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Dead Bad

(Calladine & Bayliss #8)

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Looking for a brilliant best-selling crime mystery with great detectives?

Detective Calladine and Bayliss face a vicious serial killer in a mystery with a shocking ending.

A woman’s body is found in a disused church, a homemade stuffed toy by her side. The victim had been dumped there months ago. The crime has the hallmarks of twenty-year-old case whose alleged perpetrator i
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Paperback, 154 pages
Published May 10th 2018 by Joffe Books (first published May 7th 2018)
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: A young woman, her blank eyes staring into nothing. Her throat had been cut. For a few seconds Robbins was transfixed. He'd never even seen a dead body before. And this wasn't just a dead body, this was a murder victim he was looking at, had to be. The sight was horrific. She was nailed to something and things had been done to her.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: Detectives Calladine and Bayliss face a vicious serial killer in a mystery with a shocking ending.

A woman’s body is found in a disused chur
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Louise Wilson
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
A woman's body is found in a disused church, a homemade stuffed too by her side. The victim had been dumped there months ago. The crime has the hallmarks of a twenty year old case whose alleged perpetrator is in prison. Detective Ruth Bayliss must work our whether a serial killer has returned, or whether it's a new killer taunting the police. Her partner DI Tom Calladine faces a fight to clear his name of a corruption accusation.

DI Tom Calladine gets abducted but his superior thinks he has done
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Sue
DEAD BAD by author Helen H. Durrant is book eight of a new series of detective thrillers featuring D.S. Ruth Bayliss and D.I. Tom Calladine. Having read all the previous books in this series and really enjoyed them and the characters, it was like old home week, and touching base with some of my old friends. I looked forward to starting the next crime thriller in the series. This book will have you turning the pages until the shocking conclusion. I have to say that for me this is the best book sh ...more
Helga
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dead Bad is a well-written, gripping and enjoyable crime/mystery, with a lovely and refreshing cover adding to it’s charm.

A woman’s mutilated body is found in an abandoned church. The details of the crime are reminiscent of another one committed 20 years ago, the perpetrator of which, was put in prison, who then died years later.
Are the two murders connected? Is the second one a copycat? Things get more complicated when another woman’s body is found. But this time the victim died fighting, lea
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Linda Strong
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Detectives Calladine and Bayliss are investigating a body found in an abandoned church. She's been there for months. Not so unusual for these guys ... except it's identical to another case that is 20 years old. The man charged and convicted of that crime died in prison. So is this a copycat .. or maybe a partner? Why the length of time between crimes?

Meanwhile, someone abducts Calladine and his superior suspects that he has done a runner. He was scheduled to testify and there's been an
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Kirsty ❤️
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime
I love this series. As with the others I read it really quickly and easily. It's fairly short and so it only took me half a day. However it's also one of those that you just don't want to put down and need to see it to the end before you can do things like sleep.

There's quite a lot going on. DI Calladine gets kidnapped and accused of corruption, someone is repeating crimes from 20 years ago and there's a new deadly drug hitting the housing estate. It's definitely a book packed with action. 

I lik
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Gary
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 8th book in the Calladine and Bayliss series by author Helen Durrant.

Another testing case for DI Tom Calladine and DS Ruth Bayliss. These books are quick reads not only as they are 250 pages but because you won't be able to put them down. This one is a real page turner with one hell of a climax.

A serial killer is on the loose in a case that will push DI Tom Carradine to the limits. A woman's body is found dumped in a disused church with a stuffed toy by her side. The victim's body wa
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Pat (not getting friend updates currently)
This was a great story. A woman is found dead in a disused church. She is badly mutilated and has a stuffed toy with her. If that isn't bad enough, the killing is identical to one that occurred 20 years ago, only the perpetrator was caught and jailed and has since died in jail. Is this new death a copycat, or worse? Did they convict the wrong person? Ruth Bayliss must manage this investigation as Tom Calladine has disappeared and is accused of corruption. He was actually kidnapped and managed to ...more
Cheryl
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Stunning ..... simply stunning!
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Helen is one of my favourite authors and I love all 3 of her series' so was very excited to read this new addition to the Calladine & Bayliss series.  What can I say?  FANTASTIC I  was gripped from the very first page, fast paced, plenty going on and adrenaline pumping suspense.  What more could I ask it ticked every single box.

The story starts with the abduction of a child that reveals the corpse of a murdered woman this victim has been tortured in a horrific way and affects the team badly.  Cl
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Marjolein
Another old case plays an important role in the eight book of the Calladine & Bayliss series, which is something that has been used a couple of times now in the series. I hope this will not be in every book now, or you would start wondering whether the detectives might not have been doing such a good job in the first place.

Expect everything you have come to expect of the series. For me, I really got annoyed by Calladine - he is supposed to be the hero of the series, but I find him a jerk and he
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Elaine Tomasso
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Joffe Books for an advance copy of Dead Bad, the eighth novel to feature DI Tom Calladine and DS Ruth Bayliss, set in the fictional town of Leesdon, Greater Manchester.

Tom is sent home with shingles, leaving Ruth to investigate a dead body found in a disused church. The unidentified female victim has been dead for a while and obviously tortured before having her throat cut. It reminds team member Alice of a twenty year old case she has been reading about, but
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Sue
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great story

Helen Durrant is a grand author. I've read all her books up until now. I enjoyed it immensely. More books please Helen.
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Amanda
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh my where do I start with this book? I don’t mean that in a bad way but in a good way. There were several story strands to this book that were equally as good as each other and it would be wrong to just pick out one. In case you hadn’t guessed I absolutely flipping, totally and utterly loved reading this book but more about that in a bit.
I really do love the detective pairing of Calladine and Bayliss. In a way they are like brother and sister. Each is in tune with what the other one is thinkin
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LJ (On The Shelf Reviews)
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
(rounded up from 4.5)

The story opens with a hostage situation followed by the discovery of a dead woman in an abandoned church. The similarities to an old case from DI Tom Calladine’s past are unmistakeable but Tom is nowhere to be found and a large amount of money is found in his bank account. It’s up to DS Ruth Bayliss and the team to prove Calladine’s innocence and find a murderer on the loose.
This is the eighth in the series but can be read as a stand-alone but I would recommend to have at l
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David Highton
Another in the Calladine & Bayliss police procedural series - these are not great books but an easy read and move along with some pace
Donna Maguire
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I love this author's books and have read everything she has written and given them all five stars - so this book had a lot to live up too... and now I've finished I have to say that for me this is the best book she has written to date!!

It has a brilliant story, it has the characters that I love and the writing style was superb as always. I loved the pace and it had me gripped from the first page to the last - so, so good - so as you can probably guess, yes
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Joann
The 8th in the Calladine and Bayliss series sees Calladine being sent home with a case of shingles, only to be kidnapped instead. I won't go into any details as there is a lot going on in this book. Somehow, the author manages to pull it all together with a satisfying ending. This is a series I've been following since the beginning and yet they all seem new and refreshing. A solid 4 star. ...more
Kath
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh my, this series just keeps getting better! Usual series rules apply, obviously for completeness it is better to start from book one and read in order, but the main story is self contained so, at a push, you can read this on its own, although you will be missing out on character development and backstory.
In this, the latest Calladine and Bayliss, Calladine is not well and has been sent home. On his way though, he is kidnapped. Meanwhile, the rest of the team is called to an abandoned church w
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Joanna Larum
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Although this is the third in the Calladine and Bayliss series, it is perfectly possible to read it as a standalone. I would add here that you would follow and enjoy the story, but you would miss all the building up of the characters and, particularly in this novel, pre-knowledge adds so much to the reader's enjoyment of the storyl.
There are several strands to this novel - There has been a murder with the body of a woman, nailed to planks of wood, found in an old church; Calladine is abducted on
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Pat Simpson
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is book number eight in the series featuring Calladine and Bayliss. It can be read as a standalone but makes more interesting reading when you have read the other books and know the characters history.
Calladine has shingles so is sent home on sick leave but on his way home he is kidnapped. He is then accused of corruption when a large sum of money is found in his bank account. Bayliss and the rest of the team are sent to an abandoned church where a body has been found. On investigating it i
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Nicky Mottram
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime
Another cracking read in a great series, looking forward to the next one in the series
Greta Halliday
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another excellent book in this series. A gripping and exciting thriller that was unputdownable, I loved the style of writing and the fast pace of the storyline. Thanks to Joffe Books for giving me the opportunity to read this book.
Linda
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As always, I was delighted to receive an ARC of this novel from Joffe books as I love reading Helen’s novels, especially the Calladine and Bayliss series. As usual this one started out with a murder that needed solving but when DI Tom Calladine is sent home with shingles the case is left for DS Ruth Bayliss and the team to solve. Things start to get complicated as usual and this case appears to have many similarities with another case from many years previously which has long been closed. As the ...more
Annette
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great book in this brilliant series. I love the banter and loyalty within the team and the subtle reminders of events in previous books. A very worthy 5*
Joyce
4 stars

DI Tom Callandine has shingles. He is sent home by his boss for fear of giving it to the others in the squad room. As he arrives home, he is attacked and knocked unconscious. DS Ruth Bayliss catches the latest murder in his absence.

A woman has been found in an abandoned church, nailed to some planks. She has been there for about three months. Next to her body is a stuffed toy that is homemade. This case has similarities to a twenty-year old killing – but the man is in prison. But the kil
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Krystal
For the record (although I know I've mentioned this before) I am reading this series out of order. I read a bunch of the later books first, then started with the earlier ones. In some ways, I feel like this back and forth reading has allowed me to see things that I might have otherwise missed had I read them straight through (although some of those things don't always show things in the best light).

On the whole, I enjoyed this story. This was one of the rare ones that when I thought I knew who
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Joyce
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars

DI Tom Callandine has shingles. He is sent home by his boss for fear of giving it to the others in the squad room. As he arrives home, he is attacked and knocked unconscious. DS Ruth Bayliss catches the latest murder in his absence.

A woman has been found in an abandoned church, nailed to some planks. She has been there for about three months. Next to her body is a stuffed toy that is homemade. This case has similarities to a twenty-year old killing – but the man is in prison. But the kil
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Michele Salls
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Detective Bayliss, Detective Calladine and crew are in search of a murderer. The MO is the same as previous murders, but that man had put in prison many years ago. Is this a copy-cat killer or did the previous detectives get it wrong?

With the murder investigation taking place, there is also a lot of drugs being peddled around to the locals. Are these two things related or not?

On top of that, Detective Calladine suddenly disappears and no one can figure out what has happened to him. Did he acce
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Simon Leonard
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am a massive fan of Helen's books so jumped at the chance to read her new one, which I have been waiting ages for.

Even though this is book 8 in the series it can be read as a stand alone book if you so wish, although it would be advantageous of you to have a read at least a couple of previous ones to understand the team dynamics.

The book starts off really quickly with a hostage situation involving a young child and a dead body being found.  After this we find that DI Calladine has gone missing
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