. It’s just too disgusting for words.

Also, since this is not supposed to be romance I absolutely hate when an author writes a little in his or her book, only to have the hero, Tom Calladine, discussing what to get his girlfriend for her birthday, with his partner Ruth, and then crawl into bed with a reporter, Lydia, who was half his age. No matter what kind of book you’re reading 99.9% of women readers hate a hero who is acting like a manwhore.

It really did keep you trying to figuring out who the killer was. I was still trying to figure it out very late in the book, and I like that. Knowing who the killer is right off the bat is not for me, and I would never have guessed who the killer was in this book. Totally stunned.

There was no swearing to speak of, except the F-bomb. It was released 10 times. I found that rather odd. There were no sexual feelings whatsoever, and a sex scene that was real close to fade-to-black.

As for the narrator: No matter how good or bad the book was I would have listened to it. Jonathan Keeble is totally awesome; his voices and emotional reading is just spectacular.

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By Maine Knitter on 10-08-17

Not a bad start

I've been reading a lot of British police procedurals lately and this came up on Audible's "you might like" recommendations. It wasn't bad.

First off, I like the narrator's voice except when he tries too hard to do a female one. They always seem to be whiny.

The characters were okay and I will read (listen) to subsequent books to see how things unfold. The Who-done-it wasn't too complicated but the actual villain was. And it was gory. If you're the least bit squeamish you may have to skip parts.

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By LJ on 07-03-16

Not for Mark Billingham fans

What could Helen H. Durrant have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not describe women as either "struggling with her weight" or a "stunner", and write grammatical English (a person is sitting, not sat).

What does Jonathan Keeble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

An excellent job of bringing banal characters to life.

Any additional comments?

The storyline is obvious, the characters generic, and the writing is extremely poor.

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By D. Ross on 02-18-17

Dead wrong

This book is not for the faint hearted, contains graphic and gruesome scenes. I did not finish it

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By kevinplee@hotmail.com on 06-16-16

Short but powerfully written

Kudos to both author and narrator, I can't wait to crack on with the rest of this series.

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