International Writers Inspiring Change feature book review: Courting Danger by J.G. Harlond

An excellent crime novel

It’s Cornwall, England, 1943. As the war rages, with Nazi bombs routinely dropping nearby, a dumpy, grumpy wartime Detective Sergeant, Bob Robbins, who wants nothing more than to retire and watch birds, is called in to investigate a strange death. A young aspiring doctor is found dead in a pond in the open moors. Robbins and his new associate, Laurie, start to investigate and the clues lead them down a strange path of Celtic rituals, sordid affairs, greed and lust. Detective Robbins could be a brother to Columbo, the American crime investigator, with his sometimes off-putting commentary, dry humor and most importantly, an indelible questioning mind that will not be satisfied with anything but the absolute truth. This book is entertaining in so many ways, as we are pulled into Robbin’s mind and how, piece by piece, he solves the mystery, but also the way the author draws us into the pastoral, almost timeless ambience of a British rural community, where everyone knows everyone, and everything, where rumors abound, where secrets are plenty, and where a crime investigator, like Robbins, must pry them out of people who guard them with their very lives. This is quality writing and an excellent story in this series.

About J.G. Harlond

Secret agents, skulduggery, crime and romance that cross continents . . .J.G. Harlond (Jane) writes page-turning historical crime fiction. Each story is set against a background of real events, combining intrigue, romance, and downright wickedness. Many of her stories examine aspects of power, showing how decisions made in high places can affect the lives of ordinary people. For many years Jane worked in International Education, she then gave up a safe, successful and enjoyable career to become a full-time author. After travelling widely, she is now settled in rural Andalucía, southern Spain.

Author website

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