Friday, January 4, 2013

Who Are Your Friends?

Author Nancy Jill Thames
Leisure time used to consist of spending hours with some very special friends of mine, unfortunately, the past few years I've been so busy publishing books of my own that I've had very little time to do what I love - reading stories about some wonderful characters created by renown cozy mystery authors. You may have heard of them, or perhaps the characters they created. They are people I adore and love, even though most have passed away or lived (fictitiously of course) in an entirely different era. My goal as an author is to share the characters I've created with you as they live and solve mysteries together. One day, I hope to see actual photos of actors reenacting Jillian Bradley, Teddy (a special dog, perhaps), Cecilia Montoya (Jillian's personal assistant), Walter Montoya (Jillian's detective friend), Chief Viscuglia, Daisy Larsen, and a host of others taking part in the Jillian Bradley Mysteries. Now, until then, see if you can match the authors with their characters - one author has created more than one. 

Author Carolyn Keene

Tuppence and Tommy Beresford
Hercule Poirot
Author Dorothy Sayers

Jessica Fletcher

Author Agatha Christie

Nancy Drew
Author Donald Bain

Miss Jane Marple

Harriet Vane and Lord Peter Whimsey

Mystery novelist Nancy Jill Thames began publishing Christian fiction in 2010. The author of six books in the Jillian Bradley series, she is an award winning blogger and is listed numerous times on the Author Watch Bestseller’s List, this in addition to winning first place for her Chocolate Cream Pie.

When she isn’t plotting her next book, she spends time with her six grandchildren in two states, tags along with her husband on business trips, and plays classical piano for her own personal enjoyment. She is an active member of the Leander Writers Guild and supports the Central Texas SPCA with a portion of her book sales.


  1. Nancy--I agree. I too wish there was more time to revisit some of these books. And yes, wouldn't it be nice to see our characters come to life in film:) Thanks for posting all the pictures of our favorite detectives.

  2. My pleasure - at least I was with them a little while!

    ~Nancy Jill

  3. Loved the article and the pictures!

    Deborah Malone
    "Death in Dahlonega"

    1. Thanks, Debbie! My friends are pretty awesome, I think.

      ~Nancy Jill