Books by Jill McGown

A native of Argyll, Scotland, Jill McGown has lived in Corby, England, since she was ten. She wrote her first novel, A Perfect Match, in 1983. Among those that have followed are Gone to Her Death, Murder at the Old Vicarage, Murder . . . Now and Then, The


UNLUCKY FOR SOME by Jill McGown
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 25, 2005

"The wide-ranging intelligence and exhaustive detail are stellar examples of what other police procedurals want to be when they grow up."
A bingo winner's fatal mugging is only the first act in a splendidly overstuffed tale of serial killing. Read full book review >
DEATH IN THE FAMILY by Jill McGown
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"McGown weaves one of her most tangled webs until a climactic revelation bares the ugly truth in a single masterstroke."
Watching from her maternity leave, DCI Judy Hill (Scene of Crime, 2001, etc.) sees that the Stansfield CID is being reorganized; she may be breaking her professional partnership with her newborn Charlotte's father, DCI Lloyd, and put in charge of the Malworth Constabulary herself if she can bring herself to leave Charlotte in someone else's care. Read full book review >
SCENE OF CRIME by Jill McGown
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 3, 2001

"Not even Hill's pointless maunderings on parenthood can spoil McGown's finely worked Chinese-box puzzle."
Chief Inspector Lloyd of the Stansfield CID (Verdict Unsafe, 1997, etc.) has gotten himself into a pickle, all right. Read full book review >
VERDICT UNSAFE by Jill McGown
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 1997

"For once, McGown (A Shred of Evidence, 1996, etc.) has set forth a case as gripping as its people—from the key clue buried in the opening sentence to the dizzying complications still being spun out moments before the final curtain."
Two years after the open-and-shut case against Colin Drummond came apart—despite a DNA match on the second of four rapes and a pair of eyewitnesses to the fourth—Drummond is free on a technicality. Read full book review >
A SHRED OF EVIDENCE by Jill McGown
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1996

"Only for the most slavishly devoted fans of the British procedural."
Stansfield's Detective Chief Inspector Lloyd and D.I. Judy Hill, his lover, housemate, and second-in-command (Murder . . . Read full book review >
MURDER...NOW AND THEN by Jill McGown
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 9, 1993

"A mostly intriguing tale for the patient reader."
Stansfield's Detective Chief Inspector Lloyd (The Other Woman, p. 23, etc.) is present when the town's biggest factory—owned by gossipy widow Zelda Driver—is taken over with glitzy ceremony by power-hungry new owner Victor Holyoak. Read full book review >
THE OTHER WOMAN by Jill McGown
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 23, 1993

"Readable but far from riveting."
This time out, Stansfield's Detective Chief Inspector Lloyd and colleague-girlfriend Inspector Judy Hill (The Murders of Mrs. Austin and Mrs. Beale, 1991, etc.) have two heavy cases to solve—a serial rapist is on the loose, and Sharon Smith, young secretary to law partners Lionel Evans and Simon Whitcomb, has been found strangled at the sports complex where a football game had been cut short by fog. Read full book review >
THE MURDERS OF MRS. AUSTIN AND MRS. BEALE by Jill McGown
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 17, 1991

"The solution, when it finally arrives, is clever and surprising; getting there is verbose, confusing, and a touch pretentious."
Dual murders for Detective Chief Inspector Lloyd of the Stansfield CID and girlfriend Judy Hill (Murder at the Old Vicarage, etc.) in the nearby Malworth district. Read full book review >
MURDER MOVIE by Jill McGown
Released: Jan. 11, 1990

Hollywood director-producer Frank Derwent, known as F.D., is rich, tyrannical, oversexed, and cares for nothing on earth but the movies he makes. Read full book review >