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Sunday, 19 July 2015
‘Killer Plan’ by Leigh Russell
by No Exit Press, May 2015. ISBN: 978-1-84344-539-5
A chance meeting with an old
classmate from her junior school days has terrible consequences for Caroline
Robinson and her family: her husband is murdered and one of her twin sons is
kidnapped. Caroline is plunged into a waking nightmare, unable to tell the
police the truth about her husband's murder or that her child is missing,
because she knows that to do so will implicate her in her husband's death.
Inspector Geraldine Steel is certain that Caroline is lying about something,
although she knows that Caroline and her twin sons have an alibi for the time
of the murder. Geraldine is still struggling to establish herself in her new
position in Serious Crime Command in London and feels lonely and isolated
because her usual sergeant is absent on sick leave. As she works on solving the
death of Dave Robinson a new murder is committed, one which involves
Geraldine's personal life, and she has to make the decision of whether to tell
the whole truth about what she knows, even though it will destroy her career.
handles with great skill the intricate emotional strands of the two women who
both have knowledge that may solve a crime but are afraid to reveal it. The
sections in the viewpoint of Caroline as she struggles to conceal the abduction
of her child are particularly powerful and the chapters told in the viewpoint
of Ed, the kidnapped ten-year-old boy are very moving.
Killer Plan is the
seventh book in the Geraldine Steel series but it also works perfectly as a
stand-alone book, with previous events and characters deftly explained without
taking attention from the current investigation. Geraldine Steel is skilfully
portrayed as a tough, ambitious and dedicated professional, who cares about the
people she deals with, and is determined to keep her vulnerabilities well
concealed. Killer Plan is a
fast-paced Police Procedural and a compelling read.
Leigh Russellstudied at the University of Kent gaining a Masters
degree in English and American literature. Formerly a secondary school English teacher, with the
success of her Geraldine Steel series, Leigh now writes full-time. Her debut novel, Cut Short, was published in 2009 by No
Exit Press in the UK,
followed by Road Closed, Dead End, Death
Bed, Stop Dead, Fatal
Act and Killer Plan, all
featuring detective Geraldine Steel, and Murder
Ring will be published in 2016. Leigh also writes a spinoff series for Geraldine's
sergeant, Ian Peterson. Cold Sacrificeand Race to Death are already published, to
be followed by Blood Axe in late
2015. Leigh recently signed a three book deal with Thomas and Mercer for a new
series featuring Lucy Hall. The first two titles in this series will be
published in 2016. Leigh
Russell is married with two daughters and lives in Middlesex.
Carol Westronis a successful
short story writer and Creative Writing teacher.She is the moderator for the cosy/historical
crime panel, The Deadly Dames.Her crime
novels are set both in contemporary and Victorian times.The Terminal Velocity of Cats is the
first in her Scene of Crimes novels, was published July 2013. Her second book About the Children was published in May