Jessica 'Jess' Turner is a diplomat with the British Foreign Office.
In her first recorded adventure it is mentioned that her position was that of British Consul during a stint in Australia. Whether she had a title per se in the other locations she will operate in I did not see but in each of the exciting situations she finds herself in, she is definitely working in the capacity of an official with the British government.
When we first meet her she is Down Under in a recent posting after having suffered the horrific loss of her husband, Jack, and their 5-year old daughter, Amy, in a traffic accident. Though a bit of time has passed since the event, the grief and the hurt are still very much with her and she keeps a much treasured photo of both near her bed as a devotion. Though she is still hurting, she has found some respite through her work and that work is what brings her into this compendium.
She is absolutely not a spy. Her credentials put her as a diplomat and that is what she is. Nevertheless, she gets involved in several unpleasantries which throw her in the midst of international intrigue and on a couple occasions up against those living in the cloak and dagger world.
In these adventures which are a combination of diplomacy, crime, and espionage, Turner will have considerable dealings with Australian Detective Inspector Tom Sangster, which is interesting since he works in Queensland but life will present reasons why he should also show up at the other spots in the world where she will be sent. Theirs will become an interesting relationship and it would be fun to see how it might progress with more time.