Leigh Rus­sell writes a top-sell­ing crime thriller

The Jewish Chronicle - - People -

AT THE age of 55, English teacher Leigh Rus­sell has turned to crime — of the fic­tional va­ri­ety. Mrs Rus­sell, who teaches at Alden­ham school, Herts, has pub­lished her de­but novel — a crime thriller ti­tled Cut Short (No Exit Press).

Fea­tur­ing a fe­male de­tec­tive as pro­tag­o­nist, the book reached num­ber 2 on the Fe­male Sleuths cat­e­gory on Ama­zon, and Mrs Rus­sell is now work­ing on her sec­ond. She tells Peo­ple: “I got to a stage in my life where I had some time on my hands. I had this idea and started writ­ing for fun. It never occurred to me that any­one would pub­lish it.” She says: “It is en­cour­ag­ing that you can com­pletely rein­vent your­self at 50.” The mother-of-two has been in­vited to join Cur­zon Group, a col­lec­tion of high-pro­file au­thors formed to pro­mote Bri­tish thriller writ­ing.

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