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Jane Finnis

Mystery Author

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Hardback, ebook
and trade paperback published 2012 in UK
by Head of Zeus

American cover of DANGER IN THE WIND
Print and ebook published 2011 in USA by Poisoned Pen Press

American cover of BURIED TOO DEEP
Print and ebook published 2008 in USA by Poisoned Pen Press

American cover of A BITTER CHILL
Print editions published 2005 in USA by Poisoned Pen Press; now also an ebook

American cover of GET OUT OR DIE
Original edition of GET OUT OR DIE, published 2003 in USA by Poisoned Pen Press

Welcome everyone, as winter is really on its way here in the northern hemisphere. Never mind...reading a good mystery is the perfect way to keep warm in the chills of November.

These days, of course, we can enjoy our books in electronic form as well as in print, and that goes for magazines too. There's an excellent monthly e-zine called Mystery People, available wherever the Internet reaches, produced by a lively group here in the UK also called Mystery People. Not only do they publish the e-zine; they have an informative website about all things mystery-related to keep you entertained between issues. November's Mystery People includes an article by me, (modesty forbids me to tell you how brilliant it is,) about an author who's famous for science fiction but has also written some cracking mysteries. Can you guess who?...Oh all right then, it's Isaac Asimov. Give it a try, he was a fascinating man.

My Aurelia Marcella mysteries, published in the USA by Poisoned Pen Press and in the UK, Australia and New Zealand by Head of Zeus, tell of life and death in first-century Roman Britain. The turbulent province of Britannia on the very edge of the Roman Empire makes a good background for murder and mayhem. They all feature innkeeper Aurelia as a reluctant sleuth.

They are available in print and as ebooks: the choice is yours. You can buy them individually in all ebook formats, and there's a box set of the first three of Aurelia's adventures in a single ebook collection, published by Head of Zeus in London. Full details of the various electronic formats and where to buy them are at aureliamarcella.com

In SHADOWS IN THE NIGHT, the first in the sequence, we learn how Aurelia was originally drawn into solving crimes, and the danger she found herself in as a result. We meet her family at their mansio (inn) near York, and encounter the varied mixture of people who live in northern Britannia: Roman settlers and soldiers, native British tribesmen, some friendly and some hostile...and of course several characters who are not at all what they seem.

SHADOWS IN THE NIGHT is published in hardback, trade paperback and all formats of ebook in the UK. The paperback isn't as widely distributed here as the hardback, but you can order it from your favourite bookshop, or better still, buy signed copies from my website. Full details are on my book order page.

Whet your appetite by reading the first few pages of SHADOWS IN THE NIGHT, and see
what the reviewers say

UK print versions of the later Aurelia books aren't out yet, but all of them will continue to be published in the USA by Poisoned Pen Press, and available for UK readers from on-line bookstores, or you can buy signed copies from my website. Visit the book order page.

And if you like to read by listening, the first three in the series are available as MP3 audiobooks from this website. Order an audiobook here.

I also have some short stories published in anthologies, and I'm in stellar company -short mysteries are a wonderful way to sample the work of writers you haven't read before, and of course writers you already know and want to read again.

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Short stories

cover of Guilty Parties
The 2014 Crime
Writers' Association mystery anthology published by Severn House

cover of Guilty Consciences
The 2011 Crime Writers' Association anthology of mystery  short stories published by Severn House

cover of Mammoth Book of Roman Whodunnits
Published 2003
in UK by Robinson
and in USA
by Carroll & Graf