Annie Naden and her husband buy a remote country cottage at auction. It’s the home of their own that they always wanted, but as they begin renovations, Annie discovers a satchel in a dusty old hidden cupboard. Inside are the usual schoolbooks, now over 40 years old, and a girl’s diary. Among the record of day-to-day crushes and pop concerts, is a secret whose terrible consequences are still resonating to this day.
Detective Tom Calladine has problems of his own. A notorious villain, Vinny Costello, seems to be back in town, and the bodies soon stack up. With Calladine’s loyal DS Ruth Bayliss on maternity leave, he gets in hot water with one of Costello’s assistants, and must also cope with an abrasive new member of the team as they seek to untangle a complex series of murders.
What happened to that girl forty years ago? And what’s it got to do with the current crime wave?
I took a gamble when I decided to read this book. I found it on NetGalley and I thought liked the book description enough to request it. Unfortunately, I only found out later on that it is the 5th book in a series featuring the lead detective. I have read similar books mid-series such as Play Dead by Angela Marsons and Vulnerable by Mary Burton which I enjoyed. However, I think that I didn’t fully enjoy Dead and Buried because of having not read the other books in the series. This made it hard to connect fully with the characters especially the lead detective.
Dead and Buried by Helen Durant is the perfect book for readers of police procedural. It revolves around a series of murders that all seem connected with an event that occurred decades ago. As the body count goes up, the detectives have to go back at take a look at the past to figure out the mystery.
The book has a lot of suspense as it takes you through the investigation. It was interesting to see how the detectives unraveled the mystery at the end. At the same time as the investigation is going on, there is a second story-line about one of the new detectives, DCI Eliza King. Like in most police procedural novels, the new detective doesn’t exactly receive a warm welcome but it was interesting to see how she worked her way into the team despite the cold reception.
As I said before, I think I would have enjoyed the book more if I had read the other four books in the series. Nevertheless, I recommend this book to fans of police procedural. I have read other reviews that indicate that most readers didn’t struggle with the book despite not having read the first four so don’t let my feelings about that deter you from reading it.
I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
About the Book
- Title: Dead and Buried
- Author: Helen H. Durant
- Kindle Edition, 188 pages
- Published July 3rd 2016 by Joffe Books Mystery, Crime Thriller, Suspense