Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all doing well. Today I’m so excited to be taking part in the blog tour for Helen Fields’ latest novel, ‘Perfect Death’. I’ll be giving you some information on the book and also sharing an exclusive extract with you! I reviewed the book in full last week – you can find that post here. I’m so invested in the DI Callanach series now and cannot wait for more from Helen Fields! Thanks so much to Avon for the opportunity. So, here goes…
There’s no easy way to die…
Unknown to DI Luc Callanach and the newly promoted DCI Ava Turner, a serial killer has Edinburgh firmly in his grip. The killer is taking his victims in the coldest, most calculating way possible – engineering slow and painful deaths by poison, with his victims entirely unaware of the drugs flooding their bloodstream until it’s too late.
But how do you catch a killer who hides in the shadows? A killer whose pleasure comes from watching pain from afar? Faced with their most difficult case yet, Callanach and Turner soon realise they face a seemingly impossible task…
About the Author
Helen Fields studied Law at university, and then went on to the Inns of Court School of Law in London. She then practised criminal and family law for thirteen years. After her second child was born, she left this line of work and then went on to run a film production company called Wailing Banshee Ltd. with her husband. She then went on to pursue writing, creating the DI Callanach series, consisting of ‘Perfect Remains’ (January 2017), ‘Perfect Prey’ (July 2017) and ‘Perfect Death’ (25th January 2018) so far.
‘I can tell you this. That nail was put through his mouth before he was shot dead. Given the amount of nerves in the area between the mouth and nose, through the roots of the upper teeth, it would have been beyond excruciating. It’s a form of torture I cannot even contemplate. The only good news is that he would have passed out so quickly that I suspect he was unconscious when he was shot, relieving the terror at the very end. It’s strange though, I haven’t seen anything like that since . . .’ Ailsa stopped mid-sentence, lost in a recollection.
Ava wandered up behind them both.
‘Since when, Ailsa?’ she asked. ‘Nail-gunning is a new one on me, so it must be a while back.’
Ailsa stripped off her gloves and deposited them directly into a clinical debris bin. ‘There were a couple of these oh, I’d say, two decades ago. It’s the act of silencing. Not because he was about to be shot. For that, the killer just needed a cloth to put in his mouth and some duct tape.’
‘It’s symbolic,’ Ava said.
‘A warning to others, I’d say. There were a few organised crime killings in the eighties and nineties with similar wounds,’ Ailsa replied. ‘Your Mr Jones has not been dead very long at all. I think if you’d arrived ten minutes earlier, Luc, you might’ve bumped into the murderer exiting the hut. I’ll perform the autopsy tonight and get you a preliminary report tomorrow, but cause of death was cessation of brain function from the gunshot. He also has severe bruising to his chest but that’s older, and a leg wound that must have bled a great deal when it first happened. He’d made a reasonable effort to bind it himself.’
Happy reading 🙂