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Perfect Crime

(D.I. Callanach #5)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  777 ratings  ·  220 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 p
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 C
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.
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
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
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
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
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 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
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

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
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
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 conse

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
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.
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
Karen Whittard
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always love a good Helen fields book. If you are looking for something dark, gritty, edge of your seat, sinister story. With great characters, and author who knows how to have the reader at the edge of their seat and eating out of the palm of her hands then simply look no further. Highly recommend
Lel Budge
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Book 5 in the Callanach and Turner series by Helen Fields and is set in Edinburgh .

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
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
We begin with a Mr. Stephen Berry in the midst of committing suicide on top of a bridge. But soon he is helped down by a suicide prevention counsellor. Yet within a week he is found dead, and though it looks like suicide, both DI Luc Callanach and DCI Ava Turner are drafted in to investigate whether he jumped or whether he was pushed…But before they can conclude that investigation, more bodies pile up. All former suicide patients and on first glance they seem to have been successful in it. Yet t ...more
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it
Perfect Crime is book five in the D.I. Callanach series.

DI Luc Callanach and DCI Ava Turner are challenged in their next investigation.

A potential suicide turns into a murder after a post mortem.

Then another.

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
Kate Ellis
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had read all four of Helen Field's books in the series and knew I would not be disappointed with number five.
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.
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think the key to longevity in books or a top Netflix series is the familiarity and feelings that come with reading about or seeing your favourite characters. Actually not just your favourite ones, the annoying ones also bring forth that same feeling. So over the years, I would say that the Perfect series by Helen Fields has done that for me. It is an Edinburgh, crime fiction series that started in 2017 and we are now onto book five. Book five, wow, even as I type it I can’t quite believe it.

Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Another installment of the Callanach series, which really should be called the Turner 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
Oct 09, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: to-buy
Series Ratings:

Perfect Remains: ✮✮✮✮
Perfect Prey: ✮✮✮✮
Perfect Death: ✮✮✮✮
Perfect Silence: ✮✮✮✮
Ann Girdharry
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
The crimes in this one are pretty gruesome, as with the earlier books in the series, so enjoy it and be prepared to cringe. There are surprises and twists as Luc and Ava hunt down a killer who is targeting people committing suicide or wanting to commit suicide.
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
Mairead Hearne (
'Life or death.
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
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Other books in the series

D.I. Callanach (5 books)
  • Perfect Remains (D.I. Callanach, #1)
  • Perfect Prey (D.I. Callanach, #2)
  • Perfect Death (D.I. Callanach, #3)
  • Perfect Silence (D.I. Callanach, #4)