The bodies of two black girls are discovered in quick succession in North London. Concerned about a reaction from the local black community, the police are puzzled to learn that two teeth were extracted from both victims after they died. One of the girls worked in a massage parlour and suspicion falls on a client of hers, a known racist, but while the police flounder, the killer takes another girl home to his attic, where he keeps his victims chained up while he shows them his 'collection'. With the death toll mounting, Geraldine is running out of time as she hunts for the elusive killer the papers are calling 'The Dentist'.
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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