Book reviews, Police procedural, Thriller

Deathly Affair by Leigh Russell – Book Review

86840B13-F950-48DB-BEDC-C0012BF06E9B
PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Four dead bodies.

But who is guilty in this deadly web of secrecy and lies?

When a homeless man is murdered, Detective Sergeant Geraldine Steel is disturbed by the coldblooded nature of the crime. With the discovery of a second victim, the police hunt for a killer whose motive is as elusive as he is dangerous.

In an investigation plagued by police scepticism, Geraldine is relentless in her pursuit of the truth. Drawn into the lives of three people caught in a toxic web of love and deceit, Geraldine learns there is more to this case than she had imagined..

7479B083-D490-4E7E-832F-71E70E741667

MY REVIEW 

#13 In the Geraldine Steel series and can easily be read as a stand-alone. 

Geraldine is a Detective Sergeant in York and is investigating the death of a homeless man. At first the general consensus is why bother, it’s just a homeless man, but she is determined to treat this the same as any case. It’s a relevant topic, as in people’s attitudes to the many homeless on the streets these days and sometimes empathy seems a long forgotten thing.

However, when a second homeless man is found dead this becomes a serious case.

I can’t say any more about the plot as I would hate to spoil it, but I can say I think this is the best in the series so far. There’s a real sense of wrong in the chapters from a killers perspective, the unease is palpable. So well plotted, with strong female characters and Geraldine with her instinct for the truth and her dogged determination is a favourite. Twisty, dark and compelling. I can thoroughly recommend it.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

You can buy a copy here:   https://amzn.to/2RIUapq

 

PRAISE FOR LEIGH RUSSELL 

‘Brilliant and chilling, Leigh Russell delivers a cracker of a read!’ -Martina Cole ‘Unmissable’ – Lee Child

‘A brilliant talent in the thriller field… you’re just plain going to love DI Geraldine Steel’ – Jeffery Deaver

‘Taut and compelling’- Peter James

‘Leigh Russell has become one of the most impressively dependable purveyors of the English police procedural’ – Times

‘A million readers can’t be wrong!’ – Howard Linskey

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

BB8E945F-F7CB-4DAB-B2A3-C976507B1D76

Leigh Russellis the author of the Ian Peterson series (Cold Sacrifice, Race to DeathandBlood Axe) and the internationally bestselling Geraldine Steel series:Cut Short, Road Closed, Dead End, Death Bed, Stop Dead, Fatal Act, Killer Plan, Murder Ring, Deadly Alibi,Class Murder, Death RopeandRogue Killer.The series has sold over a million copies worldwide.Cut Shortwas shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association (CWA), John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award, and Leigh has been longlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award. Her books have been #1 on Amazon Kindle and iTunes withStop DeadandMurder Ringselected as finalists for The People’s Book Prize. Leigh is chair of the CWA’s Debut Dagger Award judging panel and is a Royal Literary Fellow. Leigh studied at the University of Kent, gaining a Masters degree in English and American Literature. She is married with two daughters and a granddaughter, and lives in London.

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

Suspicion by Leigh Russell – Book Review

35966496-2325-46B6-8A5D-8C8DB53B4829

PUBLISHERS BLURB

Happily married to the charismatic headmaster of a prestigious boarding school, Louise thinks her life is perfect.

But after hearing that her husband is having an affair, Louise must decide how far she is prepared to go to save her marriage. Confident in her IT skills, Louise cyber bullies her rival.

When the police then become involved, Louise realises she has made a dangerous choice as first one woman, then another, is found murdered.

Realising she has taken on more than she intended, Louise has to make another choice, and this one could cost her not only her marriage, but also her life…
92768705-AF43-494C-A23B-0DA9C7216D09

MY REVIEW

Nick Kelly is the new Headteacher at the exclusive public school, Edleybury. With his wife Louise they are settling in and Nick has plans to update the school. They have a journalist, Rosie Whyte visiting to interview them as publicity for the school. When the interviews are over, Rosie approaches Louise and tells her, Nick is having an affair with his secretary Sue…she has pictures to prove it…….

Louise is so rocked by this, her marriage is so important to her…..she decides to use her IT skills and starts a campaign of hateful emails about Sue to force her to resign so life can go back to normal…..but then Sue takes her own life….

The police investigate and feel Louise knows more than she’s saying….that she may be responsible for the death……but then there’s another death….just who is responsible?

I am a fan of Leigh Russell’s writing, but this is my favourite so far….great characters and some really clever twists mean suspicion falls on so many…..this will keep you guessing right up to the last amazingly jaw dropping moments…..brilliant.

Thank you to Bloodhound Books for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook  in exchange for my honest, unbiased review

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

7FAA3759-CDAF-4F85-82B3-024B60603D65

Leigh Russell, author of the internationally bestselling Geraldine Steel crime series, has sold well over a million books worldwide.

Her novels have been translated into Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Turkish. Reaching #1 on Kindle, her books have been selected as Best Fiction Book of the Year by the Miami Examiner, voted Best Crime Fiction Book of the Year in Crime Time, a Top Read on Eurocrime and shortlisted for the John Creasey New Blood CWA Dagger Award, long listed for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award, and a finalist for the People’s Book Prize.

Leigh studied at the University of Kent, gaining a Masters degree in English. She serves on the board of the Crime Writers Association, chairs the Debut Dagger Judges, and is a Royal Literary Fellow.

Facebook: facebook.com/leigh.russell.50
Twitter: @LeighRussell
Website: leighrussell.co.uk

Uncategorised

Class Murder – Book Review

a5a3a3c1-d9a2-49a5-bf00-f75e6e4b4398

 

I haven’t read any of Leigh Russell’s books before and received this in my mychroniclebookbox so while it’s number 10 in the series, I gave it a read. I’m glad I did, this is a thoroughly absorbing read with so many possible suspects but you really don’t know whodunnit until the last couple of chapters.  Great characters and while not an original idea ( a school whose classmates are being murdered ) it’s dark and chilling, as I’m sure we all know that one classmate who could be a serial killer ! Ha!. I also enjoyed it being set in the UK as makes a change from all the US crime stories. Now I have to get book one of the series to get the background on every one. Can thoroughly recommend