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Maureen Jennings

UK flag (b.1939)

Maureen Jennings, now a Canadian Citizen, was born on Eastfield Road in Birmingham, England and spent her formative years there until she emigrated to Canada at the age of seventeen with her mother.

This has meant that she still feels a deep connection with her homeland. It has also no doubt been a strong influence in her love for, and her writing about, the Victorian period. She attended the University of Windsor where she attained a BA in philosophy and psychology.

A couple of years trying to decide what she really wanted to do with her life resulted in her returning to university, the University of Toronto, this time where she earned an MA in English literature.For the next eight years, she taught English at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute at a time when the English department seemed to be chock full of writers. Eric Wright, went on to write the highly successful Charlie Salter mystery series, Graeme Gibson, Peter Such, and others were writing both novels and poetry. An exciting time in so many ways but after eight years, another change of direction and in 1972, Maureen left Ryerson to become a psychotherapist, which was a long time interest. She has continued in private practice since then, although nowadays she mostly conducts creative expression groups and writes. Always passionate about dogs, she is happy to own a border collie named Jeremy-Brett and a mixed breed named Varley.

Genres: Historical Mystery, Mystery
New and upcoming books
March 2024

March Roars
(Paradise Cafe, book 4)
Detective Murdoch
   1. Except the Dying (1997)
   2. Under the Dragon's Tail (1998)
   3. Poor Tom is Cold (2001)
   4. Let Loose the Dogs (2003)
   5. Night's Child (2005)
   6. Vices of My Blood (2006)
   7. A Journeyman to Grief (2007)
   Shipwreck (2011)
   8. Let Darkness Bury the Dead (2017)
D. I. Tom Tyler
   1. Season of Darkness (2011)
   2. Beware This Boy (2012)
   3. No Known Grave (2014)
   4. Dead Ground in Between (2016)
Paradise Cafe
   1. Heat Wave (2019)
   2. November Rain (2020)
   3. Cold Snap (2022)
   4. March Roars (2024)
Non fiction show
Maureen Jennings recommends
The Merry Widow Murders (2023)
Melodie Campbell
"'Delightful' is one of the first words that come to mind. The 1920s shipboard setting is beautifully observed; the plot will keep you guessing and the heroine, is - well - delightful. Not to be missed."
Final Look (2022)
(Christine Lane Mystery, book 1)
Dianne Scott
"Original and entrancing."

Books containing stories by Maureen Jennings
Ellen Hart Presents Malice Domestic 15 (2020)
Mystery Most Theatrical
(Malice Domestic, book 15)
edited by
Ellen Hart, Rita Owen, Verena Rose and Shawn Reilly Simmons
Blood on the Holly (2007)
edited by
Caro Soles

Award nominations
2006 Lefty Award for Best Historical Mystery Novel (nominee) : Night's Child
2006 Barry Award for Best Paperback original (nominee) : Night's Child
1998 Barry Award for Best First Novel (nominee) : Except the Dying
1998 Anthony Award for Best First Novel (nominee) : Except the Dying

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