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.
Leigh Russell studied at the University of Kent gaining a Masters degree in English and American literature. A secondary school teacher, specialising in supporting pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties as well as teaching English, Leigh Russell is married with two daughters and lives in Hertfordshire. Her first novel, Cut Short, was published in 2009, followed by Road Closed in 2010, Dead End in 2011 and Death Bed in 2012. Stop Dead, the fifth novel to feature DI Geraldine Steel is published in May 2013. The series has received glowing reviews and been a hit with readers around the world.
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.
With DEAD END (2011) Geraldine Steel became number 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 also in the top #20 on Kindle, top #20 in WHSmith's and top #10 in the Miami Examiner.
More success followed with DEATH BED (2012) and STOP DEAD (2013) reaching Top 50 Bestsellers Lists on Amazon and in major bookshop chains. DEATH BED (2012) also became #1 in women sleuths. STOP DEAD (2013)also reached #1 on Kindle.
In June 2013, COLD SACRIFICE was published on eBook and followed by the print version in September. COLD SACRIFICE is the first in a new series which features Ian Peterson, the detective sergeant who works alongside Geraldine Steel in CUT SHORT, ROAD CLOSED and DEAD END.
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