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Welcome to My Website!

Most of what you’ll find here relates to the Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery novels and short stories. Josie Prescott is an antiques appraiser who uses her knowledge of antiques to solve crimes. Often called an Antiques Roadshow for mystery fans, these stories are traditional mysteries set on the rugged New Hampshire coast.

You’ll also find a link to information about my work in business communications and professional writing training – I have more than 20 years’ experience as a Corporate Trainer, including instructional design and curriculum development. My two business communications books have just been re-issued as e-books, Business Writing for Results and Putting First What Matters Most!

*** Look what’s coming in April 2016!

Also, I hope you enjoy the episodes of The Writer's Room, the TV show I host, on the BronxNet website.

I hope you’ll enjoy poking around the site. You’ll find Book Club Discussion questions, an antiques appraisal challenge, Recipes from Josie’s Mom, and “What’s It Worth? You Be the Judge!” You’ll also find my thoughts on writing.

Any questions? I’d love to hear from you.

Warm regards, Jane

ornaments of death

A Christmas tale of a 17th century royal mistress, watercolor miniature portraits, and betrayal.
The tenth Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery,
now available!

stars Cleland’s in-depth research makes it outstanding. Her characters go beyond stereotypes or repeats of what you’ve seen in earlier books. The mystery is strong and the setting, both in antiques and the locale, is well done.
-- Romantic Times

The Washington Post names LETHAL TREASURE one of "Five Cozy Mysteries for Summer"!

Lethal Treasure got a great review in Publishers Weekly!
Read it here.

Check out the Synopsis.

Read an Excerpt.

Think about the Book Discussion Questions.

***DOLLED UP FOR MURDER has won the David Award, for the best mystery published in 2012!

Killer Keepsakes
now Available
as a Paperback!

killer keepsakes

“Last Supper,” a short story published in the June 2012 Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine introduces a new character, Laney, a 12 year-old orphan. Laney might be young, but that doesn’t mean she’s blind to human frailty or stupid. She knows that people almost always do what they want or need to do—no matter what they say to the contrary. I hope you’ll enjoy meeting her.

silent auction

SILENT AUCTION has been nominated
for a David Award!

The David Award is given by Deadly Ink. The winner will be announced at this year's conference, in August. Visit soon for details on the August 2012 conference.

Jane's Deadly Threads is in NH summer reading guide of NH Magazine. Here's the PDF.

Josie’s Featured in a Library Journal Article
Consigned to Death is a “Core Title”

Consigned to Death was named a “core title” in a recent Library Journal article on building a contemporary cozy mystery collection. The article explained that members of The Reading List—the committee that selects the year's best genre fiction—selected 22 classic and contemporary cozies for a core collection. Jane’s novel was one of the 22—along with such luminaries as Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers.

“I’m beyond delighted,” Jane says. “I love libraries and librarians, and to be honored in this way thrills me to my toenails!”

About Consigned to Death, they wrote: “Cleland's Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series stars an appraiser who uses her knowledge of antiques to solve crimes. Packed with antiques lore, complex characters, and intricate plots, this traditional, now five-book series has been referred to as an Antiques Roadshow for mystery fans.

Consigned to Death

In the first entry, Josie moves from New York City to a small town on the rugged New Hampshire coast after she blows the whistle on a price-fixing scandal at the auction house where she worked. Setting up her own business, Josie gets mixed up in a murder investigation and uses her specialized knowledge to clear her name.”

You can read the entire article at You can read an excerpt from Consigned to Death here, and buy your copy here. And don’t forget to get a copy of the newest Josie story, Deadly Threads, too!

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine has produced a podcast of Jane reading   the Anthony-nominated short story, "Killing Time." Bonus! An interview with Linda Landigran, editor-in-chief.

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Blood Rubies
Blood Rubies
Blood Rubies, a tale of Fabregé eggs, antique snow globes, and obsession—and a cat named Hank.
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