Review – Race to Death: A Detective Ian Peterson Mystery by Leigh Russell

Posted March 6, 2015 by B in Book Reviews / 0 Comments



Title: Race to Death: A Detective Ian Peterson Mystery

Author: Leigh Russell

Genre: Mystery/Detective

Release Date: January 27, 2014

Publisher: Witness Impulse a imprint of HarperCollins




A man plummets to his death during the York Races. Despite the large crowds, no witnesses are able to help confirm if the death was a suicide or a murder. Newly- promoted Detective Ian Peterson is plunged into the complex case that splashes across the headlines.All the while the killer has begun to hunt his next victim and before long the body count increases. With pressure to solve the cases mounting Ian must put aside his personal life despite pressure from his wife. But the killer is following the investigation far more intensely than Ian realizes and time is running out as the case suddenly gets a lot closer to home…

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~ b’s musing ~

my tastes as reader often ebb and flow with the current state of my emotional and physical existence. however, i find that regardless of mood or current interest i never shy away from the genre of mystery. i have always been a glutton for a good puzzle and while a good mystery writer makes you work, it is always such a satisfactory end if they can keep you completely stumped until the end.

while leigh russell is already an established craftsman in the world of intrigue, i had not been privy to her work until i had the opportunity to read an arc of race to death. from the very first paragraph i found myself immersed in the throes of a murder investigation that just defied explanation. one death quickly spirals to two, three….and i found myself trying, in vain, to connect the dots and expose the killer. i fear expounding more as this is a book i would highly recommend to an aficionado and i would be loathe to accidentally divulge a huge plot twist.

if you’d like to get lost in a well written british murder mystery, then leigh russell is definitely for you. i can hardly wait to revisit her world myself, as  she has a library of past and upcoming works to explore.

as always, these are my opinions based on my preferences as a reader.


Leigh-Russell-150x133                                                 Meet the Author:

Leigh RussellLEIGH RUSSELL is described as “a brilliant talent” by Jeffery Deaver. CUT SHORT (2009) was shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger Award for Best First Novel. Road Closed (2010) was listed as a Top Read on Eurocrime. With Dead End (2011) Leigh’s detective Geraldine Steel was Number 1 on amazon kindle’s bestseller chart for female sleuths. Leigh Russell is the award-winning author of the Geraldine Steel and Ian Peterson mysteries. She is an English teacher who lives in the UK with her family.

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