A Groom with a View
In this Jane Jeffry mystery, Jane is trying to earn some extra money by being a wedding planner for Livvy Thatcher, a young business executive woman who Jane hardly knows. Shelley, Jane's next-door neighbor, comes along to help. Jane and Shelley put the whole wedding on at an old family hunting lodge that used to be a monastery, and it's dark and spooky. The first night, the power goes out. There are always eerie moaning sounds that could be somebody... A Knife to Remember
Jane is a widowed housewife. In this book, a movie company uses the field behind Jane's and her neighbor's houses to shoot on location. The main prop man, Jake, is killed (stabbed), then the movie's female lead, Lynette Harwell is killed, though Lynette's death is made to look like suicide. Mel, the detective and Jane's new boyfriend, tries to unravel the murders, but he seems to come across a lot of dead ends on his own. Jane and Shelley, Jane's nex... A Midsummer Night's Scream
Morrow, Nov 2004, 23.95, 240 pp.
Jane Jeffrey and Shelley Novak have been neighbors and best friends for years and now with their children grown they have time to do any project they want to for fun. Shelley's husband bought a run down theatre thinking he can renovate it and use it for storing food supplies but it wasn't cost effective so he donated it to the community college's theater department. Shelley is in charge of hiring... A Quiche Before Dying
Jane Jeffry's mom is visiting and while she is there, Jane, her neighbor and best friend, Shelley, and Jane's mom decide to take a 5-night course on writing autobiographies. A shockingly rude, awful woman, Mrs. General Pryce, takes the course as well, and submits her whole autobiography to the rest of the class before class even starts. It, too, shows what a cruel person she (Mrs. Pryce) is. One night, Mrs. Pryce invites everybody over for dinner befo...
Lily Brewster and her brother, Robert, were high-society people in New York until the crash of 1929 destroyed their father. (He committed suicide.) They're living in a run-down tenement apartment and working regular jobs when they see an ad asking them to get in touch with a lawyer, Mr. Prinney. Prinney is the lawyer for their great-uncle Horatio Brewster, who died in a boating "accident".
They inherited his Honeysuckle Cottage (they renamed it Gr... Bell, Book & Scandal
Morrow, Nov 2003, 23.95, 224 pp.
When aspiring novelist Jane Jeffry gets a brochure in the mail about a writing conference coming to her town, her best friend and neighbor Shelley Novacks persuades her to go. Shelley also decides to attend. She and Jane register for the plush free suite that is available to the Novacks at all times. Jane is so motivated that she finally completes the mystery she has been working on for years.
... Crime and Punishment
Jane Jeffry is a full-time mother whose life is filled with three children, two cats, a dog, PTA and carpools. Her husband Steve is killed in an auto accident on the night he leaves home for another woman. In the midst of her grieving Jane's life is jolted by the murder next door of Happy Helper cleaning lady Ramona Thurgood.
Jane figures out that it is a case of mistaken identity. The intended victim was really someone named Edith who is using her p... Fear of Frying
Jane Jeffry, a widowed housewife, and her neighbor, Shelley, go to a resort camp in the mountains as part of a committee that goes to investigate whether or not the school should send their kids to camp there. When the ladies go back to a campfire the ladies find a fellow committee member's body, but when they go back with police, the body's gone. The supposed dead man is seen alive later that night, so nobody believes the ladies about the body, at firs... Grime and Punishment
Jane Jeffry is a widowed housewife in the suburbs of Chicago. She leads a mostly boring life, but she gets involved when her next-door neighbor's cleaning woman is murdered, only the murderer got the wrong person. It was a substitute for the regular cleaning lady, Edith and the substitute happened to look like Edith. Jane and her next-door neighbor, Shelley, figure out that Edith is blackmailing people and that the murderer is one of the ladies in the... In the Still of the Night
Lily and Robert Brewster are poor, penniless orphans who were once members of high society. The Crash of Wall street in 1929 led their Father to commit suicide, because he had lost the family money. Poor and penniless, with no skills, Lily & Robert are left to fend for their own. Lucky for them they inherited their uncle's estate, Grace & Favor mansion. The only catch is they have to live in the house for 10 years, and the money from the estate is handed...
Jill Churchill list of books
It Had to Be You
Morrow, April 2004, 23.95, 224 pp.
Once they were society's darlings, rich enough to live for today and not care about tomorrow; then the stock market crash of 1929 left them destitute, forced to live in a cold water tenement in New York City. When a relative dies, he makes provisions for Robert and Lily Brewster to live in the Grace and Favor Cottage in Voorburg on the Hudson and has his attorney control the money to make sure t... Love for Sale
Morrow, Jun 2003, 23.95, 214 pp.
In 1932 in Voorburg-on-Hudson siblings Lily and Robert Brewster recover from their sudden fall from wealth by turning the mansion they can live in for life (according to their late uncle's will) into a bed and breakfast. When an obviously masqueraded stranger leases a room for the outrageous price of $500, Lily hesitantly agrees though she suspects the worst from this individual and his cronies c... Mulch Ado About Nothing
Morrow, Dec 2000, 23.00, 224 pp.
A flower arrangement meant for Julie Jackson is accidentally delivered to Jane Jeffry. Living in the same neighborhood, Jane and her best friend Shelly Drover deliver the flowers to Jake. Upon arrival at his home, they find a ?crime scene? tape barring their way. Jane?s police officer friend Mel informs the two women that someone knocked out Jake in his basement office.
Julie was sup... Someone To Watch Over Me
Morrow, Nov 2001, 24.00, 240 pp.
At one time siblings Robert and Lily were card-carrying members of the idle rich living off their father's fortune. When the stock market crashed in 1929, the duo was left destitute as their father committed suicide. Sadly neither has a skill to earn a decent living, upper class style that is. However, a relative comes to the rescue by dying and leaving his vast estate to the brother and si... The House of Seven Mables
Morrow, August 2002, 23.95, 240 pp.
After her husband died, Jane Jeffrey was left to bring up their three children alone. Now her eldest son is in his second year of college while her only daughter is a senior in high school and the youngest child is in ninth grade. She along with her neighbor and best friend Shelley suffer from a form of empty nest syndrome and want to do something interesting with their free time.
When Bits... The Merchant of Menace
Jane Jeffry and her neighbor, Shelley, try to solve the murder of a reporter, Lance King, who fell off the roof next door and landed on a Christmas reindeer decoration. The reindeer had a metal rod that attached the antlers to its head, and when Lance fell on the reindeer, the rod pierced his heart and killed him. There were two prints in the snow on the rooftop, which led police to believe that Lance's fall wasn't an accident. The rush is on to find ...