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 ...more
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 ...more
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 p ...more
In Perfect Crime it becomes evident the elaborately staged suicides are not what they seem, even though the victims have a history of suic ...more
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 C ...more
In this novel Stephen Berry is about to jump off a bridge but is prevented from his suicide by the intervention of a counsellor. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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 ...more
But when other ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 conse...more
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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 ...more
This is delves deeper into the lives of the two main characters and their team, from the senior officer who is a real character...
The story is fast paced, with plenty of twists in this well written, gripping novel. It’s about a series of murders that have been stage to appear to be suicides. Ava sees past this and it really becomes a race against time to stop the murderer from finding more victims. While i ...more
DI Luc Callanach and DCI Ava Turner are challenged in their next investigation.
A potential suicide turns into a murder after a post mortem.
Luc and Ava are against the clock to find out the killer.
I really like when an author gives us several storylines within a story. We have a murder storyline here and we are given Luc and Ava’s story as well.
If you like crime fiction then get reading this series. Helen Fields is in a lea ...more
The only disappointment now is I have to wait for number 6.
I loved the plot, the pace, and the ending which was all genius. I highly recommend Perfect Crime and the series.
This one has an even bigger focus on the Luc-Ava will they-won’t they story than the previous books, which I’m sure many people will be happy about... as it’s what we all keep reading for!
Plus, more Overbeck! A genuinely funny character!
SPOILERS from here...
The criminal/hunt for the killer element was just ‘ok’ for me this time round. I know it was intentional by the author, but the number of clanger ...more
I really enjoyed the hunt for the killer.
In the background, Luc is tracking a man who attacked his mother in the past. This lands Luc in trouble and he is suspended.
Ava is questioning her new role as DCI and Luc's boss.
And a woman from ...more
Fight or flight.
Your darkest moment is your most vulnerable'
Perfect Crime is the fifth book in this Scottish crime fiction series featuring DI Luc Callanach, a former member of Interpol but now working for the Major Investigations Team of Police Scotland. Based in Edinburgh, Helen Fields latest installment is described as ‘an unstoppable crime thriller’ and has just been published by Avon Books.
Perfect Crime opens up with quite a shocking and unsettling scene as we witness the t ...more