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Race to Death (DS Ian Peterson Murder Investigation Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Leigh Russell
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Second in the new series featuring DI Ian Peterson. When a man plummets to his death from a balcony at York races, his wife and brother become suspects in a murder enquiry. Meanwhile Richard is being stalked by a killer issuing death threats. Richard is reluctant to go to the police, for fear his own dark secret will be exposed.

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    '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

    'Leigh Russell has become one of the most impressively dependable purveyors of the English police procedural. She has done so without stooping to gimmicks, over-eccentric characters or unnecessary violence... a thoroughly satisfying read.' - The Times

    'Race To Death is a fast-paced thriller, with more murders than are usually to be found in York, and a satisfying twist near its denouement. Further murderous mayhem in York is promised from Leigh.' - --York Press

    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.

    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 592 KB
    • Print Length: 320 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1843442930
    • Publisher: No Exit Press (30 May 2014)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00J75NBJ6
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Word Wise: Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,978 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

    Customer Reviews

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    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Well plotted 2 Sept. 2014
    By Elaine Tomasso TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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    This is more like it. I was decidedly underwhelmed by the first book in the series (Cold Sacrifice) and hummed and hawed a bit before buying this one but I'm glad I did as it had me turning the pages quickly to find out what was coming next. The plot, a man is murdered at York races, has all the requisite twists and turns to make it a good read and I particularly enjoyed all the dead ends and frustrations as it made it all seem more realistic. If I have one criticism I feel that Ms Russell's characters are all a bit stereotypical and not as well developed as they could be but this is minor as Race To Death is very much a plot driven novel. It is a good way to spend a few hours.
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    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars If all the novels improve like this one has 25 Sept. 2014
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    I read the first DI Ian Peterson book and couldn't really get into the character, even though I knew him from the fabulous Geraldine Steel novels. I wondered if Leigh Russell was doing the right thing. How wrong I was. I was more captivated by this 2nd novel wondering where the next twist would come from. If all the novels improve like this one has, then Leigh's onto another winner. Definitely worth reading. Top marks.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars An easy read. 15 Sept. 2014
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    A good enough story to pass the time. An easy read, with a plot which seemed to me to be 'a bit laboured.' The characters were clearly defined and the Detective Inspector appeared to work incredible hours: however I did not think it was relevant to keep telling me how beautiful the women were looking. I read the whole story in order to discover how the D.I. would solve the murders and was pleased for him that he managed to do so in the end.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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    I rated this book with 5 stars because it is a well written enjoyable read.
    I would recommend it to all who like an interesting story.
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    19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A diverting crime novel 27 July 2014
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    A newly-promoted and newly-arrived in town DI quickly has to deal with a mysterious death at a racecourse, while also trying to settle in to a new home and support his wife who is finding their new life difficult. The killer, however, does not stop at one victim so the pressure mounts on both the work and home fronts, leaving Ian Peterson struggling to make sense of what is going on.

    Though I've read a couple of Leigh Russell's books before they only rarely featured short appearances by Ian Petersen, the protagonist of this one. However, as this is only the character's second spin-off book I don't think I had a significantly diminished experience by knowing almost nothing about him when I started reading. I found him a very sympathetic character, exhibiting frailties of which many of us are guilty, and struggling with his work-life balance. It's definitely a cliché that fictional coppers have problems with their marriages and/or other aspects of their home lives, but this portrayal felt realistic and something the reader could identify with. His wife Bev is equally well drawn and we see her struggle to orient herself in a new town, a new job, and coming to terms with the fact that she could be seen as less important in the marriage than Ian due to their basing their lives on his career path rather than hers.

    The York setting of the book is interesting and the idea of a murder in a place as busy as a racecourse is intriguing. The book is very good on the procedural aspects of crime investigation in that it shows that what at first appears to be a credible lead can end up in a dead end. The pressure from more senior officers to make arrests quickly also has a realistic feel.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Thriller set locally in York 30 Dec. 2014
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    Bought as a Christmas present in hardback and then bought Kindle edition for myself. It's set in York and a good read leaving you in suspense until the final pages. When I read it I bought the first one in the series to see what had happened prior to this with the main character. I am enjoying this book as well.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A prequel to Gone Inspector? 29 Jan. 2015
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    Peterson made a good sidekick to D.I. Steele and his girlfriend a background nag. Now married she becomes a liability. The book concludes with her demand that he leave the police. I hope he continues to obey her or the next volume may be very like Gone Girl as Bev has much in comon with Amazing Amy.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars a five star book 23 Jan. 2015
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    This book was good all the way through, Ian was promoted to Detective inspector and had to move to York for the job with wife Bev , so Bev had to leave her job to go to York . Ian is now on his first case as a Detective inspector there are three murders Ian has to find the Killer.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor
    I have read other books by this author, but this one was a mix of Enid blyton and Dixon of Dock Green.
    Some of the dialogue was just awful. Read more
    Published 3 days ago by DonnyMK
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Police Drama
    I loved this Police Drama featuring D.I. Ian Peterson - the second one I have read. The plot was good and had me guessing right till the end. Read more
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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    5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
    Enjoyed this book - as I have other books by this author. There were enough twists and turns to keep it interesting, although some parts seemed a bit contrived. Read more
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    Published 26 days ago by diana cuthbert
    4.0 out of 5 stars Most interesting author
    Very good. Not as good as her previous books. Still worth reading. Carnt wait for her next book. My favourite author
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    Published 1 month ago by Pauline White
    1.0 out of 5 stars A poor read.
    Characters are not very believable. All the male characters are incapable of communication with their partners. The women are all "beautiful"! Read more
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    great book - good twist and turn...
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