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        • John Fullerton says (November 2020): “There’s no-one with a more readable narrative flow than James.”
        • “An influential and often brilliant crime novelist,” said Lit Hub Weekly, in January 2021


    Here comes my latest!

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    Did she fall or was she pushed?
    It should have been a dream come true. Nick always fancied her at school but nothing came of it. Six years later he meets up with her again. This time she wants him. She has left university now and he plays in a jazz-rock band. She leads him into the dark and complex labyrinth of food politics, in which heroes and villains do not come conveniently packaged. Businessmen can be human, animal rights activists can be vicious. Meanwhile, his band is preparing for its biggest ever opportunity – a slot at the world famous Glastonbury Festival. If Nick can make it.
    Check it out now – CLICK HERE

  • And it follows this surprisingly topical story:1TNYcover4

    It’s 2001, the start of a new millennium. Disease sweeps the nation, people are quarantined, the government fumbles. The weather is extraordinary and people grumble about illegal immigrants.

    Britain’s Foot and Mouth Disease will cost billions and see the death of hundreds of thousands of animals. Farmers will lose their livelihoods and some will kill themselves. When the government is accused of incompetence the General Election will be postponed. All this before September, and that other tragedy on the other side of the world.

    2001 was a lifetime ago, yet it could be today.

    Relive that extraordinary year: right here.

    And also . . . JUST OUT:
    A splendid illustrated reference book written with my friend James Havers:

    A magnificent illustrated guide to some gorgeous books you can still find in second-hand bookshops at very reasonable prices. (Assuming you can still find a second-hand bookshop, of course!)

    ** More details HERE

    Meanwhile, some of last year’s titles . . .

    Have you tasted the delights of my Croome Victorian Saga? After the more than positive response to earlier books in the Croome Saga – that’s After She Drowned and  The Captain’s Ward (see below), the third in the trilogy is now out. It’s called Man’s Estate, and forms the climax to the trilogy. I think it’s best if you read The Captain’s Ward first – but what do I know? I’m only the author. Check it out here.

    The Croome Victorian Trilogy runs from the 1880s to the early 1890s, telling tales from the growing town of Croome and the nearby Manor. You can read the books in any sequence, though I think you’ll enjoy the trilogy more if you read The Captain’s Ward before the third and latest, Man’s Estate.

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    Man’s Estate, the third in the Croome saga, takes place in 1893. Two fathers must choose between daughters and sons. The squire’s four children are headed by the tall, proud, good-looking Riordan. Does he deserve to take over the estate? Meanwhile, in Croome itself, should works foreman Nathan Brook favour his prodigal son over his stay-at-home daughter? Available as both a paperback and an ebook:

    From Amazon: CLICK HERE or in any other ebook format: CLICK HERE

    Earlier in the saga . . . Located in the same semi-rural area around Croome and Milham, The Captain’s Ward tells of the close relationship between a teenage orphan and her charismatic guardian.

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    See the KINDLE version HERE Or in any other book format: HERE Or as a splendid PAPERBACK version HERE

    But have you read After She Drowned yet? It’s about forbidden love in the Victorian church, and is available as both a paperback and an ebook. CLICK the image to take a peek! ASD Cover thumbnail Kindle downloads of all my books can be had direct from Amazon:  Russell James page Or if you’re trying to avoid Amazon, find my books in other formats by clicking My ebooks at Smashwords

    Please LIKE the page by scrolling to the foot of this page and clicking the LIKE BUTTON! Thanks!

    Moody girl on outdoor benchAnd finally . . .

    As well as my own titles, I also spent several months last year editing, adding notes and illustrations to a Victorian Sensation NovelLord Oakburn’s Daughters, by Mrs Henry Wood (best-selling author at the time; her most famous book being East Lynne). Lord Oakburn’s Daughters is now available as a splendid paperback or on Kindle from Amazon or you can check out the story first by clicking HERE.   (For full details from my publisher Prospero Books – click HERE)

    By the way . . . There’s yet more on me and my other books on ABOUT ME. And I run a blog on books in general, called Booksmatter (because books do) which you can find by clicking HERE and a site devoted to (mainly lesser-known) Victorian illustrators and writers, called VICTORIAN LINES: HERE

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