Perfect Death (D.I Callanach #3) by Helen Sarah Field

One of my favourite book genre is crime fiction, since when I was about 16 years old and my gran gave me a Patricia Cornwell book to read, I have been hooked ever since. I am guilty of mainly reading crime fiction that takes places in the USA, so I was exited to find a book that based in Scotland.


Ava Turner has been newly promoted to DCI and DI Luc Callanach is her most trusted inspector. Turner and Callanach have one of their must differently cases to date, when they have two death very close together both from poison. They realise that they may have a serial hunting people in Edinburgh. This Killer is different from the normal killer, his pleasure comes from the pain the deaths cause. How will they catch a killer that hides in the shadow.

While they hunt for the killer, Ava must deal with the death of a close friends, who life and death isn’t what it seems to be.


One of my favourite parts of the book is the relationship between Ava and Luc, Luc respects the chain of command but he doesn’t have a problem telling Ava the truth. The same can also be said for Ava with Luc when she pushes him to deal with the situation between him and his mother.

There is a moment in the book where we get to see an extreme emotional response from Ava, it was a great reminder that cops are still human. I also loved how Luc comforts Ava and make her realise that she can continue;

“But you’re not her. So don’t quit now. There’s too much at stake.”

The case was also fascinating, I liked that it wasn’t the normal serial killer case. That the killer desire wasn’t about killing the victim its the aftermath.

Although this series is called D.I Callanach series, this book is just as much Ava as it is Luc. I was surprised by how much of the story was forced on Ava over Luc. This isn’t a bad thing I was just surpised.

This book is riveting and intriguing crime fiction and I can see myself going back and reading Perfect Remains, Perfect Prey and I am now looking forward to reading the next book Perfect Silence . I think people who enjoy crime fiction should really give this book a read.

This book is one I will be telling me Gran about / making her read.

I give this books 4.8 out of 5.


Thank you for Netgalley for the chance to read this book.

Thanks for reading

Gem x


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