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Dead Silent

Calladine and Bayliss, Book 2
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Series: Calladine and Bayliss, Book 2
Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (142 ratings)

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Summary

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. The first two victims are American university students and both have livestock tags fixed to their earlobes. Who wanted them dead and what's the connection?

The detectives piece together the forensic evidence and track down the witnesses, to reach a shocking conclusion. 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. Dead Silent is book two of a new series of detective thrillers featuring D.S. Ruth Bayliss and D.I. Tom Calladine.

In this second book, Calladine faces personal tragedy and startling revelations, and Ruth's relationship with Jake Ireson develops. Tom Calladine is a single, 51-one-year-old detective inspector who is devoted to his job. His personal life, however, is not so successful. Having been married and divorced before the age of 21 has set a pattern that he finds difficult to escape.

Ruth Bayliss is in her mid-30s, plain-speaking but loyal. She wishes she had more time for the gym and a love life. She uses her demanding workload as an excuse not to try too hard with the men she meets.

Her hobby is birdwatching. The series is set in the fictional village of Leesdon on the outskirts of an industrial northern English city. There is little work and a lot of crime. The bane of Calladine's life is the Hobfield housing estate, breeding ground to all that is wrong with the area that he calls home.

©2015 Helen H. Durrant (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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Dead Silent

A frightening story, emersed in excruciating murder and torture. seemed a little short, could have been prolonged with ease.

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Have enjoyed both books about to start book 3

Have great expectations of this series.,hope third book continues in the same enjoyable view. 😊

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An Excellent Second Novel in the Series

I really enjoyed this. Missing girls, dead bodies and family feuds make up this dark novel. Again we have descriptions of torture and gore but for me this didn’t detract from my listening experience.

Well narrated :)

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Enjoyable police procedural

Calladine and Bayliss are investigating the deaths of several young women, with a link to American students studying in the UK.

This book is just as good as the first in the series. I enjoyed the grisly storyline, and it was great to catch up with the characters again. Calladine has to face up to the death of his mother and Bayliss is having doubts about her new relationship. They make a great pair and I love the banter between them.

Can't wait to listen to the next in the series.

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Excellent series and the Narrator is superb

I am enjoying this series, the stories are thrilling and well written. The characters are real and brought to life and the endings are always good. As I have said the Narrator Johnathan Keeble is a real talent and love his voice too.

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Abrupt ending!

I so wish Helen Durante would ’finish’ her novels! I’ve enjoyed the first two but feel annoyed that they both ended abruptly before the action was over! They could hear the police cars in the distance.......you decide what happened next! I know safety and finality are implied but rather than a chapter of the next book I would like a concluding chapter to the one I’d just listened to!

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Nice easy listening

Once again a good story read well by Jonathan Keeble my only issue is that it was too short.

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You can choose your friends but not your family

This is the second book where the main protagonists are police partners, D.I. Calladine and D.S. Ruth Bayliss. This time they are out to catch a sadistic killer who has already killed at least twice, but probably there are more bodies to find!

In this book Calladine faces personal tragedy and startling revelations while Bayliss’ personal relationship is at a crucial point.

I enjoyed the book and the interaction of the characters but again felt the book was rushed. it was as if this was an abridged copy of the story. hence 4* not 5

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dead silent

really enjoyed it very good story.the narrator reader was good too Jonathan keerdley very clear.

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Calladine & Bayliss more of a "miss" this time !!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes, if they wanted to continue with the series, but only to continuity.

Would you ever listen to anything by Helen H. Durrant again?

Yes. I shall listen to the next in the series in the hope that it is a good as the first book.

What about Jonathan Keeble’s performance did you like?

Super yet again.

Did Dead Silent inspire you to do anything?

No.

Any additional comments?

Very disappointing ending. Did no really clearly finish satisfactorily for me I'm afraid. I do like a proper ending with all of the loose ends tied up neatly.

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  • barbara
  • 19-07-20

Dead Silent

I am really enjoying this series, getting to know the characters and enjoying how they solve the murders. Felt this one was not as suspenseful as the first, but still enjoyed it. Really enjoy this narrator, a really good voice and has a way in bringing out the characters.

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  • Scotty/Audible addict!
  • 12-06-18

Very good as well!

I've listened to MANY mysteries/thrillers and really enjoy this author's writing skills in this genre. That, along with this narrator, makes for a very satisfying thriller. I hope there'll be more books to come in this series!
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  • Maine Knitter
  • 12-10-17

Average

An adequate book and an enjoyable listen. 3.5 stars for me.

It just wasn't wonderful. I'm not sure why. Tom has a lot thrown at him - the unexpected daughter, the death of his mother, the murderous cousin, girlfriend issues, and more in this book. Plus a serial killer to find. And the book leaves many story lines still open. I'm unsure if I'll continue.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-07-17

Nothing original or interesting in this plot

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Calladine and Bayless are fleshed out well, but the bad guys are stock characters. The violence feels voyeuristic and cheap. The writing is at times banal. Won't stay with the series.

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  • Trish R.
  • 06-01-17

Great book and awesome narration..

Alrighty then! Another whack-job for Calladine and Ruth to hunt down. There are small descriptions of what the killer did to his victims but I’m so glad the readers didn’t have to be a part of it.

At about 65% I thought OMG not her again. Just like the last book Tom Calladine was wondering if he had a chance with his ex-girlfriend, and should he call her. He was embarrassed that he went to bed with Lydia in the last book. But Lydia left and he was wondering AGAIN if he should call Monika, the ex-girlfriend. And then what happens? Lydia comes back. So, this is probably my last Calladine and Bayliss book. I love the murder mystery/serial killer story but I really hate man-whores.

I also hate cliffhangers! The first book wasn’t really a cliffhanger but this one definitely was. Good grief! I might HAVE to read the 3rd book to see what happened to the person that got shot.

There wasn’t too much swearing and the F-bomb was used only 3 times. There was NO sex. There were 2 fade-to-black kisses. I think that’s funny.

I do like the players in these books: Ruth, Imogen, Rocco. I don’t like Lydia or DCI Jones. Lydia is just slutty and Jones is a cheap-skate, too concerned with saving money than solving crimes.

As to the narration: Jonathan Keeble is what makes the book worth listening to. His voices are fantastic and his emotions are awesome.