Now I may have been late to this series, but I see myself at having joined at a turning point in the protagonists career. No matter how late though, I was delighted when Katherine Sunderland at No Exit got in touch and invited me to join the tour for the e-book launch of the latest Geraldine Steel novel, Death Rope. Here is what it is all about.
About the Book
The new novel in the million-copy selling Detective Geraldine Steel series
‘UNMISSABLE’ – LEE CHILD * ‘A RARE TALENT’ – DAILY MAIL * ‘BRILLIANT’ – JEFFERY DEAVER
Mark Abbott is dead. His sister refuses to believe it was suicide, but only Detective Sergeant Geraldine Steel will listen.
When other members of Mark’s family disappear, Geraldine’s suspicions are confirmed.
Taking a risk, Geraldine finds herself confronted by an adversary deadlier than any she has faced before… Her boss Ian is close, but will he arrive in time to save her, or is this the end for Geraldine Steel?
For fans of Peter James, Faith Martin and LJ Ross
What starts out as a straight forward case of suicide soon becomes very complicated for Detective Sergeant Geraldine Steel. Complicated and a trifle messy. I don’t really want to say too much more about that but, word to the wise, there is a moment in this book which is a touch ewww. Not described in any graphic way, that is not this particular author’s style, but as a reader you are given enough to let you know what has happened and allow you to draw your own conclusions. Now would we want, or expect anything less? This is a Geraldine Steel novel after all.
What I loved about this book is the way in which it was built upon character rather than necessarily the death of the first victim. Leigh Russell has a great knack for producing characters who are so sharp, so real, and so contrasting that they almost leap from the page. Each and everyone has a very unique personality and yet each is portrayed so clearly I could almost picture the story playing out in front of me.
Now this is no straight forward story and, as we delve into the lives of the central characters involved, there are many threads and many secondary characters introduced who will keep you guessing as to how they fit into the main story. They all move around the lives of the family at the heart of this tale, but in such varied ways that all will fall in and out of suspicion, should the initial death truly turn out to be a case of foul play.
On top of this you have Geraldine’s own complicated personal life, trying to juggle her twin sister and her adoptive sister and keep both happy, whilst still adjusting to life in a new police station up in York. Her former Sergeant and now Inspector, Ian Bradshaw is little help, distracted as he is by his own personal woes. It was great to see Geraldine finally start to settle in the new role, certain prior issues no longer secret, although she still maintained her slightly distant edge and her instinct never once diminished. She has a nose for trouble, and trouble, it seems, has quite a liking for her too.
The central parts of this case are very tastefully handled. Never too much information given or too much violence imparted to the reader, but enough for you to be able to sense the fear, the threat and ultimately the danger which is ever present. The tension is always there, sometimes simmering under the surface, sometimes in your face, but it is paced perfectly to keep your attention right to the end of the story. And the chemistry between Geraldine and Ian is still there, maybe a little more one sided in this story as Ian takes a back seat to most fo the action, but still enough to make you wonder …
Death Rope is another cracking addition to the series which has just left me wanting to read more. It’s great to hear Leigh Russell is already another couple of books ahead in the writing process. Here’s looking forward to the next book.
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About the Author
Leigh Russell is the author of the internationally bestselling Geraldine Steel series: Cut Short, Road Closed, Dead End, Death Bed, Stop Dead, Fatal Act, Killer Plan, Murder Ring, Deadly Alibi and Class Murder. The series has sold over a million copies worldwide. Cut Short was 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 with Stop Dead and Murder Ring selected 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.
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