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Staples, Mary Jane

Works: 9 works in 73 publications in 1 language and 1,609 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Romance fiction  Domestic fiction  History 
Roles: Author
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Mary Jane Staples
The longest winter by Mary Jane Staples( Book )

14 editions published between 1978 and 2011 in English and held by 350 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Baroness Sophie von Korvacs meets British painter James Fraser one hot summer's day in Vienna, the attraction is instant. And when James proposes to Sophie, it seems a fitting end to that wonderful, enchanting summer. But darker days are on the horizon as Europe teeters on the brink of war
Sons and Daughters by Mary Jane Staples( Book )

10 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is 1949 and life in Walworth has almost returned to normal. Sammy and Boots are rebuilding the family firm, but an old enemy returns to threaten their hard work. It takes all the well-known Adams ingenuity and determination to win through
The ghost of Whitechapel by Mary Jane Staples( Book )

11 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in English and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When fiery Bridget Cummings advertised for a lodger, she did not expect a policeman to apply for the room. She wasn't fond of the coppers, believing them to be traitors to the poor of Whitechapel, but her younger brother and sister moved P.C. Fred Billings in the moment Bridget's back was turned, and she seemed to have little say in the matter. Still, she had to admit that she was glad of his company in the walk back from her late-night washing up job, particularly when a young girl was found in a nearby street with her throat cut. The discovery of the body of Maureen Flanagan, who was, the neighbours believed, a respectable woman, naturally stirred memories of Jack the Ripper. His horrific crimes had shocked the neighbourhood only twelve years before., but Chief Inspector Dobbs of the City of London Police believed, like most other police officers, that the Ripper was dead. But when a second body was discovered, and Bridget noticed a strange man following her, the neighbourhood was alert to the possibility that the terror had returned
Two for three farthings by Mary Jane Staples( Book )

9 editions published between 1990 and 2011 in English and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Horace was ten, Ethel seven, when Jim Cooper, home from the trenches, minus an arm and just about managing on his own, found them huddled in a doorway on a wet night in Walworth. Slightly against his better judgement he took them in, fed them cocoa, and put them to sleep in his bed. A few days later he found that - somehow - he had become the unofficial guardian of Horace and Ethel. It was him, the orphanage, or separation for the gutsy little pair who would have to be farmed out to anyone who would take them, and Jim felt a sudden affinity for the two cheeky cockney kids. The first thing he had to do was find fresh lodgings for them all. Miss Rebecca Pilgrim was a woman of strict Victorian principles, eminently respectable, and determined to keep her privacy intact. She had reckoned without her new lodgers - Horace, Ethel and, above all, the irrepressible Jim Cooper. And thus began the humanizing of Miss Pilgrim, who turned out to be younger, prettier, and far gentler than any of them had suspected
On Mother Brown's doorstep by Mary Jane Staples( Book )

8 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The lodger by Mary Jane Staples( Book )

10 editions published between 1900 and 2011 in English and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Maggie Wilson was only 33, but life in the teeming streets of Walworth was not that easy in 1908 - not if you were a widow with four young daughters. It was pretty much a hand-to-mouth existence and without the lodger Maggie really wouldn't have managed at all. Constable Harry Bradshaw thought the Wilsons were a gutsy and brave little family - from the youngest and cheekiest, Daisy, up to the elegant Trary, 13 years old and quite the young lady. But the one who won the most of his admiration was Maggie herself, fighting her lonely battle against total poverty. And his fears for her concerned more than just their lack of money. For a murderer was loose in South London - a rather sinister strangler who obviously knew the local streets and alleys very well indeed. A full scale investigation was put in hand, and Harry was told, in particular, to inquire into any new lodgers who had moved into the district. And there was something very peculiar indeed about Maggie Wilson's lodger--Back cover
Rising summer by Mary Jane Staples( Book )

7 editions published between 1991 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tim Hardy is posted to Suffolk during World War II. There he meets Minnie Beaver who is wildly in love with him and determined to marry him. Tim is equally determined to escape and choose his own girl
A Family Affair by Mary Jane Staples( )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1926 was the year of the General Strike, but Adams Enterprises, under the wily management of Sammy Adams, youngest entrepreneur in Walworth and Lambeth, was doing very well. All the Adams brothers worked in the business, and so did two of the wives, Emily and Susie. There was just one dark cloud on the horizon - the impending trial of Gerald Ponsonby. Boots had been the one responsible for catching the murderer, and Ponsonby hated Boots and, indeed, the entire Adams family. He was determined to get his revenge and make them suffer. When a dapper, quiet, but rather odd lodger turned up at Doreen Paterson's house, nobody thought anything was amiss. It never occurred to Doreen - who worked for Boots in Adams Enterprises and thought him just wonderful - that the strange lodger might be plotting the downfall of the irrepressible, outrageous, and larger-than-life Adams clan
The Way Ahead by Mary Jane Staples( )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is 1944, and the Adams family, along with the rest of the people of the United Kingdom, are beginning to weary of the seemingly never-ending war against Hitler's Germany. Bobby Somers and Helene, living dangerously in the French countryside with a group of Resistance fighters, find themselves in great peril. Boots returns from the war in Italy, to the delight of Polly and their two little rascals, twins James and Gemma - but he brings with him a German prisoner who has a horrifying story to tell of the concentration camps. And while Sammy and Susie Adams are keeping the family business going as best they can during the privations of wartime London, their son Daniel catches the eye of a lively young American girl who brings a welcome breath of fresh air to the Adams household, so many of whose younger members are doing their bit for the war in various far-flung places of the world. As plans for the long-awaited invasion of France get under way there is excitement and danger, but love continues to blossom in the most difficult of circumstances
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The longest winter
Sons and DaughtersThe ghost of WhitechapelTwo for three farthingsOn Mother Brown's doorstepThe lodger
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English (72)