Hailed as a ‘rare talent’ by the Daily Mail and ‘unmissable’ by Lee Child, Leigh Russell is the author of the internationally bestselling Geraldine Steel and Ian Peterson series of psychological crime thrillers (No Exit Press), the Lucy Hall mystery series (Thomas & Mercer), and two standalone domestic noir thrillers, The Adulterer’s Wife and Suspicion (Bloodhound Books).
Published by No Exit Press in the UK and Harper Collins in the US, the Geraldine Steel and Ian Peterson novels have been translated into French, Italian, Turkish, German and Chinese. Reaching #1 on Kindle and #1 on iTunes, the books have attracted glowing reviews in the UK and the USA, in journals as diverse as The Times (‘well written and psychologically acute’) and Take a Break Fiction Feast (‘a five star must-read’). Leigh’s titles regularly appear on bestseller lists for Waterstones, Amazon and WH Smith. They have been selected as a Best Fiction Book of the year by the Miami Examiner, voted Best Crime Fiction Book of the Year in Crime Time, a Top Read on Eurocrime and shortlisted for a CWA Dagger Award.
Leigh studied at the University of Kent, gaining a Masters degree in English. She has a Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties from the British Dyslexia Association, and a Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. For many years she taught English at secondary school, specialising for fifteen years in supporting pupils with specific learning difficulties.
Leigh is married, has two daughters, and lives in North West London. She serves as Chair of the prestigious CWA Debut Dagger judges, and is a Royal Literary Fellow.