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Julie Anderson

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Julie Anderson writes contemporary mystery/crime thrillers featuring Whitehall sleuth Cassandra Fortune. The first in the series ‘Plague’ (Claret Press, 2020)  is set in Westminster, it introduced Cassie Fortune, a civil servant who left her posting at GCHQ under a cloud. When corpses began to turn up she is the suitably dispensable sleuth her bosses turn to. The contagion the title refers to is power and its allure. The second is ‘Oracle’ (Claret Press, 2021) which takes our heroine to Delphi, Greece, close to the ancient Temple of Apollo on Mount Parnassus, where she is once again drawn into a murder investigation when a body is discovered, laid out as an offering to the god.

The third in this series, entitled ‘Opera’ will be published in September 2022.

As J.J. Anderson she wrote historical adventure stories set in 13th century Spain. The first of these ‘Reconquista’ was long listed for 2016 Mslexia Children’s Novel Prize. This was followed two years later by its sequel, ‘The Silver Rings’.

Julie was born in Worcestershire too many years ago. After university she became a teacher of English, then joined the civil service. She worked, as a senior civil servant, in a variety of government departments and NGOs, including the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, the Inland Revenue and the Commission for Equality and Human Rights. She lives in south London, where she helps organise the annual Clapham Book Festival and various other literary events.

You can follow Julie on social media or read about her books and other things which interest her enough to write about on her web-site at

Books by Julie Anderson

  • Opera Opera
  • Plague Plague


  • Reconquista Reconquista


  • The Silver Rings The Silver Rings


  • Oracle Oracle


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