Jean HarrodHello, and welcome to my website. For those who don’t know me yet, I’m Jean Harrod, a former British diplomat, now writing crime thrillers. You can check out my books through the buttons above, and click onto my blog for my latest posts.
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Deadly Deceit – Book 2 in my Jess Turner crime series is now out. Don’t worry if you haven’t read Book 1 – Deadly Diplomacy – yet. All my novels can be read as stand alones. Each one is set in a different country, with a different plot, although the central characters – Jess Turner and DI Tom Sangster – run through the series. I hope you will enjoy following their exploits around the world.

Deadly Deceit is set in the exotic Turks and Caicos Islands, a British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean, where my heroine Jess Turner is sent on temporary assignment to the Governor’s Office. She finds beautiful coral sands and stunning turquoise seas, but things are not what they seem. The locals are upset about boatloads of illegal migrants arriving from nearby Haiti on their shores, and fearful of the voodoo they bring. Tensions are running high. When the Governor is critically injured in a car crash, and a brutal murder occurs, Jess is left reeling. What she starts to uncover sends shockwaves through the corridors of power back in London.

I’ve lived and worked in all the countries I set my novels in, so I hope my experience and knowledge shines through these fictional plots. My aim is to bring a real international dimension to my novels that I hope readers will find intriguing and original.

I’m delighted with the initial reviews for Deadly Deceit:-

Terrific … a rip-roaring sequel to Deadly Diplomacy. Jean Harrod is the Agatha Christie of the contemporary diplomatic world.” Alastair Goodlad, former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.

“What a corker of a book! Found myself sucked in right from the start, totally grabbing me. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough, and it kept me guessing until the end.” Shell Baker, Crime Book Club

“Packed with drama and intrigue, there are few books that so comprehensively grip the reader and I cannot wait for the next instalment. I truly believe you will find this novel every bit as fascinating and ‘unputdownable’ as I did. This is possibly my favourite and best-written novel of the year so far.” WP Robertson. Pocketful of Rye.

“An excellent story, beautifully written … one of those books that is difficult to put down and easy to pick up at any possible moment … the story is gripping and Harrod engages the reader with her fast-paced narrative. (

“A thought-provoking and gripping tale set I the Caribbean. Between the pages lurk murder, voodoo and people-smuggling … Jean Harrod writes with an authoritative hand. In the first few pages I was transported into the midst of a chokingly powerful scene. Deadly Deceit is a very readable and fascinating work of fiction, and can easily be read in one tension-filled sitting.” (

So, I hope that all tempts you to read Deadly Deceit, and my first novel Deadly Diplomacy. They are available from high street bookshops, or from Amazon on the above links. E-books on kindle, kobo and iTunes.

Also, I give lots of talks about my life as a diplomat, and about my crime thrillers. So please contact me via this website if you are interested in me coming along to your event.