LAST VICTIM (Detective Rachel King #5) by Helen H Durrant – Blog Tour

Thank you to Jill Burkinshaw from https://booksnall.blog/ for oganising this blog tour and to Helen H. Durrant and Joffe Books for an ARC copy to read in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Synopsis

MEET DETECTIVE RACHEL KING IN THIS BRILLIANT NEW CRIME SERIES.

A BRAND-NEW MYSTERY FROM #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR HELEN H. DURRANT THAT WILL HAVE YOU GRIPPED FROM START TO PULSATING FINISH.

A two-month-old baby is missing. James’s parents left him with a babysitter while they went out for dinner. But when they get home, there’s no sign of baby or sitter.

This is the last thing DCI Rachel King wants to hear on her last night of maternity leave. But worse is to come. The missing infant belongs to Scott Agnew, alleged member of Manchester drug-dealing ring, the Trio.

Then the elderly mother of another Trio boss disappears. Rachel knows that if these are retaliation kidnappings, things will only go from bad to terrible.

And guess who everyone thinks is behind this? The prime suspect is Rachel’s partner Jed, ex-gangland boss and father of her youngest child.

FIND OUT IF THEY’RE RIGHT IN THIS RACE-AGAINST-TIME MYSTERY FULL OF STUNNING TWISTS.

THE DETECTIVE

DCI Rachel King. Mother of two teenage daughters. Divorced from Alan. She lives in the Cheshire village of Poynton – about ten miles from central Manchester. She is good at her job, gets results but does make mistakes. One of them was getting involved with a budding villain in her teens. No one — family, friends or colleagues know the truth about this.

Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel McLean, Kimberley Chambers, Damien Boyd, Rachel Abbott, Patricia Gibney, D.S. Butler or Mark Billingham.

My Thoughts

I love Detective Rachel King so was very excited to see her back for a 5th instalment.

Rachel is a day away from returning to work after maternity leave when a baby and his sitter disappear off the face of the Earth.  The more the team investigate, the more complicated the case becomes, and the more involved some serious gangsters are obviously involved.  Can Rachel solve this case and balance her home life?

Helen has written another intricate and twisty plot where the narrative unfolds at a steady pace, revealing clues and hints but often leading the reader in the wrong direction.  It’s fascinating watching the team working, piecing evidence together and investigating the different leads.  The plot is well written and carefully planned, giving the right amount of information when needed to keep the pace, but not enough to give the game away too soon. 

In addition to the stress of solving a complicated case on return from maternity leave, Rachel is balancing being the mum of 2 older girls and a newborn, as well as wondering what her partner, ex gangster, is up to. 

A brilliant crime novel which is part of a great series. Recommended for crime/detective series fans.       

Author Bio – Helen Durrant

OVER 1 MILLION BOOKS SOLD!

Helen is one of the ‘baby boomer’ generation and began writing when she retired from her job at a local college. Born in Edinburgh to an English father and Scottish mother the family settled in a Pennine village between the counties of Lancashire and Yorkshire. It is an environment which has shaped her stories. Writing is a second career and, despite having a bus pass, keeps her busy, and tuned in.

Helen’s children are all grown-up and she has five grandchildren.

BOOKS BY HELEN H. DURRANT

CALLADINE & BAYLISS SERIES:

  • DEAD WRONG
  • DEAD SILENT
  • DEAD LIST
  • DEAD LOST
  • DEAD & BURIED
  • DEAD NASTY
  • DEAD JEALOUS
  • DEAD BAD
  • DEAD GUILTY
  • DEAD WICKED
  • DEAD SORRY

DI GRECO SERIES:

  • DARK MURDER
  • DARK HOUSES
  • DARK TRADE
  • DARK ANGEL

DI MATHEW BRINDLE SERIES:

  • HIS THIRD VICTIM
  • THE OTHER VICTIM

DCI RACHEL KING SERIES:

  • NEXT VICTIM
  • TWO VICTIMS
  • WRONG VICTIM
  • FORGOTTEN VICTIM
  • LAST VICTIM

DETECTIVES LENNOX & WILDE SERIES:

  • THE GUILTY MAN
  • THE FACELESS MAN

BOX SETS:

  • DETECTIVES CALLADINE & BAYLISS BOOKS 1-3
  • THE DETECTIVE CALLADINE & BAYLISS MYSTERY SERIES BOOKS 1-9 BOX SET
  • DETECTIVE STEPHEN GRECO BOOKS 1-3
  • THE COMPLETE DETECTIVE STEPHEN GRECO BOX SET
  • THE DETECTIVE RACHEL KING BOOKS 1-3
  • DETECTIVE MATT BRINDLE DOUBLE-BOOK BOX SET
  • JOFFE BOOKS MURDER MYSTERY & SUSPENSE SHORT STORY COLLECTION

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