Mark Abbott is dead. His sister refuses to believe it was suicide, but only Detective Sergeant Geraldine Steel will listen.
When other members of Mark’s family disappear, Geraldine’s suspicions are confirmed.
Taking a risk, Geraldine 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?
Death Rope is the latest release in the Geraldine Steel series and shock horror confession time here, this is the first book I have read by author Leigh Russell. I have no idea why as it certainly won't be my last. This book can be read as a standalone although I would liked to have read the others so I could have the background and development of the characters. I am converted and will be going back to read the others.
When Mark Abbott is found dead seemingly in suicide by hanging the police suspect no foul play but Mark's sister feels differently this is just not something Mark would have done, he approaches Detective Sergeant Geraldine Steel who starts to quietly investigate, she has recently undergone a demotion and moved house. Her personal and professional life seem chaotic to say the least.
There are plenty of twists and turns that kept me completely absorbed and invested in the outcome. The pages just flew by until the final denouement that I just did not see coming. This was the perfect crime novel and I am kicking myself for not discovering the series sooner.
The characterisations were well rounded and interesting. The writing was engaging and thrilling. This is police procedural at its very best. Lies and being thrown off the scent seem standard fare here. Whilst I haven't read the others this book still seemed very fresh and actually a breath of fresh air in the genre.
Absolutely superb stuff!
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is the author of the internationally bestselling Geraldine Steel series: , , , and . The series has sold over a million copies worldwide. was shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association (CWA) John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award, and Leigh has been longlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award. Her books have been #1 on Amazon Kindle and iTunes with and selected as finalists for The People’s Book Prize. Leigh is chair of the CWA’s Debut Dagger Award judging panel and is a Royal Literary Fellow. Leigh studied at the University of Kent, gaining a Masters degree in English and American Literature. She is married with two daughters and a granddaughter, and lives in London.
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