Death Bed: A Detective Geraldine Steel Mystery [NOOK Book]

Overview

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. ...

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Death Bed: A Detective Geraldine Steel Mystery

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Overview

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."

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Russell’s subpar fourth mystery featuring Det. Insp. Geraldine Steel (after 2011’s Dead End), Geraldine, now with London’s Murder Squad after leaving the smallish Kent police force, tackles an exasperatingly difficult case. A seriously demented collector with a passion for artifacts made from human bones appears to be targeting young black women. Steele and her new detective sergeant, Sam Haley, are part of the team assigned to find a link between the mutilation murder of Jessica Palmer and the disappearance of Donna Henry, but a dearth of forensic evidence and vague eyewitness statements give little to go on. When Sam isn’t warning Geraldine that she’s alienating some of the team by trying to do everything herself, the pair engage in sophomoric debates about law enforcement. Geraldine’s dithering over whether to make contact with the birth mother who put her up for adoption helps humanize her but otherwise doesn’t advance the action. (Dec.)
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"This tense and compelling narrative introduces an extraordinary new mystery protagonist. . . . 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."  —Publishers Weekly starred review of Cut Short

"This book could be used as a textbook on how to write a mystery novel."  —examiner.com on Dead End

"The author has certainly done her job and done it well. Geraldine is a fascinating character and deserves even more tales in the future."  —Suspense Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062325655
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/25/2014
  • Series: Geraldine Steel Series , #4
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 20,939
  • File size: 619 KB

Meet the Author

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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2014

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  • Posted March 18, 2014

    Another mystery/thriller from Leigh Russell! With a depraved mur

    Another mystery/thriller from Leigh Russell! With a depraved murderer on the loose Geraldine finds herself grasping for witnesses
    and evidence to get this monster off the streets but a stray thought running through her head is all she needed to lead her in the right
    direction. 

    I liked this mystery but was a little disappointed because after having read Dead End (#3) I expected a little more. This is #4 in the
    DI Geraldine Steel series and though they are a series they are written to be stand alone reads also which means there is a lot
    of "information repeat" that can be tedious for those that are in it for the whole series and not just as a stand alone read. 

    I simply could not stand a lot of the characters in this book, whiners the whole lot of them wanted to give them the fictional slap across
    the face. However, out of the whole bunch I think the most well developed character in the book was Douggie, he acted just like the
    perfect car thief would.

    I finished this one with an "ugh", it was good but not memorable.

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  • Posted March 11, 2014

    There is a very nasty killer loose in the city of London. Appear

    There is a very nasty killer loose in the city of London. Appearances aren’t everything, but this killer looks good, sounds good and even passes himself off as a trusted public servant in order to entrap the unsuspecting. But he is evil…and what he is doing to his victims is beyond evil. Over half way into Leigh Russell’s latest DI Geraldine Steel mystery, Death Bed there is a scenario that is so grisly and shocking you may want to sleep with the lights on. By this time readers are already filled with a sense of horror and foreboding as a clever killer is escalating his hunt for victims and DI Steel is part of a team frantically searching for him before more bodies turn up. DI Steel has transferred to London to work on the Homicide and Serious Crime Command. After living and working in Kent, this is a big change for Geraldine, and one that will advance her career even though it takes her out of her comfort zone. Still reeling from the recent loss of her mother, her boyfriend and her own perception of who she is, does she even have a comfort zone? Geraldine’s new position is her dream job, but it comes with challenges. Her sister, who has always ridiculed Geraldine for putting her career above everything else, is opposed to the move. And although Geraldine has an excellent reputation for her work ethic and her intuitive ability to solve crimes, she also has a reputation for wanting to do everything herself which doesn’t sit well with her new co-workers or her new detective chief inspector Reg Milton. Being partnered with Sam Haley, a young detective sergeant she likes immediately, is an island in the storm, but will Sam’s life choices affect their ability to work together? I really love Leigh Russell’s use of short chapters to present the story line. It’s like finding and placing puzzle pieces to solve the mystery, but Death Bed is not just about solving a mystery…it is a very personal glimpse into the soul of Geraldine Steel. Not only is Geraldine experiencing frustration with trying to find a particularly vicious murderer, but she has every door slammed in her face in her efforts to resolve her personal issues. Author Leigh Russell brilliantly writes these parallel threads into her novel so that as a reader I acutely felt Geraldine’s frustration with both her life and with her ability to solve this case. As we would expect, DI Steel is able to unmask the killer using her famous intuition, and what a surprising killer! I don’t think many readers will see this one coming. I certainly didn’t. This series, with its very human and sympathetic heroine, is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

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  • Posted February 27, 2014

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    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    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!).

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