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Francine Mathews

(Francine Stephanie Barron)
USA flag (b.1963)

aka Stephanie Barron

Born in Binghamton, NY, Francine Stephanie Barron, went to school in Washington and majored in European History at Princeton. At that time she was working part time for The Miami Herald and The San Jose Mercury News. She also attempted a doctorate in history but gave up however achieving a masters. Barron later joined the CIA as intelligence analyst. She wrote her first book as Francine Matthews in 1992, Death in the Off-Season featuring Meredith Folger set in Nantucket, and left the agency a year later. In 1997 she wrote Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor, the first in the Jane Austen series, using the name Stephanie Barron.

Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Merry Folger
   1. Death in the Off Season (1994)
   2. Death in Rough Water (1995)
   3. Death in a Mood Indigo (1997)
   4. Death in a Cold Hard Light (1998)
   5. Death on Nantucket (2017)
   6. Death on Tuckernuck (2020)
   7. Death on a Winter Stroll (2022)
Caroline Carmichael
   1. The Cut Out (2001)
   2. Blown (2005)
   The Secret Agent (2002)
   The Sunken Sailor (2004) (with others)
   The Alibi Club (2006)
   Jack 1939 (2012)
   Too Bad to Die (2015)
Francine Mathews recommends
Dark Currents (2021)
Doug Burgess
"If only we all had friends like the Laughing Sarahs: fiercely loyal, mordantly funny and murderously clever. Doug Burgess’ Dark Currents brings a wildly original amateur detective to the table of the most secretive small town in New England. I can’t wait to go back."
Jack of Spies (2013)
(Jack McColl, book 1)
David Downing
"Vividly explores the worldwide intrigues that spawned World War I, through the all-too-human British spy Jack McColl and the lover he betrays."

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