Josephine (Jo) had a stressful working life on the west coast of Canada until retiring to Saint John, New Brunswick, where she found a direct correlation between the friendly people, fresh bountiful seafood, slower pace of life and creativity.
In her personal life, Jo is a proud mother and grandmother and is owned by her White Highland Terrier named Oggie.
The James Mount Trilogy is her first foray at fiction.
A reader (Van V) high praise:
I'm a big fan of rumpled down-on-their-luck detective-types. There's something about that brand of protagonist that really speaks to me--the stains on the shirt, their nervous disposition betrayed by their heart of gold. It's the whole thing. So as luck would have it, Mount Has An Epiphany has just the character: James Mount. He's wonderfully written, with just the right balance of neuroses and guts that you can't help but root for. The plot is exquisite. The writer develops multiple intersecting plotlines told through the very distinct voices and points of view of the colorful cast of crooks and roughnecks. It's a humorous madcap romp with the tight pacing of a Guy Ritchie film. If you like Carl Hiaasen and Kinky Friedman, you'll love Josephine Harris.
Given the mounting bodies and people breathing down his neck, James is forced to consider changing direction.
A reader (AvidReader)
5.0 out 5 stars
"Mount in a Kerfuffle" is a delightful book that takes readers on a lighthearted journey filled with humor and wit. James Mount, a crossword enthusiast, finds himself in a series of entertaining trials and tribulations while trying to help women in need. The well-developed characters and clever dialogue add depth to the story, making it an intriguing read. Set against the backdrop of a struggling British economy, this book cleverly challenges the notion of good and bad. With unexpected plot twists and a glimpse into British life, it's a perfect beach read that offers both laughter and a sense of justice.
James's worlds collide in this conclusion to the trilogy.
Reviewed in the United States on December 7, 2023
This trilogy set in the gritty Midlands of England is a captivating and humorous exploration of ex-copper James Mount's journey. With a blend of comedic twists and unexpected turns, the story navigates through a life of crime, sketchy characters, and a hint of justice. The narrative artfully delves into the underclass, offering rich character development in a gritty setting. What stands out are the playful, witty dialogues that add depth to this lighthearted yet morally complex tale. The trilogy’s satisfying conclusion is a testament to its highly imaginative and engaging storytelling.