Born in Guildford, Surrey, Lesley spent her early life in South London, before marrying and moving all over the South East of England.  The family finally settled on the Kent coast where they still live. Lesley fell into feature writing by accident, then 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. As a mature student, she attained a gold medal for drama from her drama school in Guildford and a Master’s Degree from the University of Wales.  She still occasionally acts and directs for her local theatre company and is permanently working on her next Libby Sarjeant novel. She also now writes The Alexandrians Edwardian mystery series. For more information go to her website, www.lesleycookman.co.uk