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Race to Death: (The Second DI Ian Peterson Mystery) (An Ian Peterson novel Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Leigh Russell
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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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

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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. Newly promoted Detective Inspector Ian Peterson is investigating the death at the races when a woman's body is discovered. Shortly after that, Richard is killed. With three murders and no suspect, the investigation seems to be going backwards. Ian is determined to discover who is responsible. Afraid the detective is on his track, the killer abducts Ian's wife. Ian must solve the case to find her, before she becomes the next victim of a serial killer.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 592 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1843442930
  • Publisher: No Exit Press (27 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J75NBJ6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #51 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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10 of 10 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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A diverting crime novel 27 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
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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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Accomplished crime writing... 24 July 2014
By jaffareadstoo TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Race to Death, begins with a suspicious death at York Racecourse, which, for newly promoted DI Ian Peterson, starts a convoluted crime search. For Peterson, lately transferred to York CID, not only has to cope with a new detective team, but also with a crime scene which offers little in the way of clues or explanation. What then follows is a convoluted and complicated crime story which uses the initial crime scene as a starting block for other more complicated deaths. For Peterson and his team, there seems little correlation between the crimes but gradually truths are exposed and strands start to come together.

I enjoyed the story, it's an easy read and yet the twist and turns are complex and well crafted and there are more than enough red herrings to keep you guessing until the end. The characterisation is particularly well done and I liked the way story started to piece together with just enough tension to keep the momentum alive. The ending of the story left everything nicely wrapped up but with the added promise of more to come from DI Peterson.

There is no doubt that the author is an accomplished crime writer, she has already had a successful run with her Geraldine Steel series of crime novels. It is interesting, now, to see her turn her attention to Ian Peterson who for so long worked in Steel's shadow as her detective sergeant. In this, his own series DI Peterson is newly promoted and transferred from London to York. His wife Bev, also gets more of a starring role and as she learns to cope with living in a new town we get more of her personality, and start to piece together the dynamics of them as a couple.

This is the second book in the DI Ian Peterson series, and whilst it is more enjoyable to start the series at the beginning, it is by no means essential as the author provides enough clues to able to pick up the finer points of the back story.

My thanks to Real Readers for my review copy of Race to Death.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Bit slow I places but an enjoyable read. Will be following. Di Patterson in the future
Published 15 hours ago by amanda cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Race to death
Fast-paced, very readable, unlikely ending but all loose ends tied up. This is the first book I've read by this author but it won't be the last.
Published 17 hours ago by Mrs T
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent!!!
Published 20 hours ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
The story was fast moving with intricacies that gave the reader cause to speculate on small details. Read more
Published 22 hours ago by Kit
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
I am enjoying Leigh Russell books this is the first Ian Peterson mysteries and looking forward to reading more soon
Published 1 day ago by Blackie
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read, but slightly more research would have shown ...
A good read, but slightly more research would have shown a sheeps eye looks completely different from a human eye, as they do not have a round pupil. Never mind.
Published 1 day ago by Sarah Tarbutt
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This book has a great plot that will either confuse you in places or keep you guessing to the end. I was rather confused as maybe too much emphasis was placed on early characters... Read more
Published 1 day ago by J. C. Giles
4.0 out of 5 stars A prequel to Gone Inspector?
Peterson made a good sidekick to D.I. Steele and his girlfriend a background nag. Now married she becomes a liability. Read more
Published 2 days ago by reluctant cyclist
2.0 out of 5 stars D.I. Plod
I thought hard about buying this book after reading the first DI Peterson novel but thought it might show improvement. I was disappointed. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Harold Mathers
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written. Lot of characters with simular names .
Suspense was maintained all the way thorough.all g the characters where we'll described and very believable.maybe the pace was fast for an older person like me . Read more
Published 3 days ago by john connolly
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