Thursday, December 9, 2021

One for Sorrow by Helen Fields
{DI Luc Callenach series, book 7}


I have found a new crime thriller series to follow - Helen Fields' series DI Luc Callenach. The description of One for Sorrow attracted me as did the setting in Scotland. What I didn't pay attention to was the fact that this is book 7 in the series. Arrgh!  I do this all the time, start with the wrong book.

The good news is I am completely captivated by the characters DI Luc Callenach and DCI Ava Turner and plan to purchase all six previous books. The writing style is spot on, grabbed my attention and I read every time I had a chance to open my Kindle.

The plot involves a bomber in Edinburgh leaving a trail of bodies with every crime.  Revenge drives the bomber and you'll slowly see the pattern and worry about favorite characters with every threat. Ms. Fields' doesn't play it safe with the elimination of a few favored cops so you won't be able to guess who may suffer with the next target. The crimes are brilliantly described.

There is side story about a young woman named Quinn MacTavish which slowly blends into the plot line.  All of her chapters are titled Before.  Love the police procedural genre and there is a thriller element here, mental illness is certainly a factor in the plot as well.  Did I guess the identity of the bomber?  No, I did not. The ending leaves you ready for the next book but I will satisfy myself with catching up through books 1 -6 for now.

Publication date is February 17, 2022 by Avon Books U.K.  Genre: General Fiction, Mystery, Thrillers.

Thank you to Netgalley for the advanced reader's copy of this book.  I was not compensated for the review, all opinions are mine. Loved the book.

Sharing with Joy's Book Blog for British isles Friday.


  1. Oh this sounds good to me, a new author and a series set in the UK!!!
    AND I just checked and the library has them, so I added them to my wish list.

    1. Jackie, well start with book one and you won't have the spoilers I did! Ha!
      Love the characters here so I am looking forward to all her books.

  2. Ooh, I'm going to give this series a go as well. Cheers

  3. I need to try this one! I've picked up a couple of mysteries lately (always police procedurals weirdly enough) and discovered it's book 2 or 3 so I've got a few series I need to track down the first book of. This sounds good and I'm glad that this genre has gotten away from the detective who is such a mess that it's amazing that they make it through life at all.

  4. This sounds good. It's always fun to start a series that has several books already completed to enjoy.


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