Travel Mysteries
Author of Historical and Romantic Novels and Sagas about life in the North East of England

Best Selling UK Author

Travel Mysteries



Janet MacLeod Trotter

Janet MacLeod Trotter

email: janet@janet



“Thanks for visiting! If you love books, history, travel or 20th century nostalgia I hope you’ll find something of interest here.  My historical novels cover many political events and social upheavals of the past century, and my childhood memoirs is an unashamedly nostalgic depiction of both Scotland and the North East of England in the 1960s – the heyday of the Beatles!

If you’ve ever wanted to know what it was like to travel the hippy trail in the 1970s, then read my blog. It is full of diary extracts and photos of the overland route to India and Kathmandu that I took in 1976. The trip was the inspiration for my mystery novel, The Vanishing of Ruth. My next mystery is set on the remote Outer Hebrides of Scotland – the idea came after a wild camping holiday on Bara and the Uists!

I also run a micro publishing business, MacLeod Trotter Books, specialising in paperbacks and ebooks. The novels regularly appear in ebook bestseller charts for Sagas and Historical Romance: The Tea Planter’s Daughter was the Number 9 best-selling ebook in 2012 on Amazon UK for directly published authors. Vanishing of Ruth has been a bestseller for Waterstones Crime and Romance e-charts.

My blog sometimes throws a spotlight on the research behind the novels, as well as forthcoming book events. So please feel free to join in.

If you want to get in touch or leave comments, I’d be pleased to hear from you.

All the best, Janet.”

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THE PLANTER’S BRIDE: a story of intrigue and passion – sequel to The Tea Planter’s Daughter. This novel was inspired by rediscovered diaries and letters of Janet’s grandparents in India.

Unique cine footage that her forester grandfather filmed in the foothills of the Himalayas in the 1920s and 30s provided further inspiration. Take a look at the clip showing Janet’s mother and uncle being transported in a basket on top of a mule along narrow mountain tracks!

1922: cousins and best friends, Sophie and Tilly, are looking for love and adventure. Sophie, orphaned at six, when her tea planter parents died suddenly of fever in India, has been brought up by a radical aunt in Edinburgh. Tilly meanwhile has lived a sheltered life in Newcastle. Tilly surprises everyone with a whirlwind marriage to confirmed batchelor and tea planter, James Robson, following him to India. Thinking herself in love with the charming but enigmatic forester Tam, the passionate, independent Sophie decides to follow him when he also goes to India. She longs to discover more about her mysterious parents and her early life in the tea gardens of Assam. But the harsh reality of life in India does not match the cousins' dreams. Sophie's enthusiasm for living in the jungle turns sour when Tam is bedevilled by ill-health and she receives unwanted attention from Tam's bullying boss, Bracknall. Increasingly drawn to handsome and charismatic forester Rafi Khan, Sophie discovers too late that Tam has been keeping secrets from her. Meanwhile city-girl Tilly finds herself pregnant and isolated in a tea planter's remote bungalow. When she begins to delve into Sophie's past, Tilly begins to suspect that all is not as it should be regarding the death of Sophie's parents. As long-hidden secrets come to light, the friends will be tested as never before.

Set against the vivid backdrop of post First World War Britain and the changing world of India under the British Raj, THE PLANTER'S BRIDE is a stirring and passionate story of tragedy, loyalty and undying love.

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The Planters Bride

HISTORICAL NOVELS    * Janet's Sagas are consistently bestsellers on Amazon and Kobo *

'The book was wonderful - couldn't put it down and read it all in one go. Each of your books seems better than the last. I have a complaint - it cost me a fortune in hankies!'

'I meant to write ages ago to complain... Hardened commuters are not supposed to cry on the 19.15 from Kings Cross!'

'You managed to draw out of this reader every emotion possible.'

'The house is in a mess, the kids had to eat at McDonalds and I'm not getting any sleep - and its all your fault! I just can't put your brilliant book down...'

'In my opinion there are few gifted storytellers, but you have achieved the difficult task...'

Just a few of the comments Janet has received from her readers!

Janet's novels have put her books on the best seller lists.

'They combine my interest in 20th Century history and politics with my desire to tell stories about human relationships, family feuds, loves, loyalties and betrayals.' Click here to read more.

A Crimson Dawn


The Vanishing of Ruth is inspired by Janet's own overland trip through Asia:

1976: friends, Marcus and Ruth, go missing in Afghanistan during an overland bus trip to Kathmandu. A generation later, Ruth’s niece Amber, haunted by the disintegration of her family, determines to get at the truth of their disappearance. Was it murder, as her father suspected, or a suicide pact as the police believed?

Tracking down the trip’s bus driver, Cassidy, Amber starts to piece together a lost world - the mystical vibrant hippy trail to India – and colourful characters like Juliet, who imagined herself the reincarnation of an Edwardian traveller. As the mystery surrounding her aunt and the charismatic Marcus unfolds, Amber begins a journey of discovery of her own, that will lead her not only into the dark secrets of the past and lost love, but face to face with a tragedy much closer to home.

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Beatles and Chiefs

Featured on BBC Home Truths, Beatles and Chiefs is Janet’s delightful memoir of a Beatle-mad, ex-pat Scot growing up in the north-east of England in the 1960s, and of the MacLeod family’s annual pilgrimage back to the Isle of Skye.

‘Your book gave me immense pleasure – a lovely account of a happy childhood – you really do write beautifully.’ C.S., Isle of Skye.

‘Informative and amusing – a really super book.’ W.R., Isle of Skye.

‘You brought back many memories of the past – I don’t think I have laughed out loud reading a book for a long time.’ N.N., Edinburgh

‘How much I enjoyed reading your book – I am glad I read it on my own as I am sure people would think me mad as I chuckled and laughed.’ R.F., Edinburgh

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Beatles and Chiefs


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