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Perfect Dead: A gripping crime thriller that will keep you hooked (DI Frank Farrell, Book 2) Paperback – 23 Aug 2018
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‘Dark, twisting and utterly absorbing; this series just gets better and better’ M. W. Craven, author of The Puppet Show
‘A pacy and dark police procedural with an original protagonist. DI Farrell is a character to cherish and Jackie Baldwin is a writer to watch out for. She’s going to be huge’ Michael Wood
‘An extraordinarily well crafted police procedural. A real page turner’ Tana Collins
‘Kept me hooked until the last page – Jackie Baldwin is back with her trademark assured characters and deft handling of the twists and turns in a fascinating plot’ Mary-Jane Riley
‘A complex, gripping and fast-paced thriller, handled by Jackie Baldwin with impressive skill and technique’ Aline Templeton
Praise for Jackie Baldwin:
‘Gripping … a compelling and authentic page-turner’ Sunday Mail
'A thrilling, pacy police procedural with a very humane heart beating at its core’ Caro Ramsey
‘British crime fiction has a rising star. DI Frank Farrell is flawed, layered and utterly compelling. The plot is intriguing, the supporting characters well-rounded, and the psychology of Catholicism is subtle and effective. A great read’ Mike Craven, author of the D. I. Avison Fluke series
‘Jackie Baldwin is an exciting author whose debut novel is one which will stay with me for a long time … the more I read, the faster I found myself turning the pages … I’m already wondering how long it’ll be before I can read the next instalment’ CrimeSquad.com
‘In her striking debut novel, Jackie Baldwin demonstrates an ease with police procedure, an ear for character and an eye for a strong storytelling. Really looking forward to seeing where she goes next’ Michael Malone
‘Stark and lean, yet deeply layered writing marks Jackie Baldwin out as a rising star on the British crime fiction scene. Dead Man’s Prayer is a compelling, thrilling read, and DI Frank Farrell a character I look forward to meeting again’ Matt Hilton, bestselling author of the Joe Hunter thrillers
About the Author
Jackie Baldwin practiced as a solicitor in a rural town for twenty years specialising in family and criminal law. She then trained as a hypnotherapist and now works from home. She is married with two grown up children and loves to walk with her two dogs in local forests. She is an active member of her local crime writing group.
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The police are investigating three different crimes in this book. In 2009 a young Irish woman disappeared and the case has never been solved, but it has continued to haunt DCI Lind who has vowed to find out the truth. In the present day the body of a young artist is discovered and it appears that he may have committed suicide, but Frank isn’t so sure as something about the death doesn’t feel right. But what is it that connects these two cases and fraudulent activity linked to a group known as ‘The Collective’ which the missing girl and the young man were once part of? And as the investigation progresses more people begin to turn up dead.
Jackie Baldwin’s writing is really immersive. The police team that are working on the cases appear to be tightly knitted together and they all support each other. This, I thought, was really refreshing as in some books you do find that there are many police detectives who don’t get on and this does cause frictions when they are trying to solve a case. Jackie uses dialogue in her book really well, and I flew through the pages. I think my favourite characters from the book were Mhairi and Frank, and I did like DCI Lind as well, especially as he seemed to really connect to the victims and he wanted to see justice done.
There are some really strange characters in this book, especially the artists who live up at The Ivy House which becomes the focus point of the investigation. I enjoyed trying to work out what sort of people they really were and what was really going on in their group. When you get to the end of this book you will want to get your hands on the next book as soon as possible, after the final chapters Jackie has left me on tenterhooks.
This is one of those books which you just want to keep reading until you have finished. Jackie Baldwin is a writer who I will definitely be reading more from.
Even though the plot was quite transparent in terms of working out the culprits in the various crimes it did not spoil my enjoyment of the novel until the end.
The denouement felt rushed, not sure if this was the intent as a lead in for book 3 but I was really disappointed in the way all the crimes were tied up.
‘Perfect Dead’ keeps you gripped and intrigued as to what lurks over the next page for Farrell to uncover as he puts together all the evidence right up until the last moment when the mystery is solved.
Baldwin is an up and coming star in the industry and I, like many others can’t wait for the next in the series to be released in the not to distant future!
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