Books by Nancy Jill Thames

I’m an ordinary housewife with a vivid imagination.

I also love to entertain.

Put the two together and you have 

The Jillian Bradley Mystery Series!

Enter the world of Jillian Bradley and her Yorkie companion Teddy, where afternoon tea is served and murderers are brought to justice.

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Crimes of the Heart


 “Sweets, Treats and Murder”

by Nancy Jill Thames 

When Jillian places an order for a special Valentine treat for her godson, she picks up more than she bargained for the next morning. Who killed the young clerk and left her body in the alleyway behind the gift shop?  


Cecilia’s Recipe for Steak Diane Included!

Murder at the Empress Hotel

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   Book 10  


 Murder at the Empress Hotel final for Barnes and Noble
Set in the beautiful city of Victoria on Vancouver Island, a bitter conflict over fishing rights and the love of one woman turns deadly with the murder of a young attorney, drawing Jillian and Teddy into yet another intriguing adventure.

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 Murder in Half Moon Bay final for Barnes and Noble

  All Jillian Bradley wants is to spend a quiet weekend by the ocean and enjoy her afternoon tea. But a startling discovery draws Jillian and her garden club friends into solving a mystery that threatens her life and changes her future.“Murder in Half Moon Bay” Book 1 in the Jillian Bradley Mystery Series, introduces Jillian’s little companion Teddy, a Yorkie who falls prey to danger but rises to become a sleuth dog in the next book.   


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 The Ghost Orchid Murder final for Barnes and Noble (2)
 It’s been eight years since gardening columnist Jillian Bradley helped solve a string of murders in Half Moon Bay. But when a colleague in Scottsdale, Arizona finds a young technical assistant dead on the floor of his private office, Jillian doesn’t hesitate to answer his plea for help in the investigation. After all, a $2 million research grant depends on it.

 Together with Detective Jack Noble and Jillian’s clue sniffing dog, Teddy, the three set out to track the killer who left a porcelain orchid over the wound as the only clue. Even though it means personal sacrifice for Jillian, she is determined to uncover the truth. A faith-based novel.   

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 From the Clutches of Evil final for Barnes and Noble (4)

   Christmas – the busiest time of the year! And on top of everything, Jillian is throwing an engagement party for two dear friends. But on a final errand before the party begins, Jillian witnesses a horrific car crash. She and her faithful Yorkie Teddy pull a survivor from the wreckage, and together attempt to solve the mystery of the amnesia victim, a 17-year-old boy she and Teddy take under their wing.   When Jillian stumbles across a mysterious compound, she is determined to unlock old family secrets to solve the mystery of the boy’s identity, even though taking the risk creates the ultimate test for her and Teddy’s survival.  Amazon’s International Links 
 The Mark of Eden final for Barnes and Noble (1)
 After a frantic call from a couple on their honeymoon, Jillian Bradley returns to Half Moon Bay to help. Two elderly men have been found dead under suspicious circumstances in their recliners. Now another man is missing—the distraught father of the new bride Cecilia Montoya, Jillian’s personal assistant. Under Jillian’s lead, their investigation must be incognito since Cecilia’s husband Detective Walter Montoya can’t officially work on the case due to conflict of interest. 

 Clues lead Jillian and her faithful Yorkie Teddy to take a cruise to Catalina Island, but it’s only an entree into a strange clinical world where she almost becomes a victim herself before identifying who is responsible for a bizarre series of deaths.

  Will Teddy be in time to save the day?

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 Pacific Beach final for Barnes and Noble

 The quaint surfing town of Pacific Beach becomes a destination for murder when a young starlet and her mother are found brutally murdered at the Pacific Terrace hotel where Jillian’s family reunion is taking place. Their reunion takes a terrifying turn when Jillian’s nephew is arrested the a prime suspect. Jillian must move quickly to find the real killer and prove her nephew’s innocence.   Working at Jillian’s side to find the perpetrator of these bizarre killings are her faithful assistant Cecilia Montoya, and Teddy, Jillian’s beloved Yorkie companion who sniffs out his own clue.Amazon International Links


 Waiting for Santa final for Banes and Noble

  The family has gathered to celebrate Christmas at Jillian’s house in Clover Hills, but Jillian’s plans for a lovely Christmas Eve are rudely interrupted by a power failure. And a homicide.     Not only does Aunt Jillian find herself with a house full of company to entertain in the dark, but she also receives a call from Detective Walter Montoya who finds himself in the dark trying to solve the bizarre murder of a worker found dead in a maintenance shed at the power station.     With Teddy at her side, Jillian is determined to solve the mystery.

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 The Ruby of Siam final for Barnes and Noble

 When Jillian and Teddy arrive with her wedding attendants at Heathrow Airport, they become embroiled in a jewel heist with a man left stabbed to death. Can they solve the crimes in the midst of Jillian’s wedding plans?    An old acquaintance from San Diego comes to their aid, but will his help be enough?    Perhaps the jewel has a curse.

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 The Long Trip Home final for Barnes and Noble (1)
As Jillian Bradley prepares to embark on her honeymoon, a terrible tragedy strikes. Now she must help exonerate Richard Zhou of murder. But when Jillian’s health fails, a dear friend back home is called upon to help and joins Jillian to solve the case. 

Even with Teddy at her side, will Jillian have the strength to find the real killer? 

“The Long Trip Home” is an ordeal no one should have to face.

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 Murder at Mirror Lake final for Barnes and Noble (2)
When Jillian and her garden club friends decide to take a fall color tour in New England, they have no idea the resort they choose as home base will soon be a setting for murder. 

And more than one.

Who killed the hotel’s head chef in his own kitchen and why? His cuisine was excellent, but his personality left a bad taste. Together with Jillian’s Yorkie companion, Teddy, and the help of her garden club, Jillian works with Police Chief Mark Taylor in uncovering the killer.

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Thirteen Cozy Holiday Mysteries

 “Teddy Saves Christmas”

By Nancy Jill Thames


When Jillian Bradley finds herself alone for the holidays, her dog Teddy, a cute little Yorkie, finds a homeless woman with an interesting but dangerous secret. Teddy won’t leave her on the street so Jillian has no choice but to take her home. Only $.99!


Jillian’s Caramel Apple and Cranberry Brie Recipe Included!  Only $2.99

“Final Performance” 

By Nancy Jill Thames

Jillian’s Caramel Apple and Cranberry Brie Recipe Included!


When Jillian and her garden club friends attend the “Nutcracker” in the heart of downtown San Francisco, they find themselves detained when a woman in their row is found stabbed to death.  Teddy plays an important role in ferreting out the killer.  Only $2.99


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“Lawrence Buys a Gift”

By Nancy Jill Thames

New Year’s Eve Buffet Menu and Recipes included!

Meet Lawrence Rivers and his West Highland terrier Maggie in “Lawrence Buys a Gift” – a short story by Nancy Jill Thames introducing a Jillian’s Bradley’s fellow amateur sleuth.  


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Cozy Food $3.99

Look for Queen of Afternoon Tea recipes for Raisin Scones and Mock Devonshire Cream!

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Cheery Chocolate Teddy Bear Cookies recipe Included!


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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nancy Jill Thames
    Oct 09, 2011 @ 18:10:02

    I’m serving vanilla almond tea today with a lemon-glazed pound cake for dessert. What did you do that was enjoyable today?


  2. Juliet Greenwood
    Dec 13, 2011 @ 20:12:24

    Great to meet you on Facebook!

    I had saffron buns to celebrate Lucia, the Swedish festival of light. Yum. Lemon-glazed pound cake sounds pretty good, too!



  3. Nancy Jill Thames
    Dec 13, 2011 @ 20:18:00

    Lovely. I’m enjoying my fruitcake from The Collin Street Bakery in Corsicana, Texas. I’ve actually been to Wales and had tea there, once. It was in 1983. Wonderful country. Remote, but hauntingly beautiful. So nice to enjoy a cup of virtual tea with you, Juliet.


  4. Nancy Jill Thames
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 01:39:53

    Ummm. Meatball sliders, Fruitcake cookies, Pumpkin Gingersnap Cheesecake, and Cappuccino. Lovely! Hope you are enjoying your holidays!


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