"A nail biting, murderous puzzle that will keep you guessing until the very end."
Reviewed by Lynn Cunningham
Posted January 30, 2014
Mystery | Thriller Police Procedural
Detective Inspector Geraldine Steel has experienced a lot of
unsettling changes in her life. These changes have caused
her to feel as if she needs to do something positive and
different for herself. Having made this decision, she
relocates to London where she has a new police job and a new
Geraldine is no sooner at her new job when young women start
disappearing and turning up dead. The clues are few and it
seems as if there's nothing to go on when it comes to
finding the serial killer. He's very careful and he has a
way of choosing his victims so that they will come with him
Geraldine's partner, Sam Healy, tries her best to be
friendly with Geraldine as they get to know each other and
adjust to their working methods. The problem is that
Geraldine has a very pressing personal issue going on in her
life that she is very wrapped up in as well as trying to
solve these murders. That leaves little room for new
As usual, though, Geraldine throws herself into her work
knowing that every second counts when it comes to catching a
murderer. The question is whether or not she will be able to
catch this one before more victims mount up.
With a very eclectic cast of characters, DEATH BED is an
absorbing book that made me want to keep reading it until
the last page. Geraldine Steel is a rather complicated
heroine who is excellent at her job but also sort of a
loner. At first, I wasn't sure whether or not I was going to
like Geraldine but, once I understood her better, I saw why
she behaved as she does. Her partner, Sam, is an endearing
and ever patient individual with quite the sense of humor. I
could totally see myself hanging out with her on a Friday
The suspense in DEATH BED comes through the investigation as
well as the kidnappings and murders themselves. While the
identity of the murderer is well-hidden until the end of the
book, the reader is still allowed to see how each kidnapping
takes place along with what happens to each of the victims.
Indeed, there are portions of this book that are definitely
not for the squeamish.
On the other hand, the investigation is quite interesting as
the reader is allowed to go on each phase along with
Geraldine and Sam. I did get the idea that writer Leigh
Russell may not think too highly of criminal profilers as
the one appearing in this book doesn't seem to be very
helpful. Even though I am very much a fan of profiling, the
one in DEATH BED was rather amusing.
The scenes with the victims are very honestly and
well-written. I found myself rather emotional when reading
those as Leigh Russell does not pull any punches. She
doesn't sugar coat anything. Instead, she treats her readers
to suspense as well as some very honest and deep emotions.
DEATH BED is the first of Leigh Russell's novels that I've
had the pleasure of reading. It won't be my last.
Two brutal murders. No witnesses.
The battered bodies of two young girls are discovered in
North London, one shortly after the other. Desperate to
avoid hysteria in the community, the police struggle to make
a quick arrest before the deranged killer can strike again.
Not having any luck, Detective Geraldine Steel, recently
transferred to London, is called in to make sense of the
grisly murders and the killer's unusual signature: he
extracts two teeth from each of his victims. With the death
toll mounting, Geraldine is running out of time as she hunts
for the elusive killer the papers have dubbed "The Dentist."
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