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Publication Order of Cornish Sagas Books

The Girl from Penvarris (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tinner's Daughter (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cornish Harvest (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stormy Waters (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Silent Shore (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Granite Cliffs (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Cornish Maid (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Libertus Mystery of Roman Britain Books

as Rosemary Rowe
The Germanicus Mosaic (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Pattern of Blood (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder in the Forum (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Chariots of Calyx (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Legatus Mystery (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ghosts of Glevum (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Enemies of the Empire (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Roman Ransom (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Coin for the Ferryman (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death at Pompeia's Wedding (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Requiem for a Slave (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Vestal Vanishes (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Whispering of Spies (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Omens (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fateful Day (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ides of June (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Price of Freedom (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prisoner of Privilege (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Dreadful Destiny (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Rewards of Treachery (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Against the Tide (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tregenza Girls (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
From Penvarris with Love (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Blacksmith's Girl (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Flowers for Miss Pengelly (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cornish Blacksmith's Daughter (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Writing a Novel (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Masterclass: Writing Crime Fiction (As: Rosemary Rowe) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Shakespearean Whodunnits(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon

Rosemary Aitken is an English author born Rosemary Rowe in the British town Of Penzance, Cornwall during World War II. She is best known for the writing of several historical, mystery, romance, academic books and publications over the years. She moved to New Zealand with her parents while she was still a girl and would go to school and later get married before moving back to Britain in 1967. Aitken is a highly qualified academic professional having graduated from Sydney and Wellington Universities in addition to a diploma in Educational Management from Bristol, a Teaching Diploma she obtained from the Auckland Training College, LTCL’s in Speech, Drama, and TESOL, and an RSA Diploma in TEFL. She spent more than two decades in Higher Education and published twelve textbooks on communication and the English Language. After many years lecturing and living in Gloucestershire, she moved back to her native home county of Cornwall, where she lives in the woods near the Fal and Truro. She is mother to two children who have given her four grandchildren in New Zealand and Cambridge shire.

Before she became a full time writer, she worked as a secondary school teacher, lecturer, and teacher trainer in Cheltenham England. She was also a senior lecturer, moderator and examiner at Trinity College in London where she taught the ESOL program. She was also a consultant for several schools and colleges in Singapore, Dubai, and the United Kingdom. She first got started writing fiction when she was involved in an industrial accident that made it impossible for her to continue her academic career. Nonetheless, most of her teaching guides and textbooks were written before she was injured. As Rosemary Aitken she wrote the historical romance cum whodunit novels in the Cornish Saga series of novels. The series of novels are set in an imaginary Cornish village in Medieval Britain. As Rosemary Rowe, she has written the Libertus Mystery of Roman Britain series of novels set in the Glevum a Roman town that is the modern day Gloucester. In addition to her bestselling fictional works she is the writer of several award winning poems and plays and has written a bestselling handbook on the procedure of writing a novel.

Rosemary Aitken series of novels in the Cornish Saga are about the residents of Penvarris who lived at a time when the settled life of Europe was rudely interrupted by World War I. The uncertainties of the early 20th century are disrupted when the Cornish family suddenly find themselves torn apart by war. The novels are melodramatic yet socially conscious and intelligent historical romances showcasing a number of themes prevalent in Edwardian times. The Cornish Saga novels are about the themes of class conflict, chauvinism and autocratic rule in the family, suffragist movements, local prejudices and family secrets. The combination results in narratives that are a simple and sweet exposition of early twentieth century England, and how it reacted to the vagaries of increased globalization and spread of ideas.

Writing as Rosemary Rowe, she wrote the Libertus, Mystery of Roman Britain series. The series of novels are about a former slave turned mosaicist who uses his excellent knowledge and fascination with patterns and puzzles to resolve a range of murder mysteries. Libertus works for Marcus Septimus who was formerly his owner and now turned benefactor. In the first novel of the series Germanicus Mosaic, Libertus follows the trail of a murderer that had killed a retired centurion. In narratives that have received much praise for their historical accuracy, the novels portray the life of Roman Britain in lively detail. In The Chariots of Calyx, the author has the lead investigator investigate the death of prominent dealer of Londinium who had been found murdered by strangulation. His investigations often see him involved in a range of different situations and dealing with dangerous people who think nothing of killing. What sets the novels apart is that Rosemary Atkins inserts fascinating historical context into his clues to make for some of the most adventurous and exciting of historical mysteries.

The Girl from Penvarris the first novel in the series introduces the Cornish Saga. The lead character of the series is Katie Warren, who lives in a small tin mining town that gets work at the house of one of the local nobility. Katie had always wanted to make a career as a teacher, but when her mother dies; she is forced to make ends meet as a laborer at the big house. She goes to work alongside her sister Fanny and soon finds herself growing to love George Trevarnon, the kind but shy son of her employer. However, Robert the unscrupulous brother of her love interest gets Katie and her sister dismissed forcing them to go make a living in a strange town. They are not the only ones to suffer as George, who Katie leaves behind moves across the oceans to go face the devastations and danger of the Boer War in South Africa. But fate connives to bring the two lovebirds together thought there is a twist in both their lives that complicates everything. With both of them married to other people, will they ever enjoy the love beauty and peace of the Edwardian countryside together?

The Tinner’s Daughter is an excellent novel following Carrie Trimble a woman forced to leave her familiar home in the town of Terrace to go work in Penzance. Carrie is a hardworking and merry girl who makes herself at home within days of arriving at her new place of work. She has as her bosses the strong smelling Dolly, who works in the fish industry and the sour Miss Limmon. However, even as she finds it bearable, she cannot forget her guilty connection to some nondescript artist in Newlyn. Even when she meets a new romantic interest in Ernie, Penvarris and her love for the artist still remains in her heart. With the passing years she exhibits utmost fortitude and generosity even in the face of personal loss and hardship. But she gets the chance to get happiness when an unexpected upheaval shakes her community. Set in the rugged familiar cliffs of a rural Cornwall, the novel is a large hearted and absorbing portrait of some of the oldest of mining communities.

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