When a man dies in a gas explosion, the police suspect arson. The Murder Investigation Team are sent in to investigate. The case takes a new and terrible twist when a local villain is viciously attacked. As the police enquiries lead from the expensive Harchester Hill estate to the local brothel, a witness dies in a hit-and-run. Was it coincidence or cold-blooded murder? The Murder Investigation Team has problems of its own - and so does D.I. Geraldine Steel. A shocking revelation threatens her peace of mind as the investigation races towards its dramatic climax.
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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