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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.

January 2021

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

By |2021-01-12T17:15:11+00:00January 12th, 2021|Review|

The Midnight Library is an engaging and unusual story in its narrative structure and in the way it combines philosophical discussion with humour and contemporary dialogue. An extraordinary book for extraordinary times it examines choices and how the main character, Nora Seed, could have had different lives if she had made different choices. It has been serialised for Radio Four and highly acclaimed as a Goodreads Choice Award for Fiction 2020.

December 2020

Crime After Crime: A Collection of Crime Stories Edited by Debz Hobbs-Wyatt & Stephen Puleston

By |2020-12-15T17:53:14+00:00December 15th, 2020|Review|

Crime after Crime, with a foreword by Stephen Leather, is a collection of short stories from several different writers with crime at the centre of the tales. Each story is different in content and tone. Dark crimes with twists in the ending these tales are sure to keep the reader thinking.

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

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