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Grave Matters, or Death and Dying in 19th Century England

In The Mysterious Death of Mr. Darcy (originally released in 2013), multiple deaths occur. What were some of the “customs” associated with death and dying in the 19th Century? In the country, “ringing of the passing bell” signaled to all … Continue reading

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Body Snatchers, Part II – the Release of “The Mysterious Death of Mr. Darcy”

On Friday, we looked at Resurrectionists. Today, we will make a slight distinction with Body Snatchers.  Like what resurrectionists did, body snatching is the secret removal of a corpse from its burial site. As was explained in Friday’s piece the … Continue reading

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Austen-Homage Literature and the Mystery Genre

Although publishers long ago labeled Jane Austen-inspired pieces as “niche” literature, they erred. Austen’s touch can be found in a variety of pieces: women’s literature, romance, variations, historical fiction, paranormal, fantasy, and mystery. Over the years, I have written several … Continue reading

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Another Look at “Christmas at Pemberley: A Pride and Prejudice Holiday Vagary, Told Through the Eyes of All Who Knew It”

In January, I plan to re-release one of my earliest Pride and Prejudice mysteries, The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy. I finally have my rights back to the books I published with Ulysses Press, and this novel is one of my … Continue reading

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Meet Author, Tabetha Waite

Today, it is with great pleasure to introduce you to Tabetha Waite, another of those who writes historicals set in late Georgian to the Victorian era. Tabetha and I are part of the Common Elements Romance Project.  The Common Elements … Continue reading

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The Headless Horseman and the House of Dun

 We have all heard of the Headless Horseman. Surely, you know something of the tale written by Washington Irving in 1820: “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” However, did you realize that the Headless Horseman had been a much used motif … Continue reading

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Finalists for the 2017 Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense

I am proud to be among these fabulous writers!!! Congrats to all!!!! The DAPHNE DU MAURIER AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN MYSTERY/SUSPENSE –Published Division Finalists for 2017 are: CATEGORY (SERIES) ROMANTIC MYSTERY/SUSPENSE Man of Action by Janie Crouch – Author Deep … Continue reading

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Chief John Norton, Real-Life Model for a Character in “The Prosecution of Mr. Darcy’s Cousin,” a 2016 Finalist for the Chanticleer International Book Awards

One of the characters in my latest Austenesque novel, The Prosecution of Mr. Darcy’s Cousin, is modeled upon that of John Norton (Teyoninhokarawen), who was a Mohawk Indian chief of Scottish birth. Norton attended school in Scotland and was a … Continue reading

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Carolina Book Fest 2016 ~ Coming October 15

  Book Signing Carolina Book Fest is a book signing taking place in the Queen City of Charlotte, North Carolina on October 15, 2016. The book signing will be held at the Marriott City Center in downtown Charlotte from 10am until 3pm. This is the … Continue reading

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Scotland’s Merrick Murder Hole and The Old Grey Man

  This article first appeared on the Dark Jane Austen Book Club Website on March 11, 2013.  The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy Shackled in the dungeon of a macabre castle with no recollection of her past, a young woman finds … Continue reading

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