Deborah Court books

Author of the Maggie Dunn trilogy

About Deborah Court books

Stories that need to be told

After a successful academic career, including two academic books and dozens of academic articles, I finally have time to write fiction! The Maggie Dunn books, as well as telling engrossing stories and presenting cracking good mysteries, capture my love of poetry, palindromes and rhyme.


The trilogy is now complete! Summer's Lie, When Bodies Fall and

The Reason for Time can be purchased separately from Amazon, or bought as a trilogy.

Summer's Lie

May 2020

In Summer's Lie we meet Jane, who, after a strange chemical fog blankets Toronto, becomes gravely ill. As she recovers in hospital it becomes clear that this middle aged woman is getting younger. She flees the hospital, pursued by the geneticist who is determined to unlock the secret of her astonishing age reversal in order to gain scientific fame and fortune. At the end of the book Jane, in her new identity, leaves Canada in search of a new life in the UK.


When Bodies Fall provides a new mystery to unravel and the next chapter in Jane's story. Will she continue getting younger? Who killed the man who falls at her feet? Will her pursuers find her? Coming in September 2020.

And in the final volume of the trilogy, The Reason for Time, (expected release date March 2021) Jane reaches the exciting conclusion of this remarkable journey. Be sure to read all three volumes!

When Bodies Fall

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When Bodies Fall

continues the story of Jane Emily Daniels, a scientific miracle whose body may hold the secrets of eternal youth. Her real identity is known only to a small group of doctors, and she creates a new persona, Maggie Dunn, in order to live some kind of normal life. She flees Canada and finds refuge in the Isle of Skye.  Her newfound peace is shattered by a violent and mysterious death. She finds herself a suspect in this death, as wily Scottish police detective Jack Wallace works to unravel the puzzle and Maggie struggles to maintain the life she has built and to protect her secrets.  Will she succeed, or will she have to flee again?

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The Reason for Time

January 2021

Academic Books

If you are interested in social science research, especially the study of culture, look for Qualitative Research and Intercultural Understanding (2018) and A Brief History of Knowledge for Social Science Researchers (2020), both published by Routledge/Taylor and Francis.

Coming in 2021: The Generational Divide in the Israeli Druze Community: Between Tradition and Modernity, with Randa Khair Abbas, published by Cambridge Scholars.

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Maggie Dunn, Alison Budge and Wolfe Corbyn arrive in Toronto on the same flight from London. Sullen but feisty Alison is running from her troubled past in Scotland, hoping to make a new beginning. Wolfe has been banished for crimes he committed at his father's London bank. Maggie is coming home, to confront her past, reclaim her life and perhaps finally, to stop running.

The three team up, and their fresh start begins well. But Maggie's health is failing. She is sick and confused. Could her thirty-year age reversal be unravelling? Is her body unable, finally, to sustain her transformation, a year and a half earlier, from a woman in her mid-sixties to a woman in her mid-thirties? To whom can she turn?

Together with her failing health, Maggie is faced with a shadowy pursuer who is determined, this time, not to let her slip through his fingers. When the crisis comes, Alison finds that her friend's fate is more shocking than anything she could have imagined. Will the determination of Maggie's friends be enough to save her?


Please let me know how you relate to Maggie's story, to the poems and palindromes in the books, and to the decidedly mixed blessing of growing younger.

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