Review published on May 2, 2016.
A business man is killed, shot to death and robbed, another body soon turns up and DI Geraldine Steel is on the case. With a new boss and a list of suspects Steel has her work cut out for her, dealing with personal issues and a past that won’t go away whilst making sure the team focuses on catching the right guy.
Steel has a lot of issues going on in her personal life, however she does not allow this to cloud her judgement and pushes her colleagues to fully investigate all suspects and evidence. Her new boss has a lot to prove and his character is quite annoying at times as is her colleague, Sam, who is quick to make assumptions and judge. The pace of the story is relatively fast, a murder occurs within the prologue and the investigation kicks off immediately. We delve into Steel’s personal life as she has some closure on issues from previous books which opens up a potentially new can of worms. Sorry, I know that is a bit vague but I don’t do spoiler reviews and feel this needs to have a wee sentence to highlight it is addressed for fans of the previous books.
This is a busy wee book, I have read one or two of this series and whilst you could get away with reading this as a standalone I would suggest reading the others as you get the full picture of current events & characters. The chapters are short & frequent, not everyone will enjoy this style but I personally love it. If you are busy and caught up with life you can sneak in chapters throughout the day, I read this in one sitting though, the old ‘just one more chapter’ happened. There are twists and turns along the way, themes covering spouse abuse, family secrets, lies, betrayal and jealousy are only a few that are covered. Russell cleverly creates a tale of murder, police investigation and personal issues whilst trying to pursue the truth, uphold the law and fling in some surprises to keep the reader on their toes.
I have previously enjoyed the Steel serious but preferred the Paterson ones, this book I really enjoyed hence firing through it. I look forward to the next in this series and think I will get the ones I have missed so far, 4/5 for me this time.
Murder Ring by Leigh Russell
No Exit Press 978-1843446774 pbk May 2016
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