Perfect Death – Helen Fields (@Helen_Fields @AvonBooksUK)


Perfect Death is published by Avon on 25 January 2018 and is available to buy here

There’s no easy way to die…

Unknown to DI Luc Callanach and the newly promoted DCI Ava Turner, a serial killer has Edinburgh firmly in his grip. The killer is taking his victims in the coldest, most calculating way possible – engineering slow and painful deaths by poison, with his victims entirely unaware of the drugs flooding their bloodstream until it’s too late.

But how do you catch a killer who hides in the shadows? A killer whose pleasure comes from watching pain from afar? Faced with their most difficult case yet, Callanach and Turner soon realise they face a seemingly impossible task…

***Previously in this brilliant series***

Perfect Remains

Perfect Prey


My thoughts

Oh hooray! I am so over the moon to get my hands on Perfect Death. I was aching for more, after finishing Perfect Prey. This is one of the series that I have been raving about for some time. This is one of the hottest new series out there. Perfect Death follows on beautifully from Perfect Remains and Perfect Prey. This is quality crime drama. It is the very welcome return of Scottish duo, DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach.

If you are new to the series, I recommend starting with book one, Perfect Remains. We slowly get to know and love Ava and Luc and their colleagues. DS Lively provides the blessed moments of comedy. With Ava and Luc, we get close colleagues with the potential for more. Think Mulder and Scully. Think underlying sexual tension. Fabulous. All of that and some dark bloody crime to give you the shivers.

Perfect Death sees Ava in a bit of an emotional muddle, with a new promotion and the sad loss of her friend, Begbie. Ava and Luc must navigate their special friendship, whilst Ava is the boss in work. DCI Ava Turner is distraught when her former colleague DCI Begbie is found dead in his car. It looks like he has taken his life. Ava launches her own private investigation, to get to the truth. This soon escalates and puts Ava in danger. Luc is assigned a bizarre case and has to contend with a visit from his estranged French mother. A teenage girl is found dead, due to hyperthermia. This could be accidental. But we are in Edinburgh and this is the Perfect series. Nothing is not as clear cut as it is seems. It is challenging and sinister, with a dark murderous figure in the background. Will Ava and Luc get to the truth to prevent further suffering?

Perfect Death is confident and bold. It cleverly gives you multiple perspectives, which take a while to tie together. It is a reflection on death and suffering. We see Ava’s emotional response to the death of a close friend. Luckily, she has the gorgeous Luc to support her. We all need a Luc in our lives. Then we have a twisted killer, who is getting turned on by death and is feeding emotionally off the pain of the relatives. Chilling and disturbing.

Brilliant. Thought-provoking. Utterly perfect!

Highly recommended.




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Reviewer with a mind of her own. This is a collection of book reviews, which started in 2014. Mostly crime and odd other genres thrown in. Some I loved. Some I loathed. You get the picture.
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