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About J. L. Harland

Two authors: one name. As well as working on separate writing projects Jacqueline Harrett and Janet Laugharne write together. They have penned a novel, What Lies Between Them, a novella, From Bardi to Pontypridd: Marcello’s Story and two short stories. They are working towards a short story collection while searching for a publisher for their debut novel.

December 2020

November 2020

Those Who Know by Alis Hawkins

By |2020-11-08T10:36:37+00:00November 8th, 2020|Review|

Those Who Know is Alis Hawkins’ third novel in the historical crime series set in nineteenth century West Wales. The story concerns political hustings for Harry Probert-Lloyd to secure the coroner’s post, which he currently holds on a temporary basis, and an investigation into the death of a schoolteacher, Nicholas Rowland. Both events are, ultimately, integrally tied together, as the threads of the plot unfold.

Reparation by Gaby Koppel

By |2020-11-01T10:57:37+00:00November 1st, 2020|Review|

Goby Koppel’s debut novel, Reparation, is a story with many different elements. It is a story of conflicting issues and the struggle to deal with love and loss. Justice is seen in the end, but it does not come with ease. Balancing the story of wartime Hungary and a crime in the Hasidic community this is an ambitious tale but told with proficiency.

October 2020

The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

By |2020-10-19T08:30:12+00:00October 19th, 2020|Review|

The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths, her 18th novel and a Times Crime Book of the Year, is a tightly wound and gripping crime story with many layers. Central to it is the use of a Victorian Gothic story and literary references which builds suspense upon suspense until the final, well-hidden, resolution.

How to Write a Novel: That Will Sell Well and Satisfy Your Inner Artist by Harry Bingham

By |2020-10-11T16:28:17+00:00October 11th, 2020|Review|

Bingham’s How to Write a Novel gives advice to writers about planning, prose, characters, point of view, story, scenes and chapters and how to achieve perfection.

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