Mark Abbott is dead. His sister refuses to believe it was suicide but only Geraldine will listen. When other members of Mark’s family disappear, the police start to take notice.
With three dead bodies and few leads, Geraldine is under pressure. Taking a risk, she 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, 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, Deadly Alibi and the special Christmas short story, Killer Christmas
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.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Death Rope, the latest in the Geraldine Steel series. Mark Abbott was found hanging in his home, an apparent suicide, but his sister Amanda thinks not, and suspects he may have been murdered so that Mark's wife Charlotte may benefit. Detective Sergeant Steel has permission from the DCI to unofficially ask a few questions, in her own time, to see if there is any substance to Amanda's suspicions. Thus a very prodigious story unfolds.
I was particularly absorbed by the characterisation of the stepson Eddy and the description of his gambling addiction which put him in the frame as a murder suspect who had something to gain.
Since I have been reading Geraldine Steel from the beginning, (I think this is book 11 in the series), her character is well embedded within me, to the extent my emotions go through a rollercoaster, as I care about what happens to her. At one point in the book, I really feared for her life. I have forgiven Leigh Russell for demoting her hahaha. A writer has to do what a writer has to do. In conclusion, this book has left me waiting for the next one. Long may Geraldine Steel continue.