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“A most unusual heroine--and undertaker in 1860s London--drives this capable first in a new series from historical fiction author Trent...the author's painstaking research offers a tale rich with historical incidents and details that period lovers relish."   Publishers Weekly on LADY OF ASHES

LADY OF ASHES is a 2014 Daphne du Maurier Contest FINALIST.


Deat at the AbbeyDear Historical Novel Lover,

Welcome to my web site, I hope you’ll linger awhile.  I write historical fiction about strong heroines in unusual historical professions, as well as writing a Victorian-era mystery series about a female undertaker.  My latest book, THE MOURNING BELLS, released in April 2015, and my next book, DEATH AT THE ABBEY, comes out in October 2015. 

Please see my Books page for more information about all of these titles.  If you want more information about me personally, visit my About page.  If you’re interested in my 2016 schedule, see my News page.  For those who are interested in what authors I read, please see my Links page.  And if you want to follow me on Facebook or receive my periodic newsletter, please click on my Contact page.

Thanks for visiting.



“Violet Harper, an  undertaker in Victorian England, is drawn into a mystery in the fourth book of this excellent series.  The research is exhaustive, and this book delves into the elaborate coffins used to prevent a person from being buried alive."  4 1/2 stars Top Pick!, RT Book Reviews on THE MOURNING BELLS


With a reader at the April 2012 mega-signing at Turn the Page bookstore in Boonsboro, MD.



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