Leigh Russell

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Leigh Russell, author of the internationally bestselling Geraldine Steel and Ian Peterson crime series, has sold over a million books worldwide.

Leigh Russell joined A for Authors with a trilogy of books featuring Lucy Hall.  JOURNEY TO DEATH, was published worldwide by Thomas & Mercer to critical acclaim (“As usual, Russell delivers imaginative plots, perfectly paced.” —The Times), followed by GIRL IN DANGER and THE WRONG SUSPECT, receiving similarly rave reviews from Leigh’s many fans.

Published by No Exit Press in the UK and Harper Collins in the US, Leigh’s crime novels have been translated into Chinese, French, German,  Italian, and Turkish. Reaching #1 on Kindle and #1 on iTunes, the books have attracted glowing reviews in the UK and the USA, in journals as diverse as The Times (“well written and psychologically acute”) and Take a Break Fiction Feast (“a five star must-read”). Leigh’s titles regularly appear on the bestseller lists of Waterstones, Amazon and WH Smith. They have been selected as a Best Fiction Book of the Year by the Miami Examiner, voted Best Crime Fiction Book of the Year in Crime Time, a Top Read on Eurocrime and shortlisted for the John Creasey New Blood CWA Dagger Award, and long listed for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award, and a finalist for the People’s Book Prize. TV rights have been optioned by Avalon Entertainment.

Leigh studied at the University of Kent, gaining a Masters degree in English. She has a Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties from the British Dyslexia Association, and a Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. For many years she taught English at secondary school, specialising for fifteen years in supporting pupils with specific learning difficulties.


She is married, has two daughters and one granddaughter, and lives in London. In addition to writing, she guest lectures for the Society of Authors, universities and colleges, and runs regular creative writing courses for the prestigious Writers Lab in Greece.  Leigh is on the board of the Crime Writers Association, and is Chair of the Debut Daggers Judging Panel.  She is a Royal Literary Fellow.