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Dead End (A DI Geraldine Steel Mystery Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Leigh Russell
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The third in the bestselling 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?

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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 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 Middlesex. Her first novel, Cut Short, was published in 2009, followed by Road Closed in 2010 and Dead End in 2011.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 934 KB
    • Print Length: 387 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1842433563
    • Publisher: No Exit Press (26 May 2011)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1842433563
    • ISBN-13: 978-1842433560
    • ASIN: B00796E1W6
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,871 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars An Easy Read 18 Sept. 2011
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    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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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars absorbing! 9 Sept. 2013
    By Moscot
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    I am really hooked on the Geraldine Steel stories. Easy reading, good, fascinating plots, realistic police procedures and best of all an insight into the characters' home lives which make the mystery more interesting. Unfortunately I get through them too fast. This one has all the right ingredients - a headmistress far more interested in her career than that of her family, an abandoned husband with his clinging mistress and as a result their dysfunctional teenage daughter. Some people have said they knew who committed the murder straight away, but although I had an idea I could not work out why and it really baffled me. Please keep on writing as I want to keep on reading.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 14 Sept. 2013
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    I bought this book on the strength of having read 2 previous Kindle versions of Leigh Russell`s offerings involving DI Geraldine Steel. As in the previous books, a really interesting and involving story exploring the complexity of human nature and presenting the heroine as a humane person with her shortcomings as well as her better points.
    Very enjoyable read and I would definitely recommend.
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    29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Her best yet! 29 May 2011
    By Best Crime Books TOP 500 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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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good crime story 2 Jan. 2014
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    I enjoy reading the Geraldine Steel series. These interesting crime stories are well written and easy to read.
    Geraldine is a workaholic and doesn't have much time for family. In this case she is on the trail of a murderer who removes body parts from his victims. (ie tongue ). The story unfolds at a pace that keeps the readers interest.
    If you like good crime stories then this for you.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars compelling 21 July 2013
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    As usual a real romp. Entertaining and also gripping. I really enjoy the detail given to us concerning Geraldine's private life. So often the background to the fictional detective's life is ignored. As a retired police officer I can confirm that so often I was not regarded as a "real person." I look forward to more of the same.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars great for an afternoon in the sun 21 July 2013
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    really like this series and cant wait for the next one.
    The characters are believable and have human failings, and the police procedures are all quite realistic too.
    Definitely worth a look, start with Cut short, the first in the series and then Road closed, Dead end is number 3 and they are not too expensive either.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Another crime, another killer 5 July 2015
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    Another crime, another killer. Yet again we meet Geraldine a somewhat engaging although obsessive character. However, she does have a knack to fall for unsuitable people in her private life. It's almost as though she switches off her professional antennae when off duty......

    The novel revolves around a gruesome murder of a woman with a modern slightly dysfunctional family - husband having an affair, two children - one a truculent teenager and the other a sports mad younger sibling. A sub plot also covers the dangers posed by online chat rooms especially when children are involved and bullying at school.

    I didn't feel that this was Leigh Russell's best novel in the series - I'd read the previous 2 and thoroughly enjoyed them. But we do learn more about Geraldine and her sidekick Ian Patterson. I 'd also worked out the murderer about 20% of the way through the book and after that had to wait for the police to catch up!
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