After a glamorous young TV soap star dies in a car crash, all eyes are on Detective Geraldine Steel to discover what caused the tragic accident. Another driver was involved in the collision but seems to have miraculously walked away unscathed and has now vanished. The deceased had no obvious enemies and nothing to hide, so the investigation seems to be stalling. But when a...more
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After an argument with her boyfriend, young starlet Anna Porter storms out of the house.
To cool off, She decides to go for a long drive.
The streets are quite dark and lonely.
Someone is out there, watching. Waiting for just the perfect opportunity.
Anna ends up on an even darker and more lonely road.
WHAM!! Anna doesn't see the other car till it's too late.
She doesn't die right away.
Later, a taxi driver is the one who finds the scene.
By this time, Anna is dead.
He phones the p ...more
I mentioned in my review of Stop Dead that I hadn't read any of the previous novels in the series, but this did not spoil my enjoyment or understanding of the story. Fatal Act works perfectly well as a stand-alone story too. The author cleverly updates the reader about Geraldine's past without straying away from the current plot at all.
Geraldine Steel and her colleague Sam a ...more
Publisher - No Exit Press
Pages - 319
Source - RealReaders
Blurb from Back cover
A glamorous young TV soap star dies in a car crash. Detective Inspector Geraldine Steel is baffled as the driver of the second vehicle miraculously survives - and vanishes. Another young actress is murdered and, once again, the killer mysteriously disappears. Geraldine unwittingly risks her sergeant's life in their struggle to track down a serial killer who leaves no clu ...more
This story begi ...more
Anna Porter, a glamorous young TV soap star is killed in a car crash. It looks like an accident but it soon becomes evident that it is more than that. Detective Inspector Geraldine Steel is brought in to investigate. Somehow the driver of the second vehicle has mysteriousl ...more
The story was about the murders of three individuals all involved in the acting industry and all linked in someway. The lead detective was Geraldine Steel and she was determined to track down the mystery killer that disappeared and left no clues.
There have been several other books written by Leigh Russell involving the same detective, this is the ...more
A young actress has died in a car crash but there appears to be no sign of the other driver. Then another actress dies and the police realize they have a murderer to find who leaves no traces.
The story is set around Geraldine Steel and her sergeant Sam Haley. Haley is junior and the reader is told this on lots of occasions, but she has a good relationship with Geraldine.
I have enjoyed all of the Geraldine Steel series, this is the sixth case and this did not disappoint. There were lots of twis ...more
Russell really ramps up the tension in the first part of the book which encouraged me to be positive about reading on. The set up of the crime is ingenious. Unfortunately, I found the signposting to the killer's identity a little too clear quite early on in the book, and became a little irritated that the investiga ...more
I think this is the weakest book in the series. The storyline seemed very drawn out an ...more
Fatal Act, author Leigh Russell's latest entry in her Detective Geraldine Steel mystery series, opens with a homicide. No surprise there, but what is surprising to readers is the murder weapon . . . an old beat up van! When Detective Geraldine Steel and her sergeant, Sam Haley, are called to investigate a fatal car crash, Sam is puzzled and a bit insulted as to why Homicide has been called rather than Traffic to investigate. Geraldine and Sam are even more puzzled when the scant e ...more
Fatal Act by Leigh Russell is the sixth outing for Detective Inspector Geraldine Steel but my first time reading of anything by Russell. I can say I really enjoyed reading the story, the plot is strong and the writing just flows with style and panache. One of the advantages of Fatal Act is for a thriller it could be looked at as a short story with just 320 pages so there is no overblown descriptions and the story is kept moving.
DI Geraldine Steel and her Sergeant Sa ...more
This is a skilfully-plotted novel that presents a most intriguing and well executed mystery, which takes the reader through the back ...more
I enjoyed Fatal Act, however, it is not the most suspense driven mystery I have read. I have the same criticism as I did with Stop Dead is that it is slightly too methodical for me, Geraldine, the main protagonist does not feel truly human for me. However, this criticism is ...more
As in that previous book this is a m ...more
I like a good mystery and suspense thriller. I love being gripped by the story and not being able to figure out who the bad guy is and what their motive was. This book does not fall into that category for me. The first part of the book was decent. I wasn't sure what was going on or what the motive was for the killing. But, about halfway through the book, maybe a little more, I had it figured out. There was no element of surprise a ...more
I found this one lacking due to the lack of character development. Geraldine Steel is a great detective and over the previous five books, her private life has been one of the interesting aspects of the stories. Her marriage is to her job and she finds her isolation difficul ...more
I enjoyed getting to know DI Geraldine Steel and her team as they are called to a car accident when a young soap starlet dies. All isnt as it seems and of course it turns out to be a murde but where is the driver of the other vehicle? how did he or she survive the crash unscathed.It seems her older boyfriend Piers is the owner of the vehicle and he and his son both have access to the van. Then another m ...more
When a TV soap star is killed in a car crash it seems like an accident at first but it then becomes clear that she was murdered. Her older lover is the main suspect, especially when another young actress who was known to him is also murdered.
For Geraldine work gave her life meaning and purpose and she has to juggle her personal lif ...more
Detective Geraldine Steel finds herself in the middle of investigating the murder of a high profile young soap opera actress. All evidence points to her older successful live in boyfriend as the prime suspect but Geraldine does not quite thing so.
At first it appears to be a car accident but when they find that she was stabbed by a glass from the accident they realized she was murder. The other vehicle in the accident was owned by her boyfriend and no one saw anyone leaving ...more
This is my first DI Steel book and I enjoyed it. It is well-written, and an easy read. It flows at a steady pace, and picks up nicely towards the end. The plot is strong, and the characters are believable, but not always likeable. Sam tended to get on my nerves at times, with her ...more