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Class Murder by Leigh Russell

The Blurb



With so many potential victims to choose from, there would be many deaths. He was spoiled for choice, really, but he was determined to take his time and select his targets carefully. Only by controlling his feelings could he maintain his success. He smiled to himself. If he was clever, he would never have to stop. And he was clever. He was very clever. Far too clever to be caught.

Geraldine Steel is back for her tenth case. Reunited in York with her former sergeant, Ian Peterson, she discovers that her tendency to bend the rules has consequences. The tables have turned, and now he's the boss.

When two people are murdered, their only connection lies buried in the past. As police search for the elusive killer, another body is discovered. Pursuing her first investigation in York, Geraldine Steel struggles to solve the confusing case. How can she expose the killer, and rescue her shattered reputation, when all the witnesses are being murdered?

For fans of Peter James, Angela Marsons and Robert Bryndza

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 and Deadly Alibi

Don't miss the DI Ian Peterson series: Cold Sacrifice, Race to Deathand Blood Axe

About Leigh Russell

After many years teaching English in secondary school, internationally bestselling author Leigh Russell now writes crime fiction full time. Published in English and in translation in Europe, her Geraldine Steel and Ian Peterson titles have appeared on many bestseller lists, including #1 on kindle. Leigh's work has been nominated for several major awards, including the CWA New Blood Dagger and CWA Dagger in the Library, and her Geraldine Steel and Ian Peterson series are in development for television with Avalon Television Ltd.Journey to Death is the first title in her Lucy Hall series published by Thomas and Mercer.

My Review

Having followed Geraldine Steele from the start with 'Cut Short,' and also Ian Peterson, now in Geraldine Steele book 10, they are working together again but with totally different dynamics with Geraldine as sergeant to Ian her inspector. Leigh Russell pitched it just right, illustrating how Geraldine's joy at working with her friend Ian quickly turned sour when she found him maybe not so outgoing and welcoming as she would have liked. She had to rein in her superiority as the more experienced officer and previously Ian's senior officer in her new role as sergeant, and also that she was no longer in the driving seat during a murder investigation. Ian's silence spoke volumes, as he now had to assert himself as Geraldine's senior officer and also that he didn't want to be seen to show favour to the new person on the team, just because they had worked together before. Add to the mix, the suppressed sexual tension that has always present between these two, but even more suppressed, now than ever, given the new circumstances. At times when they were alone and the barriers looked like they were coming down, it was always interrupted by the annoying Naomi, a DC who has an eye for her boss. They are on the hunt for a serial killer who is after six people who went to school together. With no forensic evidence, other than unidentified DNA, they are looking for a motive, to try and identify a killer. Gripping as ever, with a dramatic end. I finished it in time to read the Christmas short story(at the back of the book), in time for Christmas. There is plenty of mileage to be had from Geraldine Steele yet, and I am looking forward to book 11.

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