Title - Dark Murder
Author - Helen H Durrant
Format - ebook
Source - Review copy via Netgalley
A gripping new detective series from a best-selling crime writer
A woman is found dead by a canal . . . why have her eyes have been viciously poked out?
Detective Stephen Greco has just started a new job at Oldston CID and now he faces a series of murders with seemingly no connection but the brutal disfigurement of the victims. Greco’s team is falling apart under the pressure and he doesn't know who he can trust. Then they discover a link to a local drug dealer, but maybe it’s not all that it seems.
Can Greco get control of his chaotic team and stop the murders?
If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Mel Sherratt, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will be gripped by this exciting new crime fiction writer.
DARK MURDER is the first book in a new series of detective thrillers featuring D.I. Greco. Stephen Greco has moved to Oldston after his wife divorced him. He doesn't like the place much but he wants to stay close to their daughter, Matilda. He is a meticulous policeman with a touch of O.C.D. Easy to admire, but sometimes difficult to like.
The series is set in the fictional industrial northern English town of Oldston.
This is the 4th book I have read from Helen H Durrant recently. I recently read the 3 books in the Detectives Bayliss and Calladine series and really enjoyed them.
This one however seemed a little different from those, this one is the first book to feature Detective Stephen Greco. as the lead detective, he has recently started his new job at Oldston CID, after moving here to be near his divorced wife, and his daughter.
it took me a while but I did start to like DI Greco. He seemed a normal kind of guy.
His case is not a nice one, but I don't suppose any murder case is nice. And with a team that isn't quite performing as it should it's not going to be easy, working a case, and trying to build a good team.
This book kept me going, the story line was interesting, it just felt a little short, like something was missing. I don't know what though. It was enjoyable, just not as much as I enjoyed the Bayliss books.
I will be looking out for more from this author as I think she is going to create two fab series as they grow.