Monday, December 16, 2013

Cut Short by Leigh Russell

Publisher: Oldcastle Books
Pages: 352
Format: ebook

Goodreads:  D.I. Geraldine Steel expects the quiet town of Woolsmarsh to be dull. She quickly discovers she is wrong. The park is a place where children play, friends sit and gossip, people walk their dogs, or take a short cut to avoid the streets. But in the shadows a predator prowls, hunting for victims. A woman sees the killer and comes forward as a witness—someone whom the killer must stop at all costs. For D.I. Geraldine Steel, it is a race against time to find the killer before he strikes again, as public pressure mounts with the growing death toll.


Kritters Thoughts:  What started with a few short choppy chapters where not enough information was given became an interesting string of crime, but way too many characters to keep straight.  A DI Steel was at the heart of the investigation and could possibly be named the main character, but this cast of characters was ridiculous and really hard to remember all the moving parts.

Thankfully amongst the cast of characters, the killer was introduced early, the reader was just waiting for the police to connect the crimes and find the killer.  The interesting part was trying to find out the motive behind the killer while the police were looking for the culprit.  Although, I believe some of their policing skills weren't up to par, I am not a professional (but I do live with one) so I thought maybe they should have done a better job in their police work at a few of the key moments. 

If you are a fan of mysteries set in London with a large set of characters, then you will probably enjoy this one more than I did.  I had quite the list of notes just to keep all the people straight! 


Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Ebook 2013 Challenge: 78 out of 50

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Partner in Partner in Crime Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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