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Jane Finnis

Mystery Author

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Shadows in the Night UK cover
Hardback, ebook and trade paperback published 2012 in UK by Head of Zeus

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Print and ebook editions published 2011 in USA by Poisoned Pen Press

Buried Too Deep US cover
Print and ebook editions published 2008 in USA by Poisoned Pen Press

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Print editions published 2005 in USA by Poisoned Pen Press; now also an ebook

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

Welcome to my website in December, one of my favourite months. It includes not only Christmas - or Saturnalia as the Romans called their winter holiday - which had a lot in common with our own December festivities; but by the end of it we'll have passed the shortest day of the year. After that, whatever the weather, the days begin to lengthen and we can persuade ourselves that spring can't be so very far away. Until it comes, we can keep the cold out by reading some good mysteries.

These days, of course, we might be enjoying our pile of books in print or in electronic form. Ebook sales of my novels continue to flourish alongside print sales...the choice is yours. You can buy them individually in all ebook formats, and there's a box set of all four Aurelia Marcella Roman mysteries in a single collection published by Head of Zeus in London. Full details of the various electronic formats and where to buy them are at aureliamarcella.com

Aurelia's mysteries, published in the USA by Poisoned Pen Press and in the UK 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. They all feature innkeeper Aurelia as a reluctant sleuth.

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.

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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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Latest news

My personal diary has been pretty empty of late, because I've been recovering from a knee replacement operation. I'm doing fine, almost back to normal (whatever that is!) though the rumour that I plan to dance on the tables this Christmas may be somewhat exaggerated.

Short stories

The 2014 Crime Writers' Association mystery short stories anthology, published by Severn House

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

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Published 2003
by Robinson (UK)
and Carroll & Graf (USA)

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