Leigh Russell — crime writer

Leigh Russell's eye-catching covers

Leigh Russell — crime writer

Cut Short and Road Closed are Ms Russell’s first books and I expect more to come — annually?
I came across Leigh on the Internet. It was the cover of her first book that was to be released some time in the future that fascinated me. A single eye with a bloody tear. I was considering a cover for one of my own books at the time and wished I had the imagination for eye-catching covers.
I have to admit that after a while I became too busy to follow many blogs and the careers of other writers, but fortunately I came back to find Leigh Russell had two books on Amazon — Short Cut and Road Closed. I bought them both.
There are a number of psychological thrillers, crime and mystery books on the market and we have read quite a few of them. I say ‘we’ because my husband reads to me each day (my eyesight not good enough for sustained reading). So any book has to suit both of us. This is a good test for any book.
I can’t say that the novels are particularly ‘different’ from the run of detective stories on the market. DI Geraldine Steel is a memorable believable character that we are happy to follow through her career of arresting the baddies. Both books are well worth reading, neither is taxing and each one holds your attention and grips the imagination until the final page.
As a detective writer I would put Leigh Russell on a par with Dick Francis for easy-read books but we have yet to see if they are as predictive as the latter’s books (with Dick Francis you always know that the hero is going to get a beating to within an inch of his life before he finally triumphs). Yes indeed, we look forward to more novels from Leigh Russell’s imagination.
Both books are available on Amazon.

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2 Responses to “Leigh Russell — crime writer”

  1. Leigh Russell Says:

    How exciting to see this comment on my books here. I’m glad you enjoyed them. DEAD END is out next year and I’m currently working on the next in the series. It’s an interesting question, how far readers expect books in a series to follow some sort of formula, and how much they want each story to be completely different. There is a big change in store for Geraldine in the fourth book. I hope you and your husband will be confirmed fans by then, and thank you again for the mention here.

  2. Gladys Hobson Says:

    We look forward to Dead End, Leigh.
    I don’t know how you manage to do all that you do to promote your books and write them as well, plus your teaching and home life. You leave me breathless. What’s more you are incredibly modest about your achievements.
    I could have written something about each plot but it seems you have many of such reviews. What matters to us is that your books are highly readable and we look forward to further episodes in the life and work of DI Geraldine Steel.

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