He is single, just turned fifty. He is tall, he is putting on weight. Amy Dean – his current girlfriend – is a good cook! His hair used to be dark but is now greying and is cut close to his head. He isn't bad looking - women like him. He has a daughter called Zoe. She resulted from his short-lived marriage and he only found about her recently. He lives alone in a terraced house in the back streets of Leesdon. He was born and raised a few doors up.
Detective Sergeant Ruth Bayliss
She is single in Dead Wrong but meets someone — teacher Jake Ireson, in Dead Silent. She’s in her mid-thirties, likes birdwatching. Works with Calladine at Leesdon police station. Ruth and Jake are expecting their first child. During Dead Lost she is seven months pregnant and finding the going tough. She is very bright and often sees a different side to things from Calladine. She is fiercely loyal, and wouldn't want to work with anyone else.
Detective Constable Simon Rockliffe — Rocco
A solid team member. He works hard and gets results. He is tipped to go far. He was attacked on the Hobfield in Dead Wrong. He has hinted that he might have a girlfriend but is giving nothing away. Rocco is in his mid twenties. He is tall and good looking with black hair.
Detective Constable Imogen Goode
She is the IT expert of the team. She is intense — very keen on her work — a bit of a nerd. She is going steady with Julian Batho— the forensics expert. Imogen is constantly fighting a weight problem. She is pretty with long wavy blonde hair.
Acting Detective Chief Inspector Brad Long
Overweight, and generally lazy — formerly the other team leader in the police station. Brad returns to his previous rank of DI during Dead Lost as the station gets a new DCI.
Detective Chief Inspector Rhona Birch
Rhona is overweight, hard faced and as far as Calladine is concerned could easily pass as a man! She has the reputation of being a ‘hatchet queen’. It is rumoured that she hasn’t spent above two years at any station.
Chief Superintendent Edwin Walker
He oversees both Leesdon and Oldston stations. He is in his late fifties. Calladine has had precious little to do with him throughout his career. However it looks as if all that could change as he is Calladine’s biological mother’s brother.
Doctor Sebastian Hoyle
Pathologist –now retired but working as a locum at Leesdon Health Centre. Often referred to as the doc.
Forensic scientist — Doctor Julian Batho.
Unmarried, hard-working. Not particularly good-looking but nonetheless going steady with Imogen. He is now working at the Duggan Centre and has been elevated to Professor Batho. He is in a relationship with DC Imogen Goode
Pathologist Natasha Barrington
Natasha or ‘Tash’ work from the Duggan Centre with Julian. She has a reputation as being something of a man eater. However she is good at the job.
Care home manager and former girlfriend of Calladine.
Tom’s late mother — was resident in the care home run by Monika.
Reporter seeking the big time. She is a glamorous blonde who uses her looks to get what she wants. Calladine falls for her. She was a reporter for the Leesworth Echo in the case described in Dead Wrong. Lydia has now left Leesdon for Gateshead.
Calladine was raised to believe that Fallon was his cousin. He now knows the truth. Freda was not his biological mother and so Fallon is not and never was his cousin. However the two were raised together by Freda after Fallon’s mother left. He is one of Manchester’s most notorious gangsters — drugs, gun running — whatever he can make money at. His gang provides the drugs for the local housing estate — the Hobfield. Shot Calladine in Dead Silent. In prison awaiting trial.
Ray Fallon’s wife. Marilyn has always let Ray get on with it. She’s never gotten involved or asked where all the money for their lavish lifestyle came from. She believes, even though he’s in prison that Ray is out of control, and has finally decided to look the problem of her husband in the face.
Amy “Amaris” Dean
Seductive owner of Starshine shop selling tarot cards and other esoterica. A very independent woman who does not believe in permanent relationships. She is also Julian Batho’s Aunt.
Eve Buckley – nee Walker
Eve is Calladine’s biological mother. They met for the first time in Dead List. He learned the truth about his birth from a letter his mother left for him to open after her death. Eve wants to try and put things right, bring Calladine into her family.
Eve’s daughter and therefore Calladine’s half sister. She is a doctor at a hospital in Manchester. They met during Dead List but whereas he knew who she was Samantha had no idea about him.