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 traditional mystery stories are set on the rugged New Hampshire coast.

You’ll also find 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 book Mastering Suspense, Structure, and Plot: How to Write Gripping Stories That Keep Readers on the Edge of Their Seats has been a bestseller, and two of my business communications books have been re-issued as e-books, Business Writing for Results and Putting First What Matters Most!

The Glow of Death

Available Now!

The Glow of Death, the latest Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery (from St. Martin’s Minotaur), tells the tale of rare Tiffany lamps, broken dreams, and betrayal.

“An antiques appraiser get scammed, gets mad, and gets even… A cozy replete with antiques lore, likable characters, and a more complex mystery than usual.” –Kirkus Reviews

Mastering Suspense, Structure, and Plot

How to Write Gripping Stories That Keep Readers on the Edge of Their Seats

WINNER 2017 Agatha Award: Best Nonfiction

“A gold mine of information, of insight on how to structure and pace the novel. Brilliant.”  -Louise Penny

“Award-winning author Jane Cleland has crafted an insightful and entertaining page-turner about crafting page-turners.Mastering Suspense, Structure, & Plot belongs on every writer’s shelf.”

Wendy Corsi Staub, New York Times best-selling author

“Unputdownably indispensable! For newbie authors and veterans alike, this terrific how-to is your new go-to. Don’t write your book without it–it’s a treasure.”

Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony, Macavity and Mary Higgins Clark award winning author

“An absolutely extraordinary resource for anyone serious about writing not just a crime novel, but any book.

Louise Penny, #1 New York Times best-selling author

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ANTIQUE BLUES Cover Reveal

Here’s the cover for the 12th Josie Prescott mystery, ANTIQUE BLUES!

If you enlarge the rendering of the Hiroshige print on the easel and compare it to the original below, you see the true talent of the cover designer, David Baldeosingh Rotstein. He’s my long-time cover designer, and I think he’s incredibly talented. Ditto on the guitar; David’s detail is astonishing!