Jennifer Ashley Gardner dreamed of being a published writer since the age of eight, writing love stories before she knew what romances were. She wrote fantasy and science fiction while in college, and after obtaining her master's degree in English literature, and a job in the real world, she decided to stop dreaming and try to be a full-time published author. She writes historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance as Jennifer Ashley; mysteries as Ashley Gardner; and paranormal romance and urban fantasy as Allyson James. Her novels have won RWA's RITA award, the Golden Quill, RT Reviewer's Choice awards, and the Prism award, among others. Her novels have been also been translated into nearly a dozen European and Asian languages.

She has traveled and lived all over the world, including in Europe and Japan, and now resides in sunny Arizona with her soul mate, an avid reader himself, in a houseful of books. She enjoys writing and reading above all else, but her hobbies include cooking, hiking, playing flute and guitar, painting, and building miniature rooms and dollhouses.

Book List in Order: 26 titles


  • AD 63Leonidas's former trainer, Aemil, asks him to look into the disappearances of gladiators from his ludus. Leonidas and Cassia investigate, and soon uncover gruesome murders involving some of the wealthiest citizens of Rome. Leonidas pits his skil...



  • James Denis gives Captain Lacey a task, to deliver a mysterious package to a man with an office near the Custom House on the bank of the Thames. Lacey, who has been drawn into danger delivering items for Denis before, opens the package to find a sing...



  • Leonidas, champion gladiator of Rome, is set free from the games by a mysterious benefactor who grants him freedom, a place to live, and a servant-Cassia, a scribe-to look after him.But the benefactor is only so generous-Leonidas must pay his own way...



  • When Captain Gabriel Lacey finds himself standing over a dead body in Brighton Pavilion, bloody sword in hand and no memory of how he got there, he immediately fears he is a murderer. The dead man is Colonel Hamilton Isherwood, a man Lacey clashed wi...



  • London, 1819: When Brewster, my bodyguard, comes to me about a murder of a pugilist—and what’s more, says his wife has summoned me—I must hasten to St. Giles to find a killer before Brewster is arrested for the crime. This is made difficult bec...



  • Step into the past through three historical mysteries that reach from Imperial Rome to Victorian London.A Soupçon of Poison(Kat Holloway Victorian Mysteries)Kat Holloway, a young cook who is highly sought after by the wealthy of Victorian London, be...



  • Leonidas, freedman, once the most popular gladiator in Rome and champion of the games, now must fight for his life outside the arena. A man who owed him money was murdered, and Leonidas is a prime suspect. With the assistance of Cassia, daughter of ...



  • Captain Lacey is drawn into affairs of the highest in the land when his friend Grenville is asked by the Prince Regent to look into odd happenings in his lavish abode of Carlton House. Objects of value have gone missing, paintings and sculpture have ...



  • Xavier Lang finishes a five-year sentence in prison, determined to get his life back—his wife, his home, his children—only to find that someone has erased his entire identity. He journeys to Havana, Cuba, to the condo he shared with his wife, vow...







  • Captain Gabriel Lacey accompanies his friend and famous dandy Lucius Grenville to Egypt, a land that Lacey has long anticipated visiting. Lacey travels there for more than a simple holiday, however -- James Denis has tasked him with finding an "objec...



  • London, 1880Kat Holloway, highly sought-after young cook to the wealthy of London, finds herself embroiled in murder when she’s accused of poisoning her employer, the loathsome Sir Lionel Leigh-Bradbury. Her only help as she works to clear her name...



  • Captain Lacey is asked by Peter Thompson of the Thames River Police to help him investigate a cold case -- the murder of a woman found near the docks Thompson patrols. The investigation was sidelined, considered unsolvable, but Thompson has long wish...



  • This anthology includes: The Bishop's Lady (an Émilie d’Armand mystery), A Soupçon of Poison (a Kat Holloway mystery), and A Matter of Honor (a Regency mystery with a twist).Three historical mysteries span time from the court of Louis XIV to Vict...



  • Captain Gabriel Lacey begins Spring 1818 preparing for a duel. But while he focuses on the affair of honor, darkness, greed, and death stalk the streets of London and bring tragedy to a family Lacey has grown close to. With the aid of Lucius Grenvill...



  • London, 1817A Bow Street Runner summons Captain Gabriel Lacey to a Berkeley Square ballroom where a young dandy was stabbed to death during a society ball. The prime suspect: Lacey's former commander, Colonel Brandon.Instead of denying the charges, C...



  • This anthology brings together three short mysteries in the Captain Lacey series: The Necklace Affair (novella); and The Gentleman's Walking Stick and The Disappearance of Miss Sarah Oswald (short stories).In The Necklace Affair, Captain Lacey agrees...



  • Late December, 1818 As Captain Gabriel Lacey prepares for his upcoming wedding, his former neighbor, Marianne Simmons, comes to him about an actress friend who’s gone missing. Lacey agrees to help look for the actress, little realizing that the ...



  • September 1817 Captain Gabriel Lacey travels with Lady Breckenridge to his boyhood home in northern Norfolk only to discover mysterious happenings in and around the Lacey estate. A young woman, cousin of an old friend, has gone missing, strange ob...



  • An anthology of shorter works from the Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries series. The Necklace Affair: Captain Gabriel Lacey agrees to track down the necklace of a society matron and prove the innocence of her maid, who has been arrested for its theft. ...







  • London, 1817An anthology of two short stories of the Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries.In The Gentleman's Walking Stick, Lacey untangles a web of deceit involving a respectable society man, his only clue being a missing walking stick. (This story first...



  • Cashiered cavalry officer Captain Gabriel Lacey of the 35th Light Dragoons lost much on the battlefield during the Peninsular Campaign. But be still retains his innate sense of right and wrong when faced with injustice... Young women are disappear...



  • When an opulent ball is marred by murder, Captain Lacey's insufferably upright former friend, Colonel Brandon, is the prime suspect. With the man's fate in his hands, Lacey finally has a chance to avenge the wrongs Brandon has done to him--but at wha...



  • Cashiered cavalry officer Captain Gabriel Lacey of the 35th Light Dragoons lost much on the battlefield during the Peninsular Campaign. But he still retains his innate sense of right and wrong when faced with injustice .. . For the nouveau riche o...



  • Cashiered cavalry officer Captain Gabriel Lacey of the 35th Light Dragoons lost much on the battlefield during the Peninsular Campaign. But he still retains his innate sense of right and wrong when faced with injustice... It is known as The Glass ...



  • Cashiered cavalry officer Captain Gabriel Lacey of the 35th Light Dragoons lost much on the battlefield during the Peninsular Campaign. But he still retains his innate sense of right and wrong when faced with injustice... Something quite out of th...



  • Cashiered cavalry officer Captain Gabriel Lacey of the 35th Light Dragoons lost much on the battlefield during the Peninsular Campaign. But he still retains his innate sense of right and wrong when faced with injustice... Hanover Square is one of ...


Complete Series List in Order

Captain Gabriel Lacey

1) The Hanover Square Affair (Dec-2003)
2) A Regimental Murder (May-2004)
3) The Glass House (Dec-2004)
4) The Sudbury School Murders (Jun-2005)
4.5) The Necklace Affair (Jan-2014)
5) Body in Berkley Square (Dec-2005)
5) A Body in Berkeley Square (Jan-2014)
6) A Covent Garden Mystery (Jul-2006)
6.5) The Gentleman's Walking Stick (Sep-2011)
6.6) The Necklace Affair: And Other Stories (Oct-2011)
7) A Death in Norfolk (Nov-2011)
8) A Disappearance in Drury Lane (Sep-2013)
9) Murder in Grosvenor Square (Oct-2014)
10) The Thames River Murders (Nov-2015)
11) The Alexandria Affair (May-2016)
12) A Mystery at Carlton House (Mar-2017)
13) Murder in St. Giles (Apr-2018)
14) Death at Brighton Pavilion (Dec-2019)
15) The Custom House Murders (Nov-2020)

A Kat Holloway Victorian Mystery

1) A Soupcon of Poison (Dec-2015)

A Leonidas the Gladiator Mystery

0.5) Blood Debts (Jul-2017)
1) Blood of a Gladiator (May-2020)
2) A Gladiator's Tale (May-2021)

Award-Winning Books by Ashley Gardner

The Sudbury School Murders
2005 RT Reviewers Choice Award -- Historical Mystery