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
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
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
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.… Read more
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
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
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
I will be interviewed by Lisa Holloway, presenter of Brighton’s The Space at an evening hosted by the oldest writing group in the UK (founded in 1937). Lisa and I will discuss a number of topics including my use of place both in the past and the present, different themes in my novels: loss, class, relationships with family and in my new novel – published that day – The Detective’s Secret surveillance, and betrayal.… Read more