Emily Brightwell was born in West Virginia, the middle
sister to Nanette and Linda. Her family moved to Los
Angeles in the early sixties, where she graduated from
Pasadena High School.
After her high school years, Emily went to California
State University Fullerton and earned a Degree in American
On a visit to England in 1975, one January morning in
Leeds, Yorkshire she met the Englishman who would become
her husband, Richard. They were married in May 1976 and
returned to California in September 1977.
In 1988 Emily decided to try fiction writing and make a
new career as a writer.
This was always a dream of hers so she began by writing
romances and became a member of the Romance Writers of
America. After her entry in the “unpublished authors”
contest run by the Orange County chapter of the RWA, was a
finalist, she was delighted, but the editor who read my
manuscript was scathing in her criticism.
She was crushed for a day or so, but it hardened my
resolve to continue writing. It was her very next proposal
that sold to Silhouette and was published as a Special
Edition under the pen name of Sarah Temple.
Emily wrote two more Special Editions for Silhouette but
always wanted to write other kinds of fiction so when her
agent asked if she would be interested in writing a
Victorian mystery series for Prime Crime she jumped at the
Meet Victorian England’s unusual crime-fighting duo.
Inspector Witherspoon doesn’t know how to solve a crime.
It’s his housekeeper, Mrs. Jeffries, who keeps the
inspector on the right track and makes sure that more than
the house is running smoothly.
Mrs. Jeffries Turns the Tide, May 2013
Mrs. Jeffries Takes Tea at Three, April 2013
Mrs. Jeffries & the Mistletoe Mix-Up, November 2012
Mrs. Jeffries Takes a Second Look, September 2012
Mrs. Jeffries Defends Her Own, May 2012
Mrs. Jeffries and the Mistletoe Mix-Up, November 2011
Mrs. Jeffries Forges Ahead, May 2011
Mrs. Jeffries and the Yuletide Weddings, November 2010
Mrs. Jeffries Speaks Her Mind, June 2010
Mrs. Jeffries & the Yuletide Weddings, November 2009
Mrs. Jeffries in the Nick of Time, March 2009
Mrs. Jeffries & the Feast of St. Stephen, October 2008
Mrs. Jeffries Holds the Trump, June 2008
Mrs. Jeffries & the Feast of St. Stephen, October 2007
Mrs. Jeffries and the Best Laid Plans, May 2007
Mrs. Jeffries & the Silent Knight, October 2006
Mrs. Jeffries Appeals the Verdict, May 2006
Mrs. Jeffries And The Silent Knight, October 2005
Mrs. Jeffries Learns The Trade, April 2005
Mrs. Jeffries Stalks The Hunter, October 2004
Mrs. Jeffries Sweeps the Chimney, January 2004
Mrs. Jeffries Pleads Her Case, April 2003
Mrs. Jeffries Pinches the Post, June 2001
Mrs. Jeffries Weeds the Plot, November 2000
The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries, April 1996