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Cold Sacrifice (DS Ian Peterson Murder Investigation Book 1) by [Russell, Leigh]
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"A top-of-the-line crime tale and a five-star must-read." --Take A Break

"Another great investigation... If you like crime novels and you haven't tried Leigh Russell's books yet then give them a go - you just might become addicted." --Our Book Reviews Online

"A complex mystery rich in characters, this new series promises some interesting times ahead for Ian Peterson." --Promoting Crime Fiction

"A rare talent." --Daily Mail

"Impressively dependable" --The Times

"Unmissable" --Lee Child

"A brilliant talent." --Jeffery Deaver

"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

"A complex mystery rich in characters, this new series promises some interesting times ahead for Ian Peterson." --Promoting Crime Fiction

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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 812 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: No Exit Press (27 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843441519
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843441519
  • ASIN: B00D0UXU6I
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 273 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,702 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Leigh Russell's Cold Sacrifice is a murder mystery featuring DS Ian Patterson, a character already familiar to readers of Miss Russell's Geraldine Steel novels. Patterson here takes centre stage to investigate the deaths of three women brutally murdered in different but apparently interconnected circumstances. He is under pressure to make an early arrest both to further his ambition to make Detective Inspector and from his wife who is rapidly becoming disillusioned with the long hours worked by her husband and his consequent neglect.

Because the genre has been so effectively exploited in recent years, successful serial killer novels need to have a good plot, humour, rounded characters the reader actually cares about and a well-researched knowledge of police procedures. Sadly Cold Sacrifice possesses few of these qualities. Patterson and the book's other characters are one-dimensional or underdrawn, the plot is farcical and the outcome predictable after the first few pages. Furthermore, in this over-punctuated piece of work Miss Russell demonstrates little awareness of police methods or even of how ordinary men and women actually speak to each other in everyday conversation. Her portrayal of young people's chavspeak, for example, is somewhat embarrassing, innit bruv?

DI Patterson needs to up his game or should swiftly suffer the fate of the novel's hapless victims.

Cold Sacrifice is published in September 2013 by No Exit Press.

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This book being the first detective story I have read and reviewed I found most exciting. It is full of twists and turns, unexpected events unfold, especially when you think you have the killer in mind only to find that you need to read it again because you might have missed a vital clue . Full of intrigue, suspense and sitting on the edge of the seat reading springs to mind, just loved the book and think the author has put heart and soul and a lot of research into it. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED MUST BE READ
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Having read the reviews, I decided to give this book a go. I hadn't read any books by this author before and I probably won't again. The main character is hoping for promotion...laughable. I had no empathy with him at all. Fortunately the majority of our police detectives in real life aren't such dullards otherwise we'd be in serious trouble. I'm amazed he even made detective sergeant as he hasn't got a clue about the most basic police procedure. Not even worthy the couple of pounds I paid for it...very irritating to read.
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This book has all the ingredients of a brilliant story line - from the very start the author laid bare the bones of a rattlingly good tale full of potential and promise; however, for me, the author missed the opportunity to flesh out the story and give the reader something to really get their teeth into. Instead, at times, she seems to focus on seemingly inconsequential minutiae of some of the characters' lives and relationships (mostly Ian and his disgruntled, dissatisfied wife Bev) which bear no particular relevance to the plot. I would rather she had told us more about the crimes, the victims and the suspects rather than leaving them lacking in noticeable depth and the reader lacking any great attachment to them.
The story is based around 3 murders which take place within a two week time frame. Throughout the story the author weaves a thin Dan Brown-esque thread to the plot centred on a religious sect. This was merely sprinkled lightly and rather superficially throughout the book and its relevance not made clear until almost the very end - had this thread been developed more fully it would have made for a much more tense and gripping read. To her credit though, Ms Russell did keep me guessing "whodunit" almost right to the end.
I have not read any of Leigh Russell's books before but I know she has had quite a following of fans for her DI Geraldine Steel novels. I hope they won't be disappointed by this the first of her DS Ian Peterson series. Unfortunately I was left somewhat flat by this book - I hoped for greater things. It is a very light read and I think seasoned crime readers will find it tame to say the least. Having said all that, it is a very readable book and it has not deterred me from trying the next in the series when it is published. It will be interesting to see how DS Peterson's character evolves. Give it a go.
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Another great book by Leigh Russell. This is the first DS Ian Peterson murder investigation and follows on well from DI Geraldine Steel, who used to be his boss.

A puzzling case when a woman is found dead on a park bench. There doesn't appear to be any motive, except possibly from her husband who would inherit a fortune on her death.

After another 2 murders, the plot really does thicken. Henry, husband of the first victim is very much in the frame as the police suspect that he bought an alibi from a prostitute, and she is the second victim. However, there is no forensic evidence to tie Henry into any of the murders.

A parallel story runs with the murders and it is centred on a sect. We do not know who the members are but it gradually starts to make sense when the newest members is named the Assassin. He has had to “prove” himself in order to be accepted into the sect.

I highly recommend this book, the characters are mostly likeable and true, and the plot ingenious which keeps you guessing until the end. This is definitely what makes this a great thriller.
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