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Death Bed (A DI Geraldine Steel Mystery Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Leigh Russell
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Book Description

The fourth in the bestselling detective series featuring DI Geraldine Steel. Detective Inspector Geraldine Steel relocates to London to take on another harrowing murder investigation. While Geraldine strikes up a friendship with her new sergeant, 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. Geraldine is led to the upmarket shops of Bond Street in Central London. She fails to find the killer who is out prowling the streets hunting for his next victim. A young gay man unwittingly goes home with the killer who also 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 has no time to search for her birth mother as she hunts for the elusive killer the papers are calling 'The Dentist'. When she finally discovers the gruesome collection on display in his attic, the killer knows that Geraldine must be his next victim.

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    'Very Highly Recommended...Geraldine is an extremely likeable character...This is Leigh Russell's best yet.' -- --Eurocrime

    'Taut and compelling.' - Peter James

    'A stylish top-of-the-line crime tale.' Jeffery Deaver

    'Well-written, soundly plotted, psychologically acute... All the ingredients combine to make a tense, clever police whodunnit.' The Times

    'Leigh Russell is one to watch.' - --Lee Child

    About the Author

    Leigh Russell is the author of the internationally bestselling Geraldine Steel series: Cut Short, Road Closed, Dead End, Death Bed, Stop Dead and Fatal Act. The next Geraldine Steel title will be published in 2015. Cold Sacrifice, the first in a spin off series featuring Ian Peterson, was published in 2013. Cut Short was shortlisted for a CWA Dagger Award, Stop Dead was a Finalist for The People's Book Prize, and her books frequently #1 on kindle and iTunes. She is published in the UK by No Exit Press, in the US by HarperCollins, and is published in French, Italian, Turkish and German. Leigh studied at the University of Kent gaining a Masters degree in English and American literature. For many years a secondary school English teacher, Leigh now writes full-time. She is married with two daughters and lives in North West London.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 964 KB
    • Print Length: 386 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1842435949
    • Publisher: No Exit Press (24 May 2012)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0071CQV8U
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,389 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 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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    17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the last one! 3 Jan. 2012
    By Best Crime Books TOP 500 REVIEWER
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    I have read each of the books in this series and was looking forward to this one which is book 4 of the series. However, with the relocation of Geraldine to London I found myself feeling like we were back at the beginning in a certain sense.

    After finishing book 3 which I loved and rated a full 5 out of 5, I had high expectations and I think the new setting may have thrown me slightly. Geraldine is once again on uncertain ground as she tries to get to grips with her new role and new colleagues. I loved Ian Peterson, an ex-colleague of Geraldine's but found myself being introduced to a new sergeant that she will be working with (who I am undecided about at the moment).

    When Geraldine is assigned to work on a case, she doesn't realise the potential media impact, as the case could have a racist element to it. The story itself was as usual a good one, and the descriptive gruesomeness of some scenes was brilliant. However, I think that after finishing this book there were some elements missing. I feel like just as I was getting to know characters and Geraldine's setting, we are thrown in with new settings and characters which made me feel like it was harder work than it should have been.

    I also think that because of all of that, the actual crimes that were taking place seemed to take a bit of a back seat for me. Towards the end of the book the pace was picked up, but there was an element of it being wrapped up too neatly at the end for my liking.

    Overall, I enjoyed the book and loved re-visiting a character I have grown to look forward to reading about. I just wish that I didn't feel like we have gone back a few steps with the character, and can only hope that I grow to like Geraldine's new colleagues as much as the old!
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly Disappointing 2 Jan. 2012
    By Em_d23
    Format:Kindle Edition
    This is my first read by Leigh Russell and it was a good one! I wouldn't say it was the strongest I have read as it took me a while to get into the book and warm to the character but once the novel was underway I did find it a bit harder to put down. Unfortunately I did feel the end was rushed and it all came together a bit too quick, so not too sure if it would a recommendation from me. The author has clearly got the right ideas but I felt it could have been developed a bit more...
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    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Not entirely certain... 5 Feb. 2012
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    I quite liked this book... I think. There is a reasonably good story line, it certainly earns gore points and I rather like the main character. However it also feels like it runs out of steam a bit towards the end... having created a reasonably credible antagonist why wrap it up so swiftly? whilst I don't need to know in mind numbingly tedious detail that he had a dreadful childhood etc etc a bit more insight would have been welcomed. And then there is the dreadful depiction of Sam 'outing' herself to Geraldine... it was just not believable;doesn't work like that; - and I speak from personal experience. I was also deeply irritated with the notion that a heterosexual woman meets a lesbian and everything is about do they/don't they fancy each other??? Lesbians do not fancy every woman they meet just as heterosexuals don't - I am not sure if this is what the author meant to do and perhaps not... perhaps it was just 'clunky'. Anyway ended up feeling aggravated but still rather enjoyed so will try one more and see if it works for me any better.
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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable 5 Aug. 2012
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    If you read all 4 of this authors books as I have done, you will find the running theme a bit boring after a while, as it goes on far too long and tends to distract from the main tale. It concerns the main character finding her real mother, which she never seems to get round to, and is always dithering as to whether she wants to. All 4 books are also a bit too alike in the theme of a woman doing a mans job and others resenting it, a bit of this in the first book to establish this would have been okay, but to continue it on and on is a bit boring. Not too bad, could do with a bit faster pace and less description of places in the story, which don't seem to add to the story and feel like padding.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 25 Oct. 2013
    By sam
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    Excellent read now read all of the Geraldine steel books. Would recommend this to crime readers. Defiantly can't put it down so you have to read them all.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    By Kezxu
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    I really enjoyed Death Bed as I have done the other books in this series, I wasnt sure I liked the move to London at first but it has opened up new possibilities for future books. The story captured my interest and kept me engaged from start to finish, the only reason the review didnt get 5 stars is because I really wanted to know more about the killer at the end, I would have liked to have seen him fleshed out with a little background once we had a name for him. Thats my only critisism of this otherwise well grounded, beleivable and enjoyable installment of DI Steele.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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    Once more Leigh Russell has managed to involve the reader in the detection and solving of a series of murders. In her usual style, aswell as creating a good story she is able to give some indication of the paperwork and hard slog that detecting involves but without affecting the pace of the narrative. I do find Celia most irritating and I think Geraldine should stand up to her more forcibly. However even a hardnosed detective must have her faults and it only goes to prove that you can choose your friends but not your family.
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    Very good thought out plot. Justice prevailed as usual.
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    Published 1 month ago by Miss L. M. Lear
    3.0 out of 5 stars A good story that started very well
    A good story that started very well, then slowed down to a near stop, then goes off at a tangent discussing DI Steele mum, the mum story is now very tedious it as not developed at... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by D.G.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
    Enjoyed reading this book. Really like this author
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