About this book…
Two murder victims and a suspect whose alibi appears open to doubt…. Geraldine Steel is plunged into a double murder investigation which threatens not only her career, but her life. And then her previously unknown twin Helena turns up, with problems which are about to make Geraldine’s life turn toxic in more ways than one!
This book should really come with a warning! Make sure you don’t have any appointments you need to get to (or grandchildren you need to pick up from school!!!!) when you pick up this book because you are not going to want to put it down! I would have read this in one session but unfortunately my real life got in the way of my book life once again!
My first introduction to Leigh Russell was reading her Lucy Hall series which I have been enjoying. However, I noticed that I seemed to enjoy those books more than fans of the Geraldine Steel series. So I thought I’d better look into it in case I was missing out. And I have been as I have fallen in love with this series! This is actually the 9th book that Leigh Russell has written about DI Steel and although I haven’t read them all yet, I am gradually working my way through them. Deadly Alibi, like all the other books in the series, can be read as a standalone so don’t worry if this is your first one, you can always go back to catch up on Geraldine Steels back story as and when you fancy it.
This is a really enjoyable crime thriller based around two murders which should both be open and shut cases with a potential suspect. But Geraldine isn’t so sure-which is why she is chasing up an alibi that is proving difficult to establish. But her personal life is also becoming a concern with the appearance of her long lost twin sister. Leigh Russell manages the threads of both these themes well, making us curious about the relationship between Geraldine and Helena and keen to see where that goes but also keeping us guessing about the motive behind the killing of two innocent women. She is a master of her craft of storytelling and that skill means that her legion of fans know they will be getting a well balanced and first rate gritty crime drama. I loved trying to work out whodunit and as Geraldine is such an amiable protagonist, it’s always interesting to follow her professional career as well as her personal dilemmas.
For fans old and new this is a great addition to this series and I can’t wait to see where Leigh is going to take Geraldine next. Highly recommended.
Many thanks to Anne Cater and No Exit Press for my review copy of Deadly Alibi: A gripping crime thriller (A DI Geraldine Steel Thriller) which you can purchase here at Amazon UK.
Meet the author…
Leigh Russell is the author of the internationally bestselling Geraldine Steel and Ian Peterson crime series. She studied at the University of Kent, gaining a master’s degree in English. She has a Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties from the British Dyslexia Association, and a Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. For many years she taught English at secondary school, specialising in supporting pupils with specific learning difficulties. She is married, has two daughters, and lives in north-west London. In addition to writing, she guest-lectures for the Society of Authors, universities and colleges, and runs regular creative writing courses for the prestigious Writers Lab in the UK and Greece. She also runs the manuscript assessment service for the CWA.