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Leigh Russell’s Newsletter – October 2018



October already! I hope you’ve all been keeping warm. It has been another busy month for me. I’m pleased that so many readers seem to be enjoying Death Rope. The fabulous Martina Cole was generous enough to describe it as: “brilliant and chilling… a cracker of a read!”

The panel of Debut Dagger judges, which I chair for the Crime Writers Association, met for lunch to decide the winner of this prestigious award and, as usual, we had a tough time reaching this difficult decision.

That was followed by a party at one of my publishers, where it was lovely meeting up with fellow authors like Dreda Say Mitchell.


It was a very sociable month, as I also had dinner with my publisher at No Exit Press, and lunch with my agent, and met a couple who have invited me to run a creative writing course at their beautiful gite in France in 2019. It’s very tempting!

My talk to the London chapter of the Crime Writers Association on ‘How to Sell a Million Books’ seemed to go down well. It was an enjoyable evening with many of my fellow crime writers, and I hope that I’ve inspired some hopeful writers.

This month I returned to the University of Westminster once a week as a Royal Literary Fellow, supporting students who are struggling with their writing. It’s a fascinating and worthwhile post and I’m grateful for the opportunity to use skills acquired during twenty years of teaching – a lifetime’s worth!

Finally we had a trip to Venice. The weather was beautiful and everything about the visit was wonderful. We even spotted a copy of the third Geraldine Steel, called Senza Uscita in Italian, in a bookshop!

Next month won’t be quite as busy as October has been, but I’ll be out and about making a few appearances! As always, I love meeting and chatting with my readers on my travels around the country.

27th October
Waterstones in Watford
122 High Street Watford WD17 2BJ

3rd November
WHSmiths in Watford
intu, Watford WD17 2TF

17th November
WHSmiths in York
39-41 Coney St, York YO1 9QL

29th November
Brooks Book Shop
44-46 Bridge St, Pinner HA5 3JF

That’s all from me for now – I better get back to the writing desk to work on Geraldine Steel’s 14th case…

Leigh Russell’s Newsletter – September 2018

    After the excitement of the publication of Death Rope, the eleventh title in the Geraldine Steel series, I’ve been busy writing. Death Rope is available here. Throughout August I was busy working on edits and checking proofs for...

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Leigh Russell’s Newsletter – July 2018

    The very first of these newsletters went out in July last year, so we’ve been posting these for a year now. Can you believe it? I can’t! Cheers to that! And what an exciting newsletter this is, with the 11th Geraldine Steel...

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Leigh Russell’s Newsletter – June 2018

    I know I tell you this every time, but June really has been another busy month - there's no rest for us writers! Read on to find out about my escapades at CrimeFest in Bristol, MysteryFest in Portsmouth, and everywhere else in between. But don't worry,...

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Leigh Russell’s Newsletter – May 2018

    May has been a busy month, full of travelling, panels and book signings! There is also exciting news for both Geraldine and myself. Read on to find out.... EXCITING NEWS ON THE BOOK FRONT I’ve been working on a venture that is...

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Leigh Russell’s Newsletter – April 2018

    It’s been a busy April, and I’m excited to share with you what I’ve been doing - as well as writing, of course! I hope you’ve all been enjoying Geraldine’s latest investigation in Class Murder, and would love to hear your thoughts on the case. Please...

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Leigh Russell’s Newsletter – March 2018

    TODAY IS THE DAY! I'm very excited that the print edition of CLASS MURDER is finally available and wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for supporting me and Geraldine over the years! Having my tenth Geraldine Steel book available is a...

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Leigh Russell’s Newsletter – January 2018

    It’s been a quiet January, after a very busy Christmas, and I hope you all enjoyed a break over the holiday period, with plenty of good food, your favourite tipple, brilliant company and of course some time to read! Hopefully those of you who had the chance to...

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Leigh Russell’s Newsletter – December 2017

    I'm so pleased to say Class Murder is now officially on sale as an eBook and even more delighted that it has already made it into the Kindle Top 20 bestsellers! This Christmas, for the very first time Geraldine Steel features in...

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Leigh Russell’s Newsletter – November 2017

    I’m very excited to share with you the news that, as well as my publisher sending me lovely new bookmarks (see above), Class Murder, the tenth Geraldine Steel title, is available as an ebook on December 7th. It can be pre-ordered here if...

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Leigh Russell’s Newsletter – October 2017

    Welcome to my October newsletter! As the nights draw in, and the days grow chilly, it’s time to sit by the fire and put your feet up with a good book. I’m currently reading through the proof copy of Class Murder the tenth Geraldine Steel...

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