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Longlisted for the CWA 2014 Dagger in the Library

Leigh Russell now a #1 Bestseller on Amazon Kindle


The Geraldine Steel series and Ian Peterson spin off series have been optioned by Avalon Television Ltd to be made into a TV series.


Cut Short was shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger Award 2010
Stop Dead was a Finalist for The People's Book Prize 2014

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'Leigh Russell is one to watch' - LEE CHILD

'A brilliant talent in the thriller field' - JEFFERY DEAVER

'Taut and compelling' - PETER JAMES

Cut Short - CWA Dagger shortlist, #1 iTunes, #1 Women Sleuths
Road Closed - #1 Women Sleuths, Top 20 Kindle, Top Read Eurocrime, Top 50 iTunes
Dead End - #1 Women Sleuths, Top 20 Kindle, Top 20 WH Smith's, Top 10 Miami Examiner
Death Bed - #1 Women Sleuths, Top 20 WH Smith's
Stop Dead - #1 on Amazon Kindle
D.I Geraldine Steel is a Lovereading Great Female Sleuth


Hailed as 'a brilliant talent' by Jeffery Deaver and 'a deeply human voice' by Peter James, Leigh Russell writes the internationally bestselling Geraldine Steel series of psychological crime thrillers.

As well as receiving rave reviews on numerous renowned sites like Crime Time, Crimesquad and Eurocrime, her books have attracted glowing reviews in journals as diverse as The Times, The New York Journal of Books and Star Magazine, to name just a few. Many of these reviews can be read here by clicking on reviews.

CUT SHORT was shortlisted for a CWA Dagger Award for Best First Crime Novel. The series reached Number 1 on kindle for female sleuths, Top 50 Bestsellers List on kindle, Top 50 Bestsellers Chart for WH Smith's Travel, Top Reads list on Eurocrime, Best Fiction Books of 2012 Chart in the Miami Examiner, and Best Crime Fiction Books in a poll on Crime Time. Geraldine Steel is a Great Crime Sleuth on Lovereading.

Leigh gives interviews on many BBC Radio stations, online, and in the press. Many of her interviews can be read here. She gives author talks and teaches creative writing at literary festivals, bookshops, libraries and universities. Her schedule of appearances can be seen here. She can be heard talking about crime fiction, how to get published, and many other topics, as well as reading from her books, on her youtube channel

As well as continuing the bestselling Geraldine Steel series, Leigh is currently writing a spin off series featuring Geraldine's popular colleague Ian Peterson. The first of these will be published in 2013.

Keep an eye on Leigh's news for current updates.


'a brilliant talent' - Jeffery Deaver

Cold Sacrifice:  'A top-of-the-line crime tale and a five-star must-read' - Take A Break Fiction Feast [read the full review]

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The second DS Ian Peterson
Murder Investigation
Publication Date: September 2014
eBook Available Now

Leigh Russell talks about Cold Sacrifice on Book Zone

Published 2013

The first DS Ian Peterson
Murder Investigation
Now in paperback

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