The Snowdrop Mysteries

Meet Professor Margaret Spence Eliot, controversial Oxford academic. Boston-born, single, and post-menopausal, she is contented with her life–until a friend drags her off for a weekend in the Cotswolds.  

The Cotswolds Chronicler

A Snowdrop Mystery Book 15

Someone is trying to kill Maggie Eliot. First she is forced to stop when her car gets a flat tire and someone shoots at her. Next there is the SUV that forces her off the road and only luck saves her from a fatal crash. Then a woman is fatally poisoned at a church fete when she drinks from Maggie’s glass by mistake. Maggie’s old friend Tim sends an investigative team to Beaumatin, the Cotswolds estate where she lives with her husband, which creates its own problems. Then a tragedy occurs. With Tim’s men baffled and the police still sceptical that Maggie is the target, Maggie decides she needs to find out who wants her dead on her own...

The Snowdrop Legacy

A Snowdrop Mystery Book 14

Maggie Eliot is learning the truth of the adage, “No good deed goes unpunished.” To help a friend, she has agreed to host a group of American horticulturalists who are touring the Cotswolds during snowdrop season. When another guest dies suspiciously, Maggie is forced to entertain a house party that may include a double murderer.

Super Lucid

A Snowdrop Mystery Book 13

During Maggie Eliot's summer vacation at her husband Thomas's estate in the Cotswolds, a priceless family heirloom, disappears. Thomas blames Maggie, who is certain Constance is behind the loss. Before she can clear herself, one of the estate’s staff is found dead. Although it looks like natural causes, the body was moved after the man died. But by whom? And why?

Dies Dirae

A Snowdrop Mystery Book 12

Professor Margaret Spence Eliot discovers the body of a visiting professor in Oxford’s Botanical Garden. A few hours later, a member of Merrion’s staff is found murdered in the rooms of the same colleague. Then, there is the mysterious reappearance of Crispin, who works for a secretive government agency and had a romantic relationship with Maggie in the past. He refuses to tell Maggie why he has come to Oxford and Maggie is finding it difficult to keep the man at a distance. So why are people being killed at Merrion? And what do the murderers want with her?

And Only Man is Vile

A Snowdrop Mystery Book 10

Two murders occur at Professor Maggie Elliot's Oxford college and neither victim is a likely candidate for homicide. Does someone have a grudge against the school? A fellow professor is arrested and he begs Maggie to help prove he is innocent. Although she despises the man, Maggie reluctantly agrees to investigate. At the same time, Maggie has her own problems. She is being stalked, her books burned and her home in Oxford vandalized. Could these events have any connection to the murders? Maggie is determined to find out.

Jersey Jones and the New World Order

A Snowdrop Mystery Book 11

Just when Professor Margaret Eliot thought life was finally beginning to settle down, she meets new media celebrity, Jersey Jones, famous for her cable TV show, Jersey Jones and the New World Order. Jersey is entranced by the Cotswolds and wants to film a mini-series at Beaumatin, the Cotswolds estate of Maggie's husband Thomas. Maggie is torn between irritation and amusement until a murder occurs and one of Thomas’ staff is arrested for the crime. Maggie decides that it will have to be the Old World Order to the rescue.


A Snowdrop Mystery Book 9

It’s snowdrop season and Maggie Eliot is on a mission. The previous summer three people she knew died. The coroner ruled the first a suicide, the second a murder and the third an accident. Around the same time as the deaths, a number of very valuable snowdrops disappeared. Maggie is convinced that all three victims were murdered and that she knows who was behind both the killings and the snowdrop thefts. Maggie is determined to find justice for Marsh’s victims and in the process recover the stolen snowdrops. Whatever it takes.

Wolcum Yole

A Snowdrop Mystery Book 8

Seven thousand, six hundred fairy lights, an unusual snowdrop, and murder...It’s Christmastime at Beaumatin and Oxford Professor Maggie Eliot is looking forward to spending the festive season there with her husband Thomas. Unfortunately, Thomas’ daughter from his first marriage, Constance, has chosen to have a Christmas wedding at Beaumatin. Constance hates Maggie and is doing her best to ruin her holiday. Then one of the wedding guests is murdered and the police decide Thomas and Maggie have the strongest motives for the crime...

Hereford Crescent

A Snowdrop Mystery Book 7

Professor Maggie Eliot has returned to her position at Oxford after a sabbatical year and is finding it difficult to balance the demands of her job with being married. Then, before she has the time to see if she can adjust, the wife of her friend and colleague Stephen Draycott is found dead, the victim of a bathtub slip and fall. Kitty Draycott had recently left her husband and claimed to have a new boyfriend, whose identity no one seems to know. But even before that, Kitty had a reputation with men. A great many men. When the police decide Kitty’s death was no accident, Maggie finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation...

Beaumatin's Blonde

A Snowdrop Mystery Book 6

It is high summer in the Cotswolds and newly-wed Maggie Eliot would be enjoying the season more if only she were less stressed out. But then a tragedy occurs which makes her other concerns seem trivial. Soon after, a number of valuable snowdrop bulbs go missing from Rochford Manor, home of Lord and Lady Ainswick, along with six bulbs of Beaumatin’s Blonde, a new yellow snowdrop Thomas has bred. When she discovers a brutal murder, Maggie becomes convinced it is linked to the missing snowdrops and that she knows who is behind both the killing and the thefts...

Saint Margaret's

A Snowdrop Mystery Book 5

Professor Margaret (“Maggie”) Spence Eliot is having an eventful sabbatical year. She is now enjoying summer in the Cotswolds with her new husband Thomas, who also happens to be the 28th Baron Raynham. They are living at Beaumatin, his Gloucestershire estate, which is famous for its snowdrops as well as sheep. One morning Thomas takes Maggie to visit St Margaret’s House, a residence for Benedictine nuns suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease that Thomas helps support. Maggie meets Meg, another Margaret, who volunteers at the residence and who gives Maggie a sealed envelope. Meg asks her not to open it and Maggie agrees to keep Meg’s secret. Shortly after, Maggie finds Meg in the St Margaret’s chapel, murdered...

The Heracles Project

A Snowdrop Mystery Book 4

Maggie Eliot is afraid that she has bitten off more than she can chew. She has agreed to review and update a card catalogue of garden plants. One hundred and thirty years of garden plants. The project was mischievously proposed by her husband, Thomas, and the records pertain to the gardens of Beaumatin, his estate in the Cotswolds. Maggie has hardly started her task when Stanley Einhorn, hi-tech venture capitalist and billionaire, literally crashes into her life. Two days later, a second accident results in Stanley’s becoming an uninvited guest at Beaumatin, along with his posse—Axe Man, May Lin and Dobby. Then one of his entourage is killed and, shortly afterwards, a second death occurs...

A Remittance Man

A Snowdrop Mystery Book 3

Maggie Eliot is getting married. Just a few weeks after the wedding, things begin to go terribly wrong. Thomas becomes attracted to a young magazine writer who bears a striking resemblance to his first wife. And the editor of the book Maggie has produced during a sabbatical year decides to sensationalise the work and use her married name to generate publicity and spur sales. Then a body is found buried in Beaumatin’s famous gardens...

The Snowdrop Crusade

A Snowdrop Mystery Book 2
With her book complete, Professor Maggie Eliot spends the remaining time of her sabbatical at Beaumatin, his Cotswolds estate. He also invites her to accompany him to the annual Snowdrop Ball. At the event, where the Snowdrop Crusaders are also demonstrating, Maggie meets Carlos Castillo, a Mexican shipping magnate who envisions creating a global market for British snowdrops. However, Maggie is suspicious of the man and decides to find out if the Mexican really is who he claims to be. Before the evening ends, a deadly fire breaks out. Did the Snowdrop Crusaders start the blaze? Soon after, Maggie and Thomas find the bodies of two of the young Crusaders dumped on Raynham land. Maggie believes there is a connection between the murder victims and the Mexican. But what could it be? And just who is Carlos Castillo?

The Ainswick Orange

A Snowdrop Mystery Book 1

Maggie Eliot has a problem. The American academic is supposed to be writing a book during a sabbatical year from her position at Oxford and has come down with a bad case of writer’s block. Her friend Anne arranges for Maggie to borrow a cottage in a picturesque village in the Cotswolds, where she can write without distractions. Exploring the Rochford Manor gardens the next morning, Maggie and Anne discover a brutal murder. The corpse’s outstretched hand holds a gardening trowel that points to a hole from which a snowdrop has been removed. Lady Ainswick confirms that the Ainswick Orange has been stolen...