Lesley Thomson

Interviewed 18 February 2017

Lesley Thomson

Lesley Thomson was born in 1958 and brought up in Hammersmith. She graduated from Brighton University in 1981 and moved to Sydney, Australia the year after. When she returned to London, she did several jobs to support writing. This included working for one of the first Internet companies in the UK.

Her first novel, Seven Miles From Sydney, came out in 1987 and made the City Limits top ten best books for that year. In 1990 she worked with actor Sue Johnston on her semi-autobiographical book, Hold onto the Messy Times. While completing an MA in English Literature at Sussex University Lesley wrote A Kind of Vanishing.

Lesley is a guest tutor on the Creative Writing and Publishing MA at West Dean. With Elly Griffiths, she runs a crime-writing short course there, and also leads workshops and takes master classes on writing crime novels.

She is writing The Detective’s Daughter series, featuring Stella Darnell (MD of Clean Slate Cleaning Services) and Jack Darnell, a driver on London Underground’s District Line.

Lesley lives in East Sussex with her partner and a raggedy poodle both of whom are treated to blow-by-blow accounts of scenes and twists in plot at any given time. She doesn’t know how they sleep at night.

Books by Lesley Thomson

Death of a Mermaid

Frederica ‘Freddy’ Power returns to her childhood home after 22 years and must confront her past and face unpleasant truths about her family.

Reviewed on 31 October 2020 by John Cleal

The Death Chamber

In 1977, a 17-year-old girl was never seen again after leaving a village disco. Twenty years later, police searching for another missing teenager find her remains. Cleaning company boss and amateur detective Stella Darnell and her tube train driver partner Jack Harmon investigate.

Reviewed on 27 July 2019 by John Cleal

The House With No Rooms

A chilling case for detective’s daughter, Stella Darnell, as crimes of the past echo in the present.

Reviewed on 21 January 2017 by Jim Beaman