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Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Journey To Death by Leigh Russell

Journey To Death

'Journey To Death' is the first in a new series by the prolific crime writer Leigh Russell. Unlike previous series leads Geraldine Steel and Ian Peterson, Lucy Hall is not a police officer, she is just an ordinary young woman going on holiday with her parents in an attempt to get over a broken heart. At least she is until a series of extraordinary events start to happen.

One of things I liked best about this book was the setting. Leigh Russell whisks us off to the Seychelles with Lucy and right from the start we get a really good feel for what it would be like to be there. I found the descriptions of the island and the glimpses into its history really interesting and a great background to the crime story as it unfolds.

In a short prologue we learn that Lucy’s father has lived on the island of Mahe before. But how do the links to his past life fit in with the dramatic events that happen to his family on what should have been an innocent holiday?

Because of the exotic setting, and the ‘amateur’ rather than professional detective, this story is very different from Leigh Russell’s earlier output. I found it an interesting and absorbing read and enjoyed the character of Lucy Hall as well as the others who accompany her in this story.

I’m now really looking forward to finding out where Lucy Hall ends up going on her travels next, and what trouble she can get herself into, and hopefully out of!

A great and unusual crime read.

Thanks very much to the publishers for a review copy of this book.

You can find out more here.

1 comment:

Gordon Brice said...

A wonderful review for Leigh Russell's new series. I feel sure that Lucy Hall will become as popular as Leigh's other lead characters, who, I am pleased to say, have not been put out to pasture.
This review will undoubtedly whet the appetite and encourage people to read "Journey to Death".