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Rogue Killer by Leigh Russell

The Blurb

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

A man is killed in apparently random attack, and suspicion falls on a gang of muggers. Only Detective Sergeant Geraldine Steel thinks this is the work of a more deliberate murderer.

Two more victims are discovered, after further seemingly indiscriminate attacks. The muggers are tracked down, with tragic consequences. And all the while the killer remains at large. When Geraldine finally manages to track down a witness, she finds her own life is in danger...

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 and Death Rope, plus the special Christmas short story, Killer Christmas

Don't miss the DI Ian Peterson series: Cold Sacrifice, Race to Death and 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

I have followed the ups and downs of Geraldine Steel’s career from the beginning with Cut Short. Now here we are with book twelve in the DI Geraldine Steel series, where she is not a DI but continues in the demoted position of detective sergeant, working in York, under her former sergeant Ian Peterson who is now her inspector. I could cheerfully bang both Geraldine’s and Ian’s heads together sometimes because they do not do what I want them to do. But I suppose that is often true with people that you know well, which says a lot about the depth of character that author Leigh Russell has created during this series. In this book, Geraldine finds herself on yet another murder investigation when what appears to be a random killing in a back alley in York, is being associated with a series of recent muggings. The Chief Inspector is looking for a simple solution by getting her team to find the muggers, convinced that this will solve the case. Geraldine has been beaten down by her autocratic boss too often to know, that she hasn’t got the voice that she had when she was an inspector, so finds herself walking down two paths. Working with the team, and also following her own instincts often in her own time. I’m not going to comment more on the plot, and risk giving anything away, but on Geraldine’s personal front, there is a cliffhanger at the end which will leave devotees of the series longing for Book 13.​

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