Monday, January 20, 2014

Book Review and Giveaway: Dead End by Leigh Russell

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from the author,via Partners in Crime Tours, 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

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When headmistress Abigail Kirby’s corpse is discovered in the woods, police are shocked to learn that her tongue was cut out while she lay dying. Then, shortly after a witness comes forward, he is blinded and murdered. With mangled dead bodies appearing at an alarmingly increasing rate, Detective Inspector Geraldine Steel is in a race against time to find the killer before he claims his next victim....


Abigail Kirby lay on the table like a waxwork model, her face cleaned-up to reveal her square chin. Geraldine approached and forced herself to look at the victim's open mouth: between even teeth the stump of her tongue looked surprisingly neat. Abigail Kirby stared back as though in silent protest at this scrutiny.
The pathologist looked up and Geraldine recognized the tall dark-haired medical examiner who had examined the body in the wood. 

'Hello again Inspector. You'll forgive me if I don't shake hands.'Geraldine glanced down at his bloody gloves.


Russell gives us another excellent mystery involving Geraldine Steel. Only this time, she may be closer to the suspect that she knows. The story is a roller coast read, that will have you turning pages quickly, to see if she can solve the mystery, before she becomes a statistic for her division! This book was a huge revelation in the ways that the British police/justice system works, versus the American system, adding to the wonderful story! I think this has been the best Geraldine Steel mystery yet that I've read! If you're looking for a British serial mystery with a surprise ending, pick this one!

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 for more! 

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts about the mystery with us. Sounds like a good read!


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