Author Archives: Barbara Silkstone

Farewell!

Farewell!

A zillion years ago when my daughter was about four years old, she fell out of bed.I was sleeping as all mothers sleep, on the edge of a dream with one ear cocked for the sound of trouble. I rushed to her room to find her lying on the floor next to her bed, still… Read the full blog post …

Missing Mister Darcy

Missing Mister Darcy

I find myself missing Mister Darcy and his series of comedic mysteries. The collection of nine books is complete. Looking back I recall with fondness my favorite adventures and scenes that made me laugh out loud as I wrote them. If you enjoyed a particular book from the series, or a scene, or a character,… Read the full blog post …

LoveYa!

LoveYa!

I Love You~ The three most powerful words in the English language. And how cleverly Jane Austen used them. In Darcy’s first botched proposal: “In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” Our darling… Read the full blog post …

Marble Mania

Marble Mania

Marble Mania In reading through my old blogs I came across the following true story I reported some years ago. The tale aroused my curiosity as to what marbles might have looked like during the Regency era. The search led me down allies (hah!) that I never dreamed existed. There is a whole world of… Read the full blog post …

Up, Up, and Away!

Up, Up, and Away!

At the moment I am writing the third adventure in my Florence Nightingale Comedy Mystery series: The Cheeky Coroner.I determined that young Queen Victoria would have the opportunity to take a hot air balloon excursion—for two reasons: one, because they were all the rage in late 18thand the 19thcenturies AND two, because I love hot… Read the full blog post …

Announcing the Winner of Barbara Silkstone’s “They Might Have Been Friends” Giveaway

Announcing the Winner of Barbara Silkstone’s “They Might Have Been Friends” Giveaway

Austen Authors is pleased to announce the winner of Barbara Silkstone‘s “They Might Have Been Friends” Giveaway. Gaelicark will receive a set of the first two paperbacks in Ms. Silkstone‘s  Florence Nightingale Comedy Mystery series: The Giggling Corpse and The Killer Corset. Gaelicark, look for an email from Ms. Silkstone in order to claim your prize. [According… Read the full blog post …

THEY MIGHT HAVE BEEN FRIENDS

THEY MIGHT HAVE BEEN FRIENDS

Except for bad timing, Jane Austen might have enjoyed the friendship of Florence Nightingale. Like ships that pass in the night, these extraordinary ladies missed each other by just a few decades—to think, they might have been friends! Born in 1820, Florence spent much of her early life at her family’s estate in Derbyshire. She… Read the full blog post …

A Royal Wedding

A Royal Wedding

Let’s take a quick peek at a Royal Wedding. No, not that one. How different was the wedding of Queen Elizabeth to Prince Philip from that of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, or the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge? I won’t dwell on the details of the contemporary weddings as you either know them by… Read the full blog post …

A Collage for Jane

A Collage for Jane

A friend recently invited me to a little gathering she was hosting. Not quite a Soul Collage © party, it was to be a one time creative get-together for the pure fun of it. The rules were simple and the outcome surprising to most of my fellow attendees. The object of our little gathering was… Read the full blog post …

Are You Somebody’s Cookie?

Are You Somebody’s Cookie?

A million years ago or perhaps it was back in 1992; I took part in a small writers’ workshop conducted by James Michener on the campus of a private college in St. Petersburg, Florida. At the time Michener was an eighty-five-year-old American icon. In the past I had attended writers’ workshops with PD James, Stephen… Read the full blog post …

Derbyshire Celebrities

Derbyshire Celebrities

As I prepared to write an entirely new series I was tickled (I often get tickled) to discover that the real life heroine of my upcoming Florence Nightingale Comedy Mystery Series was actually a Derbyshire lass. The Nightingale family owned an estate called Lea Hurst in Darcy’s Derbyshire. Initially this set all sorts of what… Read the full blog post …

The Last Mister Darcy

The Last Mister Darcy

The Final book in the Mister Darcy Series of Comedic Mysteries is here! It is with a bittersweet feeling that I bid farewell to this popular series that found a devoted fan base, even among Regency-only readers. This is the 9th book in the series that has been so warmly received.     Amazon Nook… Read the full blog post …