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Publication Order of Megan Rhys Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Mysterious Death of Miss Austen (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
With Love and Crocodiles / The Color of Secrets (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Woman on the Orient Express (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Whisper of the Moon Moth (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Snow Gypsy (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The House at Mermaid's Cove (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Feather on the Water (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Collections

Beguiling Miss Bennet (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Strange Days Indeed (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Written In Blood(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon

About Lindsay Jayne Ashford

The British writer and novelist Lindsay Jayne Ashford is well known throughout the literary industry, all thanks to her unique and precise style of writing. Previously working as a journalist, she is now well known for writing crime novels that really speak to the reader on multiple levels. Getting to the heart of her subject matter, she manages to get inside the mind of her subjects, extensively analyzing them in detail. This has enabled her to become one of the foremost leading figures currently working within her field, allowing her to make a name for herself quite unlike any other. Not only that, but she’s also created iconic characters over the course of her writing career, many of which have endured for countless readers worldwide.

Showing great attention to detail, her journalistic style has served her well over the years, lending a heightened sense of authenticity. With a wealth of material to draw from and inspire her, she is never short of ideas to use within her novels and work. This is something that will continue for a long time to come, as there is a lot more stories planned for release upon the horizon.

Early and Personal Life

Born on the 23rd of January in 1959, the author to be Lindsay Jayne Ashford would grow up with a strong passion for both reading and writing. Raised in Wolverhampton in the United Kingdom, she would go on to graduate from Queen’s College, Cambridge, becoming the first woman to do so during its entire 550 years of history prior. This would set a highly impressive precedent for what was to follow, having gained a degree in criminology during her time there. Getting into the criminal mind would serve her fiction well, along with her time working for the BBC as a reporter there. Later featuring in a number of different magazines and publications, she would make a strong name for herself, as she currently lives in Aberystwyth, Wales, where she lives and writes to this day.

Writing Career

Publishing her first book ‘Frozen’ through the Honno label in 2003, Lindsay Jayne Ashford would begin her career as a writer of crime novels. Prior to this she would gain an audience working as a journalist and writing for a number of different outlets and publication, making a name for herself in the process. Creating a number of series over the years, she went on to create such iconic characters as ‘Megan Rhys’, an investigative psychologist solving crimes. This would evolve over time, as she would go on to have work of hers adapted for the radio, specifically that of the BBC. Winning awards, she will carry on writing for a long time yet, with her gaining critical acclaim from her many peers and contemporaries.

Death Studies

First brought out through the Honno Press publishing label, this would originally come out in 2006 on the 1st of July. Setting up the third title in the ongoing ‘Megan Rhys’ series of novels, it manages to pick up from where the second left off with another mystery to solve. Following on in much the same vein as before, this features the eponymous character of Megan Rhys, as she goes about solving various cases.

Creating a long-running series from this franchise, Ashford manages to keep to the formula she set before, whilst also taking it in new directions. Developing the character of Megan Rhys, a forensic psychologist with a gift for solving crime, she takes her into new territory here. Really testing her as a character, she manages to push her to her limits, giving the series a whole new level of depth in the process. Not only that, but the location itself is extremely well drawn too, allowing the reader to feel as if they’re really there in the midst of it.

Looking for any excuse to make a getaway from the confines of her office in Birmingham’s Heartland University, Megan Rhys heads down to her grandmother’s cottage in Borth. This does mean she’ll be needing to attend of police conference about sex offenders, which is an unpleasant necessity that has to be done. That’s when she’s disturbed by the arrival of a body, as it turns up completely preserved in a bog behind the nearby golf course. Looking at the evidence they must deduce whether the corpse is from the distant past, or evidence of a nefarious more recent wrongdoing. Will Megan be able to put her skills as a forensic psychologist to use? Can she get to the bottom of the case? What will she learn from her death studies?

The Woman On The Orient Express

Initially released through the ‘Lake Union Publishing’ outlet this this, this would arrive on the 20th of September in 2016. Working entirely as a stand-alone, it would set itself apart from the other titles in Ashford’s backlog of work by becoming its own thing. It would still provide her penchant for building mystery and suspense though, giving the story a foreboding sense of atmosphere in the process.

Bringing in her love of classic mystery novels and storytelling, Ashford really brings a sense of nostalgia to this piece. She also expertly craft quality characters too, bringing the personalities to life, allowing them to really flourish for the reader. Using Agatha Christie as her lead protagonist, Ashford puts her in a world of her own making, seeing how she operates within it. The setting itself is also well drawn too, being that of the ever iconic Orient Express, drawn from the original novel ‘Murder on the Orient Express’.

Boarding the Orient Express in complete disguise, Agatha Christie is looking to make a clean break from her already fractured and broken marriage. It’s here that she finds that she can’t solve the mysteries aboard the train with such ease, like that of her iconic detective Hercule Poirot. Many of the other passengers also have secrets, such as Nancy Nelson who is carrying another child to the man she just married. Each holding secrets of their own, they are all headed towards the Middle East, with long lasting repercussions as each of their lives intersects. Will they all get to where they want to go? What are the secrets they hold? Just who is the woman on the Orient Express?

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2 Responses to “Lindsay Jayne Ashford”

  1. Ann Jircik: 1 year ago

    Our book club will discuss The Feather on the Water in June. I would love to have any comments about the book that you could share. We are teachers who worked together and started the club 25 years ago. Is there any website where you discussed the book? Would appreciate to hear from you. Thank you Ann

  2. Connie Villas: 2 years ago

    Dear Jayne
    I just finished reading your wonderful book The Woman on the Orient Express. I loved it and forced myself not to race through it but savor it.
    Also I found a new author …you…to read!

    I also have never read any of Agatha Christie books either..I am 78 and have been reading books since I was 8 years

    Anyway thank you for your writing …I like your style..I’m getting reading to pick out my next read..I read on my Kindle ereader exclusively now due to various eye problems so off I go to use my Amazon gift card to purchase more books…

    Thank you for your writing talent

    I love on the USA in Pennsylvania. My home is in Broomall
    which is about 90 miles from New York City


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