Sub-genre: Action thriller, Amateur detective, Cosy crime, Crime Thriller, detective, female detective, female investigator, Female police procedural, female sleuth, Forensic Thriller, futuristic thriller, historical crime, historical fiction, International thriller, mystery, Noir Crime, Northern Crime, Police, Police procedural, Private Investigator, psychological, Psychological Thriller, SF, suspense, thriller, thrillers
I am best known for my Geraldine Steel crime series which has sold over a million copies and is set to run to 20 titles of which so far 15 are available. The series is published by No Exit Press, winner of the CWA Best Crime and Mystery Dagger Award 2019. Shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger Award, and the CWA Dagger in the Library, Geraldine Steel books have also twice been Finalists for the People’s Book Prize.
In addition to my long running crime series, I’ve written a couple trilogies, one featuring Geraldine Steel’s sergeant, Ian Peterson, and another for a young protagonist, Lucy Hall, whose stories are set in the Seychelles, Paris and Rome.
My reading is wide ranging, and I have also enjoyed flexing my writing muscles in different genres, with two stand alone psychological thrillers published by Bloodhound Books, a recent dystopian novel, and a historical novel which will be published at the end of 2021.
My latest book, RACHEL’S STORY, is available to preorder and published on 6th April in all territories. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rachels-Story-gripping-dystopian-choices-ebook/dp/B08ZNMNRB8/
I work to support emerging writers through the CWA Criminal Critiques service, and support adult students as a Consultant Royal Literary Fellow. I regularly judge writing competitions, and chair the judging panel for the Crime Writers Association’s prestigious Debut Dagger Award.
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
- Geraldine Steel series
- Cut Short
- Dead End
- Road Closed
- Death Bed
- Stop Dead
- Geraldine Steel series - Cut Short, Road Closed, Dead End, Death Bed, Stop Dead, Fatal Act, Killer Plan, Murder Ring, Deadly Alibi
- Cold Sacrifice
- Ian Peterson series - Cold Sacrifice, Race to Death, Blood Axe
- Lucy Hall series - Journey to Death, Girl in Danger, Wrong Suspect
- Killer Plan
- Murder Ring
- Deadly Alibi
- Class Murder
- Death Rope
- Rogue Killer
- Deathly Affair
- The Adulterer’s Wife
- RACHEL’S STORY