Hello Friends! Today I’m delighted to be sharing my review of “The Other Victim”, by Helen H. Durrant.
About the book:
A BRAND NEW DETECTIVE MYSTERY FROM #1 BEST-SELLING AUTHOR HELEN H. DURRANT
Ronald Potter is found dead on the kitchen floor of a house he was about to show a client around. Ronald led a blameless life and Detective Matt Brindle and the team cannot find any motive for his murder.
But an intensive search of the property leads to a very disturbing discovery in the cellar.
Meanwhile, a young mother is being held captive by someone who will stop at nothing to get the information they want.
DI Matt Brindle discovers disturbing connections to organised crime and a sleazy night club. Can he expose the villains before any more people die?
This is a detective mystery full of twists and turns, with a stunning edge-of-your-seat ending.
If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Mel Sherratt, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will enjoy this exciting new crime fiction writer.
THE CALLADINE & BAYLISS MYSTERY SERIES
Book 1: DEAD WRONG
Book 2: DEAD SILENT
Book 3: DEAD LIST
Book 4: DEAD LOST
Book 5: DEAD & BURIED
Book 6: DEAD NASTY
Book 7: DEAD JEALOUS
BOOK 8: DEAD BAD
THE DCI GRECO BOOKS
Book 1: DARK MURDER
Book 2: DARK HOUSES
Book 3: DARK TRADE
Book 4: DARK ANGEL
Book 1: HIS THIRD VICTIM
The story opens with the discovery of Ronald Potter, an estate agent, dead on the kitchen floor of a house he was doing a viewing of. DI Matt Brindle is called in to investigate. A closer investigation shows up another body in the cellar. Meanwhile, in another cellar, another woman is also chained up.
Who is the body in the cellar? Who is the missing woman? Who would want to kill an estate agent? Will anyone else die?
I really enjoyed this second book in the DI Brindle series. He’s now back working for the force after an incident that pre-dates the first. The story works well as a standalone, but I also highly recommend the first in the series, as some of the non-police work does build from the previous story. It was fun to see his plans for Brindle Hall coming together.
There were plenty of twists and turns to the plot. Every time I thought I had worked out whodunnit, I’d discover it was yet another red herring.
I really like the character of Brindle, he’s very down to earth even though he’s from an unusual background. His new DS takes a while to settle in, but soon proves her worth.
Another great read.
I’m one of the ‘baby boomer’ generation. I was born in Edinburgh to an English father and Scottish mother. My father was from the North West of England and this was where the family settled.
I know the area well, both the good and the bad, and so I set my books here. Sitting between two counties, Lancashire and Yorkshire, and between the city and the hills, it offers a rich mix of the industrial and the countryside and all the character therein. I always planned to write crime novels — to create the characters in my books. Since my retirement from a busy teaching job in FE, this is what I’ve done — almost to exclusion of anything else!
I have a grown-up family and five grandchildren. They see me as something of an eccentric — always on my laptop writing away. Writing is something of a second career and, despite having a bus pass, keeps me busy, young and tuned in the world as it currently is.