Death and the Good Son
Life is good for DI Dan Hellier. He has made several successful drugs’ busts and even the Assistant Chief Constable is smiling. But the discovery of two headless, handless corpses buried in the bog on Dartmoor will test his team to their limits. How are they expected to identify the bodies when nobody has report...more
Dan and his team really have their work cut out with their current cases. I mean bodies with no hands or heads? Obviously trying to identify these victims is going to be very difficult and I was really intrigued how they were going to get to the bottom of it. Then to also have th ...more
I had such fun reading this one, which is not a word I would usually choose to describe my reading experience when I’m engrossed in a mystery/thriller. However, there was such an endearing quality to this book that really added so much depth and substance to the story that fun is exactly how I have to explain my time with this book.
This is the second book in a series but I didn’t read the first one but I’m regretting that now. It read perfectl ...more
DI Hellier is based in Exeter. He picks up one case somewhere in Dartmoor and a second case on the edge of town. The two stories are cleverly twisted together and you are left wondering whether there could be a connection. Also intriguing is the book title and when or ho ...more
It starts off with Bog bodies. Two bodies found headless and handless in the bogs of Dartmoor. The remains near on skeletal ...more
DI Dan Hellier is still making his mark in the police force in Devon, after starting his career in the Met.
Two headless and handless skeletons are found on Dartmoor. Who are they and how long have they been there?
Once this enquiry starts, progress is very slow, until they can establish their identity, another case arrives. A young man is found dead from a suspicious batch of Mcat. His friend in the next bed is also in a coma but expected ...more
I love the characters in this book, they really come to life as we get snippets of their personal lives and loves and quirks as real people, not just the mai ...more
Then another investigate comes in, when a boy dies and others end up in hospital after taking the drug Mcat after the ingredients being doctored. So DI Hellier has both cases to deal with.
The drugs investigation leads them to a place called the retreat where unwanted animals are kept. Where the ow ...more
‘Death & The Good Son’ deals with two apparently unconnected cases. The first case deals with the topical subj ...more
Thank you to Bloodhound Books who kindly gave me an advance copy of this book in return for an honest review.
I am aware that one of the most difficult parts of writing a book is choosing the title and sometimes the title turns out to be the biggest spoiler.
This is the first book I have read by B A Steadman but is the 2nd in the series. Given that I would have expected it to have been proof read to a higher standard but this is an advance copy, and therefore some of the errors cou ...more
Even better than Book 1 in the series which was awfully good for a rookie author. The characters were more interesting with more depth - something you would expect as a saga continues. But Book 2's plot was just as intricate as Book 1's but much tighter and easier to follow. I'm looking forward to Book 3. ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed the first in the Dan Hellier series and this did not disappoint either. Although part of a series, it's a standalone novel. It's refreshing for a crime thriller to be set somewhere other than London or the US, and as a native of the South West it adds a little something to a narrative when it involves places I know. Great storyline, rapidly gaining pace towards the end. The conclusion was extremely satisfying. ...more
A solid book with great characters, I really enjoyed it.
Dan Hellier is a man on a mission - he has two handless, headless corpses to try and identify and on top of that, he has several teenagers who have taken some dodgy drugs. Then he has an odd family who run an animal retreat to contend with....how these three very different cases and people intersect, is the premise ...more
These days I write, walk, and bend a bit in yoga. I have a husband and two cats, and live in the East Devon countryside. I am a passionate supporter of wildlife, and am vice-chair of trustees at a local animal sanctuary - after all, animals have no v ...more