• My Books

    The Runaway

    The Runaway

    ‘A wonderfully eerie London setting and a suitably chilling plot.’ –Elly Griffiths

    The Detective's Secret

    The Detective’s Secret

    ‘Lesley Thomson is a class above.’ –Ian Rankin

    Ghost Girl

    Ghost Girl

    ‘A haunting novel about loss and reconciliation, driven by a simple but clever plot.’ — The Sunday Times

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    The Detective’s Daughter

    ‘Tense and gripping’ — Shotsmag

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    A Kind of Vanishing

    ‘A Kind of Vanishing is a novel to treasure.’ –Ian Rankin


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Welcome to my website

Welcome to my website. Here you can find details of my writing, of forthcoming events and past events.

I take photographs while writing, some for the novel in progress, others because something catches my eye. Many of these are here too.

This is a good way to be in touch with me, so do write to me with your thoughts and response to my novels, I’d love to hear from you.… Read more

Sainsbury’s Ebook of 2014

The Detective’s Daughter wins Sainsbury’s ebook of the year 2013.

Thanks to everyone who voted for The Detective’s Daughter. It beat 150 major titles to become Sainsbury’s ebook for 2014 and to go to the top of the supermarket’s ebook chart for a couple of weeks.

Please do read the Sainsbury’s interview on Lesley’s Author Page to find out more about the award and writing Detective’s Daughter.… Read more

Lesley with Peter James @ The Berry Theatre 9th Oct 2014

I joined Peter James, Fergus McNeil and James Law at the Berry Theatre for a night talking about the business of writing crime fiction at the Berry Theatre in Southampton (Hedge End). We had good fun swapping dark imaginings and evil doings.… Read more

Lesley talks to For Book’s Sake

I’m ‘talking’ to the website For Book’s Sake at 7pm today (30th September 2015)  live on Twitter.  Follow the conversation on @forbookssake at #fbsbookclub.… Read more

Lesley @ The Chiswick Literary Festival in September

2.45 pm: The Crime Professionals – inside knowledge and research

I’m on a panel with  Stephen Cassidy (retired Detective Chief Superintendent of the London Met)who helps me with my research, along with D. C. Lisa Cutts (Remember, Remember) and ex-criminal barrister, now lecturer in criminology and criminal law, Diana Bretherick (The Devil’s Daughters). We are talking about how our research (and personal experience of the other panelists)  informs our work as crime writers.

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Lesley goes ‘Underground’ with the Police

Hammersmith Library, with my publisher Head of Zeus, put on a thought-provoking and fun evening on Thursday 28th May 2015. Elly Griffiths was a wonderful  chair with panelists, retired Chief Superintendent Stephen Cassidy, Frank Pacifico Senior operator/trainer and train tester on the London Underground and me.

We discussed how Stephen and Frank have helped  with my research for  The Detective’s Daughter novels.… Read more

Reading Crime Month

As part of the CWA’s Crime Reading Month in June,  I’m on tour with fellow writers,  Elly Griffths, William Shaw and Susan Wilkins. We will be talking about writing crime and our latest novels. We’ve all read each other’s work and will discuss  common themes, areas of difference and our passion for writing and of course reading.… Read more

Hammersmith Calling

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Jack and Stella go South

I’ll be at Clapham Books this Thursday (20th May) reading from The Detective’s Secret and signing copies. Do come along!

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The Story Behind the Story – on writing The Detective’s Secret

I begin my writing process with an image. For this novel, the image was a windmill on the Sussex Downs with windows inserted beneath the sails. Anyone living there could see for miles.

In my twenties I read Victorian philosopher Jeremy Bentham’s description of an economically efficient prison. His ‘Panopticon’ was a tower with cells fanning out around it.… Read more

West Sussex Writers

I had a fascinating evening, being interviewed by Lisa Holloway of Brighton’s The Space at the invitation of the West Sussex Writers’ Group. Interesting questions – from Lisa – and from the writers in the audience. I came away energized.… Read more

Lesley Goes Home to Hammersmith

Murder in your neighbourhood. Detectives on your doorstep.

Come and see me in Hammersmith Library

Shepherds Bush Road, London W6 7AT

 Thursday 28th May 2015 at 6.00 – 7.30 pm.

Elly Griffiths (author of the fantastic Ruth Galloway novels) will be interviewing me about my new novel The Detective’s Secret. With guest Stephen Cassidy, retired Chief Superintendent of the Metropolitan Police who has helped me with research questions throughout my writing The Detective’s Daughter series.… Read more

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