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Leigh Russell

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I write the internationally bestselling Geraldine Steel series of page turners which explore the motives that drive characters, from detective to killer.

The first three books are set in Kent. In the fourth, Geraldine Steel relocates to North London. Published by No Exit Press in the UK, and Harper Collins in the US, the series is so far translated into French, Italian, Turkish, and German. Following the success of the Geraldine Steel series, I also write a spin off series for DI Ian Peterson which is set in York.

My Lucy Hall mysteries are published worldwide by Thomas and Mercer.

For many years a secondary school English teacher, I now write full time. I take occasional master classes in crime writing at schools and universities around the UK and Europe, and teach for the prestigious Writers Lab in Greece. I am married, and have two daughters and one granddaughter.

Other Awards

CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger Shortlist 2010

People’s Book Prize Finalist 2013

CWA Dagger in the Library Longlist 2015


Books by Leigh Russell

  • Cut Short

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  • Dead End

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  • Road Closed

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  • Death Bed

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  • Stop Dead

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  • Geraldine Steel series - Cut Short, Road Closed, Dead End, Death Bed, Stop Dead, Fatal Act, Killer Plan, Murder Ring, Deadly Alibi

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  • Cold Sacrifice

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  • Ian Peterson series - Cold Sacrifice, Race to Death, Blood Axe
  • Lucy Hall series - Journey to Death, Girl in Danger, Wrong Suspect

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