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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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    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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    One of the best series out there

    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 leaves France, his job, his friends, his mother. Very few are sad to see him go. With some assistance from his bosses, he heads to Edinburgh to take command of a homicide team. His welcome is not particularly warm. He and DS Lively will never be close, but they tolerate each other - barely. Luc does make friends with a colleague, newly appointed DCI Ava Taylor, and finds an unlikely friend in a journalist. My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions) Some new members have joined the team. Although Max Tripp has worked with them for years, he has now been promoted to Detective Sergeant. DC Janet Monroe and DI Pax Graham have now both transferred permanently. They will all be needed. There are a couple of cases on the table, and neither one is straight forward. There seems to be a run on suicides right now, and it looks like whole team is going to be kept busy. There are a lot of questions regarding these deaths, and some of these are leading to the idea that there could be a serial killer out there, helping the victims die. Then there is Bruce Jenson, an Alzheimer’s patient in a nursing home. Luc had visited the man, just prior to Mr. Jenson being murdered. If the true reason for his visit comes out, Luc will have a good motive, and move to the top of the suspect list. DI Graham will be investigating this murder, and already he and Luc are not seeing eye to eye. Meanwhile, the relationship between Luc and Ava may be heating up….or not. My Opinions: This series continues to be one of the best out there right now. Each book takes the reader on a ride investigating the horrors of humanity. Helen Fields makes sure that her readers see every crime scene in vivid detail. Reader be warned! The writing flows, the plot twists, the characters bleed….and we feel and see it all. Helen Fields adds depth to her characters through their personal stories, which are often woven through the crimes that they are investigating. This worked very well in this book. This book took a look at mental health and suicide, the long-term effects of rape, and of stress. How these affect not only the victim, but others. The author handled all of this really well. The author, as always, gives us an idea of where the next book may head, and I can’t wait…but sometimes I wish she wouldn't do this.
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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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