Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Movers and Shakers: Author Leigh Russell

'Movers and Shakers'

'Author Leigh Russell'

'Cut Short' : by Leigh Russell                                                                 'Road Closed': by Leigh Russell
      No Exit Press. 2009                                                                                 No Exit Press. 2010
    ISBN: 978 1 84243 271 6                                                                          ISBN: 978 1 84243 344 7

 For those of you who enjoy reading crime fiction books, can I suggest that you watch out for a relatively new UK author Leigh Russell. I do not usually read crime thrillers, but last year something attracted me to search out and read Leigh Russell's debut novel 'Cut Short'. Leigh kindly sent me a copy of 'Cut Short' just after it was first published, and I must honestly say, that for a debut novel, I found this a very good read. Since being published last year, 'Cut Short' has already been reprinted three times! 'Cut Short' has also been shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger Best First Crime Novel Award.  

'Cut Short' by Leigh Russell, is the first book in a series, where the central character for a change within crime fiction, is a female Detective Inspector called Geraldine Steel.  'Cut Short' begins with DI Geraldine Steel, relocating home to a quiet rural village, where one would expect nothing much out of the normal. In truth, without providing too many spoilers, this assumption is far from the reality of the situation, as Geraldine Steel working with the police Murder Investigation Team, finds that she is soon on the case of tracking down a disturbed killer who is preying on local young women within the village area.

This story flows from start to finish. As a psychological thriller it is an easy and quick read which is difficult to put down once started. It also has a twist at the end to look out for!

I am just coming to the end of reading Leigh Russell's second book 'Road Closed', and I think that it's an even better read than 'Cut Short'! Again the compassionate and complex heroine, Detective Inspector Geraldine Steel, working with her police Murder Investigation Team, tries to solve a series of crimes that take on a terrible twist. I've seen a lot of positive reviews about this book already.

Leigh Russell is a secondary school English teacher, specialising in supporting pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties. She is married with two daughters and lives in Hertfordshire, England. Leigh only started to write seriously for publication about three years ago and now has recently completed her third book in this crime fiction series, 'Dead End', which will be published next year. Leigh Russell is now currently working on her fourth book, the title of which is still a closely guarded secret!

. If you are interested in finding out more about Leigh Russell and her writing success, you should visit her blog, which can be found at: http://www.leighrussell.blogspot.com/

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