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GERALDINE STEEL BOOKS OPTIONED FOR TV

The Geraldine Steel series and Ian Peterson spin off series have been optioned by Avalon Television Ltd to be made into a TV series.

AWARD NOMINATIONS FOR GERALDINE STEEL

Cut Short was shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger Award 2010
Stop Dead was a Finalist for The People's Book Prize 2014

LEIGH RUSSELL'S LATEST BLOG TOUR - details ▶

'Leigh Russell is one to watch' - LEE CHILD

'A brilliant talent in the thriller field' - JEFFERY DEAVER

'Taut and compelling' - PETER JAMES

Cut Short - CWA Dagger shortlist, #1 iTunes, #1 Women Sleuths
Road Closed - #1 Women Sleuths, Top 20 Kindle, Top Read Eurocrime, 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
D.I Geraldine Steel is a Lovereading Great Female Sleuth

REVIEWS

CRITICAL ACCLAIM for Fatal Act

''the plot is strong and the writing just flows with style and panache.''
- Paul D, Goodreads [read the full review]

'Cleverly written'
- A Lover of Books [read the full review]

'another corker of a book from Leigh Russell... Russell’s talent for writing top-quality crime fiction just keeps on growing...'
- Euro Crime [read the full review]

'A great read with a twist'
- Gerry (akaThe Mole), ourbookreviewsonline [read the full review]

'another fast-paced and complex mystery - a fabulous read.'
- Helen Hunt, fictionisstrangerthanfact [read the full review]

'a truly great author... enough mystery and drama for the most ardent of mystery fans'
- Bookaholic [read the full review]

'If you like crime writing, you’ll enjoy Fatal Act'
- Charlie Britten [read the full review]

'highly recommended'
- Jennifer S. Palmer [read the full review]

'the best yet from Leigh Russell - she keeps you guessing all the way through and leaves you wanting more'
- Crime Book Club [read the full review]

CRITICAL ACCLAIM for Stop Dead

'Leigh Russell is one to watch'
- Lee Child

'A story of ruined lives and obsessions'
- Crime Review [read the full review]

'Another fantastic read'
- Our Book Reviews Online [read the full review]

'Russell's books just keep on getting better and this one is by far her best. Well written and a really good read; just the thing for a cosy night in! Highly Recommended.'
- Euro Crime [read the full review]

'Stop Dead kept throwing in twists right up until the end'
- Lucy Conlon, Crime Fiction Lover [read the full review]

'A great whodunit, some fabulous characters'
- Random Things Through My Letter Box [read the full review]

'a well written, a well-researched, and a well-constructed whodunit... Highly recommended'
- Lizzie Hayes, Mystery People [read the full review]

'‘Stop Dead’ is a whodunit of the highest order.'
- Crime Squad [read the full review]

'Geraldine Steel sticks out as a believable copper and Stop Dead flows easily on the stream of investigative minutiae'
- Nick Triplow, Electric Lullaby [read the full review]

'Leigh Russell is building up a solid body of work featuring her resourceful Detective Inspector Geraldine Steel'
- Brian Ritterspak, Crime Time [read the full review]

'A definite must read for crime thriller fans everywhere - 5 stars'
- Eileen Thornton, New Books Mag [read the full review]

'All the things a mystery should be, intriguing, enthralling, tense and utterly absorbing '
- Best Crime Books [read the full review]

'taut and compelling'
- Peter James [read the full review]

CRITICAL ACCLAIM for Cold Sacrifice

'A top-of-the-line crime tale and a five-star must-read'
- Take A Break Fiction Feast [read the full review]

'A complex mystery rich in characters, this new series promises some interesting times ahead for Ian Peterson'
- Promoting Crime Fiction [read the full review]

'A great read with an interesting premise and strong characters'
- Fiction is Stranger than Fact [read the full review]

'Another great investigation... If you like crime novels and you haven't tried Leigh Russell's books yet then give them a go - you just might become addicted'
- our book reviews online [read the full review]

'Ian Peterson as a character could potentially be just as good (if not better than Geraldine Steel)'
- Kat, Best Crime Books [read the full review]

'Russell's story telling was strong enough to keep me enticed right to the very end'
- Lloyd Paige, lloydpaige.com [read the full review]

CRITICAL ACCLAIM for Death Bed

'A nail biting, murderous puzzle that will keep you guessing until the very end.'
- Fresh Fiction [read the full review]

'Very Highly Recommended'
- Amanda C M Gillies, Euro Crime [read the full review]

'The story itself was as usual a good one, and the descriptive gruesomeness of some scenes was brilliant. 4*'
- Best Crime Books [read the full review]

'Earlier books by Russell have marked her out as one of the most able practitioners in the current field and this latest entry for her doughty policewoman continues the momentum'
- Barry Forshaw, Crime Time [read the full review]

'A well written, well plotted crime novel with fantastic pace and lots of intrigue'
- Helen Hunt, Bookersatz [read the full review]

'An innovative and refreshing take on the psychological thriller'
- Books Plus Food [read the full review]

'Russell’s strength as a writer is her ability to portray believable characters'
- Crimesquad [read the full review]

'Truly a great crime thriller.'
- Nayu's Reading Corner [read the full review]

'DEATH BED is her most exciting and well-written to date. And, as the others are superb, that is really saying something! 5*'
- Amanda Gillies, Eurocrime [read the full review]

'Death Bed is a marvellous entry in this highly acclaimed series'
- Lizzie Hayes, Promoting Crime Fiction [read the full review]

CRITICAL ACCLAIM for Dead End

'Dead End is an eBook that scared me out of my skin.'
- Freedom Acres [read the full review]

'Leigh is a great mystery writer'
- [read the full review]

'Russell gives us another excellent mystery'
- Bless Their Hearts Mom [read the full review]

'This book could be used as a textbook on how to write a mystery novel'
- Rosa St.Claire, Miami Examiner [read the full review]

'Geraldine Steel is one of Lovereading's Great Crime Sleuths - 'a classic British cop... Geraldine proves great fun and a character who grows on the reader with every successive title in the series''
- Maxim Jakubowski, lovereading.co.uk [read the full review]

'Leigh Russell kept me guessing... very enjoyable'
- Martha A Cheves, Author and Book Event Center [read the full review]

'Sharp, intelligent and well plotted'
- crimefictionlover.com [read the full review]

'Each Geraldine Steel book gets better'
- The Mole, Nayus Reading Corner [read the full review]

'Well plotted, and brilliantly executed, with a nail-biting ending'
- Lizzie Hayes (founder member of Mystery Women), promotingcrime.blogspot.com [read the full review]

'All the ingredients combine to make a tense, clever police whodunnit'
- Marcel Berlins, The Times [read the full review]

'Well written and chock full of surprises, this hard-hitting, edge- of-the seat instalment is yet another treat... Geraldine Steel looks set to become a household name. Highly recommended.'
- Amanda C M Gillies, Euro Crime [read the full review]

'a series that can rival other major crime writers out there... Can't wait for the next one!'
- Best Books to Read [read the full review]

'intriguing'
- LT, Take A Break's Fiction Feast [read the full review]

'Good, old-fashioned, heart-hammering police thriller...a no-frills delivery of pure excitement.'
- SAGA Magazine [read the full review]

'cleverly thought out, gripping and convincing... I couldn't put this book down... can't wait for the next Geraldine Steel story to come out'
- Helen M Hunt, bookersatz.blogspot.com [read the full review]

'a macabre read, full of enthralling characters and gruesome details which kept me glued from first page to last'
- Graham Smith, www.crimesquad.com [read the full review]

'the critical acclaim heaped on Russell thus far in her literary career is well deserved'
- Mike Stafford, bookgeeks.co.uk [read the full review]

'Leigh Russell has been building a reputation as a solid practitioners of modern crime fiction'
- Barry Forshaw, Crime Time [read the full review]

'I could not put this book down.'
- Ann Marie Muldoon, Newbooks magazine [read the full review]

CRITICAL ACCLAIM for Road Closed

'Twin Opinions review Road Closed - 'you will really enjoy this book!''
- twinopinions [read the full review]

'a suspense story that I would recommend to all mystery readers'
- crusing susan reviews [read the full review]

'Crime writing at its best'
- Jonathan Shaw, beyondjane.com [read the full review]

''This Geraldine Steel is just as three-dimensional; someone that you are equally pull for as well as want to sit down and give a lecture to, especially as she works herself ragged and drinks entirely too much.''
- James Garcia Jr., Dance on Fire [read the full review]

'perfect character building... cleverly written... can't wait for the next one.'
- bestbookstoread.co.uk [read the full review]

'Ms Russell uses short chapters to keep the pace steady while ramping up the suspense. The subplot twists with multiple points-of-view creates a complex story that reels the reader in'
- Barbara Martin, Barbara Martin Blog [read the full review]

'Leigh Russell does a good job of keeping her readers guessing. She also uses a deft hand developing her characters, especially the low-lifes... a good read'
- Marj Stuart, San Francisco Book Review [read the full review]

'an even better read than 'Cut Short'!'
- The Secret Writer [read the full review]

'a gritty page turner from the start'
- Louise Purser, Star Magazine [read the full review]

'Road Closed is a gripping, fast-paced read, pulling you in from the very first tense page and keeping you captivated right to the end with its refreshingly compelling and original narrative.'
- Sam Millar, New York Journal of Books [read the full review]

'Leigh Russell's book Road Closed had me wanting to say to heck with everyone and everything else until I had turned every page.'
- Martha A. Cheves, Book Place [read the full review]

'Well-written and absorbing right from the get-go... with an exhilarating climax that you don't see coming'
- Amanda Gillies, eurocrime.co.uk [read the full review]

'A well-written, soundly plotted, psychologically acute story'
- Marcel Berlins, The Times [read the full review]

'keeps you guessing until the end and packs some powerful surprises'
- Helen Hunt, Bookersatz Blog [read the full review]

'I recommend this to all murder mystery readers and it will improve your holiday by packing a copy.'
- Gerry, Nayu's Reading Corner [read the full review]

'New star of crime fiction, Leigh Russell's chilling psychological thriller is terrific & terrifying!'
- Clem Chambers

'Enjoyable crime, without the graphic blood and guts so many authors use'
- jillysheep Blog [read the full review]

'A natural ability to build a solid plot and people in it with intriguing characters.'
- David Pitt, Booklist - review journal of the American Library Association. [read the full review]

CRITICAL ACCLAIM for Cut Short

'A very enjoyable read! I highly recommend it!'
- Bless Their Hearts Mom [read the full review]

'A powerful ability to sweep you up into the story'
- CGD Libraries [read the full review]

''I found Cut Short to be a fantastic read, taking me only days to finish. I thought it to be well-written and well-paced, with a fresh batch of intriguing characters to go along with a fresh tight plot.''
- James Garcia Jr., Dance on Fire [read the full review]

'difficult to put down'
- Calum, The Secret Writer [read the full review]

'a wonderful series'
- Clarissa Draper, clarissadraper.blogspot.com [read the full review]

'gritty and totally addictive debut novel'
- Sam Millar, New York Journal of Books

'CUT SHORT is a book I had to read in one sitting... excellent new series'
- Beth, Murder by Type [read the full review]

'a very excellent book!'
- The Book Buff Blog [read the full review]

'Cut Short is a stylish, top-of-the-line crime tale, a seamless blending of psychological sophistication and gritty police procedure. And you're just plain going to love DI Geraldine Steel.'
- Jeffery Deaver

'well written debut psychological thriller'
- stopyourekillingme.com [read the full review]

'I look forward to the second book in the series'
- Nayu's Reading Corner [read the full review]

'an excellent book...Truly a great start for new mystery author Leigh Russell.'
- Michael Lipkin, New York Journal of Books [read the full review]

'Cut Short is not a comfortable read, but it is a compelling and important one. Highly recommended.'
- Radmila May, Mystery Women [read the full review]

'intelligently written, gripping crime fiction'
- Helen M. Hunt, Bookersatz Blogspot [read the full review]

'Simply awesome! This debut novel by Leigh Russell will take your breath away'
- Amanda C M Gillies, eurocrime.co.uk [read the full review]

''It's an easy read with the strength of the story at its core.......If you want to be swept along with the story above all else, Cut Short is certainly a novel for you'.'
- crimeficreader, itsacrime.typepad.com [read the full review]

'an excellent story, skilfully built and well told'
- Sue Magee, www.thebookbag.co.uk [read the full review]

'a pretty fine police procedural, with a convincing if disconcerting feel of contemporary Britain.'
- PPO Kane, The Compulsive Reader [read the full review]

'a surefire hit - a taut, slick, easy to read thriller'
- Melanie Dakin, Watford Observer [read the full review]

'Russell paints a careful and intriguing portrait of a small British community while developing a compassionate and complex heroine who's sure to win fans.'
- Publisher's Weekly [read the full review]

'an excellent debut'
- Mark Campbell, Crime Time [read the full review]

'Cut Short featured in one of Eurocrime's reviewers' Top Reads for 2009'
- Amanda Gillies, Eurocrime [read the full review]

'If you’re a real fan of police procedurals, you’ll probably enjoy this read'
- Claudette C. Smith, Sacramento Book Review [read the full review]

CRITICAL ACCLAIM for Race To Death

"the twist and turns are complex and well crafted and there are more than enough red herrings to keep you guessing until the end..."
' - Jo, Jaffareadstoo [read the full review]

The second DS Ian Peterson
Murder Investigation
Publication Date: September 2014
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Leigh Russell talks about Cold Sacrifice on Book Zone

Published 2013

The first DS Ian Peterson
Murder Investigation
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