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Deadly Alibi

(DI Geraldine Steel #9)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  860 ratings  ·  90 reviews
A double murder investigation threatens not only Geraldine Steel's career, but her life...

'Unmissable' – Lee Child

Two murder victims and a suspect whose alibi appears open to doubt.... Geraldine Steel is plunged into a double murder investigation which threatens not only her career, but her life. And then her previously unknown twin Helena turns up, with problems which are
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Published December 8th 2016 by No Exit Press
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Apr 29, 2017 rated it liked it
3* Reaching the age of 40, Detective Inspector Geraldine Steel has kept her personal life exceedingly private. Geraldine had a good life growing up with an adoptive family, then joining the police force with an exceptional record. That is until the day she received a letter from her biological mother with a secret to tell before she passed away. Hearing she has a twin sister will turn her life upside down with the knowledge that her twin has not gone down the same upright path Geraldine has take ...more
Linda Strong
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
DI Geraldine Steel is back! She takes on a double homicide ... two women who were abducted, tied up, strangled and then left where they could be found. SO far, nothing too old of the ordinary for Steel. However, it comes to light that one of the women was having an affair with the other one's husband. The two husbands become main suspects. Geraldine just has to unravel all the threads in order to actually point a finger at the guilty party.

Just when Geraldine's hands are all tied up with this ca
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ok before you all start reading Deadly Alibi you need to sit back and take a deep breath, because this story has more and more shocking moments than you know what to do with.

Detective Inspector Geraldine Steel always makes her work her absolute priority because she cares deeply about justice, but she has her own life. Her previously unknown twin Helena turn up.

Beth has a strange looking man staring at her on the train. When frightened Beth gets off the trains at midnight she phoned her father
May 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
A book filled with lots of plot twists and hints as to what the killer is thinking, but not who this killer just happens to be. This book had me hooked from the very beginning and did not let me go. The main suspect, Chris, who is the husband of the first murder victim, Jamie, spends most of his time during the book behind bars. He's adamant that he is innocent, however, the police do not believe him. They can find no other suspect and no one else has the connections Chris has to the murders. Fr ...more
Joanne Robertson
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book should really come with a warning! Make sure you don’t have any appointments you need to get to (or grandchildren you need to pick up from school!!!!) when you pick up this book because you are not going to want to put it down! I would have read this in one session but unfortunately my real life got in the way of my book life once again!

My first introduction to Leigh Russell was reading her Lucy Hall series which I have been enjoying. However, I noticed that I seemed to enjoy those boo
Dec 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Deadly Alibi is a good read! Highest rating for mystery! It kept me guessing until the end. The pacing was good, and the story plot interesting. The drawback, for this reviewer is in the exposition; The book opens with a scene of a father picking up his daughter at a train station. Then the narrative jumps to another, then yet another plot. In each of the first scenes, the reader is not given any background. The characters are unnamed and the setting is not revealed. The choppy transitions and l ...more
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My goodness, I have followed the career of Geraldine Steel, and feel I know her as well or if not better than most people, because I know what she is thinking which is a lot more than I know about most people.
But... Ohhh Emmm Geeeeee Leigh Russell! What have you done??? Geraldine trusted you, and along with Ian Peterson brought you success. How do you repay her?
You only went and ¥$%#*+^!?*%#* ...(spoiler hidden beneath)... a¥$%#*+^!?*%#* to her, and then if that wasn't enough to do to the poor
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time taken to read - on and off over 5 days

Pages - 320

Publisher - No Exit Press

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Two murder victims and a suspect whose alibi appears open to doubt.... Geraldine Steel is plunged into a double murder investigation which threatens not only her career, but her life. And then her previously unknown twin Helena turns up, with problems which are about to make Geraldine's life turn toxic in more ways than one!

My review

A woman killed, a suspect arrested and the police are trying to g
Clare O'Beara
Feb 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: british-crime
I'm pleased that the DI is female in this London-based procedural, Geraldine Steel. She doesn't act like most DIs we read about, though, having no officer to take notes and run errands; and in a personal relationship having not the sense she was born with, we find.

The case involves a murdered woman, whose husband gives the alibi that he was with a married woman at the time. That woman has a furiously jealous husband. With a possible serial killer of women active, the odds seem to mount against
Carol Peace
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-books
Leigh Russell just gets better and better. DI Geraldine Steel finds herself in the middle of another unusual case when she is called to a body found in a wheelie bin in a charity shop. Geraldine is at her birth mothers funeral and has just found out she has a twin sister but she has no time to speak to her as the murder comes first. To all intent and purpose it seems the husband was the murderer but Geraldine is not convinced and when his alibi is then found dead before she can confirm it for hi ...more
Colin Mitchell
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
The plot of the missing women and their murders was good but the missed clue after Geraldine and Sam had visited the garage rather sums up the Geraldine Steel characters rather tunnel vision. Unfortunately this is similar to that of her boss Adam. In the end I was screaming about her gross ineptitude in her actions surrounding her newly found sister.

I have read all the 9 books to this point and aam finding the writing style becoming very cloying and focusing more on personal issues to the detrim
Shell Baker
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For those of you that know me I am a massive fan of Leigh Russell. Who has written a variety of books which include DS Ian Peterson,Lucy Hall mystery and of course the Geraldine Steel series. Which I have to say is my favourite out of them all. The series started with Short Cut back in 2012 and now we catch up with Geraldine in book nine who is back with a bang.
The story starts off with a very intriguing prologue that will leave you wanting more. Then the author takes us on a roller coaster ride
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
In Leigh Russell's Deadly Alibi, the 9th instalment in the DI Geraldine Steel thriller series, you'll be hooked into this crime thriller and thrown into a turbulent world. For DI Geraldine Steel, she had met and then lost her biological murder for the first time. Before the funeral, she had learned she had an identical twin sister named Helena, who her mother had choice to keep, while she was put up for adoption. Their first meeting wasn't too pleasant, either. Besides all this, she arrived at t ...more
Jan 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Thanks to NetGalley for letting me read this book.

This was the first book I read and I was surprised it is the 9th in a series. Surprised, because the reader isn't bothered with too many details about things happening in the past, while it is very easy to get to know the main character.
What I liked especially in the book is the fact that there are only a handful of main characters, and one of them has to be a killer. But which one? When the truth comes out it's rather a suprise but a good one;
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 stars rounded up for elliptical motivation.

I enjoyed the process of reading this book, even though I thought the 'whodunnit' part of the plot was a little out there. I'll have to find more DI Steele books in the future...
David Highton
Another police procedural featuring Geraldine Steel, and her permanently miserable private life. The plot of this murder was not really enough to carry off the story.
Sue Thomas
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
What can I say ? I really enjoyed this latest Geraldine Steel. Police procedural extraordinary that highlights how evidence can be misinterpreted. On a personal level Geraldine who met and then lost her birth mother in the previous book now has an identical twin she never knew about to contend with, which gives her much food for thought as their lifestyles do not match in any way. The only reason this is 4☆ instead of 5 is that I found myself shouting about an overlooked item of evidence!!! Does ...more
Nicki Southwell
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Katherine Sunderland
Two murder victims and a suspect whose alibi appears open to doubt.... Geraldine Steel is plunged into a double murder investigation which threatens not only her career, but her life. And then her previously unknown twin Helena turns up, with problems which are about to make Geraldine's life turn toxic in more ways than one!

Incredibly this is the ninth book in the Geraldine Steel series by Leigh Russell who now has an established fan base with glowing reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. I only came
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Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Finally! I have been reading this series since its release and would definitely consider myself a fan. However Geraldine has been through the wringer and back and this book seems to answer a lot of questions. Geraldine was adopted and has a good relationship with her adopted sister Celia. However, upon discovering her real birth mother and then losing her the addition of finding out she has a twin sister leaves her reeling. In addition her twin sister is the polar opposite of Geraldine, being a ...more
Elaine Tomasso
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Oldcastle books for an advance copy of Deadly Alibi, the ninth police procedural to feature DI Geraldine Steel.

Jamie Cordwell is found dead in a wheelie bin outside an Oxfam shop. Her husband, Chris, unable to provide an alibi or disprove the evidence gathered by the police is swiftly charged. Geraldine, while acknowledging the validity of the evidence, is the only one to have reservations about this. When another body linked to Chris turns up his guilt appear
Juliet Butler
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Geraldine Steel is back and facing a double murder case and personal problems. A woman's body is found in a bin, murdered by a fatal blow to the head. The obvious suspect is the husband, Chris as his DNA is all over the body and bin. But it all looks too easy for DI Geraldine Steel, and when Chris' alibi also turns up dead she doubts his guilt so sets off to find out who else may have done it. As well as the case Geraldine has personal problems in the shape of Helena, her twin sister that she ha ...more
Jackie Roche
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank NetGalley and Oldcastle Books for giving me the opportunity to read this which I voluntarily reviewed.
I have read all of Leigh Russell's books since I was first introduced to them 18 months ago by a Facebook book club (TBC).
In this, the 9th in the series, DI Steel is faced with a double murder. On the surface it seems an open and shut case but she has her doubts.
I feel as if Geraldine is my friend. I've followed her career through its ups and downs, as well as her personal
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I'm not adding a review for this book for the following reasons:

1) I found the writing uninspiring and there was more 'telling' than 'showing.'
2) Too many characters thrown right in the beginning. A lot of he-she-it happening there.
3) There was no differentiation to mention a 'scene change,' neither were there past/present or date points when incidents were listed out.

Not for me. So sorry. I hope this book does well for the other readers and the author.
Su Biela
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put it down

Well what can I say? It was everything I expected and more. Leighs ability to drag you into the sorry is just brilliant.
I loved the twists and turns. And as for the ending. Fantastic!!!!
Roll on the next book
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Deadly Alibi, though the sixth novel in the DI Geraldine Steel series, is the first I've read by Leigh Russel. I found that this didn't hamper my enjoyment, though, and by the end I realised I'd found a brilliant new (to me) crime series which - even better! - I now have five other novels to catch up on!

The characters are great - Geraldine herself is a strong, confident and very intelligent woman who seems to be a great Detective. Like many in this genre, she h
Andy N
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This review was originally published on NetGalley.

This was my first time reading a book from Leigh Russell and consequently the thrilling adventures of Detective Inspector Geraldine Steel. I’ll definitely take a look at the previous novels though because this was one amazing and memorable read.

Geraldine is going through hard times. When she finally had her feet on the ground, her twin sister Helena enters her life and proves that the relationship between siblings can be very complicated. As if t
Rachel Hirstwood
Geraldine Steel has just met her birth mother for the first time and discovered she has a twin sister when her mother dies. Her dying wish was for Geraldine to take care of her sister who’s life is very different from her own. A detective inspector in the Metropolitan police, Geraldine is investigating the case of two murders - the wife and lover of the same man.

When the main suspect lacks an alibi, how can the police know if he is telling the truth or not? The evidence is stacked against him, b
Susan Ashton
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it
As a reviewer for Real Readers I was given this to review honestly. The latest in the Geraldine Steele series sees Geraldine caught up in a double murder at the same time as she is dealing with the death of her biological mother and the discovery of a sister she did not know she had. The various strands of the novel could have resulted in a tangle with no real centre but this is not so. Leigh Russell manages to skilfully bring together all these elements in what is a fast moving and compelling s ...more
Ivory Castle
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Detective Inspector Geraldine Steele only met her birth mother shortly before her death. It is a surprise to learn she has a twin sister Helena, an addict struggling through life. After meeting for the first time at the funeral Geraldine is initially hesitant about allowing Helena into her life. She does not want to jeopardize her career in the police force. Her strong sense of justice makes her a good officer and also throws her into conflict as she attempts to build a relationship with her sis ...more
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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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