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Jeanne Matthews


What’s a 20-something Union war widow to do in 1867?
Start up her own detective agency with a former Reb P.O.W. of course!

Quinn Sinclair, who uses the name Mrs. Paschal professionally, and her wryly observant partner Garnick get two cases on the same day - one to help a man prove he didn't kill his wife, another to help a lawyer find reasonable doubt that his client killed her ex-lover's new bride. As the detectives dig deeper, they unearth facts that tie the cases together in disturbing ways.

This tantalizing tale of 19th Century Chicago comes complete with corrupt politicians, yellow-press reporters, gambling parlors, and colorful bawdyhouse madams. At every turn in the investigation, Quinn discovers more suspects and more secret motives for murder.

Not least among her worries, someone seems intent on murdering her!



Jeanne Matthews graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Journalism and has worked as a copywriter, a high school English and Drama teacher, and a paralegal. An avid traveler and crime fiction reader, she is the author of the Dinah Pelerin international mystery series. She currently lives in Washington State with her husband, who is a law professor, and a Norwich terrier named Jack Reacher.


“I enjoyed Devil by the tail so much that it;s going on my list of best books read in 2021.” — Leila Taylor, Buried Under Books.

“It’s not only the people and places in this book I love. It’s the language. Matthews does dialogue and description like nobody else.”
— Jane Isenberg, award-winning author of The Bones and the Book and Murder in the Melting Pot

“A simply wonderful mystery! Devil by the Tail provides the reader with multiple levels of enjoyment. HUZZAH!
— Curt Colbert, award-winning author of Rat City and All Along the Watchtower

“Jeanne Matthews knows how to structure a mystery that keeps readers guessing” — Joyce Yarrow, author of the The Jo Epstein Mysteries and Zahara and the Lost Books of Light

“The characters are well-formed, the themes interesting, and the mystery absorbing... I’m really looking forward to the next installment of this well-constructed mystery series.” — Bibliostatic Review

“Devil by the Tail is an entertaining story with engaging characters, a thought-provoking plot, and just enough romance to make it alluring!” — Connie Porter Saunders, Older & Smarter blog

“I found Devil by the Tail to be a well-written mystery with engaging characters, and I hope there are more books to come in the series.” — Mostly Mysteries

“As soon as I started DEVIL BY THE TAIL, it grabbed me and didn’t let go until the very end.” — Books & Benches

“I loved that this novel took off without a hitch, and you were in a whirlwind of two cases and trying to figure out what was going to happen next.” — Reading Is My Remedy

“A gripping puzzle with danger at every turn.” — Amy’s Booket List

“Devil by the Tail is a fast-paced and fun historical mystery that had me turning pages as fast as I could read.” — Novels Alive

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