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Deathly Affair (A DI Geraldine Steel Thriller Book 13) by Leigh Russell

The Blurb:


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

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

About Leigh Russell:

Leigh Russell has sold over a million crime fiction novels, and writes full time. Published in English and in translation throughout Europe and in China, her Geraldine Steel and Ian Peterson titles have appeared on many bestseller lists, and reached #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 books have been optioned by major television production company Avalon Television. She chairs the CWA Debut Dagger Award, and is a Royal Literary Fellow. Leigh writes the Lucy Hall mystery series published by Thomas and Mercer. Find out more about Leigh on her website where news, reviews and interviews are posted, with a schedule of Leigh's appearances. You can contact Leigh via her website, where you can subscribe to her newsletter and follow her on Twitter and facebook.

My Review:

Deathly Affair by Leigh Russell, is the thirteenth book in the Geraldine Steel series. I can't believe its book 13 already. It doesn't seem that long that I read the first book in the series, 'Cut Short' when it was first published. What I do believe is I feel I know this former inspector (now a DS), better than any other fictional detective that I have been following. It was a smart move by the author to demote Steel down to the rank of detective sergeant, for reasons that will become apparent to readers even if they have not read previous editions of this series. What we have now, is a phenomenally focussed character, who is no longer in the position of senior investigating officer, that has developed a conciliatory strategy for challenging her superiors, who are too quick to charge suspects based on somewhat flimsy circumstantial evidence. Add to that, her immediate superior DI Ian Peterson was once her sergeant when she held the rank of inspector, whom she has hidden feelings for. All of this and a whole lot more makes the DI Geraldine Steel series compulsive reading. Any of these books can be read as a standalone, as the author skilfully inserts snippets of background information so that no reader is left in the dark. This time DS Steel is on the trail of a killer who appears to be targeting homeless people. It is written with sensitivity to these vulnerable individuals and to some extent raises awareness of their plight.

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