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Jason MonaghanJason Monaghan

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Archaeologist, Anti-Money Laundering consultant and Museum Director have all been crammed into Jason’s CV.  His love of history runs through all his novels and has inspired a new series of thrillers set in the 1930s which he is currently writing.

Archaeology provided the background for his first five novels featuring offbeat university lecturer Jeffrey Flint being drawn into solving mysteries with their roots buried in the past. His passion for movies – particularly sprawling epics – led him to write his fifth, When the Dust Settles (first published as Blood and Sandals).  He has dropped his original pen-name of Jason Foss, but collectors can still find ‘first editions’ of the Severn House hardbacks. All five Flint books were re-issued as e-books and paperback by Endeavour Press.

He was born in a Yorkshire village, from a line of miners and steelworkers. Typical of the times he was the first in his family to go to University, but dropped out of studying Chemical Engineering and signed up instead for the London Institute of Archaeology. Six years later he had gained a PhD, specializing in Roman pottery, having been on a variety of digs across Europe. He has maintained a steady output of archaeology books and academic papers, as well as publishing two shipwreck projects.

Unlikely turns of events led to Jason spending a decade working in the offshore finance industry on the island of Guernsey. Here he was involved in the prevention of money laundering and financial crime, having brushes with a couple of the FBI’s ‘most wanted’ and various fraudsters. He then went on to run Guernsey Museum service for 13 years, leading excavations on the island of Alderney. In 2016 he published his first historical novel Glint of Light on Broken Glass set against the background of the Great War.

Returning to England after 26 years he is now working on a thriller series set in the 1930s. He travels widely, and as frequently as he can, liking nothing better than hitting the open road in his Jeep with the top open and Country and Western providing the soundtrack.

He writes about crime writing, archaeology and life’s mysteries on his blog ‘Blood and Trowels’ and the Jason Monaghan Books facebook page.

Books by Jason Monaghan

  • Lady in the Lake Lady in the Lake

    Amazon

  • When the Dust Settles When the Dust Settles

    Amazon

  • Shadesmoor Shadesmoor

    Amazon

  • Byrons Shadow Byrons Shadow

    Amazon

  • Darkness Rises Darkness Rises

    Amazon

  • Blood and Sandals Blood and Sandals

    Amazon

  • Lady in the Lake Lady in the Lake

    Amazon

  • Glint of Light on Broken Glass Glint of Light on Broken Glass

    Amazon

  • Byron's Shadow Byron's Shadow

    Amazon

  • Shadow in the Corn Shadow in the Corn

    Amazon

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