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Stephanie Barron

A pseudonym used by Francine Mathews

Stephanie Barron was born Francine Stephanie Barron in Binghamton, NY in 1963, the last of six girls. Her father was a retired general in the Air Force, her mother a beautiful woman who loved to dance. The family spent their summers on Cape Cod, where two of the Barron girls now live with their families; Francine's passion for Nantucket and the New England shoreline dates from her earliest memories. She grew up in Washington, D.C., and attended Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, a two hundred year-old Catholic school for girls that shares a wall with Georgetown University. Her father died of a heart attack during her freshman year.

She wrote her first book in 1992 and left the Agency a year later. Fifteen books have followed, along with sundry children, dogs, and houses. When she's not writing, she likes to ski, garden, needlepoint, and buy art. Her phone number is definitely unlisted.

Genres: Historical Mystery, Historical
Stephanie Barron recommends
What Angels Fear (2005)
(Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery, book 1)
C S Harris
"An absorbing and accomplished debut that displays a mastery of the Regency period in all its elegance and barbarity. What Angels Fear will grip the reader from its first pages and compel to the finish."
Oscar Wilde and the Dead Man's Smile (2009)
(Oscar Wilde, book 3)
Gyles Brandreth
"Brandreth's accomplishment is evident in the force of Wilde's personality, which fairly leaps off the page...readers will delight in the effortless characterization and deft portrait of late Victorian England."
The Chelsea Girls (2019)
Fiona Davis
"We all want friends like 'the Chelsea girls.' A winning mix of historic challenges and enduring ties between two remarkable women makes Fiona Davis's latest novel a must-read."
The Winter Companion (2020)
(Parish Orphans of Devon, book 4)
Mimi Matthews
"There are few things more satisfying than curling up with a Mimi Matthews' novel. Deeply-felt and heart-lifting, The Winter Companion is no exception. Its sweet romance and generous spirit linger in the mind long after the last word is read."
In Royal Service to the Queen (2021)
Tessa Arlen
"A tantalizing and poignant tale of the young royal princesses. Wise, loyal and fierce, Crawfie is a heroine for the ages. Arlen's storytelling should thrill anyone who loved The Crown."

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