Today I pass the baton back to Mandie who has a review of The Other Victim by Helen H Durrant. With thanks to publishers Joffe Books for providing an advance copy for review. Before we hear Mandie’s thoughts, here’s a bit more about the book.
About the Book
A BRAND NEW DETECTIVE MYSTERY FROM #1 BEST-SELLING AUTHOR HELEN H. DURRANT
Ronald Potter is found dead on the kitchen floor of a house he was about to show a client around. Ronald led a blameless life and Detective Matt Brindle and the team cannot find any motive for his murder.
But an intensive search of the property leads to a very disturbing discovery in the cellar.
Meanwhile, a young mother is being held captive by someone who will stop at nothing to get the information they want.
DI Matt Brindle discovers connections to organised crime and a sleazy night club. Can he expose the villains before any more people die?
This is a detective mystery full of twists and turns, with a stunning edge-of-your-seat ending.
The Other Victim is the second outing for DI Matthew Brindle. When local estate agent Roland Potter is found murdered in a house he was about to sell it is up to Matt Brindle and his team to try to work out who would want him dead and why. When other bodies turn up and a young girl goes missing he begins to think the case might not be so easy to solve. As investigations lead him to a club known for hiring underage girls he begins to suspect that people are withholding information from him and hampering the case.
I liked Matt Brindle. He is still struggling with both his injuries from a previous case that resulted in the death of his partner, and the guilt that it was due to his error in judgement that she died. On top of his workload as a DI, he is also trying to turn around the family fortunes but his methods are not going down well with his mother Lady Elinor Brindle and she is often complaining to him. He clearly likes his young DC Lily Haines and despite her age, he considers her an asset to the team. DS Kate Baxter is a bit of a prickly character but I did find myself warming towards her by the end of the book. She is new to both the team and the area having moved due to issues with her younger brother. She is quite ambitious but Matt seems to get the measure of her quite quickly and is keen for her to remember they are all on the same side and need to work together if they are going to solve the case.
Although I have read other books by this author this is the first one I have read in this series. That being said, it didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the book as it works very well as a stand alone. Once again Helen H Durrant has produced an outstanding read and The Other Victim really keeps you turning the pages as you try to work out if all the murders are connected. At times it can seem like there is a lot going on, but at no point did I find it confusing. Every character that was introduced has a purpose in the story and its eventual conclusion. This is clearly going to be another outstanding series by this author and look forward to more outings for Matt and co.
If you would like a copy of the book for yourself it is available here.
About the Author
I’m one of the ‘baby boomer’ generation. I was born in Edinburgh to an English father and Scottish mother. My father was from the North West of England and this was where the family settled.
I know the area well, both the good and the bad, and so I set my books here. Sitting between two counties, Lancashire and Yorkshire, and between the city and the hills, it offers a rich mix of the industrial and the countryside and all the character therein. I always planned to write crime novels — to create the characters in my books. Since my retirement from a busy teaching job in FE, this is what I’ve done — almost to exclusion of anything else!
I have a grown-up family and five grandchildren. They see me as something of an eccentric — always on my laptop writing away. Writing is something of a second career and, despite having a bus pass, keeps me busy, young and tuned in the world as it currently is.