Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Book Review / ebook Giveaway: Cut Short by Leigh Russell

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from Partners in Crime Book Tourss, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

Welcome to our stop on the Cut Short book tour!


The park - a place where children play, friends sit and gossip and people walk their dogs. But in the shadows, a predator watches, waits - and chooses his first victim. But someone has seen the killer and come forward as a witness - someone who the killer must stop at all costs. For detective Geraldine Steele it is a race against time to find the killer as two more bodies are found. A gripping psychological thriller introducing Geraldine Steel, a woman whose past is threatening to collide with her future.

Read an excerpt:

He scrabbled at brittle leaves with clumsy gloved fingers then, crouching low, wriggled through the bushes. He glanced around to make sure no one was watching before he trudged away along the path. He'd been clever, careful to leave no clues. No one would find her in the park. It was his secret, his and hers, and she wouldn't tell. He had no idea who she was, and that was clever too. It meant she didn't know who he was.

He hadn't chosen her because she was pretty. He hadn't chosen her at all. She was just there. But she was pretty and he liked that. No woman had looked at him since school; she had stared into his eyes. She only said one word, 'No!' but she was speaking to him and he knew this was intimacy, just the two of them. It was a pity he wouldn't see her again, but there would be others. It was raining hard. He sang softly, because you never knew who was listening.

'Sweet the rain's new fall, sunlit from heaven, like the first dew fall, on the first grass, praise for the sweetness of the wet garden...'

The rain would wash her clean.


This is a super quick read- I finished it in one sitting! I have a weakness for British police proceedurals, I have to admit (!!), so no surprise I had to review this one! I am pleased to see the emergence of strong female leads in them as well! What I loved about this book, was that Geraldine was human- her personal woes were ones that anyone could understand and relate to. This helped to make her more reachable to the reader. The mystery is interesting, in that you alternate between the killer and Geraldine's view points, and the author adds in viewpoints from other characters, to give you the varying perspectives of what is going on in the story. Seeing how the 6 degrees of separation theory worked in this story was an interesting twist, and made for a very enjoyable read! I highly recommend it! 

About the Author:

Leigh Russell studied at the University of Kent, gaining a Masters degree in English. For many years a secondary school English teacher, she is a creative writing tutor for adults. She is married, has two daughters, and lives in North West London. Her first novel, Cut Short, was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award in 2010. This was followed by Road Closed, Dead End, Death Bed, Stop Dead and Fatal Act, in the Detective Inspector Geraldine Steel series. Cold Sacrifice is the first title in a spin off series featuring Geraldine Steel's sergeant, Ian Peterson. Check out her website and Twitter!

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  1. Thanks so much for sharing you thoughts on this first in series mystery. And the chance to win a copy!

  2. Thank you for taking the time and trouble to review Cut Short. I'm so pleased that you enjoyed it.

    1. Thanks for stopping by- it's a treat when an author stops and says hello!


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