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ISBN: 9781842433546
Price: £7.99
Casing: Paperback
Format: B (198 x 129mm)
Extent: 352pp
Rights: World
Pub. Date: May 2012


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Leigh Russell

Leigh Russell studied at the University of Kent, gaining a Masters degree in English. For many years a secondary school English teacher, she is a creative writing tutor for adults. She is married, has two daughters, and lives in North West London.

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Cut Short

by Leigh Russell


In the tradition of Ruth Rendell, Lynda la Plante, Frances Fyfield and Barbara Vine, Cut Short is a gripping psychological thriller that introduces DI Geraldine Steel, a woman whose past is threatening to collide with her future.

When DI Geraldine Steel relocates to the quiet rural town of Woolsmarsh, she expects to find her new home to be somewhere where nothing much ever happens; a space where she can battle her demons in private. But when she finds herself pitted against a twisted killer preying on local young women she quickly discovers how wrong she is...

By day, the park is a place for children's games, for people walking their dogs or taking a short cut to avoid the streets. But in the shadows a predator prowls, hunting for a fresh victim. When an unwitting bystander comes forward as a witness she quickly becomes the next object of his murderous obsessions - someone whom the killer must stop at all costs.

DI Geraldine Steel is locked into a race against time, determined to find the killer before they discover yet another naked corpse . But can she save the lives of the town's young women - or will Geraldine herself become the killer's ultimate trophy?



Stop Dead by Leigh Russell has been nominated for The People's Book Prize
Do please take a couple of moments to visit this People's Book Prize link and cast your vote in support.

Cut Short - CWA Dagger shortlist, #1 iTunes, #1 Women Sleuths
Road Closed - #1 Women Sleuths, Top 20 kindle, Top Read Eurocrime, Top 50 iTunes
Dead End - #1 Women Sleuths, Top 20 kindle, Top 20 WH Smith's, Top 10 Miami Examiner
Death Bed - #1 Women Sleuths, Top 20 WH Smith's
Stop Dead - #1 on Amazon Kindle
D.I Geraldine Steel is a Lovereading Great Female Sleuth

taut and compelling
- Peter James

Leigh Russell is one to watch
- Lee Child

A brilliant talent in the thriller field.
- Jeffery Deaver


Cut Short is a stylish, top-of-the-line crime tale, a seamless blending of psychological sophistication and gritty police procedure. And you're just plain going to love DI Geraldine Steel.
- Jeffery Deaver

Russell paints a careful and intriguing portrait of a small British community while developing a compassionate and complex heroine who's sure to win fans.
- Publisher's Weekly [read the full review]

an excellent debut
- Mark Campbell, Crime Time [read the full review]

'It's an easy read with the strength of the story at its core.......If you want to be swept along with the story above all else, Cut Short is certainly a novel for you'.
- crimeficreader, [read the full review]

Simply awesome! This debut novel by Leigh Russell will take your breath away
- Amanda C M Gillies, [read the full review]

A powerful ability to sweep you up into the story
- CGD Libraries [read the full review]

an excellent book...Truly a great start for new mystery author Leigh Russell.
- Michael Lipkin, New York Journal of Books [read the full review]

CUT SHORT is a book I had to read in one sitting... excellent new series
- Beth, Murder by Type [read the full review]

a surefire hit - a taut, slick, easy to read thriller
- Melanie Dakin, Watford Observer [read the full review]

a pretty fine police procedural, with a convincing if disconcerting feel of contemporary Britain.
- PPO Kane, The Compulsive Reader [read the full review]

Cut Short featured in one of Eurocrime's reviewers' Top Reads for 2009
- Amanda Gillies, Eurocrime [read the full review]

Cut Short is not a comfortable read, but it is a compelling and important one. Highly recommended.
- Radmila May, Mystery Women [read the full review]

well written debut psychological thriller
- [read the full review]

gritty and totally addictive debut novel
- Sam Millar, New York Journal of Books

If you’re a real fan of police procedurals, you’ll probably enjoy this read
- Claudette C. Smith, Sacramento Book Review [read the full review]

'I found Cut Short to be a fantastic read, taking me only days to finish. I thought it to be well-written and well-paced, with a fresh batch of intriguing characters to go along with a fresh tight plot.'
- James Garcia Jr., Dance on Fire [read the full review]

an excellent story, skilfully built and well told
- Sue Magee, [read the full review]

intelligently written, gripping crime fiction
- Helen M. Hunt, Bookersatz Blogspot [read the full review]

I look forward to the second book in the series
- Nayu's Reading Corner [read the full review]

a very excellent book!
- The Book Buff Blog [read the full review]

a wonderful series
- Clarissa Draper, [read the full review]

difficult to put down
- Calum, The Secret Writer [read the full review]

A very enjoyable read! I highly recommend it!
- Bless Their Hearts Mom [read the full review]


Leigh Discusses moral dilemmas, and good vs. evil in Crimespree

Leigh Russell Interview on Nayu's Reading Corner

Leigh Russell Interview on The Literary Project

Leigh Russell reading an excerpt from Cut Short on YouTube

Leigh Russell's Blog

Leigh Russell talks to crime writer Mark Roberts

Leigh Russell's You Tube Channel

Leigh Russell is delighted to be appearing at the St Clementin Literary Festival in France this summer!

Leigh Russell is the featured author this month on the Crime Readers' Association website!

Leigh Russell giveaway and guest post on Mythical Books

Leigh Russell on The Crime Reader's Association Website

Latest stop on Leigh's US Blog Tour!

US Blog tour continues on Brooke Blogs

British Crime Author, Leigh Russell, interviewed on There's Been A Murder

First ever interview with Geraldine Steel

Review of ROAD CLOSED and interview with Leigh Russell!

Leigh Russell's Crime Writing Tips on CRA

Review of Geraldine Steel series from Cut Short to Death Bed!

Leigh Russell on Why Write Crime?

Leigh Russell on Explain Your Shelf.

Geraldine Steel fan page on Facebook!

The CRA on Leigh Russell

Simon's 10 question interview with Leigh Russell

Leigh Russell interview with Lloyd Paige

Leigh Russell interviewed on Writers and Authors

Birds on a wire on Cut Short and Road Closed: 'These two taut tales are still my favorites'

Leigh Russell highly recommended by Bless Their Hearts Mom

Q&A with Leigh Russell on CMash Reads

Leigh Russell Guest Post on Deal Sharing Aunt

Leigh Russell interviewed on Our Book Reviews Online

Leigh Russell and The Deadly Dames interviewed on Woman and Words

Harper Collins welcomes popular author Leigh Russell to its eBooks roster

I fell into writing like Alice down the rabbit hole. Feature on The Writers Room

‘The Lone Writer’ by Leigh Russell

Bestselling Author Leigh Russell on Writing

Leigh Russell tells The Story of Books

Guest Author Leigh Russell : Living the Dream from a Walk in the Park!

Marilyn's Musings: Leigh Russell Interview

Leigh Russell – Author Profile on

Shots Mag: LeighRussell on DI Geraldine Steel, crime-writing techniques and future of publishing industry

Female First interview

Leigh Russell interviewed on Chinwag at the Slaughterhouse

Leigh Russell interview on News from Nowhere

Writing A Series - Harrogate Festival website

'Crime Writing at its Best' - Interview with Leigh Russell at

Interview with Leigh Russell at 'Promoting Crime Fiction'

Interview with Leigh Russell on The Yellow Room

Crime Pays

Not a 'whodunnit' but a 'whydunnit', leigh is interviewed in Harpendia

Morgen's Author Interviews: No 229 Leigh Russell

It's the 'why dunnit?' theme for writer Leigh Russell: Manchester Evening News 10/7/12

Interview in the splendidly named The Moaning Times

Creating Characters We Care About: Leigh Russell shares her tips with The Crime Readers’ Association

Leigh Russell on writing Death Bed -

Interview with Leigh Russell on

Limited Edition Hardback of Death Bed numbered and signed - Here's my publisher making sure none of the copies were left unsigned

Leigh Russell on the popularity of crime fiction

Leigh Russell on the Prime Writing Academy site

All Crime Authors Depend On Expert Guidance

Writing a Series by Leigh Russell

Is The Writing On The Wall For Literacy? - Leigh Russell in CrimeTime

Interview with Leigh Russell on birdsonawire

Literary thriller was dreamed up on walk in Harrow park

Leigh Russell at CWA Harrogate 2011 - interviewed by Sonia Kilvington

Leigh Russell Interview with The Imp Magazine (see pp14 - 15)

Leigh Russell's Guest Blog on Nayu's Reading Corner

Leigh Russell Interview with

Leigh Russell interviewed on

Leigh Russell talking about Road Closed and Cut Short (audio)

Leigh Russell interviewed on Talk Radio Europe (audio)

Leigh Russell interview with In Touch Magazine

Leigh Russell interview in Hertfordshire Life

Leigh Russell in the Watford Observer

Leigh Russell on the Musings of an All Purpose Monkey blog

Leigh Russell interviewed on Scene of the Crime

Leigh Russell interviewed on Write Here, Write Now

Leigh Russell on the 'If Shakespeare had a blog' blog

Leigh Russell in the Times Educational Supplement

Leigh Russell on the Harrogate Festival website

Leigh Russell interview on the Harrogate Festival website

Leigh Russell interview on The Rap Sheet site

Leigh Russell's Blog on

Leigh Russell on Dead End

Leigh Russell on good and evil in crime fiction, in Crimespree Magazine

Leigh Russell on e-books in Crime Time

Leigh Russell on ebooks for InTouch Magazine

Leigh Russell interviewed in the Verulam Writers Circle Magazine

Leigh Russell's Bookshelf


Cold Sacrifice (pb)
Dead End (pb)
Death Bed (pb)
Fatal Act (pb)
Road Closed (pb)
Stop Dead (pb)


Race To Death