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Geraldine Steel must solve a case in London with all her uncertainties and determination.

When a successful businessman is the victim of a vicious murder, all evidence points to his wife and her young lover. But then the victim's business partner suffers a similarly brutal fate and when yet another body is discovered, seemingly unrelated, the police are baffled. The only clue is DNA that leads them to two women: one dead, the other in prison.
With rumours growing of a serial killer in the city, the pressure to solve the case is high. But can Geraldine find the killer before there's yet another deadly attack?

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'STOP DEAD is taut and compelling, stylishly written with a deeply human voice.'

'Leigh Russell is one to watch.'

'STOP DEAD is a whodunit of the highest order. The tightly written plot kept me guessing all the way. Yes, I had the clues and was close to the identity of the killer in one sense, but in another way Russell beat me – in the battle of wits between author and reader – as she has created an intricate plot with mystery on multiple levels. The pace increases as the pages turn and there is an ever-growing sense of urgency as events spiral out of control.'

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Leigh Russell

Leigh Russell is the author of internationally bestselling Geraldine Steel series: CUT SHORT, ROAD CLOSED, DEAD END, DEATH BED, STOP DEAD, FATAL ACT, KILLER PLAN, MURDER RING, DEADLY ALIBI and CLASS MURDER. The series has sold over a million copies worldwide. CUT SHORT was shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association (CWA) John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award, and Leigh has been longlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award. Her books have been #1 on Amazon Kindle and iTunes with STOP DEAD and MURDER RING selected as finalists for The People's Book Prize. Leigh is chair of the CWA's Debut Dagger Award judging panel and a Royal Literary Fellow. Leigh studied at the University of Kent, gaining a Master's degree in English and American Literature. She is married with two daughters and a granddaughter, and lives in London. 

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'A story of ruined lives and obsessions.'

'In a crime fiction market littered with emotionally bruised DIs with more hang-ups than Woody Allen's coat rack, Geraldine Steel sticks out as a believable copper. The fifth in the series of Russell's Geraldine Steel novels, it flows easily on the stream of investigative minutiae. '

'Leigh Russell is building up a solid body of work featuring her resourceful Detective Inspector Geraldine Steel.'

'Russell's books just keep on getting better and this one is by far her best. Well-written and a really good read; just the thing for a cosy night in! Highly recommended.'

'All the things a mystery should be, intriguing, enthralling, tense and utterly absorbing.'

'A definite must read for crime thriller fans everywhere. Reading groups will find much to discuss.'

'A well-written, a well-researched, and a well-constructed whodunit... Highly recommended.'