Biography

Jean Briggs taught English for many years in schools in Cheshire, Hong Kong, and Lancashire. She now lives in a cottage by a river in Cumbria with a view of the Howgill Fells and a lot of sheep, though it is the streets of Victorian London that are mostly in her mind when she is writing about Charles Dickens as a detective. There are nine novels in the series so far, published by Sapere Books. The latest, Summons to Murder, came out in December 2021.

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She was Vice Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association (2018-2022), board member of the CWA, a member of Historical Writers’ Association, the Dickens Fellowship, The Society of Authors, and a trustee of Sedbergh Book Town.

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The Drowned Woman: Ellen Tyrell’s Nose

The Drowned Woman: Ellen Tyrell’s Nose

I was looking for a drowned girl. My old friend, Professor Swaine Taylor had provided the grisly forensic detail in his Medical Jurisprudence: ‘the eyelids livid, and the pupils dilated; the mouth closed or half-open, the tongue swollen and congested, frequently pushed forwards to the internal ...
Alfred Tennyson’s Bowels and Other Authorial Ailments

Alfred Tennyson’s Bowels and Other Authorial Ailments

‘… the sufferings of which were dreadful … when I awoke with that horror upon me …’Charles Dickens had a cold. Man flu? One might wonder when reading the dramatic description of his anguish. But he was a novelist given to melodrama at times, and, considering the always present possibility ...
What’s My Poison? Arsenic and other Methods of Murder.

What’s My Poison? Arsenic and other Methods of Murder.

What's My Poison? ‘It is clear that the “favourite” poison with us is arsenic.’So wrote Charles Dickens in his journal, Household Words, in December 1851. Dickens argues for the enforcement of laws regulating the sale of medicines. Dickens refers to the Sale of Arsenic Bill passed in the ...

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