Jackie Baldwin

Perfect Dead

"Perfect Dead’ is a wonderful story, beautifully told."


Ex-priest DI Farrell is called on to investigate a gruesome death in rural Scotland. All evidence points to suicide, except for one loose end: every light in the cottage was switched off. Why would he kill himself in the dark?

The question sparks a murder investigation that leads to the mysterious Ivy House, home of 'The Collective', a sinister commune of artists who will do anything to keep their twisted secrets hidden.

And when the remains of a young girl are uncovered on a barren stretch of coastline, Farrell realises that there is something rotten in this tight-knit community. Now he must track down a ruthless killer before another person dies, this time much closer to home…

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The second outing for DI Farrell sees Baldwin go from strength to strength in a multi-layered thriller which kept me turning pages from start to finish. I found the lead character of DI Frank Farrell to be thoroughly engaging, as was his erstwhile sidekick, Mhairi MacLeod. All of the other characters were drawn with an artisan's attention to detail. The plot was convoluted without being unnecessarily intricate, and while I did guess some elements, there were times when Baldwin blindsided me with her excellent plotting. All in all, 'Perfect Dead' is a wonderful story, beautifully told.

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