Caroline Carmichael Books In Publication Order
- The Cutout (2001)
- Blown (2005)
Jane Austen Mysteries Books In Publication Order
- Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor (1996)
- Jane and the Man of the Cloth (1997)
- Jane and the Wandering Eye (1998)
- Jane and the Genius of the Place (1999)
- Jane and the Stillroom Maid (2000)
- Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House (2001)
- Jane and the Ghosts of Netley (2003)
- Jane and His Lordship’s Legacy (2005)
- Jane and the Barque of Frailty (2006)
- Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron (2010)
- Jane and the Canterbury Tale (2011)
- Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas (2014)
- Jane and the Waterloo Map (2016)
- Jane and the Year Without a Summer (2022)
A Merry Folger Nantucket Mystery Books In Publication Order
- Death in the Off-Season (1994)
- Death in Rough Water (1995)
- Death in a Mood Indigo (1997)
- Death in a Cold Hard Light (1998)
- Death on Nantucket (2017)
- Death on Tuckernuck (2020)
Standalone Novels In Publication Order
- The Secret Agent (2002)
- As You Wish (2004)
- Time Will Tell (2005)
- The Alibi Club (2006)
- A Flaw in the Blood (As:Stephanie Barron) (2008)
- The White Garden (As:Stephanie Barron) (2009)
- Jack 1939 (2012)
- Too Bad to Die (2015)
- That Churchill Woman (As:Stephanie Barron) (2019)
Anthologies In Publication Order
- The Sunken Sailor (2004)
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Francine Mathews Books Overview
CUTOUT: A third person used to conceal the contact between two people. A pawn. They were partners lovers in a business where betrayal is a heartbeat away. CIA analyst Caroline Carmichael lost her husband Eric when his plane was blown out of the sky by an elite group of terrorists known as 30 April. Now her dead husband has surfaced among those responsible for an explosion that rocks Berlin and the brutal kidnapping of the U.S. Vice President. Uncertain of Eric’s motives and loyalties, the Agency plays its last, best card: Eric s wife The Cutout. Is Eric a rogue agent gone bad? Or has he thrown himself under deep cover to terminate a ruthless psychopath? Caroline is drawn into a dizzying maze where one wrong turn will mean certain death…
and in which The Cutout will be the first to fall.
Former CIA analyst Francine Mathews has created one of the toughest female secret agents we ve seen in a long time. Using her firsthand expertise of international espionage, Mathews offers another brilliantly realized suspense novel so intense, so authentic, it lethally blurs the line between fact and fiction. In Blown, Caroline Carmichael returns in a white hot tale of terror on the streets of Washington, where one woman must gamble her life to save her country.
As thousands of runners line up for the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C., no one suspects that in a matter of hours the event will become a race between life and death. CIA analyst Caroline Carmichael is about to tender her resignation, when the first reports of a terrorist attack pour in and she instantly recognizes the hand of an enemy she’s battled for years: the 30 April Organization. The neo Na*zi group is alive and well and operating in the United States, assassinating top officials and abducting a vulnerable child from the front ranks of a state funeral. When Caroline s husband, Eric, is arrested in Germany as a 30 April operative, Caroline has no choice but to take to the streets and target the evil herself.
Eric has worked as a legend for years a false identity so perfect, the CIA believes he s dead and gone deep undercover within the terrorist group Caroline is determined to destroy. Now his cover s been Blown, and Eric s intimate knowledge of 30 April s plans makes him a target for both sides: the killers he s betrayed, and the American government he s sworn to protect.
Torn between a desire to save her husband and her duty to save her country, Caroline is drawn back into a treacherous labyrinth where trusting others is as good as suicide. For the enemy this time wears a familiar face: that of an American patriot, waving his flag alongside his gun. To stem disaster, Caroline has only one choice: to betray everyone in which she believes or everyone she loves.
For an agent without cover an agent who s Blown is worse than betrayed: she s as good as dead.
From the Hardcover edition.
For everyone who loves Jane Austen…
a marvelously entertaining new series that turns the incomparable author into an extraordinary sleuth!
On a visit to the estate of her friend, the young and beautiful Isobel Payne, Countess of Scargrave, Jane bears witness to a tragedy. Isobel’s husband a gentleman of mature years is felled by a mysterious and agonizing ailment. The Earl’s death seems a cruel blow of fate for the newly married Isobel. Yet the bereaved widow soon finds that it’s only the beginning of her misfortune…
as she receives a sinister missive accusing her and the Earl’s nephew of adultery and murder. Desperately afraid that the letter will expose her to the worst sort of scandal, Isobel begs Jane for help. And Jane finds herself embroiled in a perilous investigation that will soon have her following a trail of clues that leads all the way to Newgate Prison and the House of Lords a trail that may well place Jane’s own person in the gravest jeopardy.
For everyone who loves Jane Austen…
the second tantalizing mystery in a new series that transforms the beloved author into a dazzling sleuth!Jane and her family are looking forward to a peaceful holiday in the seaside village of Lyme Regis. Yet on the outskirts of town an overturned carriage forces the shaken travelers to take refuge at a nearby manor house. And it is there that Jane meets the darkly forbidding yet strangely attractive Mr. Geoffrey Sidmouth. What murky secrets does the brooding Mr. Sidmouth seek to hide? Jane suspects the worst but her attention is swiftly diverted when a man is discovered hanged from a makeshift gibbet by the sea. The worthies of Lyme are certain his death is the work of ‘the Reverend,’ the ringleader of the midnight smuggling trade whose identity is the town’s paramount mystery. Now, it falls to Jane to entrap and expose the notorious Reverend…
even if the evidence points to the last person on earth she wants to suspect…
a man who already may have won her heart.
Jane Austen’s potential as a brilliant sleuth was delightfully revealed in Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor and deliciously underscored in Jane and the Man of the Cloth. Now, in Stephanie Barron’s third superb Jane Austen Mystery, the beloved author embarks on her most perplexing case…
as misplaced passions, festering malice, and the desire for revenge serve to conceal the true motives for murder. As Christmas of l804 approaches, Jane Austen finds herself ‘insupportably bored with Bath, and the littlenesses of a town,’ despite the seasonal gaiety, the elegant Assemblies, and the appearance of a celebrated pair of actors at the Theatre Royal. It is with something like relief, then, that she accepts a peculiar commission from her Gentleman Rogue, Lord Harold Trowbridge to shadow his niece, Lady Desdemona, who has fled to Bath to avoid the attentions of the arrogant and unsavoury Earl of Swithin. But at a masquerade thronged with the fashionable and the notorious, Jane’s idle diversion suddenly turns deadly. Even as actor Hugh Conyngham transfixes the guests with his declamation of Macbeth’s murderous soliloquy, his theatre manager is discovered stabbed to death in an anteroom. Weeping on his breast is Hugh’s sister, the spirited tragedienne Maria Conyngham. And standing by the body, knife in hand, is Desdemona’s brother, Simon, Lord Kinsfell. In vain does Simon protest his innocence: he is arrested and charged with murder. Jane, however, knows that there is more to this fatal drama than meets the eye. And what is one to surmise from the stormy portrait of an eye left lying on the corpse? As Yuletide revels progress, Jane’s delicate inquiries expose a bewildering array of suspects amid an endlessly shifting pattern of flirtations, amours, and sinister entanglements. And as Jane’s fascination with mystery and her fondness for the dramatic arts lead her deeper into the investigation, it becomes clear that she will not uncover the truth without some play acting of her own. Yet Jane’s bravura performance could do more than unmask a killer…
it could lead to the ruin of her reputation, or even the loss of her life. Fiendishly clever and breathlessly diverting, Jane and the Wandering Eye weaves manners, mayhem, and murder into a dazzling spectacle of intrigue and suspense.
In three highly diverting mysteries, Jane Austen has shown herself a clever hand at unraveling the deadly knots woven by the unscrupulous. Now, in her latest engrossing adventure, Jane is called upon to solve a shattering crime that may begin and end in one man’s heart or encompass the fate of an entire nation. In the waning days of summer, Jane Austen is off to the Canterbury Races, where the rich and fashionable go to gamble away their fortunes. It is an atmosphere ripe for scandal. But even Jane is unprepared for the shocking drama that ensues when a raven haired wanton in a scarlet riding habit takes center stage. She is Fran oise Grey, a flamboyant French beauty who has cast a spell over the gentlemen of Kent…
and her unbridled behavior at the races invites the most scandalous speculation. What can Mrs. Grey be thinking, Jane wonders, to so brazenly strike a gentleman with her whip? And what recklessness then spurs her to leap the rail on her fleet black horse and join the race? Only hours after Mrs. Grey has departed the race grounds in triumph will Jane realize the full import of her questions. For in a shabby chaise less than a hundred feet from where Jane sat, the impossible is revealed: Mrs. Grey’s lifeless body, gruesomely strangled, her ruby riding habit nowhere to be found. As those around her rush to arrest the owner of the chaise a known scoundrel with eyes for Fran oise Jane looks further afield to find a number of others behaving oddly, including the dashing military man caught rifling through the dead woman’s desk, the widower who does not appear to be grieving, and the shy governess curiously overpowered by the horror of the Frenchwoman’s death. As rumors spread like wildfire that Napoleon’s fleet is bound for Kent, Jane begins to suspect that Fran oise Grey’s murder was an act of war rather than a crime of passion. The peaceful fields of Kent have become a very dangerous place…
and Jane’s thirst for justice may exact the steepest price of all her life. Deliciously sinister and splendidly wrought, Jane and the Genius of the Place is a stylish puzzler that only the incomparable Jane Austen could hope to crack. And in her capable hands, the solving of it is a pleasure to watch.
Jane Austen as sleuth continues to delight in her latest adventure after Jane and the Genius of the Place, which sheds new light on the author’s travels in 1806. While enjoying a ramble in the Derbyshire hills near Bakewell a town Eliza Bennett visits in Pride and Prejudice, Jane discovers the mutilated body of a young man. Jane’s suspicions are roused when her escort, Mr. George Hemming, prefers to remove the unidentified corpse to Buxton, rather than Bakewell, and they increase when the body proves to be that of a woman dressed in men’s clothing. Moreover, the corpse is identified as Tess Arnold, a servant at one of the area’s great houses, whom Mr. Hemming should have recognized. As the compounder of stillroom remedies, Tess had a reputation as a healer, until accused of witchcraft. Rumors of ritual murder by Freemasons who include most of the neighboring gentry excite the local populace and jeopardize the investigation of the justice of the peace, himself a Mason. When Mr. Hemming disappears before the inquest, Jane and the justice turn for help to Lord Harold Trowbridge, a guest at the nearby ducal house of Chatsworth. Barron catches Austen’s tone amazingly well. Details of early 19th century country life of all clas*ses ring true, while the story line is clear, yet full of surprises. The ‘editor’s notes’ that punctuate the text and old cures for various ills that open each chapter add to the charm. Aug.
In her sixth engrossing outing, Jane Austen employs her delicious wit and family ties to the Royal Navy in a case of murder on the high seas. Somewhere in the picturesque British port of Southampton, among a crew of colorful, eccentric, and fiercely individual souls, a killer has come ashore. And only Jane can fathom the depths of his ruthless mind…
. Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House I will assert that sailors are endowed with greater worth than any set of men in England. So muses Jane Austen as she stands in the buffeting wind of Southampton’s quay beside her brother Frank on a raw February morning. Frank, a post captain in the Royal Navy, is without a ship to command, and his best prospect is the Stella Maris, a fast frigate captained by his old friend Tom Seagrave. Lucky Tom so dubbed for his habit of besting enemy ships is presently in disgrace, charged with violating the Articles of War. Tom s first lieutenant, Eustace Chessyre, has accused Seagrave of murder in the death of a French captain after the surrender of his ship. Though Lucky Tom denies the charge, his dagger was found in the dead man s chest. Now Seagrave faces court martial and execution for a crime he swears he did not commit. Frank, deeply grieved, is certain his friend will hang. But Jane reasons that either Seagrave or Chessyre is lying and that she and Frank have a duty to discover the truth. The search for the captain s honor carries them into the troubled heart of Seagrave s family, through some of the seaport s worst sinkholes, and at long last to Wool House, the barred brick structure that serves as gaol for French prisoners of war. Risking contagion or worse, Jane agrees to nurse the murdered French captain s imprisoned crew and elicits a debonair surgeon s account of the Stella Maris s battle that appears to clear Tom Seagrave of all guilt. When Eustace Chessyre is found murdered, the entire affair takes on the appearance of an insidious plot against Seagrave, who is charged with the crime. Could any of his naval colleagues wish him dead? In an era of turbulent intrigue and contested amour, could it be a case of cherchez la femme…
or a veiled political foe at work? And what of the sealed orders under which Seagrave embarked that fateful night in the Stella Maris? Death knocks again at Jane s own door before the final knots in the killer s net are completely untangled. Always surprising, Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House is an intelligent and intriguing mystery that introduces Jane and her readers to the naval set and charts a true course through the amateur sleuth s most troubled waters yet. From the Hardcover edition.
In her seventh captivating adventure, Jane Austen finds her crime solving mettle put to the test in a confounding case of intrigue, murder, and high treason. Among the haunted ruins of an ancient abbey, Jane is drawn into a shadow world of dangerous secrets and traitorous hearts where not only her life is at stake but the fate of England. As Jane Austen stands before the abandoned ruins of Netley Abbey, she imagines that ghosts really do haunt the centuries old monastery. But the green cloaked figure who startles her is all too human and he bears an unexpected missive from Lord Harold Trowbridge, one of the British government’s most trusted advisers and a man who holds a high place in Jane s life. Trowbridge tells Jane about a suspected traitor in their midst and the disastrous consequences if she succeeds. But is Sophia Challoner, a beautiful widow with rumored ties to Emperor Bonaparte, really an agent of the enemy? Dispatched to Netley Lodge, Jane sets about gaining the confidence of the mysterious and intriguing lady even as Trowbridge s grim prediction bears fruit: a British frigate is set afire and its shipwright found with his throat cut. It s clear that someone is waging a clandestine war of terror and murder. But before Jane can follow the trail of conspiracy to its source and unmask a calculating killer, the cold hand of murder will fall mercilessly yet again and suddenly Jane may find herself dying for her country. Elegantly intriguing, Jane and the Ghosts of Netley is a beautifully crafted novel of wit, character, and suspense that transports Jane and her many fans into a mystery of truly historical proportions and a case that will test the amateur sleuth s true colors under fire.
It’s with a heavy heart that Jane Austen takes up a new residence at Chawton Cottage in Hampshire. Secretly mourning the lost love of her life, she’s stunned to learn that the late Lord Harold Trowbridge has made her heir to an extraordinary bequest: a Bengal chest filled with his diaries, letters, and most intimate correspondence. From these, Jane is expected to write a memoir of the Gentleman Rogue for posterity. But before she can put pen to paper on this labor of love, she discovers a corpse in the cellar of her new home. The dead man was a common laborer, and a subsequent coroner’s examination shows he was murdered elsewhere and transported to Chawton Cottage. Suddenly Jane and her family are thrust into the center of a brewing scandal in this provincial village that doesn’t take kindly to outsiders in general and to Austens in particular. And just as Jane glimpses a connection between the murder and the shattering truth concealed somewhere in Lord Harold’s papers, violent death strikes yet another unsuspecting vicitim. Suddenly there are suspects and motives everywhere Jane looks local burglaries, thwarted passions, would be knights, and members of the royal family itself who want Lord Harold hushed…
even in death. As the tale of one man’s illustrious life unfolds a life that runs a parallel course to the history of two continents Jane races against time to catch a cunning killer before more innocent lives are taken. But her determination to protect Lord Harold’s legacy could exact the costliest price of all: her own life. Jane and His Lordship’s Legacy is historical suspense writing at its very finest, graced with insight, perception, and uncommon intelligence of its singular hero*ine in a mystery that will test the mettle of her mind and heart.
In her latest spellbinding escapade, Jane Austen arrives in London to watch over the printing of her first novel, and finds herself embroiled in a crime that could end more than her career. For it is up to Jane to tease a murderer out of the ton, lest she and her country suffer a dastardly demise.
On the heels of completing Sense and Sensibility, Jane heads to Sloane Street for a monthlong visit with her brother Henry and his wife, Eliza. Hobnobbing with the Fashionable Great at the height of the Season, Jane is well aware of their secrets and peccadilloes. But even she is surprised when the intimate correspondence between a Russian princess and a prominent Tory minister is published in the papers for all to see. More shocking, the disgraced beauty is soon found with her throat slit on Lord Castlereagh’s very doorstep.
Everyone who s anyone in high society is certain the spurned princess committed the violence upon herself. But Jane is unconvinced. Nor does she believe the minister guilty of so grisly and public a crime. Jane, however, is willing to let someone else investigate until a quirk of fate thrusts her and Eliza into the heart of the case as prime suspects!
Striking a bargain with the authorities, Jane secures seven days to save herself and Eliza from hanging. But as her quest to unmask a killer takes her from the halls of government to the drawing rooms of London s most celebrated courtesan, only one thing is sure: her failure will not only cut short her life. It could lead to England s downfall. A compulsively readable, uncommonly elegant novel of historical suspense, Jane and the Barque of Frailty once again proves Jane Austen a sleuth to be reckoned with.
The restorative power of the ocean brings Jane Austen and her beloved brother Henry, to Brighton after Henry’s wife is lost to a long illness. But the crowded, glittering resort is far from peaceful, especially when the lifeless body of a beautiful young society miss is discovered in the bedchamber of none other than George Gordon otherwise known as Lord Byron. As a poet and a seducer of women, Byron has carved out a shocking reputation for himself but no one would ever accuse him of being capable of murder. Now it falls to Jane to pursue this puzzling investigation and discover just how mad, bad, and dangerous to know Byron truly is. And she must do so without falling victim to the charming versifier s legendary charisma, lest she, too, become a cautionary example for the ages.
Three years after news of her scandalous husband’s death, Adelaide Fiske is at the altar again, her groom a soldier on the Marquis of Wellington s staff. The prospects seem bright for one of the most notorious women in Kent until Jane Austen discovers a corpse on the ancient Pilgrim s Way that runs through her brother Edward s estate. As First Magistrate for Canterbury, Edward is forced to investigate, with Jane as his reluctant assistant. But she rises to the challenge and leaves no stone unturned, discovering mysteries deeper than she could have anticipated. It seems that Adelaide s previous husband has returned for the new couple s nuptials only this time, genuinely, profoundly dead. But when a second corpse appears beside the ancient Pilgrim s Way, Jane has no choice but to confront a murderer, lest the next corpse be her own.
When Rusty Mason, a man fleeing the law and family discourse, is drowned in his brother’s Nantucket cranberry bog, rookie detective Meredith Folger must decide if the case is one of mistaken identity. A first novel.
When two children make a grisly discovery on Sconset beach, Detective Meredith Folger finds herself with a perplexing case on her hands. The crime lab can tell her only that the newly unearthed skeletal remains belonged to a woman who was strangled to death somewhere between two and ten years ago a conclusion that sends Merry sifting through old missing persons files. But then a shocking piece of news changes everything. The Massachusetts police have arrested a man they believe to be a serial killer. His five known victims were all women all strangled. Is Merry’s Nantucket skeleton the killer’s first victim? And do the state cops have the right man? When the murderer strikes again, he’ll draw Merry into a deadly cat and mouse game in which she’s the final target…
Merry Folger is more than ready for a romantic vacation with her fianc Peter when fate and her police chief father intervenes. Twenty one year old Jay Santorski never should have drowned in the frigid waters off the Nantucket shore. What was the athlete, Harvard scholar, and part time scalloper doing out alone in the storm churned bay?At her father’s insistence and over Peter’s objections Merry returns to the island to investigate, only to be confronted at every turn by false leads and dead ends. And Police Chief John Folger is behind too many of these roadblocks. For the first time, Merry begins to feel she cannot trust her lifelong role model her own father…
In her acclaimed debut, The Cutout, former CIA analyst Francine Mathews defined a world of intrigue where only the savvy survive. Now, in The Secret Agent, Mathews propels us deep into the baffling history of a maverick American’s glittering life and his sudden, cataclysmic disappearance . Here is the masterful story of secret agents of many kinds in a realm where truth is the most dangerous secret of all. Who was Jack Roderick?Trained by the OSS, Jack Roderick plummeted into Bangkok one rainy morning in 1945 and never left. Silk King, pirate, ruthless collector of beautiful objects especially women Roderick was feared and respected as a foreign spy, a business kingpin, and a trader in men s souls. And then, at the height of the Vietnam War, caught in a killing web of treachery and revenge that would determine the fate of his only son, Rory, Jack Roderick walked into the jungle and vanished from the face of the earth. Four decades later, can the mystery be solved?International fund manager Stefani Fogg is recruited by a man whose job it is to know the unknowable. Wealthy beyond corruption, impervious to romance, and equipped with a mind that can crack any enigma, Stefani signs up for the adventure of a lifetime: playing Secret Agent to Max Roderick, grandson of Bangkok s long vanished Legendary American. A world class skier tangled in a sordid Thai murder investigation, Max is consumed with the riddle of Jack Roderick s disappearance and with his own father s death in the jungles of Vietnam. Seduced by Max s charm and intrigued by his family history, Stefani ignores the warning signs and follows her heart. But when Max s quarrel with the Thai police turns deadly and a killer strikes, she knows she must return to the place where it all began, to unravel the lies, penetrate a deadly conspiracy, and expose a killing truth. She flees Max s France for Bangkok s khlongs into the ruins of the Silk King s dark past and the mesmerizing shadow of the Roderick family curse. What she finds, in Jack Roderick s story and in the fate of his fighter pilot son, is an American dream that crashed and burned in the rice paddies of Vietnam and a chilling legacy that haunts our own to this day. Propelling us masterfully through half a century, from Manhattan to the Alps to the colorful and treacherous heart of Bangkok, and based on the life of American expatriate Jim Thompson, The Secret Agent is at once a murder mystery, a touching love story, and a lavishly atmospheric journey through the exotic landscape of love and history an historical thriller of the first rank. From the Hardcover edition.
It’s the city s most infamous after hours haunt a glittering hotbed of deals and debaucheries. The sordid death of Philip Stilwell sends shock waves through The Alibi Club…
for there s much more to Stilwell s untimely end than a sex game gone wrong. His murder and the desperate attempt to keep a deadly weapon out of German hands will bring together the strands of a twisted plot of betrayal, passion, and espionage one connected to The Alibi Club…
and to the most explosive secret of the war.
As the Na*zis march on Paris and the crisis escalates, four remarkable characters are swept into the maelstrom. Their courage will change the course of history.
Epic and yet intimate, a seamless blend of fact and fiction based on a little known episode of the war, The Alibi Club is a thriller of fierce and complex suspense by a writer whose own life in the spy world makes espionage come uniquely alive.
From the Hardcover edition.
The acclaimed author of the bestselling Jane Austen mysteries brings rich historical immediacy to an enthralling new suspense novel centered around Queen Victoria’s troubled court and a secret so dangerous, it could topple thrones. Windsor Castle, 1861. For the second time in over twenty years, Irish barrister Patrick Fitzgerald has been summoned by the Queen. The first time, he d been a zealous young legal clerk, investigating what appeared to be a murderous conspiracy against her. Now he is a distinguished gentleman at the top of his profession. And the Queen is a woman in the grip of fear. For on this chilly night, her beloved husband, Prince Albert, lies dying. With her future clouded by grief, Fitzgerald can t help but notice the Queen is curiously preoccupied with the past. Yet why, and how he can help, is unclear. His bewilderment deepens when the royal coach is violently overturned, nearly killing him and his brilliant young ward, Dr. Georgiana Armistead, niece of the late Dr. Snow, a famed physician who d attended none other than Her Majesty. Fitzgerald is sure of one thing: the Queen s carriage was not attacked at random it was a carefully chosen target. But was it because he rode in it? Fitzgerald won t risk dying in order to find out. He ll leave London and take Georgiana with him if they can get out alive. For soon the pair find themselves hunted. Little do they know they each carry within their past hidden clues to a devastating royal secret one they must untangle if they are to survive. From the streets of London to the lush hills of Cannes, from the slums of St. Giles to the gilded halls of Windsor Castle, A Flaw in the Blood delivers a fascinating tale of pursuit, and the artful blend of period detail and electrifying intrigue that only the remarkable Stephanie Barron can devise.
In March 1941, Virginia Woolf filled her pockets with stones and drowned herself in England’s River Ouse. Her body was found three weeks later. What seemed like a tragic ending at the time was, in fact, just the beginning of a mystery…
. Six decades after Virginia Woolf s death, landscape designer Jo Bellamy has come to Sissinghurst Castle for two reasons: to study the celebrated White Garden created by Woolf s lover Vita Sackville West and to recover from the terrible wound of her grandfather s unexplained suicide. In the shadow of one of England s most famous castles, Jo makes a shocking find: Woolf s last diary, its first entry dated the day after she allegedly killed herself. If authenticated, Jo s discovery could shatter everything historians believe about Woolf s final hours. But when the Woolf diary is suddenly stolen, Jo s quest to uncover the truth will lead her on a perilous journey into the tumultuous inner life of a literary icon whose connection to the White Garden ultimately proved devastating. Rich with historical detail, The White Garden is an enthralling novel of literary suspense that explores the many ways the past haunts the present and the dark secrets that lurk beneath the surface of the most carefully tended garden.
During a weekend house party in a proper English village, a body is discovered at the bottom of a pond tied to a submerged statue of Neptune. And the weekend has only just begun. So has this ingenious mystery a literary game of round robin in which fourteen master crime writers have each contributed a chapter of their own. What they deliver is a wildly entertaining whodunit with as many dizzying twists, turnabouts, double crosses, and divergent styles as there are solutions and suspects. Featuring the bestselling and multiple award winning talents of: Simon Brett Jan Burke Dorothy Cannell Maragaret Coel Deborah Crombie Eileen Dreyer Carolyn Hart Edward Marston Francine Mathews Sharan Newman Alexandra Ripley Walter Satterthwait Sarah Smith Carolyn Whe