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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Book Review: Cold Sacrifice by Leigh Russell

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this product, free of charge, from William Morrow Publishing,  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

Yes, it's another British police procedural from one of my favorite authors!

I think I've pretty much come to the conclusion that it's not so much an Anglo-phile thing, but a search for smart stories that offer something new, and give me a break from old favorites! We all need to have change in our lives every now and then!


The first book in a series of atmospheric, psychological thrillers featuring Detective Ian Peterson, as he solves deadly crimes in the UK.

When three dead bodies are discovered in Detective Ian Peterson’s hometown of Kent, it becomes clear that a vicious killer is on the loose. And without his trusted colleague, Detective Geraldine Steel, by his side Ian’s left to take the lead on a complex murder case with few clues.

The first victim is a middle-aged woman named Martha brutally stabbed to death in the local park. Her husband, who does not report her missing, is the prime suspect until a young prostitute, Della, reveals his whereabouts the night Martha was murdered. But then she is strangled to death in her apartment. While the police are frantically gathering evidence and looking for a connection, a second prostitute is suffocated.

With nothing but the timing of the murders to tie the three women to each other, Ian and his new partner, Polly Mortimer, struggle to make sense of the case and find the elusive killer before he strikes again. But, by the time Ian realizes the truth, it may be too late to save Polly.


I love the Geraldine Steel book as you know, so I was quite eager to read this spin off series with DS Peterson! The author does a great job in switching from a female main lead's voice, to a male's. The characters keep their previous history, so reading this book is more like reading what was happening back at her old patch, when Geraldine went to London! For the eager fan, it's like having 3-D models of your favorite characters!

Add in a rollicking good mystery that will literally have you guessing who REALLY was behind the murders until the end, and you'll have a hard time putting this book down! I read it in 2 sittings only because I didn't have a choice. Leigh sets up the ending so that the reader is eager to read the next book in the series, to see what happens next. Trust me, once you start reading this and the previous series, you'll devour them every time a new one comes out!

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 Stop Dead  in 2013. Find out more about Leigh and her books on her website

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