No Exit Press. 2010
ISBN: 978 1 84243 344 7
For those of you who enjoy reading crime fiction books, can I suggest that you watch out for a relatively new UK author Leigh Russell. I do not usually read crime thrillers, but last year something attracted me to search out and read Leigh Russell's debut novel 'Cut Short'. Leigh kindly sent me a copy of 'Cut Short' just after it was first published, and I must honestly say, that for a debut novel, I found this a very good read. Since being published last year, 'Cut Short' has already been reprinted three times! 'Cut Short' has also been shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger Best First Crime Novel Award.
'Cut Short' by Leigh Russell, is the first in a series of books, where the central character for a change, within crime fiction, is a female Detective Inspector called Geraldine Steel. 'Cut Short' begins with DI Geraldine Steel, relocating home to a quiet rural village, where one would expect nothing much out of the normal to happen. In truth, without providing too many spoilers, this assumption is far from the reality of the situation. Geraldine Steel working with her police Murder Investigation Team, soon finds that she is on the case of tracking down a disturbed killer who is preying on local young women within the village area.
This story flows from start to finish. As a psychological thriller it is an easy and quick read which is difficult to put down once started. It also has a twist at the end to look out for!