Death Bed: A Detective Geraldine Steel Mystery (Detective Geraldine Steel Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – 11 Mar 2014
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"This tense and compelling narrative introduces an extraordinary new mystery protagonist. . . . 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" starred review of "Cut Short"
"This book could be used as a textbook on how to write a mystery novel." --examiner.com on "Dead End"
"The author has certainly done her job and done it well. Geraldine is a fascinating character and deserves even more tales in the future." --"Suspense Magazine"
About the Author
Leigh Russell is the author of the DI Geraldine Steel series, which includes "Cut Short," "Road Closed, "and "Dead End."
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After finishing book 3 which I loved and rated a full 5 out of 5, I had high expectations and I think the new setting may have thrown me slightly. Geraldine is once again on uncertain ground as she tries to get to grips with her new role and new colleagues. I loved Ian Peterson, an ex-colleague of Geraldine's but found myself being introduced to a new sergeant that she will be working with (who I am undecided about at the moment).
When Geraldine is assigned to work on a case, she doesn't realise the potential media impact, as the case could have a racist element to it. The story itself was as usual a good one, and the descriptive gruesomeness of some scenes was brilliant. However, I think that after finishing this book there were some elements missing. I feel like just as I was getting to know characters and Geraldine's setting, we are thrown in with new settings and characters which made me feel like it was harder work than it should have been.
I also think that because of all of that, the actual crimes that were taking place seemed to take a bit of a back seat for me. Towards the end of the book the pace was picked up, but there was an element of it being wrapped up too neatly at the end for my liking.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and loved re-visiting a character I have grown to look forward to reading about. I just wish that I didn't feel like we have gone back a few steps with the character, and can only hope that I grow to like Geraldine's new colleagues as much as the old!
Death Bed reveals a weak and incredible plot with no real depth. The police procedural is severely lacking, and as in previous titles in the series there is a lot of mindless repetition. Geraldine Steel comes across as arrogant, self centred, and severely lacking in intelligence, a thoroughly unlikeable character, yet one who is so unbelievable that Russell even misses this small triumph.
The ending is abrupt with no storyline or suspense leading up to it. I won't be reading any more of the Geraldine Steel series. The last book in the deal I purchased is based around Steel's former partner D. I. Peterson... I may give that a go as it is a later offering I believe, but I don't hold out much hope.
The writer portrays the hard grind of police work, the pressure to get a result (especially in murder cases) and frequent blind alleys. And I was interested in her cynicism about the "simplistic" psychological profiler. My only criticism is that it gets unduly involved and introspective towards the end, particularly about Geraldine being adopted. I did wonder too, if the unpleasant case rang true, but probably it wasn't that far fetched in the light of various grisly murders in recent decades.
As for Geraldine, well, she's not (yet) up to the standards of Kinsey Millhone or VI Warshawski, but she certainly holds her own with most of the (unmarried) sleuths currently available to us. And the book is well worth reading.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thank you for another fantastic book this series just gets better and better , I could not put it down.Published 2 months ago by Pen Name
As a new reader to Leigh's books, I was thrilled to find this brilliant author. Throughly enjoyed this book and am now in the process of reader her others.Published 3 months ago by Ms. Pamela Shepherd
Another great book in the Geraldine steel series. This is book 4 steel is now based in London,which I enjoyed liked to read how she found the move from Kent to the met. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jacqui
For everyone who is a murder mystery fan, the DI Geraldine Steel series provides most satisfying reading. Each story is highly entertaining.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer