Tell us a story

LoveReading is thrilled to announce the launch of The Very Short Story Award 2019! If you think you have a story we'll love, click here to find out more and how to enter:

Find out more

Dead End

by Leigh Russell

Crime / Mystery eBooks of the Month Thriller and Suspense

Dead End Synopsis

When the corpse of Abigail Kirby is discovered, police are shocked to learn that the victim's tongue was cut out while she lay dying. Shortly after coming forward, a witness is blinded and murdered. Detective Inspector Geraldine Steel's flirtation with the pathologist on the case helps her to cope with the distress of finding out she was adopted at birth. Abigail Kirby's teenage daughter runs away from home to meet a girl who befriended her online. Too late, she realises she has made a dreadful mistake – a mistake that may cost her life. Detective Sergeant Ian Peterson uncovers a shocking secret about the serial killer who has been mutilating his murder victims. Does the sergeant's discovery come too late to save Geraldine Steel from a similar dreadful fate?

Win Don't You Cry

Win Don't You Cry

Closing date: 11/10/2018

Cass Green's "dynamic, powerfully expressive novel" Don't You Cry was released on the 6th September. To celebrate we are giving away FIVE copies of the latest psychological thriller AND a 'Most Stressful Night of Your Life package' of luxury Hot Chocolate and a MINI Bottle of Whiskey.  She saved your life. Now she'll make you pay - One stolen baby. Two desperate strangers. One night of terror. The competition closes on the 11th October 2018. The winner will be informed by the 17th October 2018. To have a chance of winning this fantastic prize, click the button below. Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter and you must be 18 or over to enter this competition. Multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once. By entering this competition you are agreeing to the conditions mentioned above and to adhere to the LoveReading Terms and Conditions. 

Enter Now

Dead End Press Reviews

Critical acclaim:

'All the ingredients combine to make a tense, clever police whodunnit'
- Marcel Berlins, The Times

'In Dead End, Leigh Russell's third and best novel, an unpopular headmistress is found dead with her tongue cut out. Her husband, in the midst of an affair, is the obvious suspect, but DI Geraldine Steel has doubts. The daughter of the victim's unhappy marriage goes missing, apparently to join a friend she'd met on the internet, and a man who may be an important witness in the case is blinded and killed. Steel tries to ascertain information about her own birth and takes a few tentative steps towards acquiring a lover. All the ingredients combine to make a tense, clever police whodunnit.' Marcel Berlins, The Times


'I could not put this book down.' - Ann Marie Muldoon, Newbooks magazine

'A brilliant talent in the thriller field.' - Jeffery Deaver

''An encounter that will take them into the darkest recesses of the human psyche''
- Barry Forshaw, Crime Time


'Well written and chock full of surprises, this hard-hitting, edge- of-the seat instalment is yet another treat... Geraldine Steel looks set to become a household name. Highly recommended.'
- Amanda C M Gillies, Euro Crime

'Good, old-fashioned, heart-hammering police thriller...a no-frills delivery of pure excitement.'
- SAGA Magazine

'Sometimes nothing else will do but a good, old-fashioned, heart-hammering police thriller. This is it - a no-frills delivery of pure excitement. Abigail Kirby's husband and kids assume she's at work, but then her corpse is found, with the tongue cut out. It’s another case for DI Geraldine Steel, and before the twists and turns (involving Abigail’s teenage daughter and a dodgy online friend) are done with, Geraldine will be fighting for her own life. A classic teckie that grips from the start.' SAGA Magazine

If you loved this, you might like these...

The Hunting Party
Into the Night
Top Dog
Palm Beach, Finland

All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781842433560
Publication date: 05/05/2011
Publisher: No Exit Press an imprint of Oldcastle Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781842433560
Publication date: 5th May 2011
Author: Leigh Russell
Publisher: No Exit Press an imprint of Oldcastle Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Crime & mystery,

About Leigh Russell

Leigh Russell studied at the University of Kent gaining a Masters degree in English and American literature. A secondary school teacher, specialising in supporting pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties as well as teaching English, Leigh Russell is married with two daughters and lives in Middlesex. Her first novel, Cut Short, was published in 2009, followed by Road Closed in 2010.  Her third novel, Dead End was published in May 2011.

More About Leigh Russell

Share this book