Class Murder by Leigh Russell Ten Days of Top Tens @annecater @noexitpress @LeighRussell #classmurder

To celebrate the publication of the TENTH novel in the DI Geraldine Steel Series, Leigh Russell has written an exclusive list of TOP TENs -a different one for each of the ten days of the Blog Tour. A huge thank you to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the tour. I’m a huge fan of this series so I’m thrilled to be involved in the celebrations!



Elizabeth I

Joan of Arc


Nelson Mandela

Emily Pankhurst

Martin Luther King

Abraham Lincoln

William Wilberforce

Florence Nightingale

About this book…

Detective Geraldine Steel is back in Class Murder – her tenth case!

With so many potential victims to choose from, there would be many deaths. He was spoiled for choice, really, but he was determined to take his time and select his targets carefully. Only by controlling his feelings could he maintain his success. He smiled to himself. If he was clever, he would never have to stop. And he was clever. He was very clever. Far too clever to be caught.

When two people are murdered, their only connection lies buried in the past. As police search for the elusive killer, another body is discovered. Pursuing her first investigation in York, and reunited with her former sergeant Ian Peterson, Geraldine Steel struggles to solve the baffling case. How can she expose the killer, and rescue her shattered reputation, when all the witnesses are being murdered?

My review…

I can’t believe we have now got to the TENTH book in the Geraldine Steel series but here it is and I’m delighted to report that I’m still finding it as fresh, entertaining and thrilling as the very first book she featured in! She’s certainly had some ups and downs over the years, both personally and professionally, but it’s a clever twist to now have Geraldine working in York and having been demoted to Sergeant after her last case. And in an inspired role reversal twist she is also working with her former Sergeant, Ian Peterson, who is now a Detective Inspector. There is a fabulous chemistry between these two so I was over the moon to see them back together again!

The prologue introducing the killer got Class Murder off to a chilling start! From that moment onwards we are treated to their thoughts and plans for the murders they are about to commit, keeping them (and us!!) one step ahead of Geraldine and the investigating team. I loved the change in the dynamics here with Geraldine not in command but still having the instincts and methodical approach to her cases that she had honed in London as a DI herself. The change of location also brought a different style of policing to her investigation which worked well bringing the series bang up to date with its bold new direction for the irrepressible Geraldine.

I think Class Murder is one of the best books so far in this fabulous series and I can highly recommend it especially as it can be read perfectly well as a standalone. There is enough backstory provided for you to feel as though you know Geraldine so you won’t feel as though you’ve missed anything although I do understand that sometimes it’s daunting to join a series 10 books in but you definitely don’t need to worry about that here! If you’re a crime fiction fan then this is one author you really do need to have on your TBR pile!

I always hate finishing a Geraldine Steel book as it means I then have another long wait for the next one to come along! Class Murder was just the type of gripping and gutsy police thriller I have come to expect from the very accomplished and devious mind of author Leigh Russell- her skill at bringing her characters to life means that I am always left wondering how Geraldine et all are fairing whilst I wait for the next instalment.

Happy Tenth Case Geraldine Steel! And here’s to many more!

Class Murder (A DI Geraldine Steel Thriller Book 10) is available to purchase now from Amazon UK (affiliates link) My review copy came from the publisher No Exit Press.

Meet the author…

Leigh Russell studied at the University of Kent, gaining a Masters degree

in English and American Literature. She worked as a secondary school

English teacher for many years, and is now a creative writing tutor for

adults. She is married, has two daughters, and lives in North West

London. She is a Royal Literary Fellow and CWA debut judge.

Her first novel, Cut Short, was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey New

Blood Dagger Award in 2010. This was followed by Road Closed, Dead

End, Death Bed, Stop Dead, Fatal Act, Killer Plan, Murder Ring and Deadly

Alibi in the Detective Inspector Geraldine Steel series. Cold Sacrifice is

the first title in a spin off series featuring Geraldine Steel’s sergeant, Ian

Peterson, followed by Race to Death and Blood Axe.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.