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DR L.J.M. OWEN has escaped dark and shadowy days as a public servant to explore the comparatively lighter side of life:  murder, mystery and forgotten women’s history. An Australian author, archaeologist and librarian with a PhD in palaeogenetics, L.J.’s focus is on transforming science and history into accessible fiction with a broad appeal.

L.J. incorporates ancient cultures, human genetics and forensic science in her Australian-set mystery series:  Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth. The first book in the series, Olmec Obituary (2015), was originally launched on Kickstarter.

Just five days into the crowdfunding campaign it was picked up by a traditional publisher, Echo Publishing (Bonnier). Olmec Obituary was awarded a Highly Commended in the 2016 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards. Bonnier have since published the second in the series, Mayan Mendacity (2016), and will release the third instalment, Egyptian Enigma, in early 2018.

In addition to writing, L.J. is a panellist, interviewer, workshop provider and public speaker. Rare moments of free time are spent experimenting with ancient recipes under strict feline supervision.

L.J.M. Owen can be reached at

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Are you available for speaking and teaching, editing and manuscript assessments, writing or mentorships?

Yes. L.J.'s range of freelance services is outlined on the Services page, including  her line-up of workshop and speaking topics for 2018. Please submit your query using the form provided for an obligation-free quote. 

When will the next Dr. Pimms book be released?

The next Dr. Pimms, Egyptian Enigma, will be launched on March 22.

Will you be coming to my city soon?

Details for the 2018 Egyptian Enigma book tour will be revealed  soon.


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