Road Closed – Leigh Russell, Author

July 24, 2010 at 6:15 pm (Uncategorized)

Road Closed – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

“We’re evacuating the neighboring houses,” a voice called out.  “We need to move all those cars, now,” another voice barked.  A movement nearby caught Sophie’s attention.  Two men were carrying a stretcher, its small load covered.  Sophie stumbled over to it.  The stretcher bearers paused.  She raised the blanket.  Tom was sleeping, his face smudgy and grey.  Soon he would open his eyes and scold her for leaving home without waking him to say goodbye.  She reached out.  Gently she stroked his cheek, ran her finger along his bottom lip, round his chin.  Her eyes filled with tears and her head sank forward on to his body.  She would have stayed there forever – she had nowhere else to go – but someone pulled her away.  A hand pulled the blanket over Tom’s face as he was carried to the van.

One dead and more to go.  This is what DI Geraldine Steel will be facing and trying to prevent over the next few days as she searches for the person or persons responsible for murder and arson.  Actually she’s sure she knows who the killer is but gathering enough evidence to prove her theory has become her biggest challenge.  Her suspect seems to always have an alibi and people to back it up.  And to add to her problem, someone is trying to kill the killer.  Is it his partner?  His partner’s girl friend Brenda?  Or someone uninvolved with the present case altogether?   On top of solving the murders, Geraldine has to live with her own life as it tumbles out of control.  She’s recently lost her mother… in more ways than one, she’s loosing her sister and best friend.  She has lost her boyfriend and is in the process of loosing another one.  And these problems are all self inflicted due to Geraldine putting her job first.

Leigh Russell’s book Road Closed had me wanting to say to heck with everyone and everything else until I had turned every page.  I will admit that through her story writing she will let you see the “who” that is involved in the murders but gives no clue as to “how” the case will be solved.  This was an irritating book to read, in a good sense of the word.  Every time I thought the killer would be caught, he got away!
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