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Perfect Crime

(D.I. Callanach #5)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  2,516 ratings  ·  348 reviews
Your darkest moment is your most vulnerable…

Stephen Berry is about to jump off a bridge until a suicide prevention counsellor stops him. A week later, Stephen is dead. Found at the bottom of a cliff, DI Luc Callanach and DCI Ava Turner are drafted in to investigate whether he jumped or whether he was pushed…

As they dig deeper, more would-be suicides roll in: a woman found
Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 18th 2019 by Avon (first published February 7th 2019)
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Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Damn! I’m desperately, overwhelmingly, devastatingly, head over heels in love with Luc Callanach!

Stephen Berry is going to jump off a bridge but Rune Mclure, a counsellor, talks him out of it just in time.
A week later they find Stephen Berry’s body at the bottom of a cliff. Initially the police assume he finally succeeded in committing suicide without intervention. But when they find another victim’s body, with a history of depression and previous attempted suicides, they realize there may be a
Suicide, misadventure or murder……that’s the million dollar question for Edinburgh MIT after a young man’s body is found at the base of Tantallon Castle. And over the next few weeks, it’s a question they’ll be asking again & again.

The team has been enjoying a bit of a lull in major crimes but that’s about to change. In short order, they have 4 bodies on their hands & the victims couldn’t be more different. But a little digging reveals a common thread. They all attempted suicide at some point in
Maureen Carden
Ahh Luc, Luc, mon petit chou! Jet’aime, je te veux toujour just like your crazed stalker Astrid. Yes, I too have become obsessed with D.I. Luc Callanach, formerly of Interpol now of Police Scotland. DI Callanach comes to us courtesy of the fine crime stories of Helen Sarah Fields. Perfect Crime is the fifth book featuring DI Luc Callanach and DCI Ava Turner.
In Perfect Crime it becomes evident the elaborately staged suicides are not what they seem, even though the victims have a history of suic
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Helen Fields, and Avon Books for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.

In a series that keeps finding new ways to impress, Helen Fields captivates the reader’s attention yet again. While on a short holiday from work, DI Luc Callanach finds himself at a care facility, where he comes face to face with one of the residents, riddled with dementia. The reason for the visit is to allow
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 5th book in the DI Callanach series by author Helen Fields. I am really enjoying this series featuring lead character Luc Callanach who left a promising career at Interpol under a cloud to prove himself with a new team in Edinburgh. These books can be read as stand-alone novels but treat yourself and read them from the start in order to get the full picture.
In this novel Stephen Berry is about to jump off a bridge but is prevented from his suicide by the intervention of a counsellor.
Pat (not getting friend updates currently)
I just love this series. The stories are dark and engrossing. The characters are wonderful. I’d read the first four books and had been wanting to finish the series for a long time. With some time to spare, here we are.

In this book troubled people who have contemplated or tried suicide are ending up dead. At first it does look self inflicted but with each successive death it becomes clearer that a murderer is afoot. But this is no ‘dark angel’ scenario, the killings are getting quite brutal. At t
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Let me just start my review by saying that if you’re not reading this series, I am judging you like a big, bad judging thing! This is one of the best crime fiction series out there and you are sorely missing out!

Perfect Crime is the fifth instalment in the DI Luc Callanach series and by now, these characters feel like family and I am always excited about spending more time with them. Before you ask, no, you really shouldn’t treat these as stand-alones. Start from the beginning. I promise you won
Alayne Emmett
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ooh this was a good one, actually it was brilliant. I didn’t guess who it was how was murdering people until near the end. These books just keep getting better and better. The great thing is that they continue on from the previous one so, it’s best if you read them in order. One more left in this “perfect” series.😂
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
3.5* rounded to 4*.

Dear Reader,

I love this series,the warm and comforting camaraderie between the MIT members,the professional relationship between Luc and Ava,the ‘will they-won’t they?’ aspect that loiters,like an elephant in the room between them and their endearing respect for each other.

I treated myself to this book as I was eagerly anticipating the new caseloads,the red herrings and curious about what would happen between Luc and Ava.

While I enjoyed it and felt deeply for Luc and his rec
The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
As always this review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress...

I only started the DI Callanach series with the previous book, book four, Perfect Silence and I really enjoyed it. Even though I started the series late I was easily able to pick it up (as a standalone/starting point I felt it worked well, likewise, Perfect Crime works well as a starting/point/standalone too as you can enjoy the unfolding investigations on their own merits and even
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 and 1 / 2 stars

DI Luc Callanach is back in his latest adventure in seeking a killer. His boss DCI Ava Turner is there to assist him in his investigation.

Stephen Berry is about to commit suicide by jumping off a bridge, but a kindly suicide prevention officer talks him down. Now a mere week late, Stephen is dead by falling from a cliff top. Suicide or was he pushed? Luc and Ava are assigned to look into the case. What they discover is far worse than just one person’s death – or murder as it wa
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
When a link between suspected suicide victims reveal potential murder, DI Luc Callanach and DCI Ava Turner become embroiled in a dangerous cat and mouse chase with a seriously deranged unknown suspect. Confidential issues force the two detectives in opposite directions, threatening their personal and professional relationship, compromising their cases and quite possibly allowing a psychopath to kill again. This series is for fans of MJ Arlidge and Robert Bryndza.
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4-5 ⭐️
I think one of the reasons that I’ve continued to read this series is the strength of the characters who I’ve liked since book one. Luc Callenach- je t’aime! In my head he looks like Gregory Fitoussi (Spin, Spiral two outstanding French TV series and recently Riviera.) so that’s a very pleasant picture. DCI Ava Turner is a terrific character too, as are all the others in the MIT team in glorious Edinburgh.

The book has an excellent start and it continues to be a rollercoaster ride with the
Calista Andrechek
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley, Helen Fields and Avon Books UK for the free e-book in exchange for an honest review.

Stephen Barry is ready to end his life by jumping off a bridge when a suicide prevention counselor convinces him that his life is worth more. But a week later Stephen is found dead at the bottom of a cliff and Ava and Luc are investigating whether he jumped or was forced off the side of the cliff. As they investigate, more supposed suicides start rolling in and they are gruesome unlike any ot
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a fabulous series. Love this book and its characters.
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perfect Crime is the fifth book in the D.I. Callanach series, and it’s another addition to the series that I devoured in no time at all. Although this one had me hooked, I’m going to be honest and say it’s not my favourite book in the series.

As always, the mystery element of this book was wonderful. There were multiple elements to this one, and I was sucked in deep trying to work out how everything came together. Although I worked out how one thing came together, I did not manage to put the piec
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
"...the problem with suicide is the amount of suffering it takes to get to the point of ending it all. A second of agony at the end doesn't even come close to being a concern for most..."

There's a serial killer on the loose and this maniac is targeting people who have either tried to, or voiced a desire to kill themselves. And they're dying in the most gruesome ways. DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach are investigating the murders while also trying to figure out who has implicated Callanach in
Elaine Tomasso
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley and Avon Books UK for an advance copy of Perfect Crime, the fifth novel to feature DI Luc Callanach and DCI Ava Turner of the Edinburgh Police.

When Counsellor Rune Mclure stops Stephen Berry from committing suicide it seems like a win but when Stephen is found dead a few weeks later at the foot of Tantallon Castle nobody doubts it was suicide until the pathologist notices some anomalies. When more bodies of people with a history of self harm turn up the team have
Kat Dietrich

Perfect Crime by Helen Fieldsis the 5th in the Luc Callanach series.

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Avon Books, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Series Background: (Warning – May contain spoilers from previous books)
DI Luc Callanach is half French and half Scottish, living most of his life in France, and working for Interpol. Due to a false rape allegation made by co-worker Astrid Borde, he
Clair Sharpe
As the book starts, Stephen Berry is about to jump off the Queensferry Crossing bridge into the River Forth. Struggling with depression and unable to manage his bipolar diagnosis, he feels it is the best thing for everybody to end his life, but a suicide prevention counsellor manages to talk him down. But just a week later, Stephen is found dead at the bottom of a cliff and DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach of Police Scotland are sent in to investigate if he jumped or was pushed.
But when other
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Although this is book 5 in the series, I was able to dig right in and enjoy it.

This is a very solid procedural/crime thriller.

The mystery is engaging. The author managed to keep my interest throughout.

It did take me a bit to engage with the characters – likely as a result of my being new to the series – but I got to know (and like) them very quickly.

I’m curious about the prior books and definitely look forward to the next one!

*ARC Provided via Net Galley

Laurie Murphy
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-books
First off, I love this series. The characters are well drawn and the plots are compelling. I'm sad that I only have one more book in the series before I'm caught up with the author, so I have a dilemma: should I read the last book now or save it? Such a good dilemma.

This book has two main story lines. The first is a serial killer who preys on people who attempted suicide but either changed their minds or failed in the attempt. The killer stages the deaths so well that our two main protagonists,
Jodie (whatjodiereads)
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I think this book may be my favourite one from this series! I’m not going to write a long review for this one because I loved it for the same reasons as the other books. Again I loved reading about Ava and Luc and I’m really loving the side characters. There was just something about this storyline that I enjoyed more than the others. I had a little bit of an idea of what was going to happen, but I was half wrong. I was definitely surprised by the twists! I’m now going to read the last book from ...more
I finished this book a few days ago. I normally write reviews the same day but I needed to think on this one. I was not a fan. When I first read the synopsis I was intrigues but after reading a few pages I knew that this book was going to take suicide and turn it into an entertainment aspect and not the mental health crisis that it is. It is very graphic and violent. Aside from that, it is highly predictable. I knew who the killer was at the beginning of the book. This is my first book in the se ...more
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series
This is one of the few series that I've managed to keep up with and every book has been well written with multiple intricate storylines and great characters. I found Perfect Crime to be a fast and comfortable read in spite of the topics covered and the descriptive narrative. As with the other books in this series, it's not for the faint of heart or the weak of stomach. My one complaint is the development of the relationship between Luc and Ava. I don't want to give anything away but just let me ...more
Janet Newport
Thank you NetGalley and Avon Books UK for this arc.

I have enjoyed all the previous books in this series very much and do recommend reading them in order. The criminal elements and hunt for the killer(s) was excellent as always. The pacing was somewhat choppy with the developments of Ava's and Luc's personal relationship intruding into their working relationship. Seems like they both have some maturing to do. The new characters to Ava's team are very interesting and I look forward to more of them
Adele Shea
Apr 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I read this book having not read the previous four. I found alot going on at once for it to grab a hold of me. I will definitely give the other books a go.
Meggy - Chocolate'n'Waffles
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it

Reading Helen Fields' Perfect series is like drinking a hot cup of tea after having walked miles in the rain. It's comforting, absorbing, and feels oh-so-good!

I would like to thank Sabah for inviting me to be part of this amazing blog tour!

Are you looking for a disturbing read?

I mean, really disturbing.


Upsetting even.

Awfully dark.

Terribly good.

It all starts with vulnerability. Someone ready to take their life, saved at the eleventh hour by a stranger who happens to be a prevention con

Heather Fineisen
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
A character driven procedural that takes place in Edinburgh. Luc reports to Ava and there is a level of romance and sexual tension as they navigate their feelings for one another. Meanwhile, a serial killer is on the loose targeting people who have attempted suicide. Detailed and we'll drawn in plot, I am new to this series but would definitely read more.

Copy provided by the Publisher and NetGalley
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Di Luc Callanch and DCI Ava Turner are investigating murders, that at the beginning look like suicides. They seem unconnected and random. I have learnt from experience, that this author does not do unconnected and she does not do random. What she does do is clever, devious and intriguing.

As I have read every one of the books in this series I have got to know the various characters and their traits. It was great to get to know a little more about them and see the ways in which they work together
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An international and Amazon #1 best-selling author, Helen is a former criminal and family law barrister. Every book in the Callanach series claimed an Amazon #1 bestseller flag. Her next book, the sixth in the series, 'Perfect Kill' is due out on 6 February 2020. Helen also writes as HS Chandler, and last year released legal thriller 'Degrees of Guilt'. Her previous audio book 'Perfect Crime' knoc ...more

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