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Deadly Deceit by Jean Harrod
  

Deadly Deceit

Part of the Diplomatic Crime Series Series
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A thought-provoking and gripping tale set in the Caribbean, between the pages lurk murder, voodoo, and people smuggling. This is the second in the Diplomatic Crime Series after Deadly Diplomacy, and although it’s my first foray into this world, it certainly won’t be my last. Jean Harrod worked as a British Diplomat for years and travelled the globe, knowing this immediately adds authenticity to the background setting of the story. Diplomat Jess Turner and Australian DI Tom Sangster land on the beautiful Turks and Caicos Islands, then a murder hurls fear and suspicion in every direction. Jean Harrod writes with an authoritative hand, in the first few pages I was transported into the midst of a chokingly powerful scene. Every so often an unknown sinister voice rises from the page, encouraging the tension to multiply. ‘Deadly Deceit’ is a very readable and fascinating work of fiction, and can easily be read in one tension-filled sitting. ~ Liz Robinson

A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher...

"Deadly Deceit put me straight in a boat, with a woman and baby, during a Caribbean storm. From then on, I just had to know 'what's-going-to-happen-next'. After a shocking and brutal start, the book is full of twists and turns as we follow British diplomat Jess, and her DI friend Tom, as they unravel a plot based on the topical issue of criminal gangs and illegal migrants. Jean Harrod brings all her diplomatic experience of such problems to bear on the tough political realities, as well as the personal tragedies in this heart-felt novel. A terrific read. "

CE Roe, Editor, York Authors Coffee Shop

Synopsis

Deadly Deceit by Jean Harrod

British diplomat Jess Turner is on temporary assignment in the Governor's Office of the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean. The coral sands and turquoise seas are stunning, 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. DI Tom Sangster is investigating criminal gangs smuggling migrants to Australia. While in Miami for talks with US officials on this global problem, he sees Jess passing through the airport. He visits her in the TCI to find out how the British Government deals with the migrant problem in their Overseas Territory. Soon, they are working together to uncover the TCI's dark and disturbing secrets. But a hurricane is approaching and, as with each revelation they get closer to the truth, they end up fighting for their own lives.

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"Terrific ... Deadly Deceit is 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

About the Author

Jean Harrod

Jean Harrod is a former British diplomat who has spent much of her life working overseas in Embassies and High Commissions in Australia, Brus-sels, the Caribbean, China, East Berlin, Indonesia, Mauritius and Switzerland. Set in the Caribbean, ‘Deadly Deceit’ is her second diplomatic crime nov-el. The book is one of a series featuring diplomat Jess Turner and Australian DI Tom Sangster.

Below is a Q&A with this author.

What made you decide to use your career as a diplomat to write a crime series?
In the 1990s I was the British Consul in Indonesia, and responsible for the protection of British nationals in that country. I travelled around that archipelago of 33,000 islands trying to help Britons in trouble. I spent time with the police on murder investigations, forensics, prison visiting, sitting in trials, and identifying bodies from passport photos in the morgue. It was that experience that made me think that one day I would write a series of diplomatic crime thrillers. And that’s what I’m doing now.

Tell us why you wrote Deadly Deceit?
I write about all the countries I’ve lived and worked in. The first novel in my ‘diplomatic crime series’ – Deadly Diplomacy - was set in Australia. I put my heroine diplomat Jess Turner in Australia because my knowledge of that country was more current than Indonesia. I decided to set novel 2 – Deadly Deceit – in the Turks and Caicos Islands because my knowledge of that British Overseas Territory was also current, and the plot just wouldn’t go out of my head until I’d written it down.

Who has had the biggest influence on your writing?
As a child, I loved adventure books. Enid Blyton was my favourite author back then. The Famous Five series, and Mallory Towers, in particular. Later in my teens, I started reading Agatha Christie, and became hooked on the ‘whodunnit’. Of course I read all the classics too, but I would always come back to the crime thriller.

For you which comes first, the characters or the plot?
I had my heroine, diplomat Jess Turner, in my head since the 1990s when the idea first came to me to write a diplomatic crime series. For novel 1, Deadly Diplomacy, the two main characters (Jess Turner and DI Tom Sangster) came first, then the plot. So, for novel 2, Deadly Deceit, I already had my two main characters Jess and Tom (these two characters run through my series). The plot in the Turks and Caicos had been rattling around in my head for some time.

How do you keep pace with advancements in crime detection?
I had contacts in the Australian Police when I was writing Deadly Diplomacy to ask when writing something procedural. I have contacts in the UK Police too and ask them for advice too.

What is your typical writing day?
Most days, I start around 9am because I find it easier to write in the mornings. I work until 1pm when I stop for lunch. In the afternoon I usually do paperwork, answer readers’ emails, and some social media. The good thing about writing is that I don’t have to keep to this schedule, I can organize my day exactly how I want to.

What are the most important lesson learned in writing?
To never give up. Writing a novel is hard work, with lots of re-writing and editing to get to the final manuscript. Patience, self-discipline, and persistence is the only way to do it. Also, to write what you know and be sincere.

Name three writers who have inspired you the most
Agatha Christie because she is still the Queen of Crime Writing, in my view.
Charlotte Bronte because she was so brilliant at characterization and observing people.
Charles Dickens because he is a brilliant writer.

You have the next novel in your crime series coming out in 2017. How is that coming along?
Novel 3 is set in London and Shanghai, and goes back and forth in time. I spent several years working in China in the 1980s and will take readers back to that time in the book. I have worked out the plot and characters, and written several opening chapters. I will press on with it across the summer.

What’s your top tip for aspiring authors?
Just keep writing what you feel you want to write. Accept rejection and criticism as part of the learning curve, but never give up!

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Publication date

16th June 2016

Author

Jean Harrod

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Publisher

York Authors Coffee Shop

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Paperback

Categories

Action Adventure / Spy
Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense

Political / legal thriller

ISBN

9780992997144

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