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Perfect Remains

DI Callanach, Book 1
Narrated by: Robin Laing
Series: DI Callanach, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (60 ratings)

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Summary

"Must read!" (Closer)

"I love, love, LOVE Perfect Remains!" (Reader review)

"A superb debut!" (Reader review)

On a remote Highland mountain, the body of Elaine Buxton is burning. All that will be left to identify the respected lawyer are her teeth and a fragment of clothing.

In the concealed back room of a house in Edinburgh, the real Elaine Buxton screams into the darkness….

Detective Inspector Luc Callanach has barely set foot in his new office when Elaine’s missing persons case is escalated to a murder investigation. Having left behind a promising career at Interpol, he’s eager to prove himself to his new team. But Edinburgh, he discovers, is a long way from Lyon, and Elaine’s killer has covered his tracks with meticulous care.

It’s not long before another successful woman is abducted from her doorstep, and Callanach finds himself in a race against the clock. Or so he believes.… The real fate of the women will prove more twisted than he could have ever imagined.

Fans of Angela Marson, Mark Billingham and M. J. Aldridge will be gripped by this chilling journey into the mind of a troubled killer.

©2019 Helen Fields (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Must read! With nail-biting twists at every turn, [Perfect Remains] will have readers gripped from start to finish." (Closer)

"Read it in two sittings. I literally had no choice. A fast and enthralling thriller, pitting a new, very human hero against one of the scariest psychos I've yet encountered in crime fiction." (Sunday Times best seller Paul Finch)

"Without doubt, this is one of the best first detective series I have read." (Woman’s Way Magazine)

"Genuinely chilling." (Saga Magazine)

"Watch out Rebus, McRae and Perez there’s a new detective in the running to become Scotland’s fictional top cop…a real cracker of a page-turner that is truly difficult to put down." (Scotland Correspondent)

"[An] absolute corker of a debut crime novel… a brilliantly plotted start to what I hope will be a long series." (The Herald)

"A smashing debut novel." (Fife Free Press)

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Superb, Amazing, Gripping & Adictive listening!

Perfect Remains is quite frankly just brilliant.
As a self confessed 'true crime junkie' it had been a while to re-indulge back into fiction, but needless to say Perfect Remains absolutely ticked all the boxes for me and fulfilled my expectation!

It's an absoloutely gripping storyline, having me hooked in from the very start, being so immersed I listened to the whole story in two days flat.

This is very well written by Helen and additionally well narrated.

Have now purchased Perfect Prey the next book in order and and enjoying every moment of listening to the next book.

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Great story but I struggled with poor French accent!

Good story line, really gripping. Although the narrator tried hard he had to cope with difficult voice changes - Scottish, English, Swedish, French!!!! Poor guy.... and I find the French accent hard to cope with, just too contrived which becomes irritating. Not sure I’ll manage any more!

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Good listen

I enjoyed this book. the narrator was not annoying at all. some audible books I have had to abandon.

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Fantastic

Loved listening to this from beginning to end original plot and thrilling with it. Kept me hooked! Looking forward to starting the next one in the series.

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Wonderful book. Would definitely reccomend

Loved it. It's a great book with a very gripping and intriguing storyline. Laing is a very good narrator and consistent with the accents. He read with great enthusiasm and emotion, which helped build the image and personality of the characters - especially with Dr. King. Laing's voice is the total opposite of boring and monotonous, which meant I could keep listening and stay interested rather than falling asleep.

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BOOK ONE...... CAN'T WAIT TO LISTEN TO BOOK 2

Helen has written an outstanding book that kept my attention through out, with rich characters and an exciting story line. Brilliantly read and definitely a book I'm glad I chose to listen to as the reader brought the characters to life, great accents and dialect, making the whole book come to life. Downloading Book 2 now :)

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Brilliant

Absolutely brilliant - wanted a book to scare me - it did - gruesome but excellent - don’t read if you are squeamish

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Horrible

What sort of twisted mind comes up with these ideas? . Haunted my waking hours also. Did not get past first few chapters as so disgusting. Don't care if the killer got his just rewards, I feel violated by hearing it.

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Absolutely brilliant

Totally gripping from start to finish. Fantastic story line and cannot wait to start the next instalment.

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Excellent listening

Quite a gripping listen and voices were very good by narrator... will be definitely purchasing rest of series. strongly recommend this book.

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  • Brett L. Ramsey
  • 23-08-20

Another Series to Dive Into!

If you are a fan of Scottish or English police procedural, then Helen Fields and her DI Luc Callanach will provide the thrills you seek! Exceptional writing and narration create enthralling characters and a story that moves quickly. Highly recommended.

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  • J. Lowe
  • 22-06-20

A perfect thrilling audiobook!

Helen Fields, thank you for creating wonderful characters and a tense, smart, darkly imaginative thriller that I found nearly impossible to put down. The story is masterfully performed by Robin Laing, an incredible reader and accomplished actor who brings each character to life in the most believable way and never makes women’s voices sound nasally or false the way many male readers do. I am now a fan of both Fields and Laing and am ready for more! So grateful to have found this audiobook.





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  • Sandy
  • 30-12-19

All around great.

I found this author during the recent sale. It was a very good story and I liked the characters. There is some mystery regarding the backstory of the lead and I look forward to hearing more about him. I've already purchased the rest of the books in the series since they were on sale. I have high hopes for this author!

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  • shawna clanton
  • 22-12-19

Good Story

The story was good but the narration was distracting. Flat and unemotional when needed. Accent good

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-12-19

A great disappointment

I'm always in search of new police procedurals with well-developed characters, an interesting plotline, and a great ending. This is none of the above. The characters are wooden and not very good at their jobs. Far too much minute descriptions of torture and we're asked to believe that strong, accomplished, and resourceful women become helpless pawns. I don't ever want to read this author again.