Meet John J Jessop

Dr. John J Jessop spent 40 years as a pharmacology-toxicology expert working for the pharmaceutical industry (20 years with the FDA and 20 years on the industry side; drug company and the Biologics Consulting Group). In retirement, he has chosen to redirect his knowledge and experience towards the writing of the perfect murder mystery.

He is currently working on two different mystery series. The first is a new type of medical comedy murder mystery he is calling a biotech murder mystery (PLEASURIA: TAKE AS DIRECTED (Koehler Books) and his newest book MURDER BY ROAD TRIP), and a dark murder mystery series (The GUARDIAN ANGEL series).

The biotech murder mystery series examines the humorous side of what can go wrong when scientists play around with our DNA, immune system and cells. The first book in this comedy murder mystery series, ‘PLEASURIA: TAKE AS DIRECTED‘, staged in the pharmaceutical industry, is published by Koehler Books, whose senior editor said the book made him laugh out loud.

In this book, Dr. Jason Longfellow, a bored FDA drug reviewer in midlife crisis gets a PI license and plays bumbling private eye on weekends. His first case includes a most bizarre murder weapon, several attractive women suspects (not good, as his wife is a jealous nurse), CureStuff Pharmaceuticals and an antidepressant that works wonders. He wants to quit his day job and do the PI thing full time, and he’s in serious danger of his jealous and unhappy wife killing him before he can solve the case. PLEASURIA is available at bookstores and on Amazon at

His newest book, MURDER BY ROAD TRIP, will LAUNCH November 16, 2020. This story was inspired by a once-in-a-lifetime month-long cross-country trip that John took with his youngest daughter, Jacqueline (now 26) in July 2016. He co-wrote MURDER BY ROAD TRIP with Jacqueline, and while the locations in the book are real, the events are hilariously fictitious.

In this sequel, our amateur sleuth travels across the US in an RV with his family to interview for a lucrative job with Well-Healed Pharmaceuticals. Someone is trying to kill him, and steal his teeth. His wife thinks he’s hallucinating. They solve several interesting cases together along the way, such as the tiny jewel thief, murder at the restaurant and the great cheese caper, and Jason tries to feed a lion. Will they solve the case of the tooth thieves, or will Jason end up a toothless FDA drug reviewer? MURDER BY ROAD TRIP is available on Amazon at

Two books in the dark murder mystery series (The GUARDIAN ANGEL series) are available on Amazon as well. They involve the evilest of villains, a serial killer using exotic toxins on his victims and an elusive cult leader who kidnaps young women. See for more.

John J Jessop and his wife live full-time in St. Augustine Florida. His favorite things are writing, walks on the beach, driving his Subaru WRX, boating, fishing, playing video games, taking naps, visiting with his two loving daughters and binge watching murder mysteries on Netflix and Hulu.

His favorite authors are Robert B. Parker and J.A. Jance. His youngest daughter, a Media Arts and Design Major from James Madison University currently working for a marketing research firm in NYC, edited his dark murder mysteries, designed the book covers. co-wrote MURDER BY ROAD TRIP with him and designed that book cover as well.

CHARITABLE FUNDING: John’s after tax profits from PLEASURIA: TAKE AS DIRECTED is being donated to two charities for abused children, Holly’s House and  Darkness to Light, in honor of his late sister Jackie.