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Blood Axe

(DS Ian Peterson #3)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  312 ratings  ·  35 reviews
'Leigh Russell is one to watch' - LEE CHILD

DI Ian Peterson investigates a series of gruesome and brutal murders. With a madman on the loose attacking women with a deadly, but unusual weapon, all of York is on alert. As the body count rises, the case demands all of Ian's ingenuity, because the seemingly random murders are all but clueless.
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published August 10th 2015 by No Exit Press (first published July 15th 2015)
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David Highton
A serial killer with a Viking fantasy life and an axe strikes in York and Peterson and his team struggle to find evidence to lead them in the right direction. For such brutal murders the pace of the investigation and the book overall is definitely somewhat lacking. Not her best book.
Paul Finch
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it

It all starts very unthreateningly, when a replica Viking battle-axe is stolen during a semi-comic re-enactment of a Dark Ages battle in the grounds of Clifford’s Tower in the grand old city of York. It’s not the kind of thing that would normally require the deductive skills of an experienced copper like DI Ian Peterson, and in truth, he treats the whole thing light-heartedly.

Peterson is a relatively recent arrival in York, having relocated from Kent to obtain his much
Aug 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Time taken to read - 2 days

Publisher - No Exit Press

Pages - 317 (proof copy)

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Blood Axe is the latest crime novel by bestselling author, Leigh Russell. 'Silently dipping his oars in the water he made his escape. It was a weary journey, with few spoils to show for it. Next time he would do better. He looked back over his shoulder. The bridge had disappeared, swallowed up by the darkness. From its walkway he too had become invisible. Only the bloody body of a woman showed he had
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've read several Leigh Russell stories before so I knew what to expect, with a killer, a puzzle, the detectives lives, the victims stories and a good storyline that's easy to read, and this followed a similar pattern.

This is the third book in the Detective Inspector Ian Peterson series and we get to know more about him, this thoughts and feelings and his increasing marriage problems. He's intelligent and caring and I really liked him as a main character as he tries to discover why anyone would
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's a crazy killer with an axe running round York and DI Ian Peterson and his team need to catch him before the body count rises even more. Loved this mostly because it's set in one of my favourite cities but also thanks to the brilliant writing.
Jul 17, 2019 rated it liked it
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Joyce Rigg
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent easy read this is the third DI Peterson book. Now living in York with an unhappy wife who clearly doesn’t understand that he doesn’t have a 9 to 5 job, he has to find out who is murdering people with an axe. This is an enjoyable mystery with believable characters, a good plot and a couple of surprises.
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
DS Peterson is tracking down a killer with an unusual weapon and a strange motive.
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like Leigh Russell but this was a huge disappointment. The plot was ridiculous.
Louise Rodgers
Oct 12, 2019 rated it liked it

Easy enough book to read but just average. Wouldn't entice me to read anymore books from the DS Peterson series.
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Still a very good series but I felt the narrative on a few occasions was a bit stilted.
Nicky Mottram
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
Another good read, this series gets better and better
James M Carlaw
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
No thanks

Interesting but not gripping .predictable in places but I was surprised by the culprits identity. However not sure if I will read any more in the series

Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it


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I read my first Leigh Russell novel, Race to Death, back in October last year and have been hooked on her writing ever since. This meant I couldn’t resist the chance to read the next book in the Ian Peterson Murder Investigation series and Blood Axe did not disappoint. With a brutal axe murderer, sinister twists and a whodunit difficult to predict, Blood Axe has become my favourite book in the series and I am once again left craving more
Katherine Sunderland
This is the third DI Ian Peterson murder investigation - I haven't read the others and it did not affect my enjoyment or understanding of this novel so they can be read as stand alone books.

The story is set in York, which is recalled in vivid detail with close reference real places and street names. Having been on a trip there very recently, I found this interesting but again, it wouldn't matter if you had never been! Russell's description makes it easy to feel as if you are there and easy to
Gordon Mcghie
Sep 14, 2016 rated it liked it
DI Ian Peterson returns in Blood Axe, the new thriller from Leigh Russell. Having enjoyed his previous outing (Race to Death) where Peterson and his wife were put through serious trials as the hunt for a murderer unfolded I was keen to see what lay ahead. Suffice to say I was not prepared for an adversary like the ‘Hunter’ that appears in Blood Axe.

I am always keen to avoid spoilers but as the book description (above) refers to ‘a series of brutal axe murders’ I am on reasonably safe ground to
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Detective crime novels are not always my go-to-place for a read as usually prefer books slightly less sinister, but Leigh Russell's peaked my interest so decided I was going to get stuck in.

This was actually pretty brilliant as crime novels go. Part of the Ian Peterson Murder Investigation series, Blood Axe can still be read as a stand-alone and I know this as this is my first Ian Peterson read. It works because every murder
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
York is being terrorised by a brutal killer who seems to be from the city’s distant past. As the series of axe murders becomes more frequent, DI Ian Peterson must neglect his personal life and negotiate office politics to ensure that the perpetrator is caught as quickly as possible.

I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book from the Real Readers programme and was very pleased to get it as I have read and enjoyed several of Leigh Russell’s past novels in both the Geraldine Steele series
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in the DI Ian Peterson series, set in York and the title of this book is a nod towards York’s rich Viking history.
A young woman is murdered with an axe and Ian & his team are called in to investigate the case. However there is very little in the way of clues and each avenue appears to a dead end.
The murders keep happening with more than one aspect of a Viking slaying. The murders are committed with a replica Viking axe. The murderer and the police become involved in a
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Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
There is a warrior lurking around York and within the first few chapters we have the most grisly crime scene played out in all its gory glory. The first few chapters are pretty absorbing and I would imagine quite a draw for a reader who maybe hasn’t read any of Leigh Russell’s books in the Ian Peterson series. Clues are lacking at the beginning although the only thing that seems to make sense is that the murder is somehow linked to a Viking Museum.

I like Ian Peterson and his spin off series has
John Mccormick
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the third DI Ian Peterson investigation, so I suppose our hero is now a series in his own right rather than a spin off character, and ex sidekick of the authors Geraldine Steel series her original and best known character.
According to the “Times” no less, Leigh Russell is ‘One of the most impressively dependable purveyors of the English police procedural’ so who am I to disagree.

In previous books I find her stories or at least those I have read to be good old fashioned detective stories
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Blood Axe is the third installment of the DI Ian Peterson series.
The story is about Ian and his colleagues trying to investigate a serial killer who is killing his victims with a Viking Axe.
The book is quite fast paced and Leigh uses wonderful description to help create the tense atmosphere. Although the murders are bloody it isn't too graphic.
My favorite parts of the book were the sections concerning the Warrior. The author really created an unusual character.
I didn't guess the killer until
Carol Peace
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was very lucky to get this from Real Readers for an honest review. I have read some of her previous books and this one was the best so far.
DI Ian Peterson is investigating a gruesome axe murder and it seems that the murderer has left no clues at all and the victim seems to have no enemies, the murder seems to have been random but who would have an axe on hand?. DI Peterson realises that no clues are left behind and as the body count increases they don't seem to be able to catch a break. It
Kerry  sullivan
This is the second book in this series and has a very different feel from the first one had a light innocent feel, even though the subject was anything but, whereas this one feels dark and foreboding. I was given this book by Real Readers to review and it grabbed me from the first chapter and has held me hostage trying to work out who the killer was. This book can be read as a standalone as the only carry over is Ians marriage woes. There is a theme running through this of perception of reality ...more
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was pleased to be asked by Real Readers to review another Leigh Russell crime novel Blood Axe. This came just in time for a weekend away and I read this in one sitting.
This is another DI Ian Peterson novel, so for fans eagerly awaiting this new novel they will not be disappointed. This has just been published.

The story is set in York- unusual for a crime novel yet so apt. The scene is set on the river Ouse there is a missing axe and of course some brutal murders.

The author writes a great
Kasey Cocoa
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a very well conceived and executed investigative/crime/ PI/detective type novel. From the very start it is able to pull in the reader. All through the book there are hooks and hints that keep you wanting to turn the pages. I really enjoyed this type of detective theme although I think part of that can be attributed to interesting murderer. A small wrinkle on my enjoyment comes from an improper use of a verb. Other than that I feel this is an intriguing read and well worth picking up. I ...more
C.J. Wright
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Another great story from Leigh Russell. I have always loved the character of Ian Peterson, even more than Geraldine Steel, who I think is also great, but the one person in Ian's life that really rubbed me up the wrong way since day one has been his wife, Bev. I cannot stand her. They've been together since they were young, she knew he was a policeman but does nothing but complain about it. I won't spoil what happens in the story regarding her and Ian, but it made me cry "bitch" at 3am while I ...more
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am an avid reader of crime thrillers and I have read all Leigh's other books. I really enjoyed this book, Leigh obviously knows York well or has done very good research you can picture the scene as if you were there. The killer was totally and utterly mad, so very unpredictable and random in his crimes which made it harder for Ian's team to catch him. The ending was a surprise but that's fiction for you. I will be looking out for the next Ian or Geraldine book or perhaps they may be reunited ...more
I received this copy through Real Readers. It's the 3rd or 4th of Russell's books I've read, and like the others it is an engrossing yarn. DI Ian Peterson's marriage seems to be in trouble before he is given responsibilty for a brutal axe attack in the environs of York. Another murder quickly follows and it's not clear if the motive is avarice or bloodlust. In addition to the police investigation , we the readers, also get an insight into the mind of the killer, a self styled 'warrior'. This ...more
Glenda Worth
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Having been sent this book to review by Real Readers I started it with some excitement having read Leigh Russell's books before.
Yet another gripping novel in the DI Peterson series. A dark figure rowing on the river, a missing axe, brutal murders, DI Peterson investigates as the killer leaves no clues...or does he? A Viking museum with suspicious attendants, Eventually the killer will trip up. Another brilliant page turner by Leigh Russell.
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Leigh Russell has sold over a million books in her Geraldine Steel series of crime novels. Published in English and in translation throughout Europe and in China, the Geraldine Steel titles have appeared on many bestseller lists, including #1 on kindle. Leigh's work has been nominated for several major awards, including the CWA New Blood Dagger and CWA Dagger in the Library.
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