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  • Paperback: 426 pages
  • Publisher: CLIPPER
  • ISBN-10: 1471227731
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471227738
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (457 customer reviews)

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#1 Bestselling Author Leigh Russell studied at the University of Kent gaining a Masters degree in English and American literature. Her first novel in the Geraldine Steel series, Cut Short, was published in 2009, followed by Road Closed in 2010, Dead End in 2011, Death Bed in 2012, Stop Dead in 2013, Fatal Act in 2014 and Killer Plan in 2015. The eighth novel to feature DI Geraldine Steel will be published in 2016. The series has received glowing reviews and has been so popular with readers around the world that Leigh is now writing a spin off series for DI Ian Peterson. Cold Sacrifice was published in 2013, followed by Race to Death in 2014. The third novel in this series will be published in 2015. As well as writing bestselling crime novels, Leigh runs occasional creative writing courses in different venues across Europe. Leigh Russell is married with two daughters and lives in North West London.

CUT SHORT (2009) was shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger Award and reached #1 on iTunes. It also became #1 in women sleuths.

ROAD CLOSED (2010) was a Top Read on Eurocrime. It was also #1 on Amazon Kindle and in the top #50 on iTunes.

DEAD END (2011) was #1 best selling female sleuth on Kindle, a Best Female Sleuth on Lovereading, and a Best Fiction Book of 2012 in the Miami Examiner. It was voted Best Crime Fiction Book of 2012 in Crime Time and appeared in major bestseller lists including WH Smith and Kindle.

With DEATH BED (2012), STOP DEAD (2013) and KILLER PLAN (2014) Leigh Russell reached #1 OVERALL on kindle, as well as Top 20 Bestsellers Lists on Amazon and in major bookshop chains.

The Ian Peterson series is proving equally popular.
COLD SACRIFICE is a 5* 'must read' in Take a Break magazine

RACE TO DEATH was listed #1 in The Times recommended crime novels in Autumn 2014, Book of the Month in Crime Club, and 5* in Eurocrime.

Both Leigh's series have been optioned by a Major Television Company and are currently in preproduction.

Find out more on where news, reviews and interviews are posted, with a schedule of Leigh's appearances. Contact Leigh via her website, follow her on Twitter, Facebook and follow her personal blog

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Best Crime Books TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Dec. 2010
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When I read Leigh Russell's first book Cut Short, I enjoyed it but felt like the reader didn't get to know enough about the characters. This was my main gripe with an otherwise really enjoyable debut novel. I had high hopes for the second instalment and thankfully I wasn't disappointed. Having said that I think we have yet to see Leigh Russell's finest work and next year I think book 3 will show that. It almost feels like with each book you read you are building up to the bigger picture of Geraldine's life.

Initially I felt like again we weren't seeing the real Geraldine and I was getting frustrated. However, by the time I finished this book I realised that this is perfect character building. She is a far from perfect person but is dedicated to her job. We see a lot more of her personal life in this book and it has given Leigh Russell a great platform for book three with a shock twist from Geraldine's past. I realised by the end that this type of writing just made me want to pick up another book and read more about her, perfect tactics Ms Russell!

The story itself is paced well and we get to see the people committing the burglaries from the very beginning. Although we know who is committing certain crimes, as the story progresses there are other threads that begin to intertwine and as a reader you end up coming to different conclusions with each thread brought in. It is cleverly written and I liked the fact that although we see the criminals, you also get to see what I consider `real' police work being done. We don't see the lead character break all the rules and go it alone, only to solve the case miraculously with no help whatsoever...refreshing!

We again see her colleague Ian Peterson from the first book as they work together on the case in hand.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Jun. 2010
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I thoroughly enjoyed Cut Short (DI Geraldine Steel) - the first of Leigh Russell's DI Geraldine Steel crime series - and Road Closed is every bit as good. The plot is complex with several apparently overlapping investigations including a series of burglaries and two apparent accidents which might have been murders. Pretty standard police fare you might think. But then things get complicated with an apparently unprovoked attack on a local small time villain. Under pressure at work, Geraldine has problems with her on/off relationship with Craig, a local estate agent, her mother's death and a demanding friend who can't understand Geraldine' devotion to her job.

The characters are believable and I really like Geraldine herself who is far from perfect, unlike some fictional police officers. I also liked the way everything dovetailed together so that while you're reading you get those light bulb moments when a piece of the jigsaw slots into place. I thought the petty villains and the arson victim's widow were particularly well drawn as was the elderly man whiling away his time in the seedy pub.

Enjoyable crime, without the graphic blood and guts so many authors use and well worth reading if you enjoy psychological police procedural novels where the police seem like real people, with lives outside the job. I'm looking forward to the next one in this series. If you enjoy writers such as Martin Edwards and Priscilla Masters then give Leigh Russell a try - I'm sure you will not be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Foggy Tewsday VINE VOICE on 22 Jun. 2010
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`Road Closed' is Leigh Russell's second novel - and the second in the D.I. Geraldine Steel series. For those who have read and enjoyed the first, Cut Short, the good news is that this new book is every bit as good, if not better, than that first instalment. The author keeps to a similar structure with this novel: the chapters are brief which helps to keep the story moving at a good pace, allowing us to enter various characters' lives in short bursts. It also helps the reader to succumb to "just one more chapter" syndrome with ease. The writing is clear and unpretentious, the plot satisfying without being impenetrable.

Novels that are part of a series following one particular character can sometimes go off-track when that character's personal life comes too much to the fore. This has not happened with Geraldine Steel. I think the short chapter approach helps with this. Yes, we get plenty of her personal life in the mix, but it doesn't impact on the novel's main thrust as a crime thriller. The novel's title, `Road Closed' refers to the after effects of a house fire in which a man loses his life, but it may also have a metaphorical significance as events in Geraldine's private life are revealed.

Like `Cut Short', `Road Closed' is not, strictly speaking, a whodunit. As the body count climbs, we know who the murderer is. So do the police. The problem is proving it. The characters are neatly drawn. The thuggish Cal Martin is a particularly nasty piece of work. Geraldine Steel herself is perhaps not someone who sticks much in the memory. I struggle to get a mental image of her in my mind: for me, the stories are stronger than the series' main character.
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