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by No Exit Press, May 2014. ISBN: 978-1-84344-293-6
The acceptance of a promotion to Detective Inspector
finds Ian Peterson living in York – a far cry from Kent where he had worked
under DI Geraldine Steel.Whilst Ian
would have accepted a posting in any part of the country his wife Bev is less
than enthusiastic, as it has meant her leaving her family.
A death at the
racetrack is at first thought to be a suicide, but certain things don’t add up
and Iansuspects that it may turn into a
murder enquiry. Supposedly reliable witnesses to the death seem to be oddly
unavailable. The more Ian delves the less the reported events leading to the
death seem to stack up.But his new boss
Detective Chief Inspector Eileen Duncan is not interested in the anomalies.
Seems a straightforward case she says ‘so we should be able to wrap it up quickly.’
But this is no
straightforward case.There is a killer
out there, one who actually warns his victims that he is going to kill
them.Can Ian piece together the jigsaw
and find this killer before there are many more victims.
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.And not only is the reader drawn into the
lives of the victims but also those of the pursuers. But most sharply delineated
is the relationship between Ian and his somewhat petulant wife, the fragile
beautiful Bev who demands constant attention from her husband seeming to have
no understanding of his job and what it entails.
This is the
secondbook in this new series and I am
interested as to how it will develop. I eagerly look forward to the next
------ Reviewer: Lizzie Hayes
Leigh Russellstudied at the
University of Kent gaining a Masters degree in English and American literature.
A secondary school teacher, specialising in supporting pupils with Specific
Learning Difficulties as well as teaching English, Her first novel, Cut Short, was published in
2009, followed by Road Closedin
2010, Dead End in 2011, Death Bedin 2012 and Stop Dead in 2013, all featuring
Detective Geraldine Steel. Cold Sacrifice the first in a new
series featuring Ian was published in 2013. Leigh Russell is married with two
daughters and lives in Middlesex.