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  • A great installment

    When Steve Berry turns up dead after a failed suicide the week before, the question is asked. Did he jump this time or was he pushed? Perfect Crime is the 5th book in the DI Callanach series and I think it does have some important plot points to the overall series arc, rather than being a standalone piece. You’d be better off at least reading the last book to get some context than jumping straight into this one. As someone who has read some of the previous books there are some really nice payoffs in Perfect Crime in relation to the series as a whole. That said, the standalone murder investigation into suicide cases is gripping and rather gruesome! As usual I really enjoyed the chemistry between our main characters Ava and Luc and like the fact they are developing as the series goes along rather than just being a prop for the cases. I liked how the chapters switched perspectives to the victims and we get to see into their state of mind which was interesting and well crafted. I think my only criticism with the piece was the fact that the perpetrator (no spoilers) was both a little predictable but also a little left field. I correctly guessed who it would be about 15% of the way into the book but found that when the chapters switched perspective to that character’s view you got someone who had a completely different personality from the person it is unmasked to be. The other mystery in the book from the smaller case they are investigating at the same time really surprised me though and I did not see the twist to that coming at all. Overall Perfect Crime is a great installment in the DI Callanach series; read the other ones first and enjoy this dark and gruesome read. Thank you to NetGalley & Avon Books UK for the chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Perfect crime

    I really enjoyed this book and the characters are quite likeable I am looking forward to a follow up story, I read all the books in this series and hope there will be more I need to know what happened to Luc, Ava and the others !!!!

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  • murders, Edinburgh, excellent characters

    'Perfect Crime' is the next story in a long line of books featuring DCI Ava Turner, DI Luc Callanach and other members of the Major Investigative Team. Gruesome murders of people who have had suicidal tendencies/attempts in Edinburgh mean a busy time for the Team but this particular book concentrates more upon the developing relationship between Ava and Luc. This is dragging on to a degree now and, obviously will continue to do so in future books. The detective side of the story is as good and detailed as all of Ms Fields' stories with enough twists and turns to keep the reader engaged. I like the new DI Graham ("cartoon character of an eighteenth century Scot") and have always felt that DS Lively was a dark horse with all of his apparent fooling around. The characters are believable and mostly developing nicely; the humour between the team members feels very real. Descriptions of Edinburgh are excellent - grim tenements and posh areas side by side. I think that it does help to have read the previous stories as they have put meat on the characters but it would be possible to read as a standalone, just without as much depth. I'm certainly looking forward to future stories with this team. I thank NetGalley and Harper Collins for an advanced copy in return for an honest review.

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  • Perfect Crime

    Another amazing book in the perfect series, I absolutely love them and cannot wait for the next, it's gripping and keeps you guessing all whilst getting to know Ava, Luc and the rest of the team better with each book, 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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  • Perfect Crime

    This is what I was looking for right now. Everything else I've read recently has been so heavy. This was, of course, a murder investigation. But it was beyond reality and easy to get lost in. On the one hand, I've found a new series I want to go back and read. On the other hand, I knew who-dun-it from the beginning. Figuring it out was not really the point of the reading for me. The murderer picks victims who had previously tried or considered suicide. Once they are happy and at peace with their own lives, he kills them in a way that mirrors, but is not always a convincing scene of, a suicide. There are two subplots that reflect back to, I assume, previous books in the series. Both are interesting and easy to understand even without reading the previous books. Without that background I wasn't completely invested in these stories. I was invested enough to want to read the previous books. Thanks to Helen Fields, Netgalley, and the publisher for allowing me to read an advanced copy.

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