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Jill Churchill is the pen name of Janice Young Brooks, an American author of cozy mystery and historical romance novels. She writes the Jane Jeffry and Grace & Favor series. Churchill attended the University of Kansas to earn her education degree, then went to the University of Missouri-Kansas City before working as a teacher for many years. She also worked as a book reviewer for the Kansas City Star. Jill is the winner of both the Agatha and Macavity awards. A mother of two and a grandmother, she enjoys gardening, needlepointing and playing gin.

Jill Churchill made her debut as a published novelist in 1975 with the novel Ozark Legacy, which she wrote under the pseudonym of Amanda Singer. She would then write under her real name of Janice Young Brooks, as well as under the pen name of Valerie Vayle (with Jean Brooks-Janowiak). She made her debut as Jill Churchill (as a cozy mystery author) in 1989 with the novel Grime and Punishment, beginning her Jane Jeffry series. Below is a list of Jill Churchill’s books in order of when they were first released:

Publication Order of Lady Of Fire Books


Lady of Fire(1979) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Seaflame(1980) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Oriana(1981) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Jane Jeffry Books


Grime and Punishment(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Farewell to Yarns(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Quiche Before Dying(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Class Menagerie(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Knife to Remember(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
From Here to Paternity(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Silence of the Hams(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
War and Peas(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Fear of Frying(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Merchant of Menace(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Groom with a View(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mulch Ado About Nothing(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The House of Seven Mabels(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bell, Book, and Scandal(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Midsummer Night's Scream(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Accidental Florist(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Grace & Favor Mysteries Books


Anything Goes(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
In the Still of the Night(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Someone to Watch Over Me(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Love for Sale(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
It Had to Be You(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Who's Sorry Now?(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


Ozark Legacy(1975) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Forbidden Fires(1977) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
In Love's Own Time(1977) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Seventrees(1981) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Still the Mighty Waters(1983) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Our Lives, Our Fortunes(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Glory(1985) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Season of Desire(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Circling Years(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Crown Sable(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cinnamon Wharf(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Guests of the Emperor(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Herron Heritage(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books


Kings and Queens: The Plantagenets of England(1975) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: The Lady of Fire series was co-authored by Jean Brooks-Janowiak under the collective pen name of Valerie Vayle. Brooks-Janowiak (who, contrary to popular belief, is a different person from Churchill) would later obtain the legal rights to the Vayle pen name and continue writing the pen name.

The novels Forbidden Fires, In Love’s Own Time, Seventrees, Still the Mighty Waters, Our Lives, Our Fortunes, Glory, Season of Desire, The Circling Years, Crown Sable, Cinnamon Wharf, Guests of the Emperor and The Herron Heritage as well as the non-fiction book Kings and Queens: The Plantagenets of England were published under the name of Janice Young Brooks. The novel Ozark Legacy was written as Amanda Singer.

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Jill Churchill Synopsis: In The Accidental Florist (book 16 in the Jane Jeffry series), Jane Jeffry and her detective for a boyfriend, Mel VanDyne, are finally getting married. Jane is busy planning her dream wedding – with no mother-in-law to stick her nose in – when Mel convinces her and best friend Shelley to take some self-defense classes for women. But before they can take any lessons, the class is cut short when two of the students are found murdered. Along with her time spent writing, adding onto her house and dealing with mothers-in-law, Jane has a full plate, but now she also has to help Mel catch a killer in order to have the true wedding of her dreams.

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