Thursday, 7 October 2010

Movers and Shakers: Author Leigh Russell

'Author Leigh Russell'

                                      'Cut Short' : by Leigh Russell                                       
No Exit Press.2009
ISBN:978 1 84243 271 6


'Road Closed': by Leigh Russell
     No Exit Press. 2010
       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 in a series of books, 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 to happen. In truth, without providing too many spoilers, this assumption is far from the reality of the situation. Geraldine Steel working with her police Murder Investigation Team, soon finds that she is 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 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:


  1. Going to check her out now. I love a good thriller.

    Oh and I left you an award on your blog. If you want it, you can mosey on over there and retrieve it.

  2. Thanks for the intro! My sister loves crime fiction, I'll share this link with her!

  3. Hi Christauna! Thank-you for the award. I'm honoured. I'll mosey over to retrieve my pink roses award when I get the chance!

    Hi Terresa! thanks for joining as a follower of my blog. I'm glad you have found the intro useful. Have a great day!

  4. These look like my kind of novels. They are definately on my christmas list. Thanks Calum, I would not have heard of this author if I hadn't read your blog.

  5. Hi Calum,

    These two books look like great reads, right up my street and definitely on my 'To Get' list.

    Leigh has a great blog site, definitely one to bookmark and return to often.

    I also love the covers on the books. I generally try not to 'judge a book by it's cover' but these are definitely eye catching.

    Thanks for introducing me to this author.


  6. How exciting to discover this discussion of my books here, together with these comments. Thank you all very much! I hope all your followers who like crime fiction enjoy CUT SHORT and ROAD CLOSED, Secret Writer - and please look out for DEAD END which will be published in 2011. Thank you again.


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