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Looking for a brilliant best-selling crime mystery with great detectives? 

Detectives Calladine and Bayliss face a vicious serial killer in a mystery with a shocking ending. 

A woman’s body is found in a disused church, a homemade stuffed toy by her side. The victim had been dumped there months ago. The crime has the hallmarks of 20-year-old case whose alleged perpetrator is in prison. 

Detective Ruth Bayliss must work out whether a serial killer has returned, or if a new killer is just taunting the police. 

Her partner DI Tom Calladine faces the fight of his life to clear his name of corruption accusations. And then things go from bad to worse for Calladine.... 

With the team under massive pressure and drugs flooding the streets, another gruesomely presented body is found. 

In an ending with a huge twist, the detectives must unpick decades’ old lies before anyone else dies. 

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

©2020 Helen Durrant (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

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  • Trish R.
  • 11-10-2020

Great book and wonderful narration..


This is the 8th book I've read about Calladine and Bayliss and I've enjoyed all of them. This was about drug dealing and murdering women, in horrendous ways but thankfully it wasn't described or I wouldn't have been able to read it. It was a good story.*******

There was no romance and the F-bomb was used 4 times.*******

As for the narration: Jonathan Keeble is one of my favorite narrators. He's one of the best at emotions and every characters having there own distinct voices.

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  • SandraL
  • 02-10-2020

Another great addition to the series

These are not the longest audiobooks in the world - they are all just under 6 hours long - but there's a lot packed in to them. Sometimes I just want a book I can finish in a day and these always fit the bill.

In this one the team have the horrific murder of a young woman left in a disused church which seems very similar to a crime which happened twenty years ago when Calladine was a sergeant. Then Calladine disappears (kidnapped) and is suspected of corruption! And there's a new, dangerous drug doing the rounds.

There's never a dull moment in this book, which is fast moving and well written and had me right on the edge of my seat! Calladine and Bayliss are such great characters, and I feel I have come to know them well throughout this series. I love their banter. There's no hint of romance between them (which I am pleased about) but they're like a brother and sister, who often bicker but still love each other.

Dead Bad is a great addition to the series, and this Audible version is brought to life by the wonderful Jonathan Keeble.

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