Detective Inspector Geraldine Steel is Back in Death Bed
By Amy Lignor
In this fourth novel in the incredible series featuring Detective Inspector Geraldine Steel, readers walk beside her through the big city of London. Having just been relocated from a small town, Geraldine finds herself on unknown ground, seeing as that she’s never worked with a large ‘company’ of police officers before. Because ‘Fate’ has a sense of humor, she’s sent to the scene of her very first case before she even has time to unpack.
This first case is a grisly murder. The body of a black girl is found in a back alley covered with a plastic sheet and left with the trash. This should be enough for the new DI, but there is far more to come…
A little while later yet another body of yet another black girl is found on a path that’s hidden from the main road. The police department is concerned that this is a racist killer, until a white man suddenly turns up missing along with a young, white woman.
Two of the grotesque clues to the murders of the black girls is that they were found with two teeth extracted and a body part cut from them postmortem. Coming from two different worlds – one worked in a massage parlor, while the other was wealthy and lived very well – the victims seem as if they have absolutely nothing in common.
Soon the focus of the police fall on a customer from the massage parlor, but proving that this person was involved is almost impossible. As the story breaks away from police procedure, the killer picks up yet another person and takes them back to his attic where he keeps his ‘collection.’ And from there…the reader is drawn into a criminal’s mind that will keep them up at night.
As the pace quickens, the author offers the best thing an author can when it comes to a mystery – solving the case on the last couple of pages. Practically impossible to figure out who the killer is, the author has most certainly done her job and done it well. Geraldine is a fascinating character and deserves even more tales in the future.
Until Next Time, Everybody,