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Audible Audiobook Listening Length: 8 hours and 43 minutes Chasing a story, reporter Lucy Hall plunges into a desperate fight to save her own life. Lucy Hall's first summer in Paris promises to be idyllic. She's fallen in love with the city and enjoys her new job as an investigative reporter. When her friend Nina comes to stay, the girls look forward to a wonderful summer. B Audible Audiobook Listening Length: 8 hours and 43 minutes Chasing a story, reporter Lucy Hall plunges into a desperate fight to save her own life. Lucy Hall's first summer in Paris promises to be idyllic. She's fallen in love with the city and enjoys her new job as an investigative reporter. When her friend Nina comes to stay, the girls look forward to a wonderful summer. But Paris is a city of contrasts and Lucy is about to experience its dangerous side. When an anonymous source promises her a scoop, Lucy can't resist the chance to make her name. The deeply unsettling meeting with her informant indicates that there may be more at stake than she'd suspected. Returning home with questions instead of answers, Lucy finds her apartment ransacked and Nina gone. Lucy knows her friend is in danger, but the police are unwilling to help. When her informant is found dead, she realizes she may be next. Lucy has something the killer wants and he'll do anything to get it back....


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Audible Audiobook Listening Length: 8 hours and 43 minutes Chasing a story, reporter Lucy Hall plunges into a desperate fight to save her own life. Lucy Hall's first summer in Paris promises to be idyllic. She's fallen in love with the city and enjoys her new job as an investigative reporter. When her friend Nina comes to stay, the girls look forward to a wonderful summer. B Audible Audiobook Listening Length: 8 hours and 43 minutes Chasing a story, reporter Lucy Hall plunges into a desperate fight to save her own life. Lucy Hall's first summer in Paris promises to be idyllic. She's fallen in love with the city and enjoys her new job as an investigative reporter. When her friend Nina comes to stay, the girls look forward to a wonderful summer. But Paris is a city of contrasts and Lucy is about to experience its dangerous side. When an anonymous source promises her a scoop, Lucy can't resist the chance to make her name. The deeply unsettling meeting with her informant indicates that there may be more at stake than she'd suspected. Returning home with questions instead of answers, Lucy finds her apartment ransacked and Nina gone. Lucy knows her friend is in danger, but the police are unwilling to help. When her informant is found dead, she realizes she may be next. Lucy has something the killer wants and he'll do anything to get it back....

30 review for Girl in Danger: A Lucy Hall Mystery, Book 2

  1. 4 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    Lucy Hall is spending her first summer in Paris working as an investigative reporter. Her friend Nina comes to stay and both girls are looking forward to a great summer. An anonymous source offers her her first big scoop. Lucy thinks this will be the chance to make her name. The meeting was a bit unsettling and when Lucy returned to her apartment had been ransacked and her friend was missing. Lucy knows Nina is in danger but the police are unwilling to help. Then her informant has been found dead. Lucy Hall is spending her first summer in Paris working as an investigative reporter. Her friend Nina comes to stay and both girls are looking forward to a great summer. An anonymous source offers her her first big scoop. Lucy thinks this will be the chance to make her name. The meeting was a bit unsettling and when Lucy returned to her apartment had been ransacked and her friend was missing. Lucy knows Nina is in danger but the police are unwilling to help. Then her informant has been found dead. Will Lucy be next? A quite enjoyable read. I would like to thank Net Galley, Thomas & Mercer and the author Leigh Russell for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    David Highton

    Lucy has become a much stronger character than the wimp in the first of the series, but the plot is far too simple to carry 300 pages

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shana M. Garrity

    reason for mystery was void The plot was great and the characters were intriguing. The entire story revolves around a key and key fob that are the cause of murder, kidnapping, suicide, and other mystery. Well, even after you finish the last sentence you are left without knowing what the key and key fob represent because it is destroyed before anyone finds out. The reader wants to know.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lizzie Hayes

    ‘Girl in Danger’ by Leigh Russell Published by Thomas & Mercer, 27 September 2016. ISBN: 978-1-5039-3825-0 The second book in the series featuring Lucy Hall finds her in a new job in Paris as an investigative reporter. Keen and eager for her first ‘big’ story, twenty-four year old Lucy is hungrily putting out feelers, or as her boss puts it more succinctly, ‘pestering people for stories.’ ‘It’s got to stop’ he says, ‘It’s not professional. So when Lucy gets an anonymous call from a possible source ‘Girl in Danger’ by Leigh Russell Published by Thomas & Mercer, 27 September 2016. ISBN: 978-1-5039-3825-0 The second book in the series featuring Lucy Hall finds her in a new job in Paris as an investigative reporter. Keen and eager for her first ‘big’ story, twenty-four year old Lucy is hungrily putting out feelers, or as her boss puts it more succinctly, ‘pestering people for stories.’ ‘It’s got to stop’ he says, ‘It’s not professional. So when Lucy gets an anonymous call from a possible source who suggests a questionable meeting place, she decides to ‘go it alone.’ Her anonymous contact tells her that he is giving her the story of her life, and Lucy is buzzing with excitement. Although his words that, ‘if those watching him see him talking to her they could both be dead by nightfall’ would have had me shivering in terror, they don’t have that effect on Lucy. But when she returns to her apartment she finds it trashed and her friend Nina, who was staying with her for the summer, is missing. As expected, the police are not prepared to class Nina as a missing person until 48 hours have passed, so Lucy is on her own. From the state of her apartment it is clear that it was a thorough search but for what? And where is Nina who knows no one in Paris? With scant to go on. Lucy determines to find her friend, but things look black when she discovers that her informant is dead. Despite the fact that Lucy now realises that she has become involved with some seriously bad people, and just how bad she learns when she meets up with a private investigator, she continues to rush headlong into trouble. There are some harrowing and brutal scenes and the story moves along at a cracking pace, brilliantly plotted with many twists and turns. Lucy knowingly puts herself in danger several times and when you are holding your breath knowing that she cannot get out of this one, she somehow manages to always emerge relatively unscathed. But eventually you know her luck will run out. A roller-coaster of a ride which will keep you on the edge of your seat right to the dramatic ending. ------ Reviewer: Lizzie Sirett

  5. 5 out of 5

    Shell Baker

    The Girl In Danger is the second book in the Lucy Hall series. Having read the first one I couldn't wait to see what was in store for Lucy in this story. And I was actually surprised at how different this story was in comparison to the first one. Leigh Russell got gritter and action packed with this story that's for sure. In fact this book is more Leigh's style of writing being a big fan of her work. I devoured this in one morning and really enjoyed it. With one gritty start we follow Lucy on a n The Girl In Danger is the second book in the Lucy Hall series. Having read the first one I couldn't wait to see what was in store for Lucy in this story. And I was actually surprised at how different this story was in comparison to the first one. Leigh Russell got gritter and action packed with this story that's for sure. In fact this book is more Leigh's style of writing being a big fan of her work. I devoured this in one morning and really enjoyed it. With one gritty start we follow Lucy on a new adventure where she enjoys her new job has a investigative reporter in the big city of Paris. Looking forward to a lovely summer with hr friend Nina who has come to stay with her.Lucy is about to experience its dangerous side when she returns home to find her house has been ransacked and Nina's gone. With the police not helping Lucy turns to private investigator Alain Michel for help. When her informant is found dead, she realises she may be next. Lucy has something the killer wants and he’ll do anything to get it back… I have to say that the author's stunning scenery descriptions are spot on with this being set in Paris and visiting the city myself, this story totally transported me back there. Although I loved this story I must point out that is it slower paced than Leigh's other novels. Maybe this is due to the fact that it is a mystery story and not a hard hitting crime story. I am looking forward to the next Lucy Hall story and getting to know her more as I feel there is something missing from her with the last story based around her family then this one jumping to her being a reporter. Both are very enjoyable books but so different. I highly recommend this giving it 4 stars Thank you to Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review

  6. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    Without doubt Leigh Russell is an excellent storyteller and it is always a pleasure to read one of her books. Girl in Danger is the 2nd in a new series of mystery thrillers about Lucy Hall; in this book she has made it to Paris in the hope to work as an investigative journalist. Her life is turned upside down when the most feared, Paris gangster, Patrice Durand learns of her existence. One of his previously loyal thugs had arranged a secret rendevous with Lucy in the hope she would learn the truth Without doubt Leigh Russell is an excellent storyteller and it is always a pleasure to read one of her books. Girl in Danger is the 2nd in a new series of mystery thrillers about Lucy Hall; in this book she has made it to Paris in the hope to work as an investigative journalist. Her life is turned upside down when the most feared, Paris gangster, Patrice Durand learns of her existence. One of his previously loyal thugs had arranged a secret rendevous with Lucy in the hope she would learn the truth and print the story exposing Durand who otherwise lived beyond the reach of the law. Unfortunately he was being followed; once captured he reveals before being executed that he had passed on information to the journalist. There follows an old fashioned thriller where Lucy is under threat wherever she turns and can't trust anyone. It is good to be reading of a female protagonist. She is feisty, determined, honest and loyal. Lucy Hall makes a great protagonist in terms of her gender and human spirit . Patrice himself acknowledges she is a worthy opponent "You're a fascinating woman. You're brave, and you inspire loyalty." Russell's crisp writing and the sense of pace, reveals and twists keep the story going and we can all support Lucy in her quest. But is it enough to sustain this series and attract new readers to the author's wider work? Near the end a character says: "I still don't understand what it was all about" This perhaps sums Girl in Danger up best from Leigh's own pen. However, as a fan of her books I would say it is a cracking story and some of my favourite cheeses have holes in them!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Katie B

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was a bit of a disappointment for me. I was hoping it would be a decent thriller that would keep me somewhat entertained. But to be perfectly honest, I struggled even to finish this one. This is the second book in the series and can be read as a standalone novel. Lucy Hall has just moved to Paris and is working as a reporter. After receiving a tip and a key from an informant things start going wrong in Lucy's world. Her apartment is broken into, her friend goes missing, and the informa This book was a bit of a disappointment for me. I was hoping it would be a decent thriller that would keep me somewhat entertained. But to be perfectly honest, I struggled even to finish this one. This is the second book in the series and can be read as a standalone novel. Lucy Hall has just moved to Paris and is working as a reporter. After receiving a tip and a key from an informant things start going wrong in Lucy's world. Her apartment is broken into, her friend goes missing, and the informant winds up dead. Will Lucy be able to save her friend and nab the bad guy? I think my biggest problem with the story was I became so frustrated with Lucy. It's hard to read a thriller when you are constantly wondering why she is so naive and foolish. On a positive note, I did enjoy the setting of Paris for the novel. Having traveled there before, it was easy to picture many of the locations. Without spoiling the book, I will say the ending was unsatisfying to me. It just kind of ended on a strange note in my opinion. There were one or two questions that I would have like answered. That is my honest opinion after winning this book in a giveaway.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nolene Driscoll

    I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in return for an honest review. Lucy Hall working as a journalist in Paris. She is bored so advertises for a "scoop". Soon after meeting a contact he is found dead, her friend Nina disappears and she finds a key hidden in her handbag. How are all these events connected? Why won't the authorities believe Lucy when she reports Nina missing? What does the key open? Alain Michel, a private detective with his own secrets agrees to help Lucy find Nina. Leigh Ru I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in return for an honest review. Lucy Hall working as a journalist in Paris. She is bored so advertises for a "scoop". Soon after meeting a contact he is found dead, her friend Nina disappears and she finds a key hidden in her handbag. How are all these events connected? Why won't the authorities believe Lucy when she reports Nina missing? What does the key open? Alain Michel, a private detective with his own secrets agrees to help Lucy find Nina. Leigh Russell has written a great story with lots of twists and action. But for me it was spoilt a little as I found Lucy really frustrating. To me she came off a very naive and totally oblivious to the danger surrounding her. I just wanted to take her by the shoulders and give her a good shake and knock some good old fashioned sense into her.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Having recently read Journey to Death which was described as Lucy Hall # 1, I was interested to see how the character of Lucy Hall could be developed away from the Seychelles. Hence I've decided to give 'Girl in Danger' a try. It is labelled as Lucy Hall #2. There are things which I like about this book hence a 4* rating. In reality it would be 3 and a half. I liked the choice of a cub reporter trying to find the big Story in her new job in Paris. The character of Alain was well created and helped Having recently read Journey to Death which was described as Lucy Hall # 1, I was interested to see how the character of Lucy Hall could be developed away from the Seychelles. Hence I've decided to give 'Girl in Danger' a try. It is labelled as Lucy Hall #2. There are things which I like about this book hence a 4* rating. In reality it would be 3 and a half. I liked the choice of a cub reporter trying to find the big Story in her new job in Paris. The character of Alain was well created and helped to provide a sense of mystery. The story was a bit too far-fetched for me. However at least there was a tense ending which was fairly well concealed. My thanks go to Netgalley and the publisher, Thomas & Mercer for a copy of this in exchange for this review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Carol Butler

    Silly I thought this novel was rather silly, the main character is somewhat naive and insisted she got her own way because it was the right thing to do. it's like inviting Charles Manson to tea and him being the perfect gentleman. I downloaded this with the audio on unlimited thank goodness I didn't buy it, I also downloaded another one at the same time, so I might just return it without bothering to read/listen, also there is a lot of swearing which I thought was unnecessary. Very disappointed a Silly I thought this novel was rather silly, the main character is somewhat naive and insisted she got her own way because it was the right thing to do. it's like inviting Charles Manson to tea and him being the perfect gentleman. I downloaded this with the audio on unlimited thank goodness I didn't buy it, I also downloaded another one at the same time, so I might just return it without bothering to read/listen, also there is a lot of swearing which I thought was unnecessary. Very disappointed as I have read lots from this author.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carol Turner

    While Girl in Danger is definitely exciting and suspenseful, I found it hard to care about Lucy due to limited character development.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Roxann

    From the cover: Lucy Hall’s first summer in Paris promises to be idyllic. She’s fallen in love with the city and enjoys her new job as an investigative reporter. When her friend Nina comes to stay, the girls look forward to a wonderful summer. But Paris is a city of contrasts and Lucy is about to experience its dangerous side. When an anonymous source promises her a scoop, Lucy can’t resist the chance to make her name. The deeply unsettling meeting with her informant indicates that there may be From the cover: Lucy Hall’s first summer in Paris promises to be idyllic. She’s fallen in love with the city and enjoys her new job as an investigative reporter. When her friend Nina comes to stay, the girls look forward to a wonderful summer. But Paris is a city of contrasts and Lucy is about to experience its dangerous side. When an anonymous source promises her a scoop, Lucy can’t resist the chance to make her name. The deeply unsettling meeting with her informant indicates that there may be more at stake than she’d suspected. Returning home with questions instead of answers, Lucy finds her apartment ransacked and Nina gone. Lucy knows her friend is in danger, but the police are unwilling to help. When her informant is found dead, she realizes she may be next. Lucy has something the killer wants and he’ll do anything to get it back… I received the book for free through Goodreads Giveaways. This is book two in a series, but is the first one I have read. The descriptions of Paris and its scenery is wonderful. Overall it was an enjoyable read. The author had lots of twists and turns within the book. I’m not certain if I like Lucy. She seems to be unaware of the danger she puts herself into. I found it hard to believe that someone with her assignment in Paris could not be aware of everything around herself.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ionia

    This is certainly a quick paced novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat, if you can stand the main character long enough to make it through the book. TSTL comes to mind at more than one point in this book and I often wanted to throttle the MC. Otherwise, this was a pretty good book. The intensity of the situation the main character finds herself increases as the book progresses and her worry over what is happening with those she cares for is well written and clear. The author makes it This is certainly a quick paced novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat, if you can stand the main character long enough to make it through the book. TSTL comes to mind at more than one point in this book and I often wanted to throttle the MC. Otherwise, this was a pretty good book. The intensity of the situation the main character finds herself increases as the book progresses and her worry over what is happening with those she cares for is well written and clear. The author makes it easy for the reader to get inside the head of her characters and even up to the last few pages I wasn't sure exactly what was going to happen. This is the kind of book that will keep you reading even when you know you should go to bed, and I am curious to see what will happen next in this series. I hope the main character continues to grow and change. This review is based on a complementary copy from the publisher, provided through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Randy Westerlund

    This book had an extremely poor plot. The creation of characters was poorly done. The heroin Lucy would have been characterized as the dumbest blond on earth and the gangster character could not have existed as dumb as he was. Don't waste your time. Still not sure why I didn't drop it shortly after I started to read it except I always seem to finish what I start even if it is poorly written. The endorsers must have been paid well to recommend this book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    I received this book through the goodreads program. Lucy is a reporter, looking for a scoop and meets with someone who passes her a key. Next thing she knows, her friend is missing, and her apartment has been trashed. The informant then turns up dead. Now she's trying to find her friend, and the purpose of the key, before the people looking for it find her!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Breanne Kegel

    Enthralling. I couldn't put it down. Absolutely loved this book. one of my least favorite things about some books is that you can easily guess the path it's taking.. this one was not like that at all. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mark Bloomer

    Did not finish. Got 75% through and said no more. The characters are not fully developed. The main character keeps making the most ridiculous choices. I just did not care about the characters or what happened in the story.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alan Cotterell

    Should really be called Famous Five go to Paris. Ok, but difficult to imagine how a woman who is supposed to be a reporter can be so naive.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alison Wesley

    Good story but too slow. A good plot and good characters. However I felt myself getting bored. It seemed to be taking too long for the story to move along. Good ending though.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Su Biela

    Another fantastic book by Leigh Russell Oh my !!! Grabs you by the throat and refuses to let go. By the end my heart was racing. Well done Leigh Russell on another fantastic book. Roll on the Lucy Hall book 3

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    A very frightening tale of a psychopathic criminal mastermind strong enough to terrorize Paris and the innocent trying to save her best friend. A story you can't put down. Now I must read more of this author.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kath

    This is the second of a new series for this author - her other two being firm favourites of mine - and in my opinion is better to the series opener which I did enjoy, albeit with a few reservations. I was pleased to see that the majority of the main issues I had with book one have been addressed in this new offering. It's not quite there with the five stars yet but I am giving it a solid four as I did find some of it to be a little too much of a leap from book one. So, Lucy is now a reporter work This is the second of a new series for this author - her other two being firm favourites of mine - and in my opinion is better to the series opener which I did enjoy, albeit with a few reservations. I was pleased to see that the majority of the main issues I had with book one have been addressed in this new offering. It's not quite there with the five stars yet but I am giving it a solid four as I did find some of it to be a little too much of a leap from book one. So, Lucy is now a reporter working in Paris, France. How she got there isn't fully explained and so I did find it a bit of a jump in her time line - maybe explored or explain in a future book, who knows. Anyway, with that accepted, she is after her next big scoop and it literally falls into her pocket as she meets an informer who promises her a big story but leaves without saying much. All she is left with is a key which leaves her confused. On returning home from her liaison, via a few drinks in a bar, she discovers her flat has been ransacked and her friend who was visiting has disappeared. Getting nowhere with the police, she decides that she has to just get on a investigate it herself, teaming up with a PI, together they embark on a dangerous journey to get to the truth of what is happening. The storyline is very good, some of the twists and reveals had me shocked and amazed. It has definitely been well researched, especially with regard to the setting, which is something I really love about this author. The overall pace of the book is slower than her other series but the action, when it happens, is definitely high octane and you really do worry for the characters at times, albeit safe in the knowledge that they'll almost certainly get out of it OK. At times, a little too conveniently for my total satisfaction though. Lucy herself is a far better developed character in this book compared to how she came across in the first book although I do still have some minor reservations about her. There is something about her that I can't put my finger on that makes her not completely as credible or congruent as maybe she could be which is possibly what made this book not quite add up to me. It may have something to do with the continuity between book 1 and book 2 - I'm really not sure. That said, it's a well written book that is pretty easy and quick to read and which left me mostly satisfied. I would definitely be up for book three. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    The Book Guzzler

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is the second outing for Lucy Hall, journalist, and she is currently living in Paris looking for her next story. Her friend Nina has come to stay and the girls are looking forward to a Summer in a new city. Lucy receives a telephone call, offering her some information, so she agrees to meet him. When her informant rushes off suddenly, Lucy returns back home with more questions than answers..... and when she reaches her apartme I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is the second outing for Lucy Hall, journalist, and she is currently living in Paris looking for her next story. Her friend Nina has come to stay and the girls are looking forward to a Summer in a new city. Lucy receives a telephone call, offering her some information, so she agrees to meet him. When her informant rushes off suddenly, Lucy returns back home with more questions than answers..... and when she reaches her apartment, she finds it completely ransacked, and Nina has vanished. The police are unwilling to help her, so when she asks for help it is the private investigator Alain Michel who steps in to help...and then when the informant gets fished out of the canal Lucy and Alain are on a race against time to find Nina..... Although I have not read any Lucy Hall stories before, I had read the Geraldine Steel series so I was familiar with Leigh's style of writing. Her precise detail with the many streets and places in Paris really made this novel for me, I could almost think I was sipping a beer at Le Cheval Rouge!! Loved the storyline, and the ending was a real surprise. All in all a real page turner for me. Will eagerly await the next adventure for Lucy Hall!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tripfiction

    Mystery set in PARIS This review first appeared on our blog, where Leigh Russell also talks about setting and research: http://www.tripfiction.com/mystery-se... Paris makes for an excellent backdrop Leigh Russells’ Girl in Danger. Starting out in the Marais, there are all kinds of local highlights that will make you feel you are in the City of Light with the characters. Lucy is a rookie reporter living in the city, and her friend Nina has come to stay. A possible scoop is soon hers for the taking – Mystery set in PARIS This review first appeared on our blog, where Leigh Russell also talks about setting and research: http://www.tripfiction.com/mystery-se... Paris makes for an excellent backdrop Leigh Russells’ Girl in Danger. Starting out in the Marais, there are all kinds of local highlights that will make you feel you are in the City of Light with the characters. Lucy is a rookie reporter living in the city, and her friend Nina has come to stay. A possible scoop is soon hers for the taking – it seems – when an anonymous informant contacts her. By the Canal Saint-Martin, where she is to wait for further details, a man slips her a key and fob and disappears into the ether. But he has made it clear to her that “they” are watching. She returns to her flat, Nina has gone out and in the meantime the place has been trashed. The newspaper chief gives her the contact details of a PI, Alain, and together they find themselves evading the unwanted attentions of gangster Patrice Durand and his henchmen “There ain’t nowhere in Paris where you can hide from Patrice“. Ominous! They are clearly after something in her possession. Whilst Alain’s target is Patrice, Lucy is more concerned about the well-being of her friend; much to her consternation the police seem most disinterested in searching for her whereabouts, so she feels she must fall back on her own sleuthing instincts to track her down. This savvy Nancy Drew of the modern era is full of cunning plans, truly fearless and determined, she shies away seemingly from nothing and ploughs her way through hazards and frightening encounters. Twists and turns aplenty as Lucy rushes around Paris bringing together clues and constructing plans to track down Nina before it’s too late. And all set against a stunning Parisian backdrop. When people suggest books that are evocative of Paris, the name of author Cara Black often comes up, as she sets her mysteries, starring Aimée Leduc, in the various arrondissements of the city. I think Lucy Hall, a sassy character created by Leigh Russell makes for an admirable alternative for enjoying this stunning city through fiction.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Best Crime Books & More

    I read the first in the Lucy Hall series and enjoyed it, however they are certainly not the same as Leigh Russell's series of books featuring Geraldine Steel. These are more mystery type of books and seem to be somewhat a slower pace. The first book in the Series Journey to Death I enjoyed and I thought it was a good introduction to Lucy. However, when we meet her in the second book she has moved to Paris to start a career as an Investigative Journalist. It becomes apparent pretty quickly that s I read the first in the Lucy Hall series and enjoyed it, however they are certainly not the same as Leigh Russell's series of books featuring Geraldine Steel. These are more mystery type of books and seem to be somewhat a slower pace. The first book in the Series Journey to Death I enjoyed and I thought it was a good introduction to Lucy. However, when we meet her in the second book she has moved to Paris to start a career as an Investigative Journalist. It becomes apparent pretty quickly that she is very new to it all and she takes every tip seriously in her quest to break into reporting. Her friend Nina visits her, however following an anonymous tip, when she returns home she finds her flat ransacked and her friend missing. The story moves along and she meets a man who seems willing to help her but Lucy can't help but be wary as she isn't sure who she can trust. We also see the story from Nina's point of view, along with the main man who runs the criminal world in Paris. The reason I felt so indifferent with book 2 is that there were times it all felt a little repetitive. Although Lucy is a newbie, things fitted a little too neatly for her to 'bag the story of her career' and the subsequent chain of events lay just the wrong side of believable for me. Although I liked Lucy as a character I didn't feel as connected to her in this book as much as I did the last one. Things seemed too well planned and this made me feel more indifferently about her than I did previously. The story was enjoyable enough and I think is probably a good alternative to those who don't want hard hitting, gory or violent crime novels. For me I just couldn't connect and as such didn't feel it was one of Leigh's stronger books.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sue Wallace

    Girl in danger by leigh Russell is a mystery and thriller and general fiction read. Chasing a story, reporter Lucy Hall plunges into a desperate fight to save her own life. Lucy Hall’s first summer in Paris promises to be idyllic. She’s fallen in love with the city and enjoys her new job as an investigative reporter. When her friend Nina comes to stay, the girls look forward to a wonderful summer. But Paris is a city of contrasts and Lucy is about to experience its dangerous side. When an anonymou Girl in danger by leigh Russell is a mystery and thriller and general fiction read. Chasing a story, reporter Lucy Hall plunges into a desperate fight to save her own life. Lucy Hall’s first summer in Paris promises to be idyllic. She’s fallen in love with the city and enjoys her new job as an investigative reporter. When her friend Nina comes to stay, the girls look forward to a wonderful summer. But Paris is a city of contrasts and Lucy is about to experience its dangerous side. When an anonymous source promises her a scoop, Lucy can’t resist the chance to make her name. The deeply unsettling meeting with her informant indicates that there may be more at stake than she’d suspected. Returning home with questions instead of answers, Lucy finds her apartment ransacked and Nina gone. Lucy knows her friend is in danger, but the police are unwilling to help. When her informant is found dead, she realises she may be next. Lucy has something the killer wants and he’ll do anything to get it back… Fantastic read. Very gripping. Had me on the edge of my seat. I loved lucy and nine. Absolutely hated patrice. I really wanted to slap him. I wasn't sure about alain. Didn't know if he could be trusted or not. I loved the ending too. Perfect. 5*. Thanks to netgalley for the arc.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Simon Fenwick

    Having read and enjoyed all of Leigh Russell's Geraldine Steele and Andrew Hunter series as well as the first Lucy Hall series I had high hopes for Girl In Danger, the second in that series. However, I have to say I felt very disappointed by the end. Yes it is a fast flowing story - for me a reading time of under 5 hours - and the descriptions of Paris were excellent but, despite the premise behind the story, there was far too much repetition of certain facts and statements. Plus, although the c Having read and enjoyed all of Leigh Russell's Geraldine Steele and Andrew Hunter series as well as the first Lucy Hall series I had high hopes for Girl In Danger, the second in that series. However, I have to say I felt very disappointed by the end. Yes it is a fast flowing story - for me a reading time of under 5 hours - and the descriptions of Paris were excellent but, despite the premise behind the story, there was far too much repetition of certain facts and statements. Plus, although the character of Lucy Hall held a lot of promise in the first novel, in this second book I found her intensely annoying. At times I ft as though I wanted to shout through my Kindle "Grow up", "Use your brain" or "Make up your flipping mind". Hopefully book 3, if there is one, will find a more grounded Lucy rather than the manic, headache inducing character that she was in this book Roll on the author's next book, Deadly Alibi, which is the ninth in the excellent Geraldine Steel series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Cartmell

    When an anonymous source promises her a scoop, Lucy can’t resist the chance to make her name. The deeply unsettling meeting with her informant indicates that there may be more at stake than she’d suspected. Returning home with questions instead of answers, Lucy finds her apartment ransacked and Nina gone. Lucy knows her friend is in danger, but the police are unwilling to help. When her informant is found dead, she realises she may be next. Lucy has something the killer wants and he’ll do anythi When an anonymous source promises her a scoop, Lucy can’t resist the chance to make her name. The deeply unsettling meeting with her informant indicates that there may be more at stake than she’d suspected. Returning home with questions instead of answers, Lucy finds her apartment ransacked and Nina gone. Lucy knows her friend is in danger, but the police are unwilling to help. When her informant is found dead, she realises she may be next. Lucy has something the killer wants and he’ll do anything to get it back… Leigh Russell is a prolific author and this is the second book in the new Lucy Hall series. I like the slower pace of these novels, which offer a good old fashioned mystery that Lucy has to unravel. There are shocking scenes and at times brutality, but the pace is less frenetic and more considerate. I loved the descriptions of Paris which came alive as a city full of light, but one that is not without its darker side.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Anjali

    I received an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. I wish I liked this book more, I really do. But the tension and excitement that should be present in a thriller just wasn't there for me. Maybe it was the fact that it was written in third person, which normally doesn't bother me, or that the main character didn't seem to have a strong personality, or that the writing alternated awkwardly between choppy sentences and longer, drawn out sentences...It all just felt flat. The villain's dia I received an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. I wish I liked this book more, I really do. But the tension and excitement that should be present in a thriller just wasn't there for me. Maybe it was the fact that it was written in third person, which normally doesn't bother me, or that the main character didn't seem to have a strong personality, or that the writing alternated awkwardly between choppy sentences and longer, drawn out sentences...It all just felt flat. The villain's dialogue was comical the entire time, almost like I was watching a cartoon. The ending didn't really clean up all of the loose ends for me and seemed rushed, and I was just trying to read it to finish.

  30. 4 out of 5

    John

    Having read the first Lucy Hall adventure, as a reader I had a great sense of place in the tropical setting of the Seychelles. In Girl In Danger again, the description of the streets of Paris put me right there into the atmosphere of the place. However, there was one further place that I was taken to beginning with a capital T that was common to both books it was a place called Terror. Leigh Russell never disappoints and she has done it again, she has places her character in impossible situation Having read the first Lucy Hall adventure, as a reader I had a great sense of place in the tropical setting of the Seychelles. In Girl In Danger again, the description of the streets of Paris put me right there into the atmosphere of the place. However, there was one further place that I was taken to beginning with a capital T that was common to both books it was a place called Terror. Leigh Russell never disappoints and she has done it again, she has places her character in impossible situations that would seem like checkmate to most of us. But for Leigh Russell it's always far from game over and as a writer is able to think outside of the box and find a way out to move the story on. That's why I keep reading her. Brilliant page turner that I read all too quickly.

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