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Death and the Good Son

(Detective Hellier #2)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  117 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Death And The Good Son: an edge of your seat crime thriller

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

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Published December 9th 2016 by Bloodhound Books
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Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Death and The Good Son is the second novel in the DI Dan Hellier series, as the book does refer to something that happens in the first novel, I do think it would be beneficial to have read the first book before this one.

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
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
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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
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
When Elspeth Price and her dog, Topsy, make a grim discovery on Dartmoor, she is thoroughly delighted. Convinced it is a discovery of archaeological importance, she calls in an expert from Exeter University. Dr Neil Pargeter understands the significance of the find, that this is not a pre-historic 'bog body', more a burial site, the bones Topsy found likely belonging to an altogether more recent victim. He calls in the police and the case is assinged to DI Dan Hellier and his team to investigate ...more
Susan Hampson
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: author-reads
Well who would have thought that a little old lady with her dog would be over the moon about finding a dead body, in fact who would have thought that a little old lady with her dog would go out purposely hunting for a dead body in the first place? To be fair she was looking for something a little more ancient than what she found and boy was she disappointed bless her. What begins as the discovery off two headless and handless bodies, that have been buried round about 10 years earlier, quickly be ...more
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Death and the Good Son is the second in the DI Hellier series. I had not read the first and this doesn't matter - the book stands alone well. Having said that, I will probably go back and read number one, as this one was so good.

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
Caroline Vincent
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is Bernie Steadman’s second book in the ‘Detective Hellier Series’ and it’s rapidly becoming one of my favourite detectives! You can perfectly read it as a stand-alone, however I feel having read the first book is not only insightful, but it also enhances the feeling of reconnecting with old friends. DI Dan Hellier is now fully accepted and respected by his team. Together with his right hand, DS Sally Ellis, and colleagues as DC Sam Knowles and DC Lizzy Singh, they are a formidable team!

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Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Death and the good son is the second in the series featuring D.I. Hellier. Now, i confess, i haven't read the first one Death and deception, however, this one was fine to read as a standalone.There were discreet references to the previous novel, but this was only used to enhance and explain the situations and feelings in the book. Added more credence to the novel as a whole.

It starts off with Bog bodies. Two bodies found headless and handless in the bogs of Dartmoor. The remains near on skeletal
Aileen Mckenzie
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is the second in the DI Dan Hellier series, I’ve not actually read the first one, but this book worked perfectly well as a standalone novel. Set in Devon and Cornwall, the story follows Hellier and his team as they investigate the case of two bodies that have been found in a bog. The bodies seem to have been there some time, so the help of archaeologist Pargeter is enlisted. Elsewhere, a bad batch of the party drug “M-Kat” is doing the rounds, five teenagers have fallen ill after takin ...more
Nicki Southwell
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is a cracking read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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
Misfits farm
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Set in the Devon and Cornwall area, two bodies are found in the local bog. Are they historical remains or recent murders? Meanwhile drugs are being dealt with lethal consequences. DI Dan Hellier and his team have their hands full. A young man is dead and another critical. Drugs are being “doctored” so where are the ingredients being sourced?
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
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Death and The Good Son is the 2nd book Of Detective Hellier series but it can be read as a standalone. Two headless and handless bodies are found in a bog in Dartmoor. Di Hellier is set to investigate.

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
Craig Gillan
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Real rollercoaster of a book, enjoyed reading it and wondering where the story was going to take us next. Great team of detectives that I'd like to read more of ...more
M.K. Turner
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this, the second Detective Hellier novel. Hellier seems more relaxed and has settled into his role in Exeter and is beginning to make his mark. With murder, teenage drugs death, and the discovery of headles bodies in a bog, both he and his team find themselves stretched. This novel introduces some interesting characters which I'm guesing may appear in future novels. Twists, turns and overlaps to a satisfying ending. ...more
David Nichols
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another great story

BA Steadman has created great characters who you can empathise with. Excellent story line which made me read it in two settings. Can't wait for the next one.
Sally Gray
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this - hadn't read any of these before. After reading this I went for the 1st one in the series - love DI Hellier and the others can't wait for the next one. ...more
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I must admit that this book was my first encounter with DI Hellier and his team. I have the first book ‘Death & Deception’ on my gigantic ‘To Be Read’ pile but I just hadn’t got around to reading it. Shame on me. Needless to say after reading this book I have realized just what I have been missing out on. ‘Death & Deception’ has made a Usain Bolt like charge right to the top of the pile.
‘Death & The Good Son’ deals with two apparently unconnected cases. The first case deals with the topical subj
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4.4 star review.

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
Chris Nolan
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was sent an ARC of this book by Bloodhound Books in exchange for a fair and honest review. I had already read the first book in this new series featuring DI Dan Hellier, recently moved from the Met to rural Devon, and was looking forward to seeing how that would be followed up. In no way was I disappointed; the character of Dan is nicely developed and the crime at the heart of the story is fascinating. Long may this promising series continue!
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this in return for an honest review. Thank you Bloodhound Books. This the second book in the Detective Hellier series. I have not read the first book in the series which is Death and Deception. I personally feel you can read Death and the Good Son without reading the first book and still understand the story. I hope to read more of Detective Hellier in the future.
Amy Peck
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put it down

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.
Mary Johnson
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
An easy read with a nice bunch of characters taking on personalities to make them memorable. A good story though a bit ‘tidy’ in the ending, this book was not as ‘snappy’ as it’s predecessor. Despite that, enjoyable and I will read more.
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great Book

This is a great story. Keeps you guessing right up to the very end. Glad I found this new author and series.
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Very entertaining, Dan Hellier runs a tight team and the action is pacey enough to keep you reading, far in to the night in my case. I cannot find a third in the series, I hope there will be one.
William Deakin
If you like tv series like Midsomer Murders you will like this book.
Naomi Jackson
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Second book and I like the characters more and more. The plot turned about and tied up beautifully and I still love reading about all the murderous doings in an area I'm familiar with. ...more
Laura Blew
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Exciting, well paced, with a satisfying conclusion

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.
Monica Mac
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was the second book in the series, and although I hadn't read the first one, this book was perfectly fine as a standalone.

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 these three very different cases and people intersect, is the premise
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
DI Dan Helliers new case consists of two headless, handless corpses buried on Dartmoor. Then a teen dies from an overdose.
The 2nd Hellier book, can be read as a standalone. A good book and looking forward to more.
Dawn Davies
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
Thoroughly enjoyed this, I loved the setting, the characters and the storyline, very well written a good read
Lesley Hayward
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I taught English for many years and completed my debut novel, Death and Deception, when I escaped the classroom and could finally stop marking essays.

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