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Fatal Act (A DI Geraldine Steel Mystery Book 6) [Kindle Edition]

Leigh Russell
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Book Description

The sixth and latest DI Geraldine Steel Mystery by bestselling author Leigh Russell. A glamorous young TV soap star dies in a car crash. Returning for her sixth case, Detective Inspector Geraldine Steel is baffled as the driver of the second vehicle miraculously survives - and vanishes. Another young actress is murdered and, once again, the killer mysteriously disappears. Geraldine unwittingly risks her sergeant's life in their struggle to track down a serial killer who leaves no clues.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 853 KB
    • Print Length: 320 pages
    • Publisher: No Exit Press (21 Nov. 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1843442051
    • ISBN-13: 978-1843442059
    • ASIN: B00G8OBQXW
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Word Wise: Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,110 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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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another fine read from Leigh Russell. 4 Feb. 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Yet again, another great mystery and murder book from Leigh Russell. Twists and turns at every page. I didn't guess whodunit in this one so I sort of enjoyed it more. Keep 'em coming!
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Thriller 13 Aug. 2014
    By atticusfinch1048 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
    Format:Paperback
    Fatal Act – Excellent thriller

    Fatal Act by Leigh Russell is the sixth outing for Detective Inspector Geraldine Steel but my first time reading of anything by Russell. I can say I really enjoyed reading the story, the plot is strong and the writing just flows with style and panache. One of the advantages of Fatal Act is for a thriller it could be looked at as a short story with just 320 pages so there is no overblown descriptions and the story is kept moving.

    DI Geraldine Steel and her Sergeant Sam Haley are called out to a fatal road crash both wondering why traffic are not investigating. A Porsche has been completely totalled when it hit a black transit van on a one way street. The Porsche drive is in the car but there is no sign of the van driver, the driver seems to have disappeared in to thin air.

    They find that the person killed is an up and coming actress in a TV series, and that the van that killed her is owned by her boyfriend, director and casting director Piers Trevelyan. Trevelyan becomes the obvious suspect and so that is how the investigation starts and everything points towards his guilt. When another starlet is murdered on a bridge once again associated with Trevelyan he is looking as guilty as hell. With both investigations the CCTV shows a tall woman who just seems to disappear, vanishes in to thin air. It is when Zac, Trevelyan’s son is murdered that the question is asked who actually wants to see Trevelyan punished for something.

    As the investigation gets longer the list of suspects does not really expand from one, but not being able to see what is already in front of her will put her sergeant in the way of trouble and could cost them both their lives. The clues are there will you see them before DI Steel? Well you will have to read Fatal Act to find out.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FAST PACED READ 31 Mar. 2014
    By brownie
    Format:Kindle Edition
    A young actress has died in a car crash but there appears to be no sign of the other driver. Then another actress dies and the police realize they have a murderer to find who leaves no traces.
    The story is set around Geraldine Steel and her sergeant Sam Haley. Haley is junior and the reader is told this on lots of occasions, but she has a good relationship with Geraldine.
    I have enjoyed all of the Geraldine Steel series, this is the sixth case and this did not disappoint. There were lots of twists and turns – it took me to the end to discover who the killer was.
    This kept me gripped until the final page. The series just gets better and better.

    Even if the reader has not read any of the other books in the series, they can follow the characters.

    Leigh Russell writes well and her short paragraphs keep this story going at a quick pace. This would make a great holiday read to devour in one go on your sunbed.

    I am looking forward to the next book in the series already.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 4 Feb. 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    As always another page turner from the very talented Leigh Russell, well done on another great story Leigh, must tell Geraldine as well!
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Above Average Thriller 6 July 2014
    By Mrs. C. Colbert VINE VOICE
    Format:Paperback
    Fatal Act is the sixth book in the Detective Inspector Geraldine Steel series and the third Leigh Russell book I've read ...... and I think this is the best of them.

    When a TV soap star is killed in a car crash it seems like an accident at first but it then becomes clear that she was murdered. Her older lover is the main suspect, especially when another young actress who was known to him is also murdered.

    For Geraldine work gave her life meaning and purpose and she has to juggle her personal life with her professional life to uncover how the killer managed to disappear from the crime scenes like the invisible man (or woman).

    The storyline was well paced without being too exciting, it had a steady feel to it, a page turner nearing the end, strong characters and a good mystery all add up to an above average thriller.
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    27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Same old, same old 30 Dec. 2013
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    I've enjoyed Leigh Russell's books but it's about time the format was changed, this most recent one is a step too far. All the stories are basically the same - so by now surely even the dozy Ms Steel should realise she is going to end up in danger having failed to see the baddie staring her in the face, not to mention disregarding common sense and police procedures and going to places alone and without back-up. Yet still she is saved in the nick of time. Yawn. Please change the record - I like the characters but a new plot would be a good idea.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 24 Feb. 2014
    By Ray
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    Excellent holiday read, highly recommended. the latest book in the geraldine Steel series of novels and still going strong, looking forward to the next release..
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable could not put it down 14 April 2014
    By pip
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Really enjoyed this book as it was not too heavy or gruesome but got the story across very well one of Leigh Russell's best.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    3.0 out of 5 stars It's all become very boring. It was very obvious who the killer was...
    I have read all the books in this series in order. They all follow a very similar pattern and whilst the earlier books were ok and readable, by book 6 they have become very... Read more
    Published 19 days ago by LoveMyKindle
    1.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the previous books but this one was very boring
    Very disappointing. I enjoyed the previous books but this one was very boring. I had to struggle to read to the end. Read more
    Published 29 days ago by Joan, Belfast
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    great series
    Published 1 month ago by karen
    1.0 out of 5 stars The end of the line for me
    Just another serial-killer story in a ludicrous setting. Early on the DS Sam Haley suggests that the same person drove two vehicles as the same time or jumped from one and ran... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by O. EVANS
    2.0 out of 5 stars Not great
    Unfortunately it was all too obvious who was the murderer and why from early in the book. Would not recommend.
    Published 2 months ago by barry podmore
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    LOVE IT
    Published 2 months ago by jayne byng
    5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read
    I've been reading these books as in order and this one didn't disappoint. Geraldine is still working in london and seeing less of her family but she is making more friends in the... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Janiceg
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    Starting to follow a similar pattern.
    Published 2 months ago by joe m
    2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
    Run-of-the-mill mediocre writing of the times. I didn't finish it.
    Published 2 months ago by Louis
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    all excellent
    Published 4 months ago by victoroliver
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