The Crime Writers' Association

Lea O’Harra


Lea O’Harra is the pen name of Wendy Jones Nakanishi. Wendy, an American by birth, spent seven years in the UK: getting an MA at Lancaster and a Ph.D. in 18th-century English literature at Edinburgh University. She has been resident in Japan since the spring of 1984, employed full-time since her arrival as a tenured member of staff at a private university on the small island of Shikoku. She has published widely in her academic field — critical monographs, articles and book reviews about both English and Japanese literature — and, in recent years, publishes ‘creative non-fiction’ describing her life as an American academic living in rural Japan, the wife of a Japanese farmer and the mother of three sons. Wendy Jones Nakanishi published her first crime novel, entitled ‘Imperfect Strangers: an Inspector Inoue Mystery,’ in August 2015 under the pen name of Lea O’Harra. It is available on Amazon (courtesy of Endeavour Press, UK) in digital form and in print, issued by Fine Line Press, New Zealand. Her second novel in the Inspector Inoue mystery series, ‘Progeny,’ appeared in July 2016, and she has just published her third, ‘Lady First,’ in August 2017. ‘Progeny’ and ‘Lady First’ are available in Kindle version and as print-on-demand books from any Amazon site.

Books by Lea O’Harra

  • CWA Author Lea O'Hara Imperfect Strangers: an Inspector Inoue Mystery


  • Progeny


  • Lady First