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New diplomatic crime novel ‘Missing in Shanghai’ written by critically acclaimed author & ex diplomat Jean Harrod

‘Missing in Shanghai’
A story of entrapment, betrayal and espionage


Following the critically acclaimed ‘Deadly Diplomacy’ and ‘Deadly Deceit’ ex diplomat Jean Harrod returns with her next diplomatic crime novel masterpiece, ‘Missing in Shanghai’. To be published on the 17th May 2018.
A British Ambassador dead and a missing British diplomat in Shanghai, yet all records of these people have been obliterated!

Set in the present day in London and Shanghai in 1984. It is a story of entrapment, betrayal and espionage. The plot moves back and forth in time and unfolds through two perspectives – Diplomat Jess Turner the present day in London, and diplomat Marianne Henderson in Shanghai in 1984.

Jean Harrod worked in the British Embassy in Peking from 1980-83. In her role as diplomat, Jean was one of two officers sent to Shanghai to open a new British Consulate-General in 1984-85, her knowledge of Shanghai adds facts to her fiction

Praise for Jean Harrod:-

Jean has followed the first law of writing. Write about what you know! Jean Harrod is the Agatha Christie of the contemporary diplomatic world."
Alastair Goodlad, former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs

“Harrod engages the reader with her fast-paced narrative ... beautifully written”

“Jean Harrod writes with an authoritative hand … very readable”.

Notes to the editor

About the book

Diplomat Jess Turner is in London, working on the China desk in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. It’s her job to ensure the State visit of the Chinese President runs smoothly, but tensions are running high.
As work progresses, Jess uncovers a shocking secret. A British diplomat, Marianne Henderson, went missing in Shanghai in 1984 and has never been seen again. Not only that, all evidence she ever existed vanished with her. When Jess starts asking questions, she is warned off. But she is caught up in a chain of events she has no power to control. As she digs into the past to find out what happened to Marianne, Jess finds herself in grave danger.

‘Missing in Shanghai’, set in London and Shanghai
‘Deadly Diplomacy’, set in Australia,
‘Deadly Deceit’, set in the Turks and Caicos Islands, Caribbean.

Each novel is set in a different country, with a different plot, and can be read as standalones. The central characters, diplomat Jess Turner and DI Tom Sangster, appear in all the novels.

About the author

Jean Harrod is a former British diplomat who has spent much of her life working overseas in Embassies and High Commissions in Australia, Brussels, the Caribbean, China, East Berlin, Indonesia, Mauritius and

Jean now lives in North Yorkshire. Along with her diplomatic crime novels, Jean is an active contributor to regional theatre; she has written and staged several plays.

Book Information:-

Title: ‘Missing in Shanghai’
Series: Diplomatic Crime Series
Author: Jean Harrod
Publisher: York Authors Coffee Shop

Sales and distribution:-

York Publishing Services Ltd
64 Hallfield Road Layerthorpe York, YO31 7ZQ Tel: 01904 431213 Email
Pages 425
ISBN: 978-0-992997175
Format Paperback
RRP £7.99
Release date 17 May 2018
BIC Fiction
Readership General

Media contact: d’Image ltd Email Tel: 07776 236467. ‘Missing in Shanghai’ will be available from 17 May 2018 from Amazon and all good book stores