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Death Bed (A DI Geraldine Steel Mystery Book 4) by [Russell, Leigh]
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 964 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Publisher: No Exit Press (24 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0071CQV8U
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 206 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,168 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have read each of the books in this series and was looking forward to this one which is book 4 of the series. However, with the relocation of Geraldine to London I found myself feeling like we were back at the beginning in a certain sense.

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!
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I quite liked this book... I think. There is a reasonably good story line, it certainly earns gore points and I rather like the main character. However it also feels like it runs out of steam a bit towards the end... having created a reasonably credible antagonist why wrap it up so swiftly? whilst I don't need to know in mind numbingly tedious detail that he had a dreadful childhood etc etc a bit more insight would have been welcomed. And then there is the dreadful depiction of Sam 'outing' herself to Geraldine... it was just not believable;doesn't work like that; - and I speak from personal experience. I was also deeply irritated with the notion that a heterosexual woman meets a lesbian and everything is about do they/don't they fancy each other??? Lesbians do not fancy every woman they meet just as heterosexuals don't - I am not sure if this is what the author meant to do and perhaps not... perhaps it was just 'clunky'. Anyway ended up feeling aggravated but still rather enjoyed so will try one more and see if it works for me any better.
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If you read all 4 of this authors books as I have done, you will find the running theme a bit boring after a while, as it goes on far too long and tends to distract from the main tale. It concerns the main character finding her real mother, which she never seems to get round to, and is always dithering as to whether she wants to. All 4 books are also a bit too alike in the theme of a woman doing a mans job and others resenting it, a bit of this in the first book to establish this would have been okay, but to continue it on and on is a bit boring. Not too bad, could do with a bit faster pace and less description of places in the story, which don't seem to add to the story and feel like padding.
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This is the fourth Geraldine Steel novel I have read having bought them in a Kindle deal. I kept reading in hope the author and her characters would grow, the stories become stronger with time and experience. In my opinion this hasn't happened.

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.
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This is my first read by Leigh Russell and it was a good one! I wouldn't say it was the strongest I have read as it took me a while to get into the book and warm to the character but once the novel was underway I did find it a bit harder to put down. Unfortunately I did feel the end was rushed and it all came together a bit too quick, so not too sure if it would a recommendation from me. The author has clearly got the right ideas but I felt it could have been developed a bit more...
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I'm not sure if it's anything to do with Kindle, but we seem to be getting a lot of new detective story writers, British and American (not to mention Scandinavian), as often as not female. They have their own resident sleuths, and in this case it's Geraldine Steel, single (of course), white, female. What's wrong with that? Well, in this case, very little. It's well written and has a good, if lurid plot. Also it was interesting for me to revisit London, a city I left thirty years ago.

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.
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