Mystery Authors You May Have Missed
Jill McGown


Jill McGown was born August 9, 1947 in Campbeltown, Scotland. Her father was a fisherman and her mother was a secretary. The family moved to England in 1957 where McGown lived all of her life. At one point, mystery writer Colin Dexter was her Latin teacher. When she was laid off from British Steel, a company for which she worked many years, she decided to try her hand at writing. She was a success and made her living at writing for the rest of her life. Sadly, she died in April 2007 after a long illness at the age of 59.

What she writes: Her most successful books were the Inspector Lloyd and Judy Hill police procedurals. In the series, Lloyd and Hill, opposite in just about everything, begin by working together and then build a romantic relationship over the course of the series. Their realistic and human portrayal add a great sense of character. As each book ends, the reader continues to want more to find out how the duo resolve their current dilemma.


List of works
Inspector Lloyd and Judy Hill Series
  A Perfect Match (1983) Verdict Unsafe (1997) -- Large type
  Murder at the Old Vicarage (1988) -- Large type Picture of Innocence (1997)
  Gone to Her Death (1989) -- Large type Plots and Errors (1999)
  The Murders of Mrs. Austin and Mrs. Beale (1991) Scene of Crime (2001)
  Murder... Now and Then (1993) Death in the Family (2003)
  The Other Woman (1993) Unlucky for Some (2004)
  A Shred of Evidence (1996)  
Other books
  Record of Sin (1985) The Stalking Horse (1987)
  An Evil Hour (1986) Murder Movie (1988)
As Elizabeth Chaplin
  Hostage to Fortune (1992)  
What the critics say
"Stylishly written and insightful" - Publishers Weekly
"A stellar must-read, bound to delight existing fans and send newcomers seeking the rest of the series." - Publishers Weekly
"…professional (and romantic) collaboration creates tension, ignites sparks, and ultimately, in McGown's skilled telling, comprises superior mystery fiction." - Publishers Weekly


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