Tuesday 2 June 2020

2020 Reading Challenge | Deathly Affair by Leigh Russell

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I usually do a round-up of book reviews after every five that I read. I've decided to switch that up a bit and so standalone posts per book as it means that each one gets a dedicated review and I can get the reviews up quicker. Hopefully it will be better this way!

If you didn't know, I've set myself a 2020 Reading Challenge through Goodreads. Last year, I set my target at 80 but only managed to read 57. This year, I've dropped it down to 60 which I hope is a bit more manageable. Book 16 this year for me was:

Deathly Affair by Leigh Russell - 4/5 
Blurb: When a homeless man is found strangled to death, Detective Sergeant Geraldine Steel is caught off guard by the cold-blooded nature of the crime. A second murder suggests the existence of a killer whose motive is as elusive as he is dangerous.

In an investigation plagued by police scepticism, only Geraldine is relentless in her pursuit of the truth. As she is forced down unexpected avenues into the lives of three people caught in a toxic love triangle of love and deceit, she discovers there is more to this case than any of them could have imagined.

Review: This is the thirteenth book in the Geraldine Steel series and I can't believe that it's only the first one that I've read!

The book opens strongly with a with a person attempting their first murder of a homeless person. The story then alternates between DS Geraldine Steel who is investigating murders of homeless people and Ann who is married to David, 20+ years her senior. She is also having an affair with a music teacher named Mark. The two stories tie well together and I was convinced that I knew how it was going to all pan out. It kept me gripped and I liked reading about the personal life of Steel too.

Although it is part of a series, it was easy to follow along as a standalone and I didn't feel confused or lost with anything. The ending was great and it left me wanting more so I will definitely be reading more of the Geraldine Steel series.

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