Kathleen McGurl is a writer of dual timeline novels, in which a historical mystery is uncovered and resolved in the present day. She lives by the sea in Bournemouth with her husband, and has two grown-up sons who have now moved out. She has recently given up the day job after many years of working in IT for a large retail company, and is now writing full time. Or at least, writing novels in between having numerous holidays.
Her novels have been published by Carina UK and HQ (HarperCollins), and are available as ebooks, paperbacks and audiobooks from all online retailers. See the Novels page for more details of each book.
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Wendy Clarke said:
A very big welcome to your new blog, Kath. I’m sure it will be very successful.
Lovely to see your new website, Kath, and the ‘real’ you at last!
Hope this isn’t a duplicate – my previous comment disappeared! Great to see your new website, Kath, and the ‘real’ you! All the best with your novels.
Jane Saunte said:
Lovely to see you and know more about you. I have shared your Sam Tonge post with my writing group, will be talking about it on Friday. Very useful!
I look forward to reading this new blog. Love womagwriter, so please, please keep that one going too.
Just to say hello! And best wishes for the new blog.
Vikki Thompson said:
Good luck with the new blog honey xx
Julia Anderson said:
All the best, Kath. Looking forward to reading this one too.
Sue Erickson said:
Hi Kathleen, I just finished your novel, The Pearl Locket. I loved it!!!! What a wonderful read. I am in Reno Nevada reading from google books. So I now going to read, The Emerald Comb. Just wanted to say hi and thank you!! Sue
Thanks Sue! I’m so glad you enjoyed that book and hope you like my others as well. Thanks for stopping by to let me know!
Hi! Nice to meet you, and looking forward to hearing more about you, via your new blog.
bridget whelan said:
Just come over to say hello and I like the look of your new website. Beautiful seascape picture at the top – did you take it?
Yes, Bridget, just snapped it with my phone-camera the other day, thinking I’d like a sea-scape at the top of the blog. At the time I thought I must come down to the beach with a proper camera, but actually I rather like this photo anyway!
Tess Niland Kimber said:
This looks really interesting and I love the photo. Will love hearing how you are doing even more x
Your new web site looks great! 🙂 Enjoy it! xxx
Great website Kath. Looking forward to your posts.
Ann White said:
Nice one! I thought the sea pic was a professional job.
Samantha Tonge said:
All the best with this lovely site, Kath! x
Quiet writer said:
Hellooo! Lots of luck with the new blog. 🙂
Keith Havers said:
Nice to see the real you, Kath. I’ll be a regular visitor.
Best of luck with this, Kath.
Lovely website for a lovely lady. 🙂
Thank you all!
Denise Watson said:
i’ve been following your womag site for several months now and will most certainly be following your new one. I am an article writer with a story just waiting to come out, so I look forward to any tips your will be giving to us all.
Kate Blackadder said:
Have signed up to follow. Always enjoy womag, sorry I didn’t get round to telling you that before!
Kate Hogan said:
Just a note to wish you ‘Good Luck’ with all that you do. Good wishes KH
Love womag blog – good luck with this one and many thanks for all the helpful info. Good luck with your new book – about to download it 🙂
Thanks for your past blog, and best wishes for the future one!
Kate Blackadder said:
Nice to see you here, Kath. All the best with your novels.
Bernie Hicks said:
E .can i get a copy of daughters of red hill paper back pleased
Hi Bernie, I am afraid it is only available as an ebook at the moment. I will announce on my blog if my publisher decides to bring it out as a paperback.
Bernie Hicks said:
Thank you Kathleen gosh it would be great if I could get a paperback as I don’t like e books and prefer to hold a book
Bernie I would LOVE it if my publisher decided to put my books out as paperbacks – but it is up to them, and it all depends on whether the books sell well enough as ebooks to warrant going into paperback.
Alice Pirie Wirtz said:
You are a fabulous writer & all great reads. Thanks.
Thank you Alice!
Sue watson said:
Great to see another book comming out i love reading your books very much keep writting its good to see that people have talent in writting such great reads
Thank you Sue! I will certainly keep writing. I love doing it.
Scarlett Lupton said:
I’ve just read The Girl from Ballymor, and absolutely loved it! I’d love to read your earlier novels, but don’t use ebooks, so will they be published in paperback (or hardback, either really) at any point? I’ve read the plots, and they all sound like exactly the type of story I love. Please print them so I can read them.
Hi Scarlett and thanks for your comment. So glad you enjoyed The Girl from Ballymor! I’m afraid whether or not the earlier books are published in paperback is out of my hands – it’s up to my publisher. I’d certainly love to see them in print, though.
If you don’t have an ereader of any kind bear in mind you can download a free Kindle app to use on a smartphone, computer or tablet/iPad etc. But I know this isn’t for everyone. Anyway I’m hoping my next book will be in paperback sometime next summer.
Scarlett Lupton said:
Thanks so much for your reply. I’ll definitely be buying your new book next year, I’m looking forward to it!
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Have read several of your books and really enjoyed them. I just got Drowned Village on my kindle and began reading it. Why have you put bad language in this book? I can barely get through the first chapter. The “f” word ruins it. Unnecessary.
Hi Perrie, thanks for buying my books. Yes, there is a bit of swearing in chapter 1 – just in that flashback that shows how Laura split up with Stuart. I included it because it was natural – in that situation I think most people would swear, so to my mind it was necessary for the story. There is very little swearing in the rest of the book – just in one other scene if I remember correctly. Sorry that it’s put you off.
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Chris bolko said:
Who is Kate morton
One of my favourite authors!
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Paml Bretall said:
Just read The Pearl Locket and it was the best book I have read for the entire year. By the end I was crying. I can’t get Joan out of my mind. Excellent characters. I felt I knew them as friends.
Ah, thank you so much! I loved Joan too when I was writing this book, and kept apologising to her because I knew what was in store for her. I am glad you loved the book.
Sharon Endersby said:
Brilliant author, I am entranced from start to finish. Just read The Drowned Village, first class writing. I feel the need to visit the Lakes now.
Thank you so much! I too feel the need to visit the Lakes. Missed out on our annual trip this year because of the coronavirus. Being in the mountains soothes my soul.
Completely agree, we love walking by the sea and that too has been cancelled. Very much hoping for our freedom and safety back soon x
Jerry Ann Burket said:
Looking forward to reading your books.
jon hobbs said:
just read the drowned village, what a fantastic read,couldnt put it down.
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed the book. One of my personal favourites (mainly because I love the Lake District so much!)
Nicky Hewitt ( Mrs ) said:
I have just finished reading your book The Girl with the Emerald flag . It was on my Libby app as I’m a member of the library and so read it on my phone- if I remember the title just popped up as what was available and I thought by the reviews it was my kind of book . I SO enjoyed reading it . I loved your style of going back and forward in time having not read any books like that and of course as my name is also Nicky it was even more persona.I live in Northern Ireland and I am familiar with Dublin as one of my sons went to Trinity College . Before Christmas my husband and I went to the GPO to take a look around – When I go back it will be with new eyes and thoughts of the real characters in your book . I can’t wait to start another one of your books .
Hi, lovely to hear from you and I’m glad you enjoyed that novel! My husband also went to Trinity College. All my novels are dual timeline (going back and forth, historical to present) so hopefully you’ll enjoy the other ones too. The Forgotten Secret and The Girl from Ballymor are both set in Ireland.