About J. C. Briggs

Jean Briggs taught English for many years in schools in Cheshire, Hong Kong and Lancashire. She now lives in a cottage in Cumbria. The Murder of Patience Brooke is her first novel featuring Charles Dickens as a detective and his partner, Superintendent Sam Jones.


The idea of Dickens as a detective came about when she read Dickens’s articles about the London police in his periodical Household Words. Dickens was fascinated by police investigation and by murder, in particular – there are plenty of murderers in his writing, and Dickens is credited with the creation of the first literary detective in Inspector Bucket who solves the murder of Mr Tulkinghorn in Bleak House. The second in the series is Death at Hungerford Stairs is published by The History Press in August 2015.

2 thoughts on “About J. C. Briggs


    Dear Jean Briggs
    I am writing to you because I have obtained a copy of Murder by Ghostlight which I very much enjoyed and was of particular interest to me as I am involved in Elizabeth Gaskell’s House in Manchester, and you have not only written a good story but involved my favourite author and researched Victorian Manchester so thoroughly. Thank you.
    Is the book still available in hard copy?
    Best wishes Janet Allan

    1. Hello Janet,
      Thank you so much for your comments. It’s lovely to have feedback. I came to the house in October! I did a talk for the Gaskell Society about Geraldine Jewsbury at the Portico. I did enjoy researching the Manchester as I was born in Stretford. The paperback, I think, is still available on Amazon. This is a History Press version. A new version comes out tomorrow and is available as print-on-demand. I do like Mrs Gaskell, too. All best wishes, Jean

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