Books by J.S. Borthwick

FOILED AGAIN by J.S. Borthwick
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2007

"Loads of faculty backbiting and student hijinks can't make up for the disappointing ending."
The theater department of Bowmouth College provides yet another murder for sleuthing English professor Sarah Deane (Murder in the Rough, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >
MURDER IN THE ROUGH by J.S. Borthwick
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 25, 2002

"Dopey plotting, cranky characters, but lavish detail about the accoutrements of $5,000 bicycles."
English teacher/inadvertent homicide sleuth Sarah Deane (Coup de Grace, 2000, etc.) once again finds herself surrounded by bodies, this time while visiting her husband Alex's parents, John and Elspeth, in their new digs at Maine's Ocean Tide leisure community. Read full book review >
COUP DE GRACE by J.S. Borthwick
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Sarah Deane (English), filling in on a temporary appointment, launches an investigation just as cozy in its conventions as veteran Borthwick's shipboard pastiche My Body Lies Over the Ocean (p. 25)."
Coup De Grace ($24.95; Feb.; 352 pp.; 0-312-25313-3) Junior-league academic passions seethe at Miss Merritt's Boarding School. Read full book review >
MY BODY LIES OVER THE OCEAN by J.S. Borthwick
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 5, 1999

"Only the ship itself is new."
Welcome to the maiden voyage of Her Majesty's ship Queen Victoria, a luxury liner that aims to re-create the golden age of transatlantic crossings, right down to the ebulliently retro criminal plotting. Read full book review >
THE GARDEN PLOT by J.S. Borthwick
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 11, 1997

"The author has done much better on her home territory."
Teacher/sleuth Sarah Deane (Dolly Is Dead, 1995, etc.) and her rugged Aunt Julia, a horsebreeder—State of Mainers, both—have joined a group tour of European gardens, led by horticultural expert Ellen Trevino and Whirlaway Tours director Barbara Baxter. Read full book review >
DOLLY IS DEAD by J.S. Borthwick
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 17, 1995

"Strictly for readers who can't get enough of that Maine lore and landscape."
Maine's English teacher/part-time sleuth Sarah Deane, now married to Dr. Alex McKenzie (The Bridled Groom, 1994, etc.), is once again involved in her neighbors' affairsthis time, the affairs of the mostly ne'er-do-well Gattlings and the aristocratic Beaugards. Read full book review >
THE BRIDLED GROOM by J.S. Borthwick
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 15, 1994

"No joy, except for dedicated horse-lovers."
Nice but nosy English teacher Sarah Deane (Dude on Arrival, etc.), newly married to Dr. Alex McKenzie, is embroiled in the problems of her neighbors in Union, Maine. Read full book review >
DUDE ON ARRIVAL by J.S. Borthwick
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 17, 1992

"Add half a plus for horse-lovers."
Professor Sarah Deane and doctor boyfriend Alex are once again vacation guests (Bodies of Water, 1990, etc.)—this time over Christmas at the plush Arizona Rancho Del Gato Blanco, where Sarah's rich, no-frills Aunt Julia has been staying since Thanksgiving. Read full book review >