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A gripping new detective series from a best-selling crime writer A woman is found dead by a canal . . . why have her eyes have been viciously poked out? Detective Stephen Greco has just started a new job at Oldston CID and now he faces a series of murders with seemingly no connection but the brutal disfigurement of the victims. Greco’s team is falling apart under the pr A gripping new detective series from a best-selling crime writer A woman is found dead by a canal . . . why have her eyes have been viciously poked out? Detective Stephen Greco has just started a new job at Oldston CID and now he faces a series of murders with seemingly no connection but the brutal disfigurement of the victims. Greco’s team is falling apart under the pressure and he doesn't know who he can trust. Then they discover a link to a local drug dealer, but maybe it’s not all that it seems. Can Greco get control of his chaotic team and stop the murders? If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Mel Sherratt, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will be gripped by this exciting new crime fiction writer. DARK MURDER is the first book in a new series of detective thrillers featuring D.I. Greco. Stephen Greco has moved to Oldston after his wife divorced him. He doesn't like the place much but he wants to stay close to their daughter, Matilda. He is a meticulous policeman with a touch of O.C.D. Easy to admire, but sometimes difficult to like. The series is set in the fictional industrial northern English town of Oldston. ALSO AVAILABLE: THE BEST-SELLING BAYLISS & CALLADINE SERIES which first introduced D.I. Greco DEAD WRONG, book one featuring Detectives Bayliss and Calladine is available now! "A bag of severed fingers is found in the playground by a rough housing estate. DEAD SILENT book two in the series. A body is found in a car crash, but the victim was already dead . . . Police partners D.I. Calladine and D.S. Ruth Bayliss race against time to catch a vicious serial killer. DEAD LIST book three An unlikely killer with a bucket list of victims . . . This book is the first to introduce D.I Greco


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A gripping new detective series from a best-selling crime writer A woman is found dead by a canal . . . why have her eyes have been viciously poked out? Detective Stephen Greco has just started a new job at Oldston CID and now he faces a series of murders with seemingly no connection but the brutal disfigurement of the victims. Greco’s team is falling apart under the pr A gripping new detective series from a best-selling crime writer A woman is found dead by a canal . . . why have her eyes have been viciously poked out? Detective Stephen Greco has just started a new job at Oldston CID and now he faces a series of murders with seemingly no connection but the brutal disfigurement of the victims. Greco’s team is falling apart under the pressure and he doesn't know who he can trust. Then they discover a link to a local drug dealer, but maybe it’s not all that it seems. Can Greco get control of his chaotic team and stop the murders? If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Mel Sherratt, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will be gripped by this exciting new crime fiction writer. DARK MURDER is the first book in a new series of detective thrillers featuring D.I. Greco. Stephen Greco has moved to Oldston after his wife divorced him. He doesn't like the place much but he wants to stay close to their daughter, Matilda. He is a meticulous policeman with a touch of O.C.D. Easy to admire, but sometimes difficult to like. The series is set in the fictional industrial northern English town of Oldston. ALSO AVAILABLE: THE BEST-SELLING BAYLISS & CALLADINE SERIES which first introduced D.I. Greco DEAD WRONG, book one featuring Detectives Bayliss and Calladine is available now! "A bag of severed fingers is found in the playground by a rough housing estate. DEAD SILENT book two in the series. A body is found in a car crash, but the victim was already dead . . . Police partners D.I. Calladine and D.S. Ruth Bayliss race against time to catch a vicious serial killer. DEAD LIST book three An unlikely killer with a bucket list of victims . . . This book is the first to introduce D.I Greco

30 review for Dark Murder

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    This is the second book I have read by this author. I remember being not very impressed by the first, but she has really found her stride in Dark Murder. This is the first book of a new series featuring DI Greco, a detective who suffers from OCD and who is a bit of a fish out of water in his new work environment. Despite this, I liked him. He is a man faced with some difficult decisions, but who faces up to them. In Dark Murder Greco is tasked with solving a series of murders where the only conn This is the second book I have read by this author. I remember being not very impressed by the first, but she has really found her stride in Dark Murder. This is the first book of a new series featuring DI Greco, a detective who suffers from OCD and who is a bit of a fish out of water in his new work environment. Despite this, I liked him. He is a man faced with some difficult decisions, but who faces up to them. In Dark Murder Greco is tasked with solving a series of murders where the only connection seems to be the brutal disfigurement of the victims. A quick but engaging read from an author to watch. Thank you to Joffe Books via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of Dark Murder by Helen Durrant for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    DARK MURDER by Helen H Durrant, is the fourth book that I have read this year by this author, and is the first book in a new series of detective thrillers featuring D.I. Greco. In this book, Durrant re-introduces us to Detective Stephen Greco, whom we met in Dead List (3rd. book in the Calladine & Bayliss Series). This series is set in the fictional industrial northern English town of Oldston. Stephen Greco has moved to the town of Oldston after his divorce, in order to stay close to his daughte DARK MURDER by Helen H Durrant, is the fourth book that I have read this year by this author, and is the first book in a new series of detective thrillers featuring D.I. Greco. In this book, Durrant re-introduces us to Detective Stephen Greco, whom we met in Dead List (3rd. book in the Calladine & Bayliss Series). This series is set in the fictional industrial northern English town of Oldston. Stephen Greco has moved to the town of Oldston after his divorce, in order to stay close to his daughter, Matilda. He had just started this new job at Oldston CID, and now found himself and his team involved in solving a series of murders, brutal in nature. After just three months, Stephen Greco was trying to settle in, and cope with the situation. Stephen is an excellent policeman, with a touch of O.C.D., a quiet mystery man, that didn’t mix with anyone, and kept his private life close to his chest. “A woman’s body had been found on Oldston canal bank…and her eyes were missing.” Detective Stephen Greco was first on the scene, and while trying to work on this case, another body is found. Another woman, with her intestines pulled out and again her eyes are missing. What is the link between the cases? Detective Stephen Greco now faces a series of murders with what seems like no connection of the victims. Then they discover a link to a local drug dealer. Greco’s team is falling apart under the pressure. He doesn't know who he can trust. Greco must get control of his team and stop the murders. Dark Murder allows the reader to guess the identity of the killer. The “Why” is not revealed until the end, which allows the reader more time to put all the pieces together. I enjoyed this new detective book, it’s characters and I look forward to reading more in the series. Many thanks to the author, Net Galley and Joffe books for providing me with a digital copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    DI Stephen Greco is just starting a new position in Oldston. His goal is to pull the existing team together. His team consists of his sergeant, Jed Quickenden, who isn't sure he wants to be a detective anymore and has a drinking and gambling problem and who never quite makes it to work on time. DC Grace Harper is sharp and has the makings of an exceptional cop, except that she is a single mom and there are times she must be unavailable because of child care issues. DC Graig Merrick is young and i DI Stephen Greco is just starting a new position in Oldston. His goal is to pull the existing team together. His team consists of his sergeant, Jed Quickenden, who isn't sure he wants to be a detective anymore and has a drinking and gambling problem and who never quite makes it to work on time. DC Grace Harper is sharp and has the makings of an exceptional cop, except that she is a single mom and there are times she must be unavailable because of child care issues. DC Graig Merrick is young and idolizes Quickenden and has picked up his bad habits. On this bright morning, a woman's body has been found ... her head has been bashed in and her eyes removed. Before they could even get a handle on this one, another body is found. Another woman, only this time her intestines have been pulled out and her eyes are missing. Trying to find the link between the two woman and a killer lead the team into drug and gun smuggling, terrorists, and the case of an abused boy 16 years prior. This is not my first Helen Durrant book and I really like this author. Her characters are believable ... the bad guys are really bad, the good guys are not perfect, but they are there for the victims. Oldston is a small town, dirty, with a lot of unemployment, and undesirable people hiding in the shadows. This is the first of a new series, and I look forward to reading the next one. Thanks go to the author / Joffe Books / NetGalley who furnished a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    This book is a spinoff from Helen H. Durrant's Calladine and Bayliss series. DI Stephen Greco first appeared in the author's third book, Dead List. I didn't like Greco as much as I did Calladine. Greco doesn't relate to people well. He has obsessive-compulsive disorder and has been treated for it. He doesn't accept hunches and prefers facts and forensics. With the return of his ex-wife and their daughter into his life, he becomes a little more likable. Greco's team are a mixed lot. They seemed ine This book is a spinoff from Helen H. Durrant's Calladine and Bayliss series. DI Stephen Greco first appeared in the author's third book, Dead List. I didn't like Greco as much as I did Calladine. Greco doesn't relate to people well. He has obsessive-compulsive disorder and has been treated for it. He doesn't accept hunches and prefers facts and forensics. With the return of his ex-wife and their daughter into his life, he becomes a little more likable. Greco's team are a mixed lot. They seemed inept because they worked as individuals instead of as a team. DS Quickenden is a drunkard with gambling problems, and I really wish he'd received a serious bollocking instead of more chances. Grace is a single mom, and I thought the author did a great job portraying the challenges she faced. I liked that Greco was put into the single working parent position to experience those challenges first hand. The investigation felt too convoluted in this book. Drug and cigarette running, terrorism, murders, and corpse mutilation were somehow all related. I eventually got a bit bored with it and was glad to see the resolution. In looking at the future of these characters, I see several directions the author can take them. Some would be more interesting than others, of course. I'm curious as to where she will go and I would read the next one.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gary

    This is the 3rd Helen H Durrant book I have read this year and I have found them all good solid enjoyable reads. This book begins a new series in which we are introduced to Detective Stephen Greco who has just started a new job at Oldston CID and faces a series of murders with seemingly no connection but the brutal disfigurement of the victims. The book is full of lively interesting characters who will only get better with familiarity. I found this book enjoyable and certainly worth reading but n This is the 3rd Helen H Durrant book I have read this year and I have found them all good solid enjoyable reads. This book begins a new series in which we are introduced to Detective Stephen Greco who has just started a new job at Oldston CID and faces a series of murders with seemingly no connection but the brutal disfigurement of the victims. The book is full of lively interesting characters who will only get better with familiarity. I found this book enjoyable and certainly worth reading but not a classic. This is a relatively quick read and a good opening to the series but I thought the ending let the novel down with it's lack of climax. I enjoyed it enough to continue reading the series but the author needs to raise the bar a little next time. I would like to thank Net Galley and Joffe books for giving me a copy of this boo in exchange for a honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Petra

    Dark Murder is the first in a new British police procedural set in the NW of England. Following his divorce, DI Greco has just moved to the area to be close to his young daughter and takes over a team that is not performing as well as it should. There's a sergeant with a gambling problem who mixes with the wrong crowd and a DC who is a single mother trying to combine motherhood with a career. DI Greco himself is not the most sociable person and has OCD tendencies. When a woman is found bludgeone Dark Murder is the first in a new British police procedural set in the NW of England. Following his divorce, DI Greco has just moved to the area to be close to his young daughter and takes over a team that is not performing as well as it should. There's a sergeant with a gambling problem who mixes with the wrong crowd and a DC who is a single mother trying to combine motherhood with a career. DI Greco himself is not the most sociable person and has OCD tendencies. When a woman is found bludgeoned to death and her eyes removed and another woman is missing, Greco and his team have to find the connection between these women, which leads them to local drug dealers, gun smugglers and even some terrorist threats. This was my first Helen Durrant book, and while I enjoyed it, it didn't really grip me and pull me in as I would have liked. This may have something to do with the fact that I have just had a fantastic run of 4 and 5 star books. I felt the writing was repetitive in parts and things were over explained. The ending was very abrupt. However, it was by no means a bad book. It was a very quick read, and I liked how the characters developed throughout the book. I intend to catch up with the author's other series, as I believe DI Greco made an appearance there, and I would certainly read the next in this series to see how Greco's team develops further. A solid 3 stars. I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Darkslyric

    This was the first time I read anything from Helen H. Durrant and I can say it was very enjoyable. This book had a little of everything. A murder, a kidnapping, drug smuggling and dealing, terrorism, child abuse, pedophilia and the makings of a serial killer. What more could a crime reader ask for. The author kept me interested by having a verse of different investigators on the case. The lead investigator being Stephen Greco new to the area but not to the job. He is a good character who I look This was the first time I read anything from Helen H. Durrant and I can say it was very enjoyable. This book had a little of everything. A murder, a kidnapping, drug smuggling and dealing, terrorism, child abuse, pedophilia and the makings of a serial killer. What more could a crime reader ask for. The author kept me interested by having a verse of different investigators on the case. The lead investigator being Stephen Greco new to the area but not to the job. He is a good character who I look forward to getting to know better in future books. Newly divorced and a loner,he is driven by his job and unsure of his new investigating team. He wonders at times if they have what it takes to be great investigators. As the team works through all the puzzle pieces to the crimes at hand, it proves to be a tangled web leading back in history to the present day.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    A new writer to me and the first of a new series, made Dark Murder by Helen H Durrant an idael choice to read for me. I was please with the idea of a divorced cop being re-located to be closer to his daughter after his marriage broke up and his ex moved away. This also play out well when he has to juggle his hours at work at the height of the investigation to sort out childcare. The plotting is tight and laced with a degree of suspense to keep the reader's interest throughout but I felt it was a l A new writer to me and the first of a new series, made Dark Murder by Helen H Durrant an idael choice to read for me. I was please with the idea of a divorced cop being re-located to be closer to his daughter after his marriage broke up and his ex moved away. This also play out well when he has to juggle his hours at work at the height of the investigation to sort out childcare. The plotting is tight and laced with a degree of suspense to keep the reader's interest throughout but I felt it was a little two-dimentional in terms of ideas and their progression. There are delays in the human processing of clues yet forensics keep coming up with gems to keep the case ticking over. Lots to like and enjoy but not all consuming and never deep enough for me to become totally absorbed into the story or care for the characters.

  9. 4 out of 5

    CL

    Detective Stephen Greco has started a new job due to his recent divorce and relocation to Oldston to be near his ex and their daughter. He is by nature a loner and has not decided if this relocation is for the best but he will make it work to be near his daughter. The body of a woman has been discovered along a canal with her eyes removed and shortly after that a second woman’s body is also found in the same location. How are they connected? The two women did not know each other. As the team unc Detective Stephen Greco has started a new job due to his recent divorce and relocation to Oldston to be near his ex and their daughter. He is by nature a loner and has not decided if this relocation is for the best but he will make it work to be near his daughter. The body of a woman has been discovered along a canal with her eyes removed and shortly after that a second woman’s body is also found in the same location. How are they connected? The two women did not know each other. As the team uncovers more and more clues Det Greco begins to think they are being lead by the killer and these clues are false leads. Great Read!! I would like to thank the publisher and Net Galley for the chance to read this ARC.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Mccarthy

    A well written book and a page turner. I couldn't piece it together. I liked the backstories as well and the ending perfectly tied everything together. Thank you Netgalley the Author and publisher for a chance to read this book. A well written book and a page turner. I couldn't piece it together. I liked the backstories as well and the ending perfectly tied everything together. Thank you Netgalley the Author and publisher for a chance to read this book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Books 'n' All Promotions

    This is the first book in the Greco series by Helen H Durrant I read Dark Angel many months ago so I am able to confirm that these books work excellently as stand-alone although you will probably want to go back and read them all as I have. Greco has had to uproot and move to a new area and new team in order to maintain a relationship with Matilda, his young daughter. He is very fragile emotionally and feels he has been put in charge of a team of misfits which doesn't help his stress levels. He su This is the first book in the Greco series by Helen H Durrant I read Dark Angel many months ago so I am able to confirm that these books work excellently as stand-alone although you will probably want to go back and read them all as I have. Greco has had to uproot and move to a new area and new team in order to maintain a relationship with Matilda, his young daughter. He is very fragile emotionally and feels he has been put in charge of a team of misfits which doesn't help his stress levels. He suffers from OCD which gets worse with stress and his cleanliness fetish means he finds some team members more difficult than normal. When his newly divorced wife has to go and care for her sick Dad Greco is left with his 5 year old daughter to care for in addition to all his other problems. Grace steps up to the plate and helps him out but that means he has to let down a few barriers and let her in a little which could be misinterpreted. In short Greco is struggling every which way. Speedy gets himself in debt to a dangerous man who is suspect in a murder investigation and we are treated to a unique fly on the wall view of life on the dark side of the law which brings a new dimension to the story. Realistic characters all with unique quirks and a story with many strands makes this book a fast-paced, adrenaline pumping read with twist and turns everywhere. A great introduction to the series. 5 stars from me.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    DARK MURDER is the first book in a new series built around the character D.I. Stephen Greco. Greco first appeared as supporting cast in an earlier series of books by Helen H. Durrant, but now he's mirrored his ex-wife's move to a new town after their divorce, wanting to continue a good relationship with his young daughter Matilda. His new job at Oldston CID starts off with a series of baffling murders, where the brutal disfigurement of the victims seems to be the only connection. Greco instantly DARK MURDER is the first book in a new series built around the character D.I. Stephen Greco. Greco first appeared as supporting cast in an earlier series of books by Helen H. Durrant, but now he's mirrored his ex-wife's move to a new town after their divorce, wanting to continue a good relationship with his young daughter Matilda. His new job at Oldston CID starts off with a series of baffling murders, where the brutal disfigurement of the victims seems to be the only connection. Greco instantly has a number of problems when it comes to solving these cases - the lack of a clear motive or connection, and his own team. Made up of what seems to be the district misfits he's under no illusions that part of his new responsibility is to meld this group of detectives together. Or some of them may just find themselves without a job in the future. Not really knowing who he is dealing with on the side of the good or the bad isn't helped by his own particular quirks - including is a mild dose of OCD which he tries desperately hard to hide. DARK MURDER has a lot of heavy lifting to do as it launches this new series. Introducing Greco, the complications of his personal life, and his personality traits and OCD is quite a lot to start off with. Start adding colleagues with child care problems, drinking, gambling and complete de-motivation as well as problems getting along with other team members, and you get a lot of background to build, establish and provide reader's a way to connect with along the way. Add to that setting up a fictional location, and building a community within that and there's an awful lot of balls in the air. Perhaps that's why it might be obvious that not all good people are perfect, and not all bad irretrievably evil, but it was hard to tell if Greco is intended to be a likeable character who didn't quite hit all his marks or somebody a little more edgy, tricky if you like. The plot's got some very strong aspects to it, although some of those are let down a little by a tendency to over-explain and a lot of repetition which sucked the pace out at important points. It's obviously not supposed to be that difficult to pick a lot of the who and why in the lead-up to the conclusion, and that could be why the ending seemed somewhat deflated, lacking much in the way of climax or urgency. The concentration instead seems to be very much on setting up the cast and getting them into their location. DARK MURDER is the first book by Helen H. Durrant that I've been able to read, and whilst there were some quibbles with this outing, some of the drawbacks make sense in terms of that heavy lifting of setting up for an ongoing series. Certainly it's a series this reader would be interested in following - especially if the central character turns out to be a tricky bloke to deal with - have a bit of a weakness for those prickly, difficult types. http://www.austcrimefiction.org/revie...

  13. 4 out of 5

    CD {Boulder Blvd}

    3.5 Stars This is the first Helen Durrant book for me and the first book in the DI Grecco "Dark" series which is a spin off the Ms. Durrants "Dead" or "Calladine and Bayliss" series. It worked well as a stand alone book. Thanks to the author, Net Galley and Joffe books for providing me with an ARC in exchange for a honest review. A murder and mutilation, a missing person and other crimes are taking place in the fictional town of Oldston. Oldston is an industrial down that has suffered an economic 3.5 Stars This is the first Helen Durrant book for me and the first book in the DI Grecco "Dark" series which is a spin off the Ms. Durrants "Dead" or "Calladine and Bayliss" series. It worked well as a stand alone book. Thanks to the author, Net Galley and Joffe books for providing me with an ARC in exchange for a honest review. A murder and mutilation, a missing person and other crimes are taking place in the fictional town of Oldston. Oldston is an industrial down that has suffered an economic downturn which has increased the drug and petty crimes. This in turn has stretched the police department thin and creates the need for them to work on multiple crimes even though they are focused on the murder and missing person. DI Grecco, our MC, has to develop his investigative team which is a little bit of a rag tag group of misfits to pull together the clues and find the unknown person behind the crimes. Ms. Durrant has developed a good cast of both law enforcement characters and criminal characters. The law enforcement characters each have a personal problem that reduces their effectiveness on the job but also provides some realism to the story. They aren't perfect - thank goodness. DI Grecco is dealing with his own OCD problems as well as domestic issues with an ex-wife. The characters are given their strengths and weaknesses, but still don't feel fully fleshed out to make you truly vested in them. I really liked the plot of this book and I liked the way Ms. Durrant pulled the prologue into the crime. She has created an excellent setting for this story. I had too much of a vivid imagination on the particulars of the crime, but Ms. Durrant actually kept the details low key and our of the "horror" zone. Although I don't know if I will ever look at a potato peeler in quite the same way. I won't go into spoilers - you'll have to read the book. I love epilogues, but this story doesn't provide that and does more of a quick ending. There is enough foreshadowing and clue dropping that the reader knows where the story is going which keeps the suspense low key. This is a good book but just failed to meet its full potential and really pull this reader into the story. Still, it's a good story and I recommend the read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    LaShana

    This was a lifeless book. The characters had no life, the story/plot had no life, and the killer had no life. This book had the potential to be so much more, with the DCI with OCD tendencies and a killer who loved to mutilate his victims, however, neither character was fleshed out and the book just became dull.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lisette Kristensen

    This is my first Helen Durrant book, along with my first British mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The main character is well developed and full of conflict within himself and those he works with. I also was impressed how the secondary characters were weaved through and had their own stories to tell. Add in the mystery and crime solving elements you have a well-crafted mystery.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sheryl

    This is the first book in Helen Durrant’s series featuring DI Stephen Grecco. He made an appearance in her last book “Dead Lost” which is her Callidine and Bayliss series, he didn’t make a very favorable impression on that team and I was looking forward to reading more about him. We get a more personal glimpse of him his "Dark Murder". DI Grecco is a young go-getter; he’s a good looking guy that is in Oldston for personal reasons that revolve around his ex-wife and his young daughter. He is also This is the first book in Helen Durrant’s series featuring DI Stephen Grecco. He made an appearance in her last book “Dead Lost” which is her Callidine and Bayliss series, he didn’t make a very favorable impression on that team and I was looking forward to reading more about him. We get a more personal glimpse of him his "Dark Murder". DI Grecco is a young go-getter; he’s a good looking guy that is in Oldston for personal reasons that revolve around his ex-wife and his young daughter. He is also working with a team that has gotten a bit lazy for his taste. Especially his Sergeant, Jed Quickenden, who seems to be battling his own issues which have made him a liability on the job and he knows his job hangs in the balance. The other team members seem to have their own issues that they are wrestling with. One has a checkered past that almost got him fired, the only one who seems to have the most going for her is DC Grace Harper which is a single mother and is plagued with child care issues. DI Grecco is put in charge to clean up CID and get it into a proper department. But, he really doesn't have much time for that since he hits the ground running. A woman’s body has been found that has been brutally murdered and her face horribly disfigured. They are stumped by this murder because she’s found near the Oldston Estates which is an area that is known for its high drug traffic and prostitution. This is a middle-aged married woman who worked for a Coach service in the town center. This murder has them stumped, the murder was so gruesome that it's either someone who really hated her or they are looking for a serial killer. They did find her handbag not far from the body and it still contained her cash, cards, and identification. They found out that her husband had called her in as a missing person when she didn't return home Saturday after work and this was early Monday morning. They find her cell and the last call received was from another woman's cell number whom would be a very unlikely acquaintance. They try to track this woman down and she's missing, could it be foul play or is she on holiday? Nobody knows or cares since this woman is a nasty piece of work. Oldston is rife with crime, in this book we are hit with drugs, gun smuggling and while DI Grecco and his team are trying to solve this gruesome murder Oldston is starting to receive terroristic threats. There is a lot going on in this mystery which makes for a fast, enjoyable read! I’ve really enjoyed the Callidine and Bayliss series and I think Ms. Durrant's has a winner her as well. I would like to think Joffe books and NetGalley for the opportunity for providing me with this e-galley of this book for my honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Pia

    Thanks to the author, the publishers and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange of an honest review. This is another great read by author Helen H. Durrant, which is quickly turning into one of my favorite mystery-thriller writers. In this book, Durrant re-introduces us to Detective Stephen Greco, whom we met in Dead List (3rd. book in the Calladine & Bayliss Series). Although he was not an amiable character in that book, here we get to see a deeper version of him. He is a Thanks to the author, the publishers and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange of an honest review. This is another great read by author Helen H. Durrant, which is quickly turning into one of my favorite mystery-thriller writers. In this book, Durrant re-introduces us to Detective Stephen Greco, whom we met in Dead List (3rd. book in the Calladine & Bayliss Series). Although he was not an amiable character in that book, here we get to see a deeper version of him. He is a very flawed person, but fair, intelligent and very human. The atmosphere in the book is dark, as if copying the feeling of the industrial town, the fictional Oldston, where it's set. There's drugs, poverty and unemployment, and even a terrorist scare. There's also a very small police team trying to make it all right, and not always succeeding. Miss Durrant is very good with descriptions, both of characters and places, and the writing flows from one phrase to the next. Even if the mood is dark and what you're reading is bloody and terrible, the pages fly away.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kira Simion

    I really enjoyed these murders. this book. Well paced but, I didn't really feel threatened by the killer. (Maybe that's just me). Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book. 3.5/5 stars rounded up. An honest review in exchange for an ebook copy I really enjoyed these murders. this book. Well paced but, I didn't really feel threatened by the killer. (Maybe that's just me). Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book. 3.5/5 stars rounded up. An honest review in exchange for an ebook copy

  19. 5 out of 5

    Joann

    Helen Durrant is one of my go to authors when I can't find a decent police series to follow. I've been with the start of her Calladine and Bayliss series and surprised myself when I saw I missed this one. It stars DI Stephen Greco who has just started a new job at Oldston CID. His first case involves a woman who is found dead by a canal ---- but why have her eyes been viciously cut out? Can Greco get control of his chaotic team and stop the murders? This is a gripping new start of a new series a Helen Durrant is one of my go to authors when I can't find a decent police series to follow. I've been with the start of her Calladine and Bayliss series and surprised myself when I saw I missed this one. It stars DI Stephen Greco who has just started a new job at Oldston CID. His first case involves a woman who is found dead by a canal ---- but why have her eyes been viciously cut out? Can Greco get control of his chaotic team and stop the murders? This is a gripping new start of a new series and one I will be following.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mick Grimble

    I couldn’t finish this in audio the voice was so dead pan and annoying

  21. 4 out of 5

    ☆Ruth☆

    A very average police procedural. The fact that there were no likeable or upbeat characters made it a rather dull read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    marjorie hall-venmore

    I have read ever book written by Helen Durrant I absolutely love her books, I am always on the look out for Helens book, they have all kept mr gripped from the first page, everyone should read her books they are truly awesome

  23. 4 out of 5

    Gill Chivas

    Really enjoyed this once I got into it. Shaping up to be a good series!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Fictionophile

    Northern England, and crime is rampant in this area on the economic downturn. Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Greco is new to this ex-mill town near Manchester. Formerly from Norfolk, he has moved here to be near his ex-wife and daughter. DCI Stephen Greco, though easy on the eyes, is socially inept. He suffers from OCD and prefers his own company after a long day’s work. Although he is not a ‘people person’, he is VERY good at what he does. His only hobby, other than his work, is genealogy. In Northern England, and crime is rampant in this area on the economic downturn. Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Greco is new to this ex-mill town near Manchester. Formerly from Norfolk, he has moved here to be near his ex-wife and daughter. DCI Stephen Greco, though easy on the eyes, is socially inept. He suffers from OCD and prefers his own company after a long day’s work. Although he is not a ‘people person’, he is VERY good at what he does. His only hobby, other than his work, is genealogy. In particular, he is interested in finding out how his Italian name came to be in England. He didn’t want to move here, he finds the town depressing and brutal. To make matters worse, his new ‘team’ are not exactly team players. Jed Quickenden (Speedy), his sergeant, is a local man who still associates with the undesirables of the area. He is unkempt and work-shy. He arrives to work hungover, disheveled, and inattentive. A local criminal has a hold over Speedy which threatens his career. DC Grace Harper is ambitious, ‘sharp’, and has the potential to be a great copper. Now though, she is the single mother to a young child so she is not able to devote as many hours to her job as she would like. DC Craig Merrick’s reputation as an upstanding policeman is suffering. This is exacerbated by the fact that he follows Speedy around and is highly influenced by him. A woman’s body has been found, murdered and horribly mutilated. It is up to Greco and his ragtag band of CID to discover who murdered her. They are also tasked with putting a clamp on the growing illegal tobacco and drug trade that is pervading their patch. AND… there is another missing woman! When Greco’s ex-wife’s father falls ill, she leaves him with his five-year-old daughter, Matilda. With his hands completely full, Greco must somehow take care of Matilda, find a serial murderer, and create a tight working unit out of his team. The new female pathologist wants to be a part of Greco’s life, but with his full plate at work and his lingering feelings for his ex-wife, he is reluctant to take her up on her offer. This well rendered British police procedural’s story is divided equally between the cases the team are working on, and the team itself. This is something I appreciate as a reader. Especially when the team dynamic is needed to be fully fleshed out due to the fact that this is the first novel in a new series. “Dark murder“, as the title implies, has many dark themes running throughout. Drug trafficking, terrorism, gambling, greed, revenge, child abuse, and, torture. That being said, it was a well plotted mystery with good characterization, vivid atmosphere and a satisfying ending. I liked the author’s writing style and will definitely be following this series as time allows. “Dark murder” marks the debut of a new police-procedural mystery series featuring D.I. Greco. The second novel in the series, “Dark houses” is available now.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    BLUF: Good start to a new series. This book emphasizes character development and the development of the team, but worry not – the murder and mystery mixes well. ***I was provided a copy of this book from netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review*** Plot: Dark Murder follows Detective Stephen Greco*, a new lead for the team, in the case of a mutilated body found in a canal. Greco is brought in to pull the team together as a functional unit. Between the suspicious circumstances around the murde BLUF: Good start to a new series. This book emphasizes character development and the development of the team, but worry not – the murder and mystery mixes well. ***I was provided a copy of this book from netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review*** Plot: Dark Murder follows Detective Stephen Greco*, a new lead for the team, in the case of a mutilated body found in a canal. Greco is brought in to pull the team together as a functional unit. Between the suspicious circumstances around the murder and the awkward dynamics around leading a new team, Dark Murder is a good start to a new series. The Good: I enjoyed the characters and their interactions: the team has an interesting dynamics and we have insights to the faults of the employees, the family and coworkers of the victims lead to interesting drama, and we gain insight on the killer by seeing through his eyes, although it’s a bit disturbing. Another aspect I liked is that we figure out who the killer is around three quarters of the way in, but not the why until ~90%. The Bad: The ending was very quick and anti-climatic. *I was very excited when I realized that the main character is not only a side character in another book of Durrant's (Dead List), but also that he was not a well liked character in this other book. In comparison to Dead List: Dead List was upfront with the murderer, while Dark Murder allows the reader to guess. Dead List was all about the characters and their relationships with each other while Dark Murder has a healthier mix of relationships and murder mystery.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Vicki - I Love Reading

    3.5/5 This is the 4th book I have read from Helen H Durrant recently. I recently read the 3 books in the Detectives Bayliss and Calladine series and really enjoyed them. This one however seemed a little different from those, this one is the first book to feature Detective Stephen Greco. as the lead detective, he has recently started his new job at Oldston CID, after moving here to be near his divorced wife, and his daughter. ​it took me a while but I did start to like DI Greco. He seemed a normal k 3.5/5 This is the 4th book I have read from Helen H Durrant recently. I recently read the 3 books in the Detectives Bayliss and Calladine series and really enjoyed them. This one however seemed a little different from those, this one is the first book to feature Detective Stephen Greco. as the lead detective, he has recently started his new job at Oldston CID, after moving here to be near his divorced wife, and his daughter. ​it took me a while but I did start to like DI Greco. He seemed a normal kind of guy. His case is not a nice one, but I don't suppose any murder case is nice. And with a team that isn't quite performing as it should it's not going to be easy, working a case, and trying to build a good team. This book kept me going, the story line was interesting, it just felt a little short, like something was missing. I don't know what though. It was enjoyable, just not as much as I enjoyed the Bayliss books. I will be looking out for more from this author as I think she is going to create two fab series as they grow.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I really enjoyed this I've read Helen Durrant's other series of books and enjoyed them so when I was offered the sequel to this one from netgalley I bought this one to start the series from the beginning. I'm glad I've read this book before reviewing the sequel I think being a whole new team of police officers this gave me the background of each of them that will help me notice character development into book two. I'm hoping we will hear more from George and Merrick in book two as this book seemed I really enjoyed this I've read Helen Durrant's other series of books and enjoyed them so when I was offered the sequel to this one from netgalley I bought this one to start the series from the beginning. I'm glad I've read this book before reviewing the sequel I think being a whole new team of police officers this gave me the background of each of them that will help me notice character development into book two. I'm hoping we will hear more from George and Merrick in book two as this book seemed to give more background on Grace and Speedy's characters while telling us about Greco the new DCI heading the team. The main murder case was as gruesome as I've come to expect from this author and as with the other series this book also had the background crimes you'd expect of the council estate area that forms the setting of the books (drugs etc) Now to start book two Dark Houses.....again for book one I will be recommending this series as I did with series one.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jackie Roche

    I would like to thank NetGalley and Joffe Books for giving me the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest and open review. I have read and enjoyed Ms Durrant's Calladine and Bayliss series so I was very pleased to be accepted to read this. DI Stephen Grecco has moved from Norfolk to be near his daughter. He is not enamoured with the area or his team of officers. Grecco was first introduced in book 3, but we now learn more about how he ticks. The book starts with an extremely vivid descri I would like to thank NetGalley and Joffe Books for giving me the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest and open review. I have read and enjoyed Ms Durrant's Calladine and Bayliss series so I was very pleased to be accepted to read this. DI Stephen Grecco has moved from Norfolk to be near his daughter. He is not enamoured with the area or his team of officers. Grecco was first introduced in book 3, but we now learn more about how he ticks. The book starts with an extremely vivid description of what the murderer wants to do with his victim. (If you are squeamish flick over this part!) What I particularly enjoyed about this book was the way the characters were developed. Towards the end you felt that Grecco was bringing his team together and developing a rapport with them. I look forward to reading more in this series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Curtis

    This is the 4th book in the series and at first I was really disappointed that it wasn't Tom calladine and Ruth bayliss. I kept reading tho and I'm so glad I did. I have to say I did really enjoy it and started to get into it. After a woman is found at a Cannel bank with her head bashed in and her eyes removed DC Stephen Greco is on the case. Another female goes missing and ends up dead with her guts ripped out and her throat cut on the Cannel back just where Brenda the first victim was found. G This is the 4th book in the series and at first I was really disappointed that it wasn't Tom calladine and Ruth bayliss. I kept reading tho and I'm so glad I did. I have to say I did really enjoy it and started to get into it. After a woman is found at a Cannel bank with her head bashed in and her eyes removed DC Stephen Greco is on the case. Another female goes missing and ends up dead with her guts ripped out and her throat cut on the Cannel back just where Brenda the first victim was found. Greco finds it hard to make a link between the 2 murders. Every lead they get its back to square one. With the pressure rising can the team find who this killers is? Good book. Look forward to next one

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sue Wallace

    Dark Murder By Helen h Durant is a mystery and thriller read. A woman is found dead by a canal . . . why have her eyes have been viciously poked out? Detective Stephen Greco has just started a new job at Oldston CID and now he faces a series of murders with seemingly no connection but the brutal disfigurement of the victims. Greco’s team is falling apart under the pressure and he doesn't know who he can trust. Then they discover a link to a local drug dealer, but maybe it’s not all that it seems. Dark Murder By Helen h Durant is a mystery and thriller read. A woman is found dead by a canal . . . why have her eyes have been viciously poked out? Detective Stephen Greco has just started a new job at Oldston CID and now he faces a series of murders with seemingly no connection but the brutal disfigurement of the victims. Greco’s team is falling apart under the pressure and he doesn't know who he can trust. Then they discover a link to a local drug dealer, but maybe it’s not all that it seems. Can Greco get control of his chaotic team and stop the murders?. Absolutely fantastic read with brilliant characters. Lots of suspects. Full of twists and plots. Highly recommended. 5*. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book from netgalley.

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