Jean Harrod

Jean Harrod

Author of the Jess Turner series of international crime thrillers. Former diplomat and playwright.

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16 June 2016 – Release Date Deadly Deceit (novel 2)

Getting excited now – only one month to go until 16 June and the release of Deadly Deceit! Book 2 in my diplomatic crime is set in the Turks and Caicos Islands,a British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean. My heroine,… Continue Reading →

Thanks to you, my debut crime novel ‘Deadly Diplomacy’ is doing really well.

Hi everyone I just wanted to say a big thank you to all the readers who have bought a copy of my debut novel ‘Deadly Diplomacy’. It’s in a ‘diplomatic’ crime genre all on its own, which is great. Truly… Continue Reading →

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Hi everyone. Just wanted to let you know that I am currently running a book giveaway on Goodreads. It’s set to run until January 16th 2016, and you can find out more details and enter by clicking the links in… Continue Reading →


Many of you have been in touch to say my blog has fallen off since the summer. Sorry about that. I have been working on my next novel, promise, but also travelling around a lot. I give talks around the… Continue Reading →

Harrogate Crime Writing Festival

I always enjoy the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival, and this year was no exception. Presided over by the kind and gracious Ann Cleeves, it featured a host of talented writers including Sara Paretsky, Val McDermid, N J Cooper, Lee Child,… Continue Reading →

A vote of confidence in my racy chapter

On the day before the election, I happened to write a racy chapter for my latest novel. Unsure of whether the somewhat explicit scene worked or not, I emailed it to a writer friend for her opinion. In a hurry… Continue Reading →

Interview with Jenni Murray, Woman’s Hour

I really enjoyed the interview with Jenni Murray on Thursday 19 February. You can listen to it on iPlayer. Recalling my early years as a young diplomat in the 70s, reminded me of the journey women have taken over the… Continue Reading →

BBC Radio York Interview with Jonathan Cowap

It’s two weeks since I did my interview on Jonathan Cowap’s BBC Radio York morning show (21 January) and I’m only just getting round to blogging about it. There just aren’t enough hours in the day. But you can listen… Continue Reading →

‘You obviously love to write and talk’

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‘You obviously love to write and talk’. I took that as a compliment when someone said it to me the other evening after a talk I’d given on my life as a diplomat and my novel ‘Deadly Diplomacy‘,¬†because I’ve been… Continue Reading →

So far so good…

“Deadly Diplomacy is the most widely-read novel in York”. Those were the exact words from a friend last night when she rang to tell me that she’d seen a lady reading my novel¬†on the park and ride bus into town,… Continue Reading →

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