Maureen Jennings

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Maureen Jennings, now a Canadian citizen, was born in the UK and emigrated to Canada as a teenager.

After a long career as a psychotherapist, she now writes full time and has published one novella, thirteen novels of crime fiction, one book of non-fiction relating to creativity, as well as four professionally produced plays.

She was awarded a Certificate of Commendation from Heritage Toronto in 1998, the Grant Allen award for on-going contribution to the genre in 2011, and has received a total of eight nominations from Crime Writers of Canada for best novel and short story of the year.

Her books have been translated into Polish, Korean, French, German, Italian and Czech and are published in the UK by Titan Books.

Her first series was set in Victorian Toronto and was first adapted for television as three movies of the week by Shaftesbury Films. The Murdoch Mysteries television series is now in production for its 11th season for CBC television.  Since 2011 Maureen has written and co-written 7 scripts for the series including the adaption of Shipwreck, the novella which deals with the origins of Murdoch’s interest in detection.

The 8th novel in the Murdoch Mystery Series, Let Darkness Bury the Dead, was released in November 2017. The novel is set in 1917 during WW1 in the Canadian home front – 22 years after Murdoch last appeared in novel form. The novel was published by McClelland & Stewart to great critical acclaim.

Maureen has written two novels in a contemporary series about the forensic profiler Christine Morris. The books are set in both the Outer Hebrides, Scotland and Orillia, Ontario and have also been purchased by Shaftesbury Films.

In 2016 Dead Ground In Between was published as the 4th novel in the Tom Tyler Mystery Series that is set in England during WW2. The first book, Season of Darkness, was published August 2011. The second book, Beware this Boy, was published November 2012, and the third, No Known Grave, was nominated for the Arthur Ellis award for best Crime novels.

The second book in the Tyler series, Beware this Boy, served as the inspiration for the concept that she developed with a partner for the television series, Bomb Girls. Broadcast on Global TV in Canada, Bomb Girls was nominated for the Canadian Screen awards for Best Drama in its first two seasons as well as Best Movie of the week for its third and final season, and won in that category. Bomb Girls also won the Gracie Award in the US for its first season.

The Tom Tyler Mystery Series is now under option for television with Pelee Entertainment.

Maureen is currently working on a new series set in 1936 Toronto where we meet PI Charlotte Frayne, who is presented with her first case entitled The Paradise Café, book one, Heat Wave.

Maureen lives in Toronto with her husband, photographer Iden Ford, and her Dog, Murdoch.