Friday, March 7, 2014

Book Review: Stop Dead by Leigh Russell

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Ah my British mysteries
(yes, I have a few left this month!)

Along with the Fleming mysteries, I admit to growing quite fond of Det. Geraldine Steel, so of course I had to read her latest escapades! 

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Revenge never felt so good ... When a successful businessman is brutally murdered, a long list of suspects develops that is filled with colleagues, ex-lovers, and debt collectors. But no one is more suspicious than his beautiful wife and her young lover. That is, until the victim's business suffers the same gruesome fate and another murder, seemingly unconnected except for the killer's signature, occurs soon after. Confounded, Detective Geraldine Steel is left with only one more lead: DNA at the crime scenes pointing to two women-one dead and one in prison.

With a steady stream of bodies arriving at the morgue, Detective Geraldine Steel and her team are in a race against time to stop a vicious killer.


I always love it when an author picks up a storyline from a previous book, and carries the characters right into another tale, but with a realistic time period. Because it is more reality based, the books tend to have more depth, and this book is no exception. Steel is still struggling to fit in at The Met, and to find her footing with her new coworkers. Again, her detecting style is at odds with the norm, yet is always on target and right.

Russell once again makes the reader think they know the answer to the mystery, and then throws more info and incidents at them, that will leave your head spinning and questioning what you thought you knew! I've yet to have one of her books figured out before the end! I did feel like I might have got a sense where the next book is going with Steel's attempt to find her birth mother, and I will be interested to see if I am right! If you are looking for a great series, with a strong female lead, check out this one!

About the Author:

Leigh Russell studied at the University of Kent gaining a Masters degree in English and American literature. A secondary school teacher, specializing in supporting pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties as well as teaching English, Leigh Russell is married with two daughters and lives in Hertfordshire. Her first novel, Cut Short, was published in 2009, followed by Road Closed in 2010, Dead End in 2011,  Death Bed in 2012 and this novel in 2013. In June 2013, Cold Sacrifice was published on eBook and followed by the print version in September. It was the first in a new series which features Ian Peterson, the detective sergeant who works alongside Geraldine Steel in the previous books. Find out more about Leigh and her books on her website

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