Latest Nantucket Mystery:

Death on a Winter Stroll

Book 7 now available

No-nonsense Nantucket detective Merry Folger grapples with the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and two murders as the island is overtaken by Hollywood stars and DC suits.

Nantucket Police Chief Meredith Folger is acutely conscious of the stress COVID-19 has placed on the community she loves. Although the island has proved a refuge for many during the pandemic, the cost to Nantucket has been high. Merry hopes that the Christmas Stroll, one of Nantucket’s favorite traditions, in which Main Street is transformed into a winter wonderland, will lift the island’s spirits. But the arrival of a large-scale TV production, and the Secretary of State and her family, complicates matters significantly.

Death on Tuckernuck
Jane and the Year Without a Summer

Latest Jane Austen Mystery:

Jane and the Year Without a Summer

Book 14 now available

May 1816: Jane Austen is feeling unwell, and her apothecary recommends a trial of the curative waters at Cheltenham Spa, in Gloucestershire. But the Spa hardly turns out to be the relaxing sojourn Jane and her sister envisaged, as it is immediately obvious that the other guests have come to Cheltenham with stresses of their own—some of them deadly…

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

Praise for Francine Mathews / Stephanie Barron

“The author excels at both period detail and modern verve…. Sparkling.”
Publishers Weekly

“Barron writes a lively adventure that puts warm flesh on historical bones.”
The New York Times Book Review

“Mathews writes well, keeps the pace brisk and has great fun re-creating historical personages.”
Kirkus Reviews

“…intelligent, passionate, and unceasingly entertaining.”
—Author Stephen White

“Mathews writes appealingly, making her characters human, fallible, and thoughtful…”
—Library Journal


Francine Mathews/Stephanie Barron was born in Binghamton, New York, the last of six girls. She attended Princeton and Stanford Universities, where she studied history, before going on to work as an intelligence analyst at the CIA. She wrote her first book in 1992 and left the Agency a year later. Since then, she has written 30 novels, including the critically acclaimed Nantucket Mystery series, the Jane Austen Mystery series, and a number of historical fiction and thriller novels. She lives and works in Denver, Colorado.

Francine Mathews/Stephanie Barron