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G K Chesterton


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Marsali Taylor will be a familiar name to Mystery People members. Until last year she was a regular contributor to this newsletter, with vivid descriptions of her daily life in the UK’s northernmost reaches, the Shetland islands, where she has lived most of her adult life with her composer husband Philip, three spoiled cats and a wilful Shetland pony. Although not a native Shetlander – she was brought up in Musselburgh, near Edinburgh – she has been an integral part of the island community since she moved there to take up her first teaching post after reading English at Dundee University, followed by teacher training at Craiglockhart College, Edinburgh. Sailing is as much a part of Marsali’s life as of Cass’s; like many Shetlanders, she has her own yacht, Karima, and has made voyages on the longship Sørlandet as a trainee. And if you believe her popular crime fiction series featuring sailor Cass Lynch and her police detective boyfriend Gavin Mccrae, Shetland is a dangerous place to live!





Leigh Russell is well-known to readers of Mystery People and was first interviewed for the December 2012 issue of this e-Zine to celebrate the publication of her fifth Geraldine Steel novel.  She has since published eleven more novels featuring Steel, two additional crime series, two stand-alone psychological thrillers and a work of dystopian fiction.
She has won numerous awards for her writing and has sold over a million books.
Leigh also critiques for the Crime Writers Association, chairs the CWA Debut Dagger Award judging panel, and works as a Consultant Fellow for the Royal Literary Fund.  Leigh attends many conferences over the course of each year and was Guest of Honour at this year’s MysteryFest in Portsmouth.
Her latest novel, Deep Cover, was published by
No Exit Press on 24 August 2021.





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