Thank you to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me onto the Blog Tour for the latest Geraldine Steel case – Class Murder, and thank you to No Exit Press for providing me with a finished copy of the book to read and review…
‘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, Geraldine Steel struggles to solve the confusing case. How can she expose the killer, and rescue her shattered reputation, when all the witnesses are being murdered?’
The opener is a goodun’. We get to see what I believe is our serial killer as a child. You can almost see his logic and why he has perhaps turned out the way he is. Leigh has made it so I feel a sadness towards this young boy. He is clearly confused and just wants to please his mum, but when he does what he does, you can see this light come out of him that makes him feel alive… makes him what he is now…
…and then chapter one happens and I wondered how I ever felt sorry for this deluded person.
Leigh’s writing is engaging. Her storyline draws Geraldine Steel into modern day crime and her reader into a frenzy. I chased the pages in love with the narrative and style; the short chapters add emphasis and there are tense moments aplenty. You have all you need within Class Murder for the perfect crime story.
This is in fact the first Geraldine Steel novel I have read, pretty shocking really seeing as this is the tenth one. I have used that to my advantage though, and feel that I can read this book, and understand Geraldine as a character with fresh eyes, which is why I jumped at the chance to grab myself a copy. From what I can grasp about Geraldine, she has had her fair share of ups and downs over the years, and what’s worse now is that she has faced a demotion and upheaval for protecting someone she loves. To add to the rawness of this, she is now working as a Sergeant for DI Ian Peterson (formerly Sergeant), of which they both struggle to get their heads around this new ranking. I very much enjoyed the friendly spark between these two, the chemistry, the working together and the ability to crack on with the job at hand.
The story follows two murders with a linking to the same school. I couldn’t even fathom to guess how it was going to pan out, and even Geraldine struggles with solving it herself. It is a real guess again thriller that has you clutching at straws for it not to end. It is truly excellent story-telling that maintains your interest. Leigh has created a knock-out here.
The only downside for me is that now I am going to have to add another 9 books to my TBR pile, ah well, all for the love of books.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Leigh Russell is the author of the internationally bestselling Geraldine Steel series: Cut Short, Road Closed, Dead End, Death Bed, Stop Dead, Fatal Act, Killer Plan, Murder Ring, Deadly Alibi and Class Murder. The series has sold over a million copies worldwide, Cut Short was shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association (CWA) John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award, and Leigh has been long listed for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award. Her books have been #1 on Amazon Kindle and iTunes with Stop Dead and Murder Ring selected as finalists for The People’s Book Prize. Leigh is chair of the CWA’s Debut Dagger Award judging panel and is a Royal Literary Fellow. Leigh studied at the University of Kent, gaining a Masters degree in English and American Literature. She is married with two daughters and a granddaughter, and lives in London.