Margaret James was born in Hereford, a beautiful cathedral city in the English Midlands. She started writing fiction when her children were very small, and her first novel A Touch of Earth was published in 1988.
Since then, she has expanded her range of writing-related activities to take in journalism, short story writing, teaching creative writing, helping to organise and judge writing competitions, and editing other people's books.
Reviews by Margaret James
My Review Of A Perfect Husband By Hilary Boyd
Bestselling author Hilary Boyd has written many wonderful novels, but in her latest she has surpassed herself.
By Margaret James | 14 Mar 2019
Review Of The Obituary By Miranda Rijks
When Laura Swallow’s sister dies on a busy road, at first Laura accepts it was a tragic accident.
By Margaret James | 03 Feb 2019
My Review Of Occupying Love By Marilyn Chapman
This novel tells the story of the occupation of Guernsey by the Nazis during the Second World War.
By Margaret James | 07 Nov 2018
My Review Of Betsy And Lilibet By Sophie Duffy
Elizabeth (Betsy) Sunshine is born on the very same day as another, much more famous Elizabeth, the future Queen Elizabeth II.
By Margaret James | 10 Oct 2018
My Review Of Corruption By Elizabeth Ducie
This is the latest story in a series of exciting thrillers in which Elizabeth Ducie’s two brilliant heroines, the Jones sisters Suzanne and Charlie, track down ruthless criminals and bring them to justice.
By Margaret James | 07 Oct 2018
My Review Of All That Was Lost By Alison May
Patrice Leigh – insightful medium and gifted spiritualist who can indeed make contact with those who have passed over into the spirit world?
By Margaret James | 04 Oct 2018
My Review Of Transcription By Kate Atkinson
It’s 1940 and eighteen-year-old grammar school girl Juliet Armstrong is recruited by MI5 to become a secretary, holed up in a secret location transcribing the meetings of a group of Nazi sympathisers.
By Margaret James | 17 Sep 2018
Review Of Anyone For Seconds? By Laurie Graham
Sixty-something Lizzie Partridge used to be a celebrity chef on daytime television until she started an on-screen fight with a presenter and another guest, lost two of her front teeth in the process, and got the sack.
By Margaret James | 20 Aug 2018
My Review Of The Forgotten Guide To Happiness By Sophie Jenkins
When novelist Lana Green’s literary agent tells Lana that her second, as-yet-unpublished novel is actually never going to be published because it’s depressing, bleak and bitter, Lana is upset but not really surprised that her novel about rejection has been rejected.
By Margaret James | 16 Aug 2018
Minnesota The Beautiful - Home of Lake Superior and Bob Dylan
When you think of the USA, which locations immediately spring to mind? New York City, Florida, California, Las Vegas? Yes, I think of all those, too!
By Margaret James | 09 Jul 2018
My Review Of Summer At 23 The Strand By Linda Mitchelmore
What happens when Martha, Cally, Arthur, Lucy, Ana, Stella and several more holidaymakers, who all have issues to resolve, spend a fortnight in a chalet in a Devon seaside town?
By Margaret James | 23 Jun 2018
My Review Of The Cornish Village School - Breaking the Rules By Kitty Wilson
When the local village primary school is threatened with closure, and it looks as if the children might be relocated to a much bigger, more anonymous school, feisty headmistress Rosy Winter and her team of loyal staff are determined to fight for its survival.
By Margaret James | 21 Jun 2018
My Review Of The Truth About Her By Simon Kettlewell
British author Simon Kettlewell’s novel The Truth About Us sold 25,000 copies and touched the hearts of thousands of readers.
By Margaret James | 06 Jun 2018
My Review Of He Said She Said By Erin Kelly
Recent graduate and astronomy fanatic Kit has fallen in love with Laura, who is the kind of smart, beautiful and clever girl he’d have thought would be forever out of his reach.
By Margaret James | 27 May 2018
My Review Of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine By Gail Honeyman
Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine – except that she’s far from fine.
By Margaret James | 20 May 2018
My Review of Her Secret by Kelly Florentia
I was delighted to have the opportunity to read an advance copy of Her Secret, primarily because it was such a huge pleasure to meet Audrey Fox (the heroine of Kelly’s previous bestseller No Way Back) again.
By Margaret James | 17 May 2018
My Review Of Missing Pieces By Heather Gudenkauf
This American novelist has a talent for writing stories in which small town America and the people who live there are shown to be as interesting, flawed, good and bad as in any big city.
By Margaret James | 12 May 2018
My Review Of The Sister By Louise Jensen
At the moment, the market is flooded with psychological thrillers and domestic noir, but this bestselling debut novel by Louise Jensen is one of the best. I read it over two days and it held my attention throughout. The twist at the end is a brilliant one.
By Margaret James | 03 May 2018
The Final Reckoning is an atmospheric, twisty thriller set in the peaceful (or maybe not so peaceful) Herefordshire countryside.
When Lindsay Ellis was a teenager, he stumbled across the dead body of her boyfriend Simon’s father, who had been battered to death.
Someone in the village knows who murdered Simon's father, and why.
Does the actual killer suspect Lindsay also knows the identity of the murderer, and is Lindsay now in great danger, too?
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In modern-day Exeter, Ros discovers what happened,
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the music and adored the ending.
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