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5 May 2011 DI Geraldine Steel (Book 3)
  • Cut Short - CWA Dagger shortlist, #1 iTunes, #1 Women Sleuths
  • Road Closed - #1 Women Sleuths, Top 3 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
  • D.I Geraldine Steel is a Lovereading Great Female Sleuth


  • 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.

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    • Paperback: 352 pages
    • Publisher: No Exit Press (5 May 2011)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1842433563
    • ISBN-13: 978-1842433560
    • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 2.5 cm
    • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

    More About the Author

    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.

    Find out more on http://www.leighrussell.co.uk 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 http://leighrussell.blogspot.co.uk


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    'A brilliant talent in the thriller field.' --Jeffery Deaver

    'I could not put this book down.' --Ann Marie Muldoon, Newbooks magazine

    A brilliant talent in the thriller field. --Jeffery Deaver

    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

    An encounter that will take them into the darkest recesses of the human psyche --Barry Forshaw, Crime Time

    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

    About the Author

    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. Her first novel, Cut Short, was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award in 2010. This was followed by Road Closed, Dead End, Death Bed, Stop Dead and Fatal Act, in the Detective Inspector Geraldine Steel series. Cold Sacrifice is the first title in a spin off series featuring Geraldine Steel's sergeant, Ian Peterson.

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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars An Easy Read 18 Sep 2011
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    It's an easy read which takes you through the old fashioned "who done it". Unfortunately the clues are fairly heavy and obvious so it isn't a surprise when the killer is revealed. Good holiday reading as it doesn't need too much thought. Its builds on DI Steel's character and leaves some avenues open so looking forward to reading more in the next instalment.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another DI Steel success 18 Sep 2011
    Format:Paperback
    Dead End - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat and Think With Your Taste Buds - Desserts

    Abigail's head hurt. She was afraid something was wrong with her eyes. She couldn't see anything. A heavy weight was pressing down on her chest. She fought against a feeling of nausea, and tried to turn her head but couldn't. "Hello," she croaked. No answer. She was alone in the darkness... "Hello," she called again. Her throat hurt and there was a strange smell. By now Abigail had realized she was in hospital, coming around from an operation. Nurses of all people should have known better than to leave her lying on her back. There was a risk she might choke to death if she were sick. She seemed to lie there for hours, drifting in and out of consciousness. "Hello," she called again. "Is anyone there? Please?" The light dazzled her "Am I in hospital?" she asked. Her voice sounded far away. "Are you a doctor?" "Hello, Mrs. Kirby. Mrs. Abigail Kirby." The man smiled. "How are you feeling?" He held up a syringe. Clear liquid glistened on the tip of the needle. The man leaned forward, his head framed by an aura of white light.

    Those would be some of Abigail Kirby's last words. Her body would be found later in the woody part of the park with her tongue missing. Abigail left a daughter Lucy, a son Ben, a husband Matthew and a world of questions for Detective Inspector Geraldine Steel and Detective Sergeant Ian Peterson to sort through and find the answers. When another victim is found later with his eyes missing, the two detectives are still baffled and without answers. What they think might be their one and only clue comes when Lucy disappears in what the family believes to be a runaway but turns out to be a bit more.
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    29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Her best yet! 29 May 2011
    By Best Crime Books TOP 100 REVIEWER
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    In Leigh Russell's third installment of 'DI Geraldine Steel' Series we once again see Geralding thrown into a messy and disturbing case. In this particular book, headmistress Abigail Kirby is found dead in a park, but in this instance it seems that her tongue has been cut out. DI Geraldine Steel, along with her colleague Ian Peterson are put on the case, and when a potential witness is blinded and murdered, the case seems to get out of control.

    I admit that I am a sucker when it comes to 'series' featuring the same people. In particular I liked Leifh Russell as I have read each of her books from her debut novel 'Road Closed'. This time around the writing is so much better as the story flows so easily. LeighRussell is a writer that is going from strength to strength with every book she writes.

    I found that in the first book we didn't learn enough about Geraldine herself, or the people she worked with. In this book Geraldine's personal life seems to run alongside her career and we get to see the more emotional side to her which I loved. We also see a lot more of Ian Peterson and this is a true testemant to how much better this book is than her first.

    The characters have developed so much more and as reader you feel like you are taking their life journey with them. Geraldine is far from perfect but is a complete workaholic who has some serious personal issues that can sometimes affect her judgement. It is things like this that add the touch of realism to this book.

    The crimes in the book are as ususal gruesome and bloody, and extremely well detailed, without being too over the top. We see the workings of real police who make some huge errors along the way (which is always nice).
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Its ok 9 Dec 2013
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    Its ok. Have never read this author before but having just finished this book I have just downloaded another by him - can;t be that bad.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another great whodunit 5 Dec 2013
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    Yet another great mystery by Leigh Russell, a neat twist in the trail. Looking forward to the next book. Fab.
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    14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars More Midsummer Murders than The Wire 4 July 2011
    By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
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    This is a slick and slightly old-fashioned police procedural that read, to me, like the script for a BBC Sunday night crime series: amiable, slightly creaky, almost cosy in its predictability, with the insertion of a `modern' sub-plot to give it a contemporary air.

    Lots of old chestnuts are here: the unpopular new headmistress, the philandering husband and his younger mistress, the sulky teenager; even the props feel a bit wheeled on - the all-white secret basement where nefarious deeds happen, the insane murderer who no-one knows is mad, and (my favourite) the moveable bookcase with the painted on books...

    The clues are dropped in with a very heavy hand (one is even described in exactly the same words twice - and, even then, Geraldine doesn't spot it), and I had unravelled the whole thing within just a few chapters.

    This reminded me of a kind of Agatha Christie updated: so if you like your crime reading cosy and without too much edge, this is probably a great read.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars love it
    I love this book as always di gereldine steel is a great character and I hope there is more to come
    Published 4 days ago by jamie p
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great stories
    I think when I bought the first Geraldine Steel story that I have discovered an author who will continue to produce excellent work for a long time to come. Read more
    Published 28 days ago by Tim Harrison
    5.0 out of 5 stars I loved the suspense
    it was well written . it kept you in suspense all way throughout the book. I love a good mystery
    Published 1 month ago by Richard Marples
    4.0 out of 5 stars Dead End
    I have enjoyed all of the DI Geraldine Steel books. The main character is very well drawn and the stories well constructed
    Published 1 month ago by MRS GRACE ROSS
    5.0 out of 5 stars dead end
    Fantastic read, knew who the killer was half way through the book thou. spoilt it a bit. Otherwise really good
    Published 1 month ago by jeanette denton
    4.0 out of 5 stars book review
    I really enjoy this series of books, they are well written with a good plot. I will be reading the next one in the series soon.
    Published 1 month ago by Sue Gibbens
    5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping detective story
    An easy read, once started difficult to put down! Some of the situations are not quite realistic, but nevertheless, an excellent story about a female detective. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Sasha
    4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
    A good story that kept my attention throughout. I have since bought a few of the D I Steel novels
    Published 2 months ago by Fred Allcock
    3.0 out of 5 stars DI Steel needs to get her act together
    DI Steel investigates an interesting murder but as with Fatal Act her personal problems are written about too often, in too much detail and without any development. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Dr. P. Baxter
    5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
    As always this series of books makes excellent reading. Very much "can't put down" and "must finish" but never fail to tidy up loose ends.
    Published 2 months ago by Pheebee
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