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Published by No Exit Press, 22 November 2018.
ISBN: 978-1-84344934-8 (PB)
Charlotte Abbott, discovers the dead body of her husband Mark hanging from the
banisters of their home, it is assumed that he has taken his own life, but Amanda
Abbot, sister of the deceased, expresses her belief that such an act of suicide
is totally out of character for her brother.Her suspicions of foul play lead her to take her concerns to Fulford Road
Police Station where she is interviewed by DS Geraldine Steel who promises to
investigate.In the past Steel would
have taken the initiative and followed her hunch that Miss Abbott’s disquiet
deserved serious consideration, but that was when she was leading the Murder
Investigation Team as a DI in London.Following her demotion to DS, Geraldine is still adapting to a
professional life in which she receives, rather than gives, orders, and she is
forced to work surreptitiously to explore her gut instincts that tell her Miss
Abbott’s fears may be credible.
When the body count begins to rise and the deaths appear
to be related, Steel’s intuition is shown to be well-founded and she refuses to
allow her relatively lowly position in the team to deter her from pursuing
lines of enquiry that her supervisory officers believe to be a waste of time.Geraldine’s tenacity is borne of her deep
sense of police work as a vocation; as in previous cases, she is ready to put
her personal safety and her professional reputation on the line to bring the perpetrator
to justice and protect the public from harm.
One of the fascinating aspects of the Geraldine Steel
series is their focus on characters’ psychology and this novel is no
exception.At the heart of the narrative
is Geraldine herself, she often cuts a solitary figure and, whilst valuing her
relationships with others, she frequently finds herself unable to trust those
closest to her, misreading situations and unable to reach out to those with
whom she has a personal or professional bond.Similarly, the novel reveals the complexity of thought driving other
characters.One example of this can be
found in the character of Eddy, whose addiction to gambling is described with insight,
empathy and pathos.
The plot has plenty of delicious twists and turns leading
up to the climactic final chapters, and although this is the eleventh book of
the series it works perfectly well as a stand-alone novel.If Death
Rope is your first taste of Leigh Russell’s writing, it will leave you
wanting more.This latest fascinating
and compelling read in a highly successful series had me hooked from the first
page to the last – more please! ------
Reviewer: Dot Marshall-Gent
Leigh Russellstudied at the
University of Kent gaining a Master’s 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.
also writes a spinoff series for Geraldine's sergeant, Ian Peterson. Cold
Sacrifice, Race to
Death and Blood Axe. Leigh recently signed a three-book deal with
Thomas and Mercer for a new series featuring Lucy Hall. Leigh Russell is married
with two daughters and lives in Middlesex.
Dot Marshall-Gentworked in the
emergency services for twenty years first as a police officer, then as a
paramedic and finally as a fire control officer before graduating from King’s
College, London as a teacher of English in her mid-forties. She completed
a M.A. in Special and Inclusive Education at the Institute of Education, London
and now teaches part-time and writes mainly about educational issues. Dot
sings jazz and country music and plays guitar, banjo and piano as well as being
addicted to reading mystery and crime fiction.