Deathly Affair by Leigh Russell

Today it is my great pleasure to be taking part in the blog tour for Deathly Affair, the latest Geraldine Steel thriller from Leigh Russell. My thanks to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part, and to No Exit press for providing an advance copy of the book for review. Here’s what it’s all about:

Source: Advance Reader Copy

About the Book

The new novel in the million-copy selling Detective Geraldine Steel series

When a homeless man is found strangled to death, Detective Sergeant Geraldine Steel is caught off guard by the cold-blooded nature of the crime. A second murder suggests the existence of a killer whose motive is as elusive as he is dangerous.

In an investigation plagued by police scepticism, only Geraldine is relentless in her pursuit of the truth. As she is forced down unexpected avenues into the lives of three people caught in a toxic triangle of love and deceit, she discovers there is more to this case than any of them could have imagined.

For fans of Martina Cole, Mel Sherratt and LJ Ross

Look out for more DI Geraldine Steel investigations in Cut Short, Road Closed, Dead End, Death Bed, Stop Dead, Fatal Act, Killer Plan, Murder Ring, Deadly Alibi, Class Murder, Death Rope and Rogue Killer, plus the special Christmas short story, Killer Christmas

Available from: Amazon | Kobo | Waterstones | Apple Books

My Thoughts

Yet another cracking story from Leigh Russell that sees our hero, Geraldine Steel, investigating the murder of street sleepers in York. There are no obvious reasons why someone would target the homeless and little to no evidence for the Police to work with. With everything pointing to a fellow homeless man as being the guilty party, and an uncoerced confession to boot, Geraldine’s gut tells her something isn’t quite right, but she struggles to get her colleagues to see her point of view.

I really enjoy the Geraldine Steel novels and love the camaraderie between Geraldine and her colleagues, in particular DI Ian Petersen with whom she shares a long history. Geraldine is a great character – wise, astute and with a real instinct for the work – but it seems she is constantly battling against her colleagues this time around, with most of them willing to accept the confession unchallenged. With a second thread running alongside the main investigation, readers are privy to far more information than the police, but it is hard to see at first how the two stories fit together. You don’t need to wait long to find out though as the killer’s motives soon become abundantly clear.

The tension is palpable at times, as is the sense of frustration that Geraldine feels when her colleagues won’t listen to her concerns. There is a kind of uneasy tension between them all, perhaps because of Geraldine’s position as a former DI, demoted and moved from the Met Police for a serious indiscretion involving family. There is a greater amount of respect than is necessarily obvious but it does add a layer of conflict which drives the story to its quite dramatic conclusion. There are a number of potential suspects in this story, and also a few red herrings which throw the police off track, if not the reader as we are witnesses to them all. The end of the book is tense and pacy, the conclusion to the investigation coming perhaps a little quicker than I expected though. The ultimate result will satisfy fans of the series though and when you read it you will understand why.

Another intriguing investigation and I can’t wait to see where Leigh Russell takes things from here. It’s about to get complicated but interesting.

About the Author

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.

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