I was asked to review Leigh Russell’s DI Geraldine Steels no 9 crime novel Deadly Alibi by Real Readers. I have been fortunate enough to have reviewed a number in the past- and Leigh novels never disappoint.
The author’s characters have grown from strength to strength over the years. In this book Geraldine’s personal life is at the forefront she has been through the mill, and questions I had in other books were answered Geraldine was adopted, she discovers her real mother but as she dies wants her to take care of her twin sister – drug user, addict and wants what she can take from Geraldine. As this is going on in the back ground there are two murders to be solved.
A woman's body is found outside a charity shop The woman’s husband is then accused – has he done it, was this a domestic clearly gone wrong or did someone else do it. A lover of the same man is murdered also – who did it?
The plot has many twists and turns and the reader needs to carry on to the end to find out just what happened.
Geraldine is a complex character and for readers with a difficult childhood can connect with – the story thunders on with the complex case and if Geraldine can save her twin (highlighting not everyone leads a perfect life)
For some readers the private life maybe distracting, but this book 9 and fans have been there from the start and this as I stated earlier answered a great deal of questions.
The author has a gift of leaving little clues for the reader to latch onto, easy to read, believable characters.
This will be up there this summer in the top ten a great holiday read.