Jean Stubbs was born in 1926 in Lancashire. Even as a small child she made up stories and plays – her younger brother a captive audience and ‘bit part player’. Jean’s book writing began with The Rose Grower, published in 1962.
She lived in London for over 20 years, thriving on city life and later its publishing world. Her writings included innumerable short stories for magazines and collections, some of which have been adapted for radio. She also ran seminars and discussion groups at writer’s summer schools and was appointed for a year as writer-in-residence for Avon.
Her books include three Victorian-set crime novels featuring the charismatic Inspector Lintott, and she also based some of her fiction on historical figures like Henry VII. She was mostly published in the UK by Macmillan and by St Martins Press in the US.
In 1975 Jean moved to Cornwall with her husband, to live in a small stone cottage on the Lizard peninsula – a sea change. Once more Jean’s creativity responded to her surroundings. This very different Cornish life inspired a number of books, several set in Cornwall, and the four novels comprising The Brief Chronicles, set in industrial-age Her final novel – I’m a Stranger Here Myself – was published in 2004.
Jean died in 2012.
I’m A Stranger Here Myself
A beautiful story of love and loyalties! Perfect for fans of Mary Stewart, Fay Weldon and Barbara Pym.More info →
A 20th-century romantic saga set in Cornwall! Perfect for fans of Liz Fenwick, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Fern Britton and Phillipa Ashley.More info →
The Case of Kitty Ogilvie
A darkly thrilling tale of adultery and murder in Georgian times. Perfect for fans of Philippa Gregory, Lucinda Elliot and Alison Weir.
A Laughing Spring
A heart-warming family saga! Perfect for fans of Lucinda Riley, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Tracy Chevalier and Fiona Valpy.More info →
A heart-warming Christmas family saga! Perfect for fans of Fern Britton, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Sarah Morgan and Lucy Coleman.More info →
The Northern Correspondent (The Brief Chronicles Book #4)
The final instalment of the captivating Howarth family saga! For fans of Nadine Dorries, Maeve Binchy, Freda Lightfoot and Dilly Court.More info →
The Vivian Inheritance (The Brief Chronicles #3)
Another absorbing instalment of the Howarth family saga! For fans of Nadine Dorries, Maeve Binchy, Freda Lightfoot and Dilly Court.More info →
The Ironmaster (The Brief Chronicles #2)
The page-turning Howarth saga continues! For fans of Nadine Dorries, Maeve Binchy, Freda Lightfoot and Dilly Court.More info →
Kit’s Hill (The Brief Chronicles #1)
The first novel in a historical saga you won’t want to miss! For fans of Nadine Dorries, Maeve Binchy, Freda Lightfoot and Dilly Court.More info →
The Painted Face (Inspector Lintott Mysteries #2)
Inspector Lintott travels from Victorian London to Paris in this thrilling investigation! Perfect for fans of Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie and Dorothy L Sayers…More info →
Dear Laura (Inspector Lintott Mysteries Book 1)
Love historical crime? Discover a new series of classic mysteries perfect for fans of Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie and Dorothy L Sayers…More info →
An Unknown Welshman
The rise of the Tudor Dynasty! Perfect for fans of Conn Iggulden, Robyn Young, Alison Weir and Anthony Riches.More info →