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Avon, 18 April 2019. ISBN: 978-0-00-827520-4 (PB)
DCI Ava Turner is nothing if not a risk-taker. She spends an early
chapter of this tense, action-packed police procedural clinging by her
fingernails (almost literally!) to a castle wall above a forty-foot drop in a
howling gale, and that's possibly the least dangerous thing she does in the
course of the novel. I guarantee the high-octane climax will have you on the
edge of your seat chewing your own fingernails.
But she survives to tell the
tale, which is just as well, because she left me itching for more of this
series, if only to see how the still unresolved sexual tension between her and
DI Luc Callanach (he of the supermodel looks and sexy French accent) pans out.
At the centre of this, the
fifth in Helen Fields's Perfect series, is a series of apparent suicides.
Naturally (this is fiction, after all) they all turn out to be carefully staged
murders, and the killer is hiding in plain sight, albeit cleverly and
thoroughly disguised until the very end.
The cast includes several
familiar faces from earlier in the series: Callanach, of course; DS Lively, as
politically incorrect as they come; Superintendent Daisy Overbeck (mention her
first name and she'll probably kill you!), whose nickname the Evil Overlord is
well chosen. Ava Turner's Murder Investigation Team has some new names too,
notably DI Pax Graham, whose rugby player stature hides a keen intellect, and
DC Janet Monroe, who proves an asset from the start.
They say the plot keeps you
reading but it's the characters who keep you coming back for more, and that's
certainly the case here. The plot is well devised and nicely tangled, and
there's a neat subplot which harks back to the grimmer elements of Luc
Callanach's past. The Edinburgh background is vivid and well observed as well.
But it's those characters, regulars, supporting cast and guest stars alike, who
stand out; damaged, flawed or just plain bonkers, they're all the kind of
people you care about, and can imagine having lives off the page. Even minor
players like Mariam the illegal immigrant and Callanach's glamorous ex Selina
have that scratch-me-and-I-bleed quality.
It's the kind of crime novel
that sends you – me, anyway – in search of previous titles in the series. And
I'll certainly be coming back for more.
Reviewer: Lynne Patrick
Fields, a former barrister, now writes a Scottish set crime
series - D.I.Callanach and D.I. Ava Turner. Her debut novel Perfect Remains and the second in the
series Perfect Prey are Amazon best
sellers. Perfect Crime is her fifth
book. She currently commutes between Hampshire, Scotland and California, and
lives with her husband and three children.
Lynne Patrick has been a writer ever since she could pick up a pen,
and has enjoyed success with short stories, reviews and feature journalism, but
never, alas, with a novel. She crossed to the dark side to become a publisher
for a few years, and is proud to have launched several careers which are now
burgeoning. She lives on the edge of rural Derbyshire in a house groaning with
books, about half of them crime fiction.