J J BARRIE, the Australian born author and novelist, recently retired after years of involvement in general business writing in order to concentrate on a love of historical crime and investigative procedure. The first historical crime novel was published in 2009.
An abiding interest over decades in English family history largely related to Cambridgeshire and adjacent counties continues. Particular interest and research into industrialisation and the resultant migration to the colonies has resulted in THE EMIGRANTS. The trilogy is almost complete with the first volume - THE BROTHERS FIVE - published in eBook and print formats by Custom Books. The second volume - GOLD & GLORY - is in edit for release towards the end of 2012. The final volume is in draft and planned to be released in 2014.
Now writing fulltime and extensively traveled, with a close knowledge of much of Europe and Asia, each novel has a particular affinity with their locales as reflected in the revised historical novel just released – MONA LISA: THE VIRGIN MOTHER. Several other historical thrillers are works in progress, notably CURSE OF THE DIAMONDS and THE SHELFORDS OF SHELFORD – both set predominantly in England.
Transport and the tyranny of distance was the real problem for the colony.
Distance determined the how far wheat, the most valuable of the farm crops, could be transported. Cattle walked to market losing a little fat but the beef the small population could consume, was limited. Only sheep were valuable enough to show a profit. However, the lifeblood of the colony was labour.
Then they found gold!
The young boys had nowhere to go, no one to trust.
Victims at twelve, they could not comprehend the systematic abuse and excruciating pain. They cried until there were no more tears left...
The engrossing story of priests, paedophilia and murder could be anywhere where institutions have ignored or covered up for the predators in their
ranks preying on boys in the care.
Thousands of dancing fires in every hue and tone blazed from the uncounted facets of the six hundred diamonds. The ring of stones and the centrepiece diamond flashes around her, alive with the colours and refracted lights of the rainbow.
As the shadow slowly encompasses her, a tiny smile plays on her lips.
The maid touched her, then screamed.
Lady Winton was dead.
The Curse of the Diamonds
Da Vinci's Mona Lisa – the most famous icon in the art world – was stolen from the Louvre in Paris in 1911 and again in 1986. This is the truth behind this endearing painting... and her smile.
The compelling story of the intrigue surrounding the robberies is engaging, fast-moving and one of enthralling mystery. With double-cross and murder, the persuasive conspiracy has an unexpected conclusion.
It was not really a choice – starve, emigrate or be transported! Face death by drowning, disease or fire. Steal a loaf of bread and hang or be transported to the same colonies anyway… but in chains. The Emigrants is the thrilling tale of the brutality and cruelty of life at the time, the challenging story of migration to the colonies... and the hope, desire and love that traveled with them.