Jean Briggs


I taught English in schools in Cheshire, Hong Kong and Lancashire. I now live in a cottage in Cumbria where I write the Charles Dickens Mysteries, featuring Dickens as an amateur detective teaming up with Superintendent Jones of Bow Street. I am a member of the Crime Writers Association, the Historical Novel Society and the Historical Writers Association.



Historical crime

Publications & Performance History

The Murder of Patience Brooke (History Press 2014) Death at Hungerford Stairs (History Press 2015) Murder by Ghostlight (History Press 2016) The Quickening and The Dead (Sapere Books 2018)

Workshop & Reading Experience

I regularly give talks at libraries in Cumbria and Lancashire and Manchester and talks to groups and societies including the Elizabeth Gaskell Society and the Manchester Luncheon Club, the WI and other charities, usually on my own novels, but on other writers, too. I have given talks in schools.


Martin Edwards, Chairman of the Crime Writers Association The Portico Library, Manchester (Aoife Larkin) Kendal Library (Hannah Clarke)

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Group age preference

Adults and older teens (year 10,11,12)

Working languages


Area prepared to travel


North West Libraries

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