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Arsenic and Old Lace?

As Winter envelops us, I’m heading into the depths of the countryside (well, Ditchling) in Sussex at the end of this month to join fellow crime novelists, Elly Griffiths, William Shaw and Susan Wilkins in a warm and cosy barn. Over tea and scones, we’ll talk about our stories. Do wrap up and come along. Beware the smell of almonds as you sip your tea…..… 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

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