Deathly Affair by Leigh Russell (Geraldine Steel #13)

41FSZ4aRssL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_ Synopsis:

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 triangle of love and deceit, she discovers there is more to this case than any of them could have imagined.

My Rating: 3/5

My Review: I am definitely a fan of this series and am shocked that we are already on book 13. For those that haven’t read the series although its not absolutely necessary to read them in order I think it’s a lot better to have Geraldine’s back story. There are things I just cannot get my head around and that don’t sit right with me in this book and that’s why I ended up rating it with a 3/5. Geraldine is now in a role following a demotion. It was certainly a good move to see a character dealt with how they would be in the real world BUT the end result doesn’t seem right.

Geraldine as a character and a copper has worked primarily on instinct and has always been surrounded by great colleagues. The last book in the series made me think her colleagues were not the brightest but this book makes me think they are just morons. I feel like the characters just aren’t that real and they don’t sit right with Geraldine and overall this was the feeling that I had all the way through.

Because of this, the story just took a back seat as you see Geraldine questioning herself and then seemingly have to take a backl seat to people that are clueless and this gives it an edge of unrealisticness (is that even a word?). Anyway, although my review doesn’t cover the actual storyline, it’s because that took a backseat to the characters not feeling authentic anymore. However, I am LOVING the last chapter and am goign to eagerly pick up book 14 with the hope that things change going forward!

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