Perfect Prey – Helen Fields (D. I. Callanach #2)


Perfect Prey was published on 27 July 2017 by Avon and is available to buy here

Your new addiction starts here: get hooked on the #1 bestselling series. Perfect for fans of Karin Slaughter and M.J. Arlidge.

Welcome to Edinburgh. Murder capital of Europe.

In the middle of a rock festival, a charity worker is sliced across the stomach. He dies minutes later. In a crowd of thousands, no one saw his attacker.

The following week, the body of a primary school teacher is found in a dumpster in an Edinburgh alley, strangled with her own woollen scarf.

D.I. Ava Turner and D.I. Luc Callanach have no leads and no motive – until around the city, graffitied on buildings, words appear describing each victim.

It’s only when they realise the words are being written before rather than after the murders, that they understand the killer is announcing his next victim…and the more innocent the better.

Perfect Remains is reviewed here

My thoughts

After reading Perfect Remains and falling in love with D. I. Luc Callanach, I was keen to get stuck into Perfect Prey. Perfect Prey is the second in the  Scottish crime series by Helen Fields. Reading Fields reminds me so much of Chris Carter and Karin Slaughter. There is this wonderful vein of gorgeous explicit darkness running through it, combined with such humanity. Seriously this is the best new series I have come across in ages! I urge you all to discover what I mean!

The first book set the scene and introduced us to the duo French D. I. Luc Callanach and rather posh D. I. Ava Turner. Callanagh and Turner find a sudden dark crime wave has hit Edinburgh. A man is slaughtered in cold blood at a music festival. A woman is found crushed beneath furniture, in what looks like a deliberate act of suffocation. Another body is found in a skip. Callanagh and Turner are under increasing pressure by their boss to get results yesterday. There seems to be little in the way of real clues. The victims seem to be good upstanding citizens, with no enemies. The murder count is rising. There is a growing climate of fear in the city. Who will be next victim to die? Will Callanagh and Turner be able to get their friendship back on an even keel and work out who is responsible?

Although this is a very different case for Callanagh and Turner, the key elements that I adored in Perfect Remains were still there. The lovely French man Callanagh with his psychological wounds and dedication to duty. Turner and her addiction to old movies and in depth crime chat is there. We see the tiny hint of a romantic relationship brewing between Callanagh and Turner, in a sort of Mulder and Scully way. There is sexual tension there, in spite of Turner’s engagement to her old flame. The least said about that character the better. We have realistic and brutal crimes, designed to shock and disturb. I do appreciate that. Not many writers can make me shudder! There are enough twists to satisfy anyone, with a pace that will have you holding your breath. And Callanagh gets a couple of male friends to bond with in Ben and Lance. All in all everything that I love about crime is here!

In Perfect Remains, they were up against a psychopath. In Perfect Prey, the city of Edinburgh has turned into a blood bath. I wonder what Helen Fields will come up with next. I cannot wait! Recommended for all fans of brilliant crime!





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