Tuesday intro: Perfect Death by Helen Fields

Once again I’m linking up again with Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea who hosts a post every Tuesday for people to share the first chapter / paragraph of the book they are reading, or thinking of reading soon.

tuesdayI’m also joining in with Teaser Tuesday, hosted by The Purple Booker, where you share teasers from your current read. I read a lot of these posts over the course of an average Tuesday so thought it would be fun to join in here too

This week, I’m reading a book that’s not out till the end of January but, given I am a huge fan of the series (this is number three), I couldn’t wait to read it – Perfect Death by Helen Fields.

Here’s what it’s about.

perfect deathThere’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


And here’s how it starts…

“Lily’s life was very nearly over, it was just that she didn’t know it yet.  He stroked the photograph of her he’d kept by his bed for the last few months.  In it, she was bending over the edge of a pond, throwing bread for duck, laughing, entirely unaware of her stunted future”

And here are some teasers…

“He looked at his watch.  Work beckoned.  What was that saying about the devil and idle hands?  He smiled, stole one last glimpse at Cordelia’s magazine-cover home, and finalised his plans to remove her from it forever.” (29%)


‘There were a lot of people to avoid.  You’d best go home and let your ego get some sleep.  It’ll have another arduous day of imaging being admired to deal with tomorrow” (59%)

What do you think – would you keep reading?

Emma x

  1. Absoloutely keep reading. I’m a huge fan of the series, too. I’ve got my copy waiting patiently to be read.

    1. It’s a brilliant series isn’t it. I am so glad I came across the first one at the library or I would be missing out.

  2. Sounds wonderful. I’ll have to add this one to my wishlist. My book this week is Killman Creek by Rachel Caine. Happy reading!

    1. I hope you enjoy. I have just read Killman Creek – hope you are enjoying it?

  3. Death by poison sounds especially cruel…and for the detectives, a difficult case to solve. Looks like a good one! Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

    1. Fields has a good way of coming up with interesting ways of killing people.

  4. This sounds like a gripping read. Enjoy!

  5. My reaction after reading the first paragraph is that I hope he fails. But then this is fiction. Good start. The author had me with her.

    1. Me too! Fields is a good writer – I love this series.

    2. It has been so far x

  6. I like the sounds of this one!! 🙂

    1. It’s definitely worth reading. x

  7. This one sounds a great thriller – I hope you’re enjoying it. My TT this week is all about aliens – https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2017/12/12/teaser-tuesday-12th-december-2017/

    1. I am – I love this series!

  8. This sounds very good Emma; hope you are enjoying it.

    1. I am – I love this series!

  9. This sounds like a great mystery. I hadn’t heard of this series but I’m going to have to be on the look out for it.

    1. Doesn’t it. I have read the first two books and the series is great – if a little gory!

  10. I would definitely keep reading! This sounds like a great thriller though I have a feeling I’d need to check the locks 2 or 3 times before going to bed after reading!

    1. I know what you mean. They are the type of books that make you want to look under the bed and in the closet!

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