Murder Ring (A DI Geraldine Steel Mystery)

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Table of Contents

MURDER RING

About the Author

Critical Acclaim

Acknowledgements

Glossary of acronyms

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MURDER RING

Cut Short
– CWA Dagger shortlist, #1 iTunes, #1 Women Sleuths

Road Closed
– #1 Women Sleuths, Top 20 kindle, Top Read Euro Crime, Top 50 iTunes

Dead End
– #1 Women Sleuths, Top 20 kindle, Top 20 WH Smith’s, Top 10 Miami Examiner

Death Bed
– #1 Women Sleuths, Top 20 WH Smith’s

Stop Dead
– #1 on Amazon Kindle, People’s Book Prize shortlist

Fatal Act
– Top Five on Amazon Kindle

DI Geraldine Steel is a Lovereading Great Female Sleuth

Longlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library

Hearing footsteps pounding along the street behind him he glanced back, fleetingly worried, then laughed because the street was deserted. All the same, he felt uneasy. Everything looked different in the dark. Then he heard more footsteps approaching, and a hoarse voice called out. Turning his head, he made out a figure hovering in the shadows and as it raised one arm, the barrel of a gun glinted in the moonlight!

The dead body of unassuming David Lester is discovered in a dark side street, and DI Geraldine Steel is plunged into another murder investigation. The clues mount up along with the suspects, but with the death of another man in inexplicable circumstances, the case becomes increasingly complex. As Geraldine investigates the seemingly unrelated crimes, she makes a shocking discovery about her birth mother.

About the Author

Leigh Russell studied at the University of Kent, gaining a Master’s degree in English. A secondary school English teacher, and guest university lecturer in creative writing, she is married, has two daughters, and lives in North West London. Her first novel, shortlisted for the CWA best first novel award,
Cut Short
, was published in 2009. This was 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. Her first title in the new series starring DI Peterson,
Cold Sacrifice
, was also published in 2013 followed by
Race to Death
in 2014 and
Blood Axe
in 2015.

Critical Acclaim

CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR
BLOOD AXE

‘A great story with some interesting and unexpected twists and turns. It ends with some scenes of high drama and a clever and surprising outcome’ –
Fiction Is Stranger Than Fact

CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR
KILLER PLAN

‘Her previous six novels featuring DI Geraldine Steel marked her out as a rare talent, and this seventh underlines it’ –
Daily Mail

‘I will be looking out for more from this author’ –
Nudge

‘a fast-paced police procedural and a compelling read’ –
Mystery People

‘Fans of the series will enjoy reacquainting themselves with Leigh Russell’s work’ –
Crime Fiction Lover

‘The plot was excellent with plenty of twists and red herrings’ –
newbooks

CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR
RACE TO DEATH

‘Unmissable’

Lee Child

‘Leigh Russell has become one of the most impressively dependable purveyors of the English police procedural’ –
Marcel Berlins,
The Times

‘As tense openings go, they don’t come much better than this’ –
Bookbag

‘If you enjoy a well-written mystery with a well-constructed and thought-out plot line then this is the book for you… it is my BOOK OF THE MONTH’ –
Crime Book Club

‘the story unfolds at a great pace and grips until the end’

Fiction Is Stranger Than Fact

‘Leigh Russell weaves a fascinating tale that had me completely foxed. Whilst the mystery is tantalising the characters also fascinate, so clearly are they drawn’ –
Mystery People

Fantastic… I can’t wait to read more’ –
Book Addict

CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR
COLD SACRIFICE

‘A complex mystery rich in characters, this new series promises some interesting times ahead for Ian Peterson’ –
Promoting Crime Fiction

‘Russell’s story telling was strong enough to keep me enticed right to the very end’ –
Lloyd Paige

‘Ian Peterson as a character could potentially be just as good (if not better) than Geraldine Steel’ –
Best Crime Books

CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR
FATAL ACT

‘a most intriguing and well executed mystery and… an engrossing read’ –
Shotsmag

‘the best yet from Leigh Russell – she keeps you guessing all the way through and leaves you wanting more’ –
Crime Book Club

‘another fast-paced and complex mystery – a fabulous read.’ –
Fiction Is Stranger Than Fact

‘a truly great author… enough mystery and drama for the most ardent of mystery fans’ –
Bookaholic

‘another corker of a book from Leigh Russell… Russell’s talent for writing top-quality crime fiction just keeps on growing…’ –
Euro Crime

‘the plot is strong and the writing just flows with style and panache.’ –
Goodreads

CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR
STOP DEAD

‘All the things a mystery should be, intriguing, enthralling, tense and utterly absorbing’ –
Best Crime Books

‘Stop Dead
is taut and compelling, stylishly written with a deeply human voice’ –
Peter James

‘A definite must read for crime thriller fans everywhere – 5 stars’ –
Newbooks Magazine

‘For lovers of crime fiction this is a brilliant, not to be missed, novel’ –
Fiction Is Stranger Than Fact

‘Geraldine Steel sticks out as a believable copper and
Stop Dead
flows easily’ –
Electric Lullaby

‘a well-written, a well-researched, and a well-constructed whodunnit. Highly recommended’ –
Mystery People

‘a whodunnit of the highest order. The tightly written plot kept me guessing all the way’

Crimesquad

CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR
DEATH BED

‘Earlier books have marked her out as one of the most able practitioners in the current field’ –
Barry Forshaw
,
Crime Time


Death Bed
is a marvellous entry in this highly acclaimed series’ –
Promoting Crime Fiction

‘An innovative and refreshing take on the psychological thriller’ –
Books Plus Food

‘Russell’s strength as a writer is her ability to portray believable characters’ –
Crimesquad

‘A well-written, well-plotted crime novel with fantastic pace and lots of intrigue’ –
Bookersatz

‘Truly a great crime thriller’ –
Nayu’s Reading Corner

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