Stop Dead By Leigh Russell

Title: Stop Dead

Author: Leigh Russell

Publisher: No Exit

Publication Date UK (paperback): 30th May 2013


Detective Inspector Geraldine Steel returns in an exhilarating case of grisly murder in London When a successful businessman is brutally murdered, the police suspect his glamorous wife and her young lover. Then the victim’s business partner suffers the same gruesome fate and when yet another body is discovered, seemingly unrelated to the first two, the police are baffled. The only clue is DNA that leads them to two women: one dead, the other in prison. With a steady stream of bodies arriving at the morgue, can D.I. Geraldine Steel find the killer before the killer stages another deadly attack? (From Goodreads, 27th April 2013)


Stop Dead is the fifth novel in the Geraldine Steel Mystery Series. However, this is the first Leigh Russell novel I have read thanks go Real Readers and have added the first four novels to my ‘to read’ list. These novels can be read as stand alone novels, but I think if you have read the first four you will have more insight into Geraldine.

Having moved to London and successfully solved her first case in the city it isn’t long before a new case presents itself. A wealthy man is found dead in a car parking lot of a housing estate, sustaining horrific injuries to his temple and genitals. His now widowed wife, and her toy boy are the prime suspects, especially to Geraldine’s young colleague Sam. Sam’s younger years allows her imagination to fuel her believes and not focus on the evidence. Sam for me was an infuriating character, but as time goes on you begin to like her, and realise there is people like her which we all know. Someone who needs some guidance and help, but has sharp mind.

As the novel progresses we see Geraldine methodical way of going through the crimes that are piling up, a second then a third body. The third completely unrelated to the first victims, except from the way he is murdered. This third victim takes the novel on a very different focus and an understanding of the frustrations of Geraldine.

This is a well written novel, but in some cases a bit too clinical, and methodical. I am a psychological thriller type of person and like the understanding of the protagonists mind. We do see some of Geraldines mind and life but not as much as I would like, I feel it was an attempt to make her more human and relate to the readers but it didn’t work.

However, that is really my only main complaint. As you near the end you get an idea of who the murderer may be but you can not be sure until you are told.

A novel that will keep you flipping the pages until you get to the end.

I can only give this a 3.5 out of 5 as it didn’t feel as human as I like my books to be, but it’s still a book I would recommend!

City of Fallen Angels By Cassandra Clare

Title: City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

First Published: 5th April 2011


The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and – most importantly of all – she can finally call Jace her boyfriend. But nothing comes without a price. Someone is murdering the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. And when Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace. (From, 15th April 2013)

I love, love, love this series. I was slightly annoyed by the ending of City of Glass, which I mentioned in the review I did of City of Glass not that long ago!

So things are supposed to have calmed down, Clary and Jace are together, Magnus and Alex are off traveling, Luke and Clary’s mum are about to get married….but no things are not going to stay like that. Simon’s mum finds his stash of blood and cannot stand the sight of her son. Jace is pulling away from Clary due to terrifying nightmares. Shadowhunters are being killed. The Vampire Camile has returned to New York and wants Simon…as you can see things are far from calm.

I enjoyed City of Fallen Angels more than I did City of Glass, but it is a new story in a sense, now that valentine is gone. We here from a lot of characters perspectives in this novel, more so than before, where we typically heard Clary’s view point. Simon plays a more integral part and it is refreshing to see him stand by himself.

I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to get into City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) and the last in The Mortal Instruments Series.

These books make you sit and read and read, and leaving you wanting more. I am so glad I have The Infernal Devices to get into after this! The Infernal Devices is the Prequel series to The Mortal Instruments.

I have said it before and I will say it again – go out and buy these books.

4.5 out of 5!

Review Books to be Read

Review books I need to get read! (have read the ones that are ticked

The Asylum – 14th March 2013

Accidents Happen – 25th June 2013
Bloodspell – 1st June 2011
Thin Space – 10th September 2013
Concealed – 15th October 2011
Mila 2.0 – 28th March 2013
Last Chance for Justice – 1st May 2013
Chocolate-Covered Baloney – 13th November 2012
The Sea of Tranquility – 4th June 2013
My Dead Friend Sarah – 21st April 2012
This is How I Save my Life – 8th January 2013
If You Find Me – 26th Mach 2013
Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares – 5th October 2012
Send – 1st August 2012
Rape Girl – 15th August 2012
A Cold and Lonely Place – 5th February 2013
The Mad Scientist’s Daughter 7th February 2013

A shimmer of Angels – 29th January 2013