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ISBN: 9781842433560
Price: £7.99
Casing: Paperback
Format: B (198 x 129mm)
Extent: 384pp
Rights: World
Pub. Date: May 2011


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Leigh Russell

Leigh Russell studied at the University of Kent, gaining a Masters degree in English. For many years a secondary school English teacher, she is a creative writing tutor for adults. She is married, has two daughters, and lives in North West London.

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Dead End

by Leigh Russell


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
Do please take a couple of moments to visit this People's Book Prize link and cast your vote in support.

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]

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]

the critical acclaim heaped on Russell thus far in her literary career is well deserved
- Mike Stafford, [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, [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, [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, [read the full review]

- LT, Take A Break's Fiction Feast [read the full review]

Well plotted, and brilliantly executed, with a nail-biting ending
- Lizzie Hayes (founder member of Mystery Women), [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
- [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]


Who moved the goalposts? Leigh Russell talks about the ups and downs of the Kindle Charts.

Leigh Russell gives her thoughts on writing minor characters in Shots Mag Blog

Leigh is interviewed in Criminal-E about Dead End

Dead End in Kindle Top Ten - July 1 2011 - screenshot

9/10 on the 'Best Book to Read' site.

Leigh Russell at No1 on Amazon Kindle.

Leigh Russell's Advice to Aspiring Writers

Review of dead end on 4star rating.

Dead End makes Miami Examiner Best Fiction list of 2012

Leigh Russell's Blog

Leigh Russell talks to crime writer Mark Roberts

Leigh Russell's You Tube Channel

Leigh Russell is delighted to be appearing at the St Clementin Literary Festival in France this summer!

Leigh Russell is the featured author this month on the Crime Readers' Association website!

Leigh Russell giveaway and guest post on Mythical Books

Leigh Russell on The Crime Reader's Association Website

Latest stop on Leigh's US Blog Tour!

US Blog tour continues on Brooke Blogs

British Crime Author, Leigh Russell, interviewed on There's Been A Murder

First ever interview with Geraldine Steel

Review of ROAD CLOSED and interview with Leigh Russell!

Leigh Russell's Crime Writing Tips on CRA

Review of Geraldine Steel series from Cut Short to Death Bed!

Leigh Russell on Why Write Crime?

Leigh Russell on Explain Your Shelf.

Geraldine Steel fan page on Facebook!

The CRA on Leigh Russell

Simon's 10 question interview with Leigh Russell

Leigh Russell interview with Lloyd Paige

Leigh Russell interviewed on Writers and Authors

Birds on a wire on Cut Short and Road Closed: 'These two taut tales are still my favorites'

Leigh Russell highly recommended by Bless Their Hearts Mom

Q&A with Leigh Russell on CMash Reads

Leigh Russell Guest Post on Deal Sharing Aunt

Leigh Russell interviewed on Our Book Reviews Online

Leigh Russell and The Deadly Dames interviewed on Woman and Words

Harper Collins welcomes popular author Leigh Russell to its eBooks roster

I fell into writing like Alice down the rabbit hole. Feature on The Writers Room

‘The Lone Writer’ by Leigh Russell

Bestselling Author Leigh Russell on Writing

Leigh Russell tells The Story of Books

Guest Author Leigh Russell : Living the Dream from a Walk in the Park!

Marilyn's Musings: Leigh Russell Interview

Leigh Russell – Author Profile on

Shots Mag: LeighRussell on DI Geraldine Steel, crime-writing techniques and future of publishing industry

Female First interview

Leigh Russell interviewed on Chinwag at the Slaughterhouse

Leigh Russell interview on News from Nowhere

Writing A Series - Harrogate Festival website

'Crime Writing at its Best' - Interview with Leigh Russell at

Interview with Leigh Russell at 'Promoting Crime Fiction'

Interview with Leigh Russell on The Yellow Room

Crime Pays

Not a 'whodunnit' but a 'whydunnit', leigh is interviewed in Harpendia

Morgen's Author Interviews: No 229 Leigh Russell

It's the 'why dunnit?' theme for writer Leigh Russell: Manchester Evening News 10/7/12

Interview in the splendidly named The Moaning Times

Creating Characters We Care About: Leigh Russell shares her tips with The Crime Readers’ Association

Leigh Russell on writing Death Bed -

Interview with Leigh Russell on

Limited Edition Hardback of Death Bed numbered and signed - Here's my publisher making sure none of the copies were left unsigned

Leigh Russell on the popularity of crime fiction

Leigh Russell on the Prime Writing Academy site

All Crime Authors Depend On Expert Guidance

Writing a Series by Leigh Russell

Is The Writing On The Wall For Literacy? - Leigh Russell in CrimeTime

Interview with Leigh Russell on birdsonawire

Literary thriller was dreamed up on walk in Harrow park

Leigh Russell at CWA Harrogate 2011 - interviewed by Sonia Kilvington

Leigh Russell Interview with The Imp Magazine (see pp14 - 15)

Leigh Russell's Guest Blog on Nayu's Reading Corner

Leigh Russell Interview with

Leigh Russell interviewed on

Leigh Russell talking about Road Closed and Cut Short (audio)

Leigh Russell interviewed on Talk Radio Europe (audio)

Leigh Russell interview with In Touch Magazine

Leigh Russell interview in Hertfordshire Life

Leigh Russell in the Watford Observer

Leigh Russell on the Musings of an All Purpose Monkey blog

Leigh Russell interviewed on Scene of the Crime

Leigh Russell interviewed on Write Here, Write Now

Leigh Russell on the 'If Shakespeare had a blog' blog

Leigh Russell in the Times Educational Supplement

Leigh Russell on the Harrogate Festival website

Leigh Russell interview on the Harrogate Festival website

Leigh Russell interview on The Rap Sheet site

Leigh Russell's Blog on

Leigh Russell on Dead End

Leigh Russell on good and evil in crime fiction, in Crimespree Magazine

Leigh Russell on e-books in Crime Time

Leigh Russell on ebooks for InTouch Magazine

Leigh Russell interviewed in the Verulam Writers Circle Magazine

Leigh Russell's Bookshelf


Cold Sacrifice (pb)
Cut Short (pb)
Death Bed (pb)
Fatal Act (pb)
Road Closed (pb)
Stop Dead (pb)


Race To Death