Leigh Russell

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Author of the internationally bestselling Geraldine Steel and Ian Peterson crime series, Leigh Russell joined A for Authors with a new series of books featuring Lucy Hall, the first of which, JOURNEY TO DEATH, was published worldwide by Thomas & Mercer in February 2016, to critical acclaim ““As usual, Russell delivers imaginative plots, perfectly paced.” —The Times”.  The second volume in this series, GIRL IN DANGER, was published in September 2016, and has already received 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 French, Italian, Turkish, and German. 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 bestseller lists for 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 a CWA Dagger Award. TV rights have been optioned by Avalon Entertainment, and a TV series is currently in development.

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 lives in North West 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.