Geraldine Steel

11 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 207 ratings

Cut Short Summary

In the tradition of Ruth Rendell, Lynda la Plante, Frances Fyfield and Barbara Vine, Cut Short is a gripping psychological thriller that introduces DI Geraldine Steel, a woman whose past is threatening to collide with her future.

When DI Geraldine Steel relocates to the quiet rural town of Woolsmarsh, she expects to find her new home to be somewhere where nothing much ever happens; a space where she can battle her demons in private. But when she finds herself pitted against a twisted killer preying on local young women, she quickly discovers how wrong she is....

By day, the park is a place for children's games, for people walking their dogs or taking a short cut to avoid the streets. But in the shadows a predator prowls, hunting for a fresh victim. When an unwitting bystander comes forward as a witness she quickly becomes the next object of his murderous obsessions; someone whom the killer must stop at all costs.

DI Geraldine Steel is locked into a race against time, determined to find the killer before yet another naked corpse turns up. But can she save the lives of the town's young women - or will Geraldine herself become the killer's ultimate trophy?

What the Narrator Says

"Becoming Geraldine Steel was fantastic fun. She's a great, strong female character who takes you with her on dark journeys into the criminal world. She makes mistakes but she certainly fixes them with aplomb! Leigh has created a grimy world full of depraved and scary criminals but Geraldine and her colleagues (particularly the brilliant Ian Peterson), are determined to put criminals where they belong - behind bars. Can't wait for the next instalment..." Lucy Price-Lewis on narrating the Geraldine Steel series.

©2012 Leigh Russell (P)2012 Audible Ltd
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  • Book 1

    • Cut Short

    • Geraldine Steel Series, Book 1
    • By: Leigh Russell
    • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
    • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 87
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 65

    When DI Geraldine Steel relocates to the quiet rural town of Woolsmarsh, she expects to find her new home to be somewhere where nothing much ever happens; a space where she can battle her demons in private. But when she finds herself pitted against a twisted killer preying on local young women, she quickly discovers how wrong she is....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Hmmm..not sure

    • By sharon on 15-07-13

    Regular price: £14.99

  • Book 2

    • Road Closed: Geraldine Steel Series, Book 2

    • By: Leigh Russell
    • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
    • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 21

    When a man dies in a gas explosion, the police suspect arson, and the Murder Investigation Team is called in to investigate. But the case takes on a new and terrible twist when a local villain is viciously attacked. As the police enquiries lead from the expensive Harchester Hill estate to the local brothel, a witness dies in a hit-and-run. Was it coincidence - or cold-blooded murder? The Murder Investigation Team has problems of its own – and so does Geraldine Steel. A shocking revelation threatens her peace of mind as the investigation races towards its dramatic climax.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing

    • By Saffy on 27-12-12

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  • Book 3

    • Dead End

    • Geraldine Steel Series, Book 3
    • By: Leigh Russell
    • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
    • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    When the corpse of Abigail Kirby is discovered, the police are shocked to learn that the victim's tongue was cut out while she lay dying. Then, shortly after coming forward, a witness to the crime is blinded and murdered. Abigail Kirby's teenage daughter runs away from home to meet a girl who befriended her online; too late, she realises she has made a dreadful mistake - a mistake that may cost her life.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing

    • By Saffy on 23-12-12

    Regular price: £14.99

  • Book 4

    • Death Bed

    • Geraldine Steel Series, Book 4
    • By: Leigh Russell
    • Narrated by: Lucy Price Lewis
    • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    Detective Inspector Geraldine Steel relocates to London to take on another harrowing murder investigation. The bodies of two black girls are discovered in quick succession in North London; two teeth from each victim extracted after death. One of the girls worked in a massage parlour and suspicion falls on a client of hers, a known racist, but while the police flounder, the killer takes another girl home to his attic, where he keeps his victims chained up while he shows them his 'collection'.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • enjoyed it<br />great listening will purchase another <br />

    • By Christina on 05-04-18

    Regular price: £14.99

  • Book 5

    • Stop Dead

    • Geraldine Steel Series, Book 5
    • By: Leigh Russell
    • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
    • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    Detective Inspector Geraldine Steel returns in an exhilarating case of grisly murder in London. When a successful businessman is brutally murdered, the police suspect his glamorous wife and her young lover. Then the victim's business partner suffers the same gruesome fate and when yet another body is discovered, seemingly unrelated to the first two, the police are baffled.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Badly written and narrated

    • By Saffy on 12-08-13

    Regular price: £14.99

  • Book 6

    • Fatal Act

    • Geraldine Steel Series, Book 6
    • By: Leigh Russell
    • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
    • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    A glamorous young TV soap star dies in a car crash. Returning for her sixth case, 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 clues.

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  • Book 7

    • Killer Plan

    • By: Leigh Russell
    • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
    • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    DI Geraldine Steel is called to investigate the murder of a man who has been battered to death. His widow, Caroline, is terrorised into concealing the identity of the killer who then claims a second victim. This leaves Geraldine with a dark secret. The truth might help to solve the case, but it also threatens to cost Geraldine her career. When Caroline's 10-year-old son disappears, his distraught mother turns to the police, with fatal consequences.

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  • Book 8

    • Murder Ring

    • By: Leigh Russell
    • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
    • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    The dead body of unassuming David Lester is discovered in a dark side-street, and DI Geraldine Steel is plunged into another murder investigation. The clues mount up along with the suspects, but with the death of another man in inexplicable circumstances, the case becomes increasingly complex. As Geraldine investigates the seemingly unrelated crimes, she makes a shocking discovery about her birth mother.

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  • Book 9

    • Deadly Alibi

    • By: Leigh Russell
    • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
    • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • slightly disappointed

    • By Mrs Barbara J Woodward on 09-03-18

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 10

    • Class Murder

    • By: Leigh Russell
    • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
    • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    When two people are murdered, their only connection lies buried in the past. As police search for the elusive killer, another body is discovered. Pursuing her first investigation in York, Geraldine Steel struggles to solve the baffling case. How can she expose the killer and rescue her shattered reputation when all the witnesses are being murdered?

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  • Book 11

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