J. G. Harlond’s historical crime fiction weaves fictitious characters into real events. ‘Local Resistance’ is a World War II murder mystery set in a small Cornish fishing village, where everyone knows everyone but no one really knows the truth. The story revolves around a hidden Operations Base used by what became known as ‘Churchill’s Secret Army’. ‘The Empress Emerald’ is set during the final days of the British Raj; a young man is involved in intelligence gathering for England, until he discovers his true identity. ‘The Chosen Man’ tells of the espionage and skulduggery of a Hispano/Vatican conspiracy during what became known as ‘tulipmania’ in seventeenth century Holland; it is the first book in the Ludo da Portovenere trilogy. ‘Dark Night, Black Horse’ is a novella based on a true story about how a young boy saved a magnificent, black stallion during the Spanish Civil War.
Apart from fiction, Jane also writes educational material for Oxford University Press under her married name. Jane grew up in Devon, and studied in England and the U.S.A. before finishing her academic studies with an M.A. in Social and Political Thought at the University of Sussex. She has lived and worked in various different countries and is married to a retired Spanish naval officer. They have a large, grown-up family scattered around Europe and now live in rural Andalucía, Spain.