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Joan Smith

Bio: Joan Smith is a graduate of Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, and the Ontario College of Education. She has taught French and English in high school and English in college. When she began writing, her interest in Jane Austen and Lord Byron led to her first choice of genre, the Regency, which she especially liked for its wit and humor. She is the author of over a hundred books, including Regencies, many with a background of mystery, for Fawcett and Walker, contemporary mysteries for Berkley, historical mysteries for Fawcett and St. Martin's, romances for Silhouette, along with a few historicals and gothics. She has had books in the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild, been on Walden's Bestseller list, had two Regencies selected for the Romantic Times ten best ever Regencies, and had one book condensed in a magazine. Her favorite travel destination is England, where she researches her books. Her hobbies are gardening, painting, sculpture and reading. She is married and has three children. A prolific writer, she is currently working on Regencies and various mysteries at her home in Georgetown, Ontario.



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1 Love's Way [MultiFormat]
by Joan Smith
  Chloe Barwick manages the rundown family estate while her brother Edward plays poet. Her neighbors Lord Carnforth and his daughter Emily seem to be struggling, too, until a wealthy nephew, Jack Gamble, comes home from India. Chloe is suspicious of Jack lending money to her brother, and of Jack's "engagement" to Emily, who is in love with Edward. And Captain Wingdale is ruining their village? Regency Romance by Joan Smith; originally published by Fawcett Crest (Published: 1983)

Words: 66207 - Reading Time: 189-264 min.
Category: Romance/Historical Fiction
2 Reader Ratings:
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2 Aunt Sophie's Diamonds [MultiFormat]
by Joan Smith
  Claudia Milmont has lived most of her joyless life with her grandparents, though her mother enjoys the fringes of society in London. When Claudia's Aunt Sophie dies, a whole new world opens up for her. Cantankerous Sophie has instructed that her diamonds be buried with her--and Claudia is determined to help her cousin retrieve them. But the charming Sir Hillary Thoreau, a nonesuch, is co-executor of Sophie's will and he's keeping a sharp eye out for any mischief--and for Claudia, too, apparently... more info>> (Published: 1977)

Words: 79224 - Reading Time: 226-316 min.
Category: Romance/Historical Fiction
46 Reader Ratings:
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3 Reluctant Bride [MultiFormat]
by Joan Smith
  Sir Edmund said: "I think it is a mistake for a man of unstable temperament to marry, don't you?" Lizzie replied: "To marry a timid lady, yes. Good gracious, is this the reason you espouse misogamy? Don't be such a gudgeon, Edmund. Find someone who is not afraid of your blustering, arm her with a stout club and marry her." Or they could hunt for her missing diamond necklace and just pretend to be engaged.... Regency Romance by Joan Smith (Published: 1982)

Words: 56000 - Reading Time: 160-224 min.
Category: Romance/Historical Fiction
51 Reader Ratings:
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4 The Savage Lord Griffin [MultiFormat]
by Joan Smith
  Lord Griffin disappeared five years ago into the wilds of Brazil, leaving a fiancée in England. Now he has returned to claim her, but she is betrothed to a duke, who not only outranks him but is a far more suitable match for Myra. Though a beauty, Myra hasn't the spirit and charm of her younger sister, Alice, who has always treasured her memories of Griffin. But he is so intent on winning back his fiancée that he scarcely notices the child who has grown into a delightful woman. (Published: 1993)

Words: 50000 - Reading Time: 142-200 min.
Category: Romance/Historical Fiction
49 Reader Ratings:
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5 A Brush with Death [MultiFormat]
by Joan Smith
  Cassie Newton once again joins forces with John Weiss, an investigator for Lloyds of London, when he shows up in Montreal on the track of ten fake Van Gogh paintings. The forger is murdered, with the cast of suspects including Hot Buns, a museum curator and a sheik. Along with the luxury and excitement she craves, Cassie finds herself facing deadly danger. Sequel to Capriccio. (Published: 1990)

Words: 64000 - Reading Time: 182-256 min.
Category: Romance/Mystery/Crime
3 Reader Ratings:
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6 A Christmas Gambol [MultiFormat]
by Joan Smith
  Her neighbor Lord Montaigne had asked Cecily Caldwell to pose as the anonymous author of the popular Chaos Is Come Again, written, supposedly, by his aunt. Cecily agreed because she had a novel of her own to introduce to a London publisher, and she wanted to do research on London society (including Lord Montaigne and his sister) for her next novel. Regency Romance by Joan Smith; originally published by Fawcett Crest (Published: 1996)

Words: 53097 - Reading Time: 151-212 min.
Category: Romance/Historical Fiction
39 Reader Ratings:
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7 A Country Wooing [MultiFormat]
by Joan Smith
  Anne Wickfield welcomed Alex Penholme's return from the Peninsular war, but it was his older brother she'd given her heart. Charles was dead now, and as the evidence of his spendthrift ways mounted, Anne realized she'd revered a spectacularly selfish man. But her growing love for Alex was still threatened by Charles's legacy of debt. Regency Romance by Joan Smith; originally published by Fawcett Crest (Published: 1987)

Words: 52986 - Reading Time: 151-211 min.
Category: Romance/Historical Fiction
33 Reader Ratings:
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8 A Highwayman Came Riding [MultiFormat]
by Joan Smith
  The Duchess of Bixley, owing to her nipcheese ways, was traveling late near London so she might save the cost of an inn. What it cost her was her diamond necklace, taken by the highwayman "Captain Jack." So milady faked a heart attack, and her faithful companion, Marianne Harkness, was given the task of recovering the booty--and reforming the villain. Regency Romance by Joan Smith; originally published by Fawcett Crest (Published: 1998)

Words: 47986 - Reading Time: 137-191 min.
Category: Romance/Historical Fiction
36 Reader Ratings:
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9 An Affair of the Heart [MultiFormat]
by Joan Smith
  The Marquis of Claymore had been rejected by the Beauty of the Season and he was determined to marry the first beautiful woman he could find to assuage his pride. There were the Wanderley twins, with Wanda as gorgeous as could be, and her twin, Ellie, obviously not in the same class. But Wanda was almost engaged? Regency Romance by Joan Smith; originally published by Fawcett (Published: 1976)

Words: 76456 - Reading Time: 218-305 min.
Category: Romance/Historical Fiction
31 Reader Ratings:
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10 An Infamous Proposal [MultiFormat]
by Joan Smith
  Emma Capehart, married at seventeen and widowed at twenty, knows she must remarry to avoid having her troublesome aunt descend upon her. Naive in the ways of the world, Emma proposes marriage to her neighbor, the dashing Lord Hansard, who has always seemed to admire her. Nick is offended--but offers to help the lady find a suitable match.... Regency Romance by Joan Smith; originally published by Fawcett Crest (Published: 1997)

Words: 49952 - Reading Time: 142-199 min.
Category: Romance/Historical Fiction
38 Reader Ratings:
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11 Aurora [MultiFormat]
by Joan Smith
  Aurora Falkner is kissed by a darkly handsome man near the gypsy encampment. When the same man shows up claiming to be the long lost Lord Raiker, she is suspicious. But neighbors claim to recognize him, and he certainly knows his way around the village--and the village women. Is he an impostor, as Clare Raiker contends, or the rightful heir to Raiker Hall? Regency Romance by Joan Smith. (Published: 1981)

Words: 81000 - Reading Time: 231-324 min.
Category: Romance/Historical Fiction
32 Reader Ratings:
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12 Babe [MultiFormat]
by Joan Smith
  Lady Barbara Manfred ("Babe" to Regency society) was known for her fast ways. Past time for some courageous relative to take her in hand. Lord Clivedon had some interesting ideas for her reclamation--staying with starchy Aunt Graham, the introduction of the sterling (and boring) Lord Ellingwood, instruction from the overbearing Lady Angela, fending off nutty Lord Romeo. But Clivedon couldn't help appreciating Babe's originality... Regency Romance by Joan Smith; originally published by Fawcett Co... more info>> (Published: 1980)

Words: 69837 - Reading Time: 199-279 min.
Category: Romance/Historical Fiction
34 Reader Ratings:
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13 Bath Scandal [MultiFormat]
by Joan Smith
  Beatrice Searle, a beautiful and charming widow, agreed to smarten up tomboy Gillie Southam, because she believed Gillie's half-brother, Lord Southam, would accompany her to Bath. But it was Southam's straight-laced fiancée who actually inspired the move, and Lord Southam only came when rumors had Gillie involved with a disreputable fellow. Unfortunately, his lordship mistook Bea for a merry widow? Regency Romance by Joan Smith; originally published by Fawcett Crest (Published: 1991)

Words: 59036 - Reading Time: 168-236 min.
Category: Romance/Historical Fiction
25 Reader Ratings:
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14 Blossom Time [MultiFormat]
by Joan Smith
  Rosalind Lovelace had finally had poems accepted by a literary magazine, but she wasn't about to tell Lord Harwell, her neighbor and a notorious rake. Then her publisher, Lord Sylvester, paid a surprise visit to Apple Hill, and her secret came out. Practical woman that she was, could she talk herself into caring for a fop, when her heart was already spoken for? Regency Romance by Joan Smith; originally published by Fawcett Crest (Published: 1997)

Words: 47957 - Reading Time: 137-191 min.
Category: Romance/Historical Fiction
52 Reader Ratings:
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15 Capriccio [MultiFormat]
by Joan Smith
  Cassie Newton is spending the summer with her famous violinist uncle, Victor Mazzini. When he disappears before his concert, she is helped in her search by an American hardware store owner--or is he what he claims to be? A missing Stradivarius violin, an empty violin case, a heist from an Italian villa--all fit into this delightful puzzle. (Published: 1989)

Words: 67000 - Reading Time: 191-268 min.
Category: Romance/Mystery/Crime
9 Reader Ratings:
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16 Country Flirt [MultiFormat]
by Joan Smith
  Samantha Bright lived for Lord Monteith's visits to his estate, when he would flirt with her and tease her. But everything changed when Monteith's debached, middle-aged uncle returned from India rich as a nabob--and looked around him for a pretty young wife. Sam was his choice and Monteith found himself rushing to protect his country friend from such a misalliance. Regency Romance by Joan Smith; originally published by Fawcett Crest (Published: 1987)

Words: 54770 - Reading Time: 156-219 min.
Category: Romance/Historical Fiction
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17 Cousin Cecilia [MultiFormat]
by Joan Smith
  Matchmaking was a talent of Cecilia Cummings, and she was happy to assist her cousins to bring their suitors to the sticking point. But Lord Wickham had led the gentlemen astray, and she would have to charm him in order to win this battle. Unaccountably, thoughts of Wickham and her own unmarried state intruded on Cousin Cecilia's mind? Regency Romance by Joan Smith; originally published by Fawcett Crest (Published: 1990)

Words: 55694 - Reading Time: 159-222 min.
Category: Romance/Historical Fiction
34 Reader Ratings:
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18 Dame Durden's Daughter [MultiFormat]
by Joan Smith
  Dame Durden lives in the past, and she intends her daughter to follow in her footsteps. So Edith is pushed into an engagement with the Saxon-blooded minister, Dr. Thorne, who may not be all he appears. The wild and newly elevated duke, Helver Saymore, is Edith's own choice, but there are powerful arguments against him--including his own lack of coming to the point. (Published: 1978)

Words: 59000 - Reading Time: 168-236 min.
Category: Romance/Historical Fiction
33 Reader Ratings:
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19 Dangerous Dalliance [MultiFormat]
by Joan Smith
  Heather Hume discovered that her recently dead father had been murdered. Her investigation led to Brighton where she learned that her father had been a spy for England. The most likely one to have betrayed him was his assistant Snoad, who dressed as a servant and spoke like a gentleman. Heather was determined to battle her attraction to this intriguing young man--if he was a traitor. Regency Romance by Joan Smith; originally published by Fawcett Crest (Published: 1992)

Words: 56302 - Reading Time: 160-225 min.
Category: Romance/Historical Fiction
11 Reader Ratings:
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20 Endure My Heart [MultiFormat]
by Joan Smith
  The picture of innocence, Miss Mabel Anderson, and the sister of a cleric. But many people in her port town of Salford lived in poverty, their only chance at making a decent living being the smuggling trade. Mab inadvertently found herself the leader of this group, but a government agent, Sir Stamford Wicklow, was come to town specifically to discover the leader's identity--and imprison the villain. Regency Romance by Joan Smith; originally published by Fawcett Coventry (Published: 1908)

Words: 91591 - Reading Time: 261-366 min.
Category: Romance/Historical Fiction
29 Reader Ratings:
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21 Escapade [MultiFormat]
by Joan Smith
  Ella Fairmont, as the anonymous Miss Prattle, has taken the Duke of Clare to task regularly in her gossip column. The duke, unsuspecting, includes Ella and her aunt in his week-long country houseparty. He has also included the blue-blooded Lady Honor, the strikingly beautiful Miss Sheridan, and the multi-talented Miss Prentiss. How could one "ordinary" young lady with a sharp tongue compete with three sterling debutantes? (Published: 1977)

Words: 78000 - Reading Time: 222-312 min.
Category: Romance/Historical Fiction
115 Reader Ratings:
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22 Follow That Blonde [MultiFormat]
by Joan Smith
  Lana Morton had four days to discover Rome on her group tour of Italy with her cousin Nancy. But she tossed that coin in the Trevi Fountain wishing for adventure--and she got it in the form of Nick Hansen, Italian/American artist extraordinaire, when they found themselves targets in a dangerous game of deceit in Rome's art world. (Published: 1990)

Words: 58500 - Reading Time: 167-234 min.
Category: Romance/Mystery/Crime
7 Reader Ratings:
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23 Gather Ye Rosebuds [MultiFormat]
by Joan Smith
  When Zoie Barron's painting studio is being readied, a stolen necklace is discovered. She decides to return it on the sly, but Lord Weylin is suspicious, especially when the necklace is found to be fake. Seldom trusting each other, Zoie and Lord Weylin set out to solve this mystery that involves her uncle, his aunt, and secrets from the past. Regency Romance by Joan Smith; originally published by Fawcett Crest (Published: 1993)

Words: 56912 - Reading Time: 162-227 min.
Category: Romance/Historical Fiction
25 Reader Ratings:
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24 Imprudent Lady [MultiFormat]
by Joan Smith
  Prudence Mallow, country miss, finds herself in London as the poor relation of her Uncle Clarence, a true British eccentric (and erstwhile painter). When she discovers her calling as a novelist, she is delighted to develop a friendship with another writer. But Prudence produces modest, sincere novels, and Lord Dammler, handsome rake that he is, has won acclaim for his scandalous Cantos from Abroad. Drawn by the rakish marquis into the hotbed of London society, Prudence finds herself in way over ... more info>> (Published: 1978)

Words: 75000 - Reading Time: 214-300 min.
Category: Romance/Historical Fiction
73 Reader Ratings:
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25 Jennie Kissed Me [MultiFormat]
by Joan Smith
  When Jennie Robsjohn inherited ten thousand pounds, she left teaching in Bath for London's glories, with her companion Mrs. Irvine. En route she castigated a gentleman who had a beautiful companion young enough to be his daughter--which she was. Eventually Lord Marndale found Jennie's influence over his wayward daughter to be remarkable. Jennie couldn't decide if he wanted her as Victoria's companion--or something more. Regency Romance by Joan Smith; originally published by Fawcett Crest (Published: 1991)

Words: 55386 - Reading Time: 158-221 min.
Category: Romance/Historical Fiction
38 Reader Ratings:
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