Title: Death Bed: A Detective Geraldine Steel Mystery (DI Geraldine Steel #4)
Author: Leigh Russell
Publication Date: February 25, 2014
Publisher: Witness Impulse, an imprint of HarperCollins
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
Two brutal murders. No witnesses.
The battered bodies of two young girls are discovered in North London, one shortly after the other. Desperate to avoid hysteria in the community, the police struggle to make a quick arrest before the deranged killer can strike again. Not having any luck, Detective Geraldine Steel, recently transferred to London, is called in to make sense of the grisly murders and the killer’s unusual signature: he extracts two teeth from each of his victims. With the death toll mounting, Geraldine is running out of time as she hunts for the elusive killer the papers have dubbed “The Dentist.”
Review by Angela
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Of course, it’s me reviewing this book as it is a mystery and I can’t help but read them all for myself! I did enjoy this book and story mostly and it kept me interested for the most part. The story got a bit slow and bogged down toward the end. I felt like maybe the author was trying to put too much other stuff into the story and not focusing and concentrating on the mystery/thriller part. So it got slow and the inner dialogue with Geraldine about her mother was a bit over the top. I didn’t feel like it added to the story and it almost felt like it was just thrown in to add drama, which I didn’t feel like it did.
I would probably read more books by Leigh Russell as this one was well written and even though it took place in England, it wasn’t too heavy on the slang, which some books tend to be. Even though I was reading and uncorrected proof, it was pretty well edited and I didn’t notice too many errors. I like that about unedited books as even though they are marked as unedited, I still have a hard time reading them if they are too heavy on the errors. I do agree that she is a “brilliant talent” as Jeffrey Deaver called her (another author I absolutely LOVE!). Overall I give this story 4 books.
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About the Author
LEIGH RUSSELL is described as “a brilliant talent” by Jeffery Deaver. CUT SHORT (2009) was shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger Award for Best First Novel. Road Closed (2010) was listed as a Top Read on Eurocrime. With Dead End (2011) Leigh’s detective Geraldine Steel was Number 1 on amazon kindle’s bestseller chart for female sleuths. Leigh Russell is the award-winning author of the Geraldine Steel and Ian Peterson mysteries. She is an English teacher who lives in the UK with her family.