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Cut Short (A DI Geraldine Steel Mystery Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Leigh Russell
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Book Description

The first in the bestselling detective series featuring DI Geraldine Steel. The park - a place where children play, friends sit and gossip, people walk their dogs or take a short cut to avoid the streets. In the shadows a predator watches - and waits - and chooses a first victim. But someone has seen the killer and comes forward as a witness - someone whom the killer must stop at all costs.

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    'Cut Short is a stylish, top-of-the-line crime tale, a seamless blending of psychological sophistication and gritty police procedure. ' --Jeffery Deaver

    'An intriguing portrait of a small British community while developing a compassionate and complex heroine who's sure to win fans.' --Publisher's Weekly

    'Simply awesome! This debut novel by Leigh Russell will take your breath away' --Amanda C M Gillies,

    'Cut Short is not a comfortable read, but it is a compelling and important one. Highly recommended.' --Radmila May, Mystery Women

    'a pretty fine police procedural, with a convincing if disconcerting feel of contemporary Britain.' --PPO Kane, The Compulsive Reader

    '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


    'Cut Short is a stylish, top-of-the-line crime tale, a seamless blending of psychological sophistication and gritty police procedure. And you're just plain going to love DI Geraldine Steel.' - Jeffery Deaver 'Russell paints a careful and intriguing portrait of a small British community while developing a compassionate and complex heroine who's sure to win fans.' - Publishers Weekly

    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 3870 KB
    • Print Length: 355 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1842432710
    • Publisher: No Exit Press (24 May 2012)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00796E1IA
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (379 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #824 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    More About the Author

    #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 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

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    36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A delight from start to finish 5 Dec. 2010
    I found Cut Short to be a delight from start to finish with the most perfectly comprehensive final three sentences ever. I finished this novel and was disappointed that I couldn't immediately pick up Leigh Russell's next novel. Make sure you buy both at the same time so you don't have to wait to start the next one.
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    54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Cut Short....introduction of DI Gerladine Steel 9 April 2011
    Cut Short by Leigh Russell is the first in the series of books about DI Gerladine Steel.I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and found it hard to put down.I can relate to Geraldine and her character is an enthralling heroine of real substance.I love crime thrillers and this was pacey,real and exciting.I am looking forward to Road Closed and Dead End.I love the style of Leigh Russell and had not come across her books before.I shall certainly be buying more of her crime thrillers!Thankyou Leigh for highly enjoyable read.
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    38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars CUT SHORT by LEIGH RUSSELL 12 Jun. 2011
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    Cut Short is the debut novel by Leigh Russell, featuring DI Geraldine Steel. I am an avid reader of a wide range of novels, and this book has put Leigh Russell straight on to my list of favourite authors.

    Cut Short is an extremely well-written pyschological crime thriller, which introduces us to DI Geraldine Steel. There is a good balance of the crime/thriller elements of the story with the personal life of Geraldine. As an ex-WPC I found the police procedures very realistic, and feel the book gave a good insight into the life of a modern day female Detective Inspector, as well as being an exciting and intruiging "who-dunnit".

    I would throughly recommend Cut Short and it's follow-ups) to anyone who enjoys a good crime/thriller, and am sure that more readers will be adding Leigh Russell to their "favourites" list!
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Ad infinitum 4 Aug. 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    This is now the fourth book of the Geraldine Steel series that I have read and whilst I would reiterate that the author has an easy flowing style of writing, each book is too much like the last. So much so that I feel compelled to wait some considerable time before I read any more of them. I suppose the beauty is that it really doesn't matter to have read them out of sequence as each is a stand-alone story, albeit with a very similar format to all the others.

    This one had an additional aggravation however; down to production errors this time. There are so many occasions where words have been split, presumably to fit the line of the page. For example, under stand, rude ness, compo sure, force fully, docu ments, etc., etc. Shameful!

    I would recommend this book to a Geraldine Steel virgin but challenge you NOT to get a bit bored once you have read two or three more!
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable start to the series 6 July 2013
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    A believable main character, who is fleshed out more as time goes on in the series.
    Good plot with plenty of clues and red herrings to keep us guessing.
    I'd like more of a sense of place, I don't know anything about this area of Britain and would like some more descriptive narrantive.
    Worth getting
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    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent debut novel 28 Nov. 2009
    A woman's body is discovered in a park and Geraldine Steel is part of the team investigating the murder. But Geraldine has her own problems when she thinks she recognises one of the men delivering her new washing machine. There are tensions within the investigation team and Geraldine wonders if she has a stalker herself when graffiti starts to appear around the block of flats where she lives and her car is damaged. A second body with no apparent connection to the first makes the team think they have a serial killer on their hands and the pace hots up in an attempt to catch the killer before her strikes again.

    This book is very well written and the plot never flags. I liked Geraldine - partly because she is a fallible human being who makes some bad judgements in the course of the investigation and in connection with her own life. I thought all the characters were well drawn, particularly the killer himself. I especially liked that there was very little violence in the story which in my opinion actually made it even more frightening than if each murder had been described in graphic detail.

    If you like your crime novels with an intriguing plot and realistic characters who you can relate to then this author is one to try and I shall definitely be reading the next one in the series.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 5 May 2013
    By Anna
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I really enjoyed this book it had you thinking from the start. What a brilliant book.
    I recommend you read this book.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Introducing DI Geraldine Steel 20 Feb. 2015
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    This a well written book with a great storyline.
    All the characters are "real" and fully developed, you really get to know them as the book progresses.
    Knowing from quite early on who the killer is does not spoil the enjoy of this book. In fact it adds to the interest as the police investigation continues with false hopes and trails.
    I can recommend this book and hope that other books in the series maintain the standard of first.
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