LESLEY COOKMAN has been writing, directing and performing in pantomime for many years. Formerly a freelance journalist, she was for a time editor of The Call Boy, the magazine of the British Music Hall Society, and her pantomimes have been performed not only across the British Isles, but in Australia and America. She now writes the Libby Sarjeant mystery series (Accent Press), in which she uses her background in amateur theatre.
Born in Guildford, Surrey, Lesley spent her early life in south London, before marrying and moving all over the south-east of England. Lesley fell into feature writing by accident, then went on to reviewing for both magazines and radio. She writes for the stage, she has written short fiction for women's weekly magazines and is a former editor of The Call Boy, the British Music Hall Society journal. Her first Libby Sarjeant novel, Murder In Steeple Martin, was published to much acclaim in 2006, followed in 2007 by Murder At The Laurels and Murder In Midwinter. In 2008, Lesley's ever-increasing number of fans welcomed the publication of Murder By The Sea. 2009 saw the publication of Murder In Bloom. In addition to Murder In The Green, Murder Imperfect will also be published in 2010.
Her passion for the theatre is reflected in her first non-fiction work, How To Write A Pantomime, also published by Accent Press.