The third in the detective series featuring DI Geraldine Steel
When the corpse of Abigail Kirby is discovered, police are shocked to learn that the victim's tongue was cut out while she lay dying. Shortly after coming forward, a witness is blinded and murdered. Detective Inspector Geraldine Steel's flirtation with the pathologist on the case helps her to cope with the distress of finding out she was adopted at birth. Abigail Kirby's teenage daughter runs away from home to meet a girl who befriended her online. Too late, she realises she has made a dreadful mistake – a mistake that may cost her life. Detective Sergeant Ian Peterson uncovers a shocking secret about the serial killer who has been mutilating his murder victims. Does the sergeant's discovery come too late to save Geraldine Steel from a similar dreadful fate?
Stop Dead by Leigh Russell has been nominated for The People's Book Prize
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Cut Short - CWA Dagger shortlist, #1 iTunes, #1 Women Sleuths
Road Closed - #1 Women Sleuths, Top 20 kindle, Top Read Eurocrime, Top 50 iTunes
Dead End - #1 Women Sleuths, Top 20 kindle, Top 20 WH Smith's, Top 10 Miami Examiner
Death Bed - #1 Women Sleuths, Top 20 WH Smith's
Stop Dead - #1 on Amazon Kindle
D.I Geraldine Steel is a Lovereading Great Female Sleuth
taut and compelling
- Peter James
Leigh Russell is one to watch
- Lee Child
A brilliant talent in the thriller field.
- Jeffery Deaver
All the ingredients combine to make a tense, clever police whodunnit
- Marcel Berlins, The Times [read the full review]
In Dead End, Leigh Russell's third and best novel, an unpopular headmistress is found dead with her tongue cut out. Her husband, in the midst of an affair, is the obvious suspect, but DI Geraldine Steel has doubts. The daughter of the victim's unhappy marriage goes missing, apparently to join a friend she'd met on the internet, and a man who may be an important witness in the case is blinded and killed. Steel tries to ascertain information about her own birth and takes a few tentative steps towards acquiring a lover. All the ingredients combine to make a tense, clever police whodunnit.
Marcel Berlins, The Times
I could not put this book down.
- Ann Marie Muldoon, Newbooks magazine [read the full review]
A brilliant talent in the thriller field.
- Jeffery Deaver
Leigh Russell has been building a reputation as a solid practitioners of modern crime fiction
- Barry Forshaw, Crime Time [read the full review]
Well written and chock full of surprises, this hard-hitting, edge- of-the seat instalment is yet another treat... Geraldine Steel looks set to become a household name. Highly recommended.
- Amanda C M Gillies, Euro Crime [read the full review]
This book could be used as a textbook on how to write a mystery novel
- Rosa St.Claire, Miami Examiner [read the full review]
Good, old-fashioned, heart-hammering police thriller...a no-frills delivery of pure excitement.
- SAGA Magazine [read the full review]
Sometimes nothing else will do but a good, old-fashioned, heart-hammering police thriller. This is it - a no-frills delivery of pure excitement. Abigail Kirby's husband and kids assume she's at work, but then her corpse is found, with the tongue cut out. It’s another case for DI Geraldine Steel, and before the twists and turns (involving Abigail’s teenage daughter and a dodgy online friend) are done with, Geraldine will be fighting for her own life. A classic teckie that grips from the start.
the critical acclaim heaped on Russell thus far in her literary career is well deserved
- Mike Stafford, bookgeeks.co.uk [read the full review]
a macabre read, full of enthralling characters and gruesome details which kept me glued from first page to last
- Graham Smith, www.crimesquad.com [read the full review]
cleverly thought out, gripping and convincing... I couldn't put this book down... can't wait for the next Geraldine Steel story to come out
- Helen M Hunt, bookersatz.blogspot.com [read the full review]
a series that can rival other major crime writers out there... Can't wait for the next one!
- Best Books to Read [read the full review]
Geraldine Steel is one of Lovereading's Great Crime Sleuths - 'a classic British cop... Geraldine proves great fun and a character who grows on the reader with every successive title in the series'
- Maxim Jakubowski, lovereading.co.uk [read the full review]
- LT, Take A Break's Fiction Feast [read the full review]
When teacher Abigail Kirbyis murdered, dI Geraldine Steel is asked to investigate. Abigail wasn't popular - her colleagues disliked her, her husband was having an affair and her children barely saw her - but who cuould hate her enough to cut out her tongue before killing her? Things take a sinister turn when a witness isblinded and murdered. But Geraldine is distracted by personal issues - and blindly walks into terrible danger herself. This is Leigh Russell's third DI Steel novel. And although some readers will guess whodunit, the premise for the serial killer's movives is an intriguing one.
LT, Take A Break's Fiction Feast
Well plotted, and brilliantly executed, with a nail-biting ending
- Lizzie Hayes (founder member of Mystery Women), promotingcrime.blogspot.com [read the full review]
Leigh Russell kept me guessing... very enjoyable
- Martha A Cheves, Author and Book Event Center [read the full review]
Sharp, intelligent and well plotted
- crimefictionlover.com [read the full review]
Each Geraldine Steel book gets better
- The Mole, Nayus Reading Corner [read the full review]
Leigh is a great mystery writer
- [read the full review]
Dead End is an eBook that scared me out of my skin.
- Freedom Acres [read the full review]
Russell gives us another excellent mystery
- Bless Their Hearts Mom [read the full review]