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A Series of Bizarre Murders.....
Book three in the Detective Rachel King thrillers. A series of somewhat bizarre murders leaves Rachel mystified. What is the link and why the carefully considered scenarios? Engrossing storyline with twists aplenty.
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I found this to be a little clunky and naively written.  A standard detective novel but not as gripping as many others, the plot relying heavily on a story connected, but previous to the novels main events..  The characters were formed to carry on a series, though I felt it would not appeal to me to read more as I felt little emotional attachment to them..
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Wrong Victim was such an entertaining read. It had an interesting plot and storyline as well as complex characters, such as Rachael and Jonny. It's a fast paced read with some links to the previous book, so I would recommend reading the other books in the series before reading this one.
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Another excellentinstalment of the DCI Rachel King series. I love Helen’s work, and this book did not disappoint one iota.  Eagerly awaiting the next instalment.
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I received an advanced reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.

This is the first of Helen H. Durrant's books I have read and I am now desperate to read her others! What an amazing ride this book is! Full of twists and turns and a case of mistaken identity thrown in the mix, I loved every page of it and devoured it in 2 days. 
If you love crime fiction you definitely have to give this book a go. 
This is the 2nd book in a series.
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Fabulous as always! Short punchy reads by Helen H Durrant mean I can always read in one sitting, which is fab as her books grip me from page one
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A murderer with the perfect plan or so he thought, although he led the police on a merry ride. To be tripped up by a slight of mistaken identity entwining another deadly case. What a case for these law enforcers and to find out one of your own was dirty, it made their job even more difficult. Mixed in with a little romance this book turned out to be quite spiffy if I do say so. An engrossing captivating and intriguing read.
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An untidy case for the detectives to solve,lots of loose ends and assumptions.
Are the two cases coneccted,if so, how? Lots of twists and turns.
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This is the third book in the DCI Rachel King series, and while I believe it technically could be read as a stand-alone novel, this one does mention several aspects of the last book which may be confusing to a first-time reader. 

This is one of those stories that draws you in from the beginning and has you guessing throughout. There are a lot of questions that pop up, not only during the course of Rachel's investigation, but in other areas as well. What is Keaton up to? Does Rachel really have a mole in her department? 

When you factor in Jed and his complicated relationship with Rachel and her youngest daughter, this a book that pulls no punches. The characters are complex (Rachel more so than any of the others, although we do get glimpses of the various personalities of the other cops in her unit), this story is fast-paced, but interesting enough to keep you reading to find out what happens next. 

One of the things I like most about this series is the way that while there are several offshoots of both the investigation as well as goings-on in the personal life of the characters, somehow they all (for the most part) manage to be interconnected. A blackmail threat here turns into a lead there, a stranger in a town car turns into an unforeseen threat, etc. Even when it seems like something might be completely random, the author has a purpose to everything she does. 

Overall, these books are perfect for someone who enjoys a good police novel with twists and turns. I will definitely continue not only with this series, but with other books by this author.

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.
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Wrong Victim by Helen Durrant is set around the East side of Manchester and is the third book in the DCI Rachel King series. She is proving that she is a force to be reckoned with and won’t back down. Although there are some people she finds it hard to work with.

DCI Rachel King and DC Elwyn Pryce were called to a nursing home where an elderly patient had been found dead in his bed. It seemed he had been suffocated, then covered in confetti and had his ring finger removed. When DCI King took the patient’s daughter to identify his body, it appears it’s not her father! She has never seen the man before in her life. So who is in the morgue? Where is the man who should be in the nursing home? Is he still alive?

Then they receive a message to say a boy has found his mum, in the cellar, dead. She has been suffocated, confetti covering her body and her ring finger, also, missing. 

What is the link? Is it the man killed? Or the man who should have been there? Does the killer know he killed the wrong man? 

After some searching on the internet, they finally find a link and it appears someone has been running a property scam. They were selling dream properties that were never built and the company folded with no trace now on the internet.

Who was the killer though? What was their link?

This was a great read, really got me hooked from the start and I found it hard to put down. I read it in a day! Well written, lots of descriptive writing so you felt you were really there and could picture it. I like this author’s writing and have read quite a few of her books.
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What a Book Wrong Victim by Helen H Durrant was. I loVed it and was hooked from the very beginning. This is the third book in the Detective Rachel King series and they just get better and better. If you want a crime series that will have you hooked and is full of twists and turn this is the series for you. 
Detective Rachel King is called to Hawthorne Lodge Nursing Home, an elderly man called Francis Baslow, was found dead in his bed suffocated and he is covered in confetti. and it is all over his small bedroom 
Whilst Detective Rachel King looks closer she notices his ring finger is missing. When Detective Rachel King informs his daughter and takes her to identify the body of her father things take a turn - The dead man in front of them is not the person they think he is! She has never seen this man before and he is not her father.

Who is he? he is not Francis Baslow!

A second murder but this time was a woman called Alison, she lives with her sons. She has been found suffocated, covered in confetti and her ring finger has been removed as well 

What is the link between these two people who have been found murdered? 

 Detective Rachel King and her team have to work fast before there's a next victim!

Whilst investigating these two murders they come across a property scam, selling dream houses that were never built. Is there a link between this and the murdered victims?

Detective Rachel King's personal life is complicated with her ex Husband who lives next door to her. He works from home and also helps to look after their teenaged daughter. Jed McAteer who was Rachel's ex Lover and the father of one of her children, has skipped town but he has an habit of popping back in Rachel's life......However, this time he wants to be in it as a permanently.

The ending of this brilliant book has an OMG ending and I am so looking forward to Book three in this series................

I highly recommend this series, Just excellent!

Big Thank you to NetGalley and Joffe Books for this e-book ARC to read and review.
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A man is found dead in a private care home but the man didn't die of old age and when he was discovered the police was called immediately. The case was then given to DUI Rachel King and her team to investigate. There are many coincidences that match a previous case that Rachel King was involved in both professionally and personally. Then the there is another body found.
This is a continuation of the previous Rachel King books and very readable
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It’s hard for me to give a good review of this book as I had not read the previous commenter books about Rachel King.
This book is really not a stand alone book, so cannot give a honest review.
I did read the book found it a bit confusing not knowing the characters, but it was well written and sorry was not read in the correct order.
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WRONG VICTIM is the third book in a brilliant crime series by best-selling author, Helen H. Durrant. These novels feature detective DCI Rachel King, a thirty-nine-year old divorced mother of two teenage daughters who lives next door to ex-husband Alan. Having enjoyed reading most of her novels, I look forward to starting the third book in this new series. The novel is set in the Cheshire, ten miles outside Manchester.

The novels in the DCI Rachel King Series Include:
1) Next Victim
2) Two Victims
3) Wrong Victim

A man is found dead in his bed, suffocated, covered in confetti and with his ring finger missing. Detective Rachel King informs his daughter and takes her to identify the body.

But she’s never seen the man before in her life.

Then a second murder. This time a woman, Alison, also suffocated and with her finger severed and confetti strewn over her body. Detective Rachel King, and her team are assigned to both cases. 

Are the two killings connected?

Meanwhile, someone has been running a property scam, selling dream houses that will never be built. And the love of Rachel’s life has disappeared. Is he really the mastermind of a people-trafficking gang? Or does Rachel have enemies on her own team?

Rachel has her hands full, while investigating two murders, and raising two teenage daughters, Megan, and Mia, on her own. The building site is owned by Rachel’s secret ex- lover villain, Jed McAteer.

A mystery with a stunning twist and a race against time to save her career and stop further killings. Rachel cannot trust anyone.

This is a well-written crime fiction novel, with engaging characters for a new series that shows much promise. 

Many thanks to the author, Joffe Books via Netgalley for my digital copy.
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This is book 3 in the brilliant Detective Rachel King series by Helen Durrant.

A sick old man in a nursing home is found murdered with confetti sprinkled over him and his wedding finger missing.  Who would want to kill a man who is dying and what is the confetti all about?  These are just a few of the questions that Rachel King and her team need to find answers to but as they delve into the victim's life they open Pandora's box and are faced with shocks and more secrets than they ever expected.

Rachel King is a character who grows on you.  She is in love with Jed but he lives on the wrong side of the law (or does he) so her feelings have to be kept locked inside.  She relies heavily on her partner Elwyn and as everyone seems to have secrets he is the only colleague she is able to trust.  In the previous book we saw her at loggerheads with Kenton, a detective from a nearby station.  This very rocky relationship is carried through to this book as Rachel is forced to work with him.  But can she trust him?  Who can she trust?

Elwyn comes accross as the dependable type the voice of reason.  He is not easily ruffled and is a perfect character to offset Rachel's lack of patience.

Jonny takes a bigger role in the story as he develops his detective skills we see more of his gut instinct come to the fore as he gains the confidence to act on his hunches.

The story is fast paced as I expect from Helen Durrant.  There are many twists and turns as we are taken on a journey through mistaken identity, corruption, drugs and revenge.  But knowing the why doesn't mean the who will be revealed it is all a very tangled web that Rachel and her team have to untangle to find the right path to cracking the case.

A very gripping page-turner and well deserving of the 5 stars
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Wrong Victim is the third book in the series featuring D.C.I Rachel King. As I have never read the others in this series I did find it difficult to begin with as it keeps mentioning a past trafficking case, but I soon found myself engrossed.

A man’s body is found in a care home, he has been suffocated, had his wedding ring finger removed and has confetti scattered on him. When his daughter goes to identify the body she is angry as this man is not her dad, who have they been paying for, to stay in the care home? 

When another victim is discovered they realise there is a link to the two as they were both involved in a property scam. Is it revenge from one of their victims? 

This is definitely a series you can sink you’re teeth into. A great whodunnit that will keep you guessing until the end.

Thank you to Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a review.
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murder-investigation, law-enforcement, greed, crooks, cold-case, procedural

DCI King really has too much on her plate, but then so do too many of her colleagues. Top of the list is the man who is temporary replacement for the top man in the department. The current mess turns out to be related to a recent case which is not as cold as they hoped. And what a case! A souvenir killer who enjoys his assigned work, but it turns out that he was flim flammed by the first victim and that really got the force involved sooner than expected. Meticulous due diligence, plot twists, misdirection, and red herrings abound! Great read!
I requested and received a free ebook copy from Joffe Books via NetGalley. Thank you!
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Helen Durrant  came up with a good idea to start a murder mystery  but somehow managed to lose her way as she went along, what could have been a real clever story turned out to be a bit of a run of the mill thriller. Pity as some part are really good but the main story just lets its self down.
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This is the 3rd book in the DCI Rachel King series by author Helen Durrant. Having read and enjoyed the previous two books in the series I was eagerly looking forward to this one and I wasn't disappointed.
Detective DCI Rachel King is a divorced 39 year-old mother of two teenage daughters. Her ex husband Alan lives next door in the Cheshire village of Poynton, ten miles from central Manchester. She is very good at her job, gets results but does make mistakes which adds to her appeal. One of mistakes was getting involved with a local villain who is still too close for comfort. The relationship is her big secret. 
When a man is found dead in his bed, suffocated, covered in confetti and with his ring finger missing, Detective Rachel King informs his daughter and takes her to identify the body. The daughter states she’s never seen the man before in her life.
A second murder follows, a woman named Alison is also suffocated and with her finger severed and confetti strewn over her body. What is the link between the victims?
Helen Durrant books are quick reads mainly because they are very addictive and leave you eagerly turning each page wanting to know more.
This can be read as a stand alone but I would still recommend reading the other two books for added enjoyment.
I would like to thank both Net Galley and Joffe for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
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So this is the third in the DCI Rachel King series, it can be read as a standalone but I’d recommend at least reading the book before, Two Victims, because some of the story carries over.

A dying man is found suffocated in a nursing home, confetti scattered over him and one of his fingers severed. When his daughter comes to identify him, she’s never seen him before.

A second body is found, this time a woman but what is the link between the two? As Rachel and her team delve deeper, they find more questions than answers. Will they manage to solve the case?

Wrong Victim is a great edition to this gripping series, really I just can’t get enough of these books!

This case is definitely one of Rachel and her teams most complicated ones yet! Especially as Rachel’s personal life, yet again, threatens to spill over into her professional with the re-emergence of Jed, the love of her life, who’s also a wanted man. Rachel also has to deal with DCI Mark Keaton, someone who she’s not sure if she can trust to add yet more drama.

I really enjoyed the fact that we got to see a little more from Rachel’s team, Elwyn, Jonny and Amy. Slowly we’re getting to know them in their own right, not just lurking about in the background.

There are two intertwined storylines in the book, truthfully they did kind of blur into one at a certain point and I did lose track of what was happening but that probably says more about my memory than the novel!

 Wrong Victim is a fast paced and addictive read that is a must if you love a police procedural!
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