Janet Laurence – Jericho Writers
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Janet Laurence

Janet Laurence - Editor

Janet has written three series of crime novels and is currently working on the third in a series set in Edwardian England with American Ursula Grandison as a private investigator.

In her previous series, ten novels featured cordon bleu cook Darina Lisle, and three historical starred Italian painter Canaletto in mid-eighteenth Century London. Janet has also written contemporary women’s fiction as Julia Lisle, and food and cookery.

She was included in a Times list of 100 masters of crime writing and has been a Writer in Residence at the University of Tasmania. She runs creative writing courses, particularly on writing crime novels (Writing Crime Fiction – Making Crime Pay, pub Aber). She is a past Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association and is currently chair of the judging panel for the CWA International Dagger, awarded to both author and translator of the best crime novel of the year originally published in a foreign language.

Janet loves encouraging novelists, and aims to stretch each writer’s abilities and encourage their ambitions.


"Having gone through my report all I have to say is thank you! What splendid ideas."

– E. Fleischaue

"Thank you so much to Janet for looking over my book, query and synopsis. I can't tell you how much I have appreciated her suggestions and advice."

- C. Stibbe

"I am enormously grateful for the time and care Janet devoted to my report. I understand the points she made and the reasons for them and greatly value the suggestions she has made. I am encouraged to do the work she advises and have confidence to take my novel to the next stage with the specific guidance she has given."

- Ginny D.

“Thank you very much for your editorial report. It is wonderfully insightful, helpful and thorough. Frankly, it exceeded all expectations.“

– John L.

“Janet’s feedback proved particularly beneficial!”

– Paul B.

"Janet Laurence’s feedback was both honest and constructive, and I truly took it to heart, resulting in a substantial rewrite of the manuscript. By condensing the original 105,000 words down to 94,000, the transformation was remarkable. Her encouragement was instrumental in this process."

– Joseph D.


We love Janet’s thorough and detailed reports, focusing on a chapter-by-chapter breakdown.


When I first started writing fiction, it felt a bit like trying to find one’s way through a forest, not knowing which path to take, how to provide the right atmosphere, how much background, what to do with dialogue and much, much more. It was when I managed to create believable characters in an interesting setting for the first of my contemporary ‘culinary crime’ novels (A Deepe Coffyn) that I found my way to writing a publishable book.

Now I am writing the third in my third crime series, set at the start of the twentieth century and featuring an American girl who has teamed up with an ex-Metropolitan detective to provide an investigation agency.

I try to encourage each writer I work with to recognise the possibilities in their work. Publishing fiction today is a very competitive business and it needs a professional as well as a creative approach. Self-publishing offers opportunities. I have helped at least two writers successfully publish several of their novels.

Genres Janet specialises in

Literary (Including ‘bookclub’)
Crime / Thriller / Action

Janet's published books

A Tasty Way To Die

A Tasty Way To Die

A Deepe Coffyn

A Deepe Coffyn

Writing Crime Fiction: Making Crime Pay

Writing Crime Fiction: Making Crime Pay

To Kill The Past

To Kill The Past

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