Robyn DeHart
Robyn DeHart


Jack the Ripper, Our Books, Robyn DeHart, The Jaunty Interview

JQTBRThe Secrets of Jaunty P. Quills (Porcupine Extraordinaire)

Jaunty P. Quills: Hello, readers! It’s me, Jaunty P. Quills. I’m back with another of my award-winning interviews. This one is with…ah…I know it’s one of these Quills. There are so many of them…

Robyn: (pulls on one of his quills) It’s me, remember?!

Jaunty P. Quills: Ah, of course! Robyn DeHart, my favorite Quill. (Except for you, Kristan. Wink, wink.) But back to me, which of my fabulous traits were we discussing?

Robyn: I believe you were going to ask me some questions about my latest release.

Jaunty P. Quills: Fine. As I understand it, Mrs. DeHart, you have written a novel about my secrets—The Secrets of Jaunty P. Quills. Subtitle: Porcupine Extraordinaire.

Robyn: Not exactly. It’s The Secrets of Mia Danvers.

Jaunty P. Quills: I see. If this book is not about me, who is it about?

Robyn: I’m so excited to finally be sharing this book with my readers. It’s set in 1889 about six months after the original Jack the Ripper murders though in my book he doesn’t merely disappear, but rather he resurfaces and starts killing again. But this time there’s a witness to one of his crimes, my heroine, Mia Danvers. What makes her a rather unique and special witness though is that she’s blind. Add in a sexy duke who agrees to help her identify the killer and you’ve got lots of suspense and passion.

Jaunty P. Quills: Oh, are you finished? I was just looking for…something. I wasn’t hiding under my quills. I wasn’t scared. But, Robyn, this book sounds a little scary. Jack the Ripper? Is he any relation to Jaunty the Stripper?

Robyn: Are you certain you weren’t scared? You’re still quivering a bit. In any case, no, Jack is no relation to the stripper you  mentioned. He’s the most notorious serial killer in history. And well, I’ve been writing books in that time period for years, seemed time for me to tackle him, so to speak.

Jaunty P. Quills: Did you have to do any research of strippers—I mean, Jack the Ripper to write this book?

Robyn: Oh sure. I always have to do research for my books. I was more familiar with Jack and his would-be motives because of my studies in college (Sociology with a focus on deviant behavior) but I did have to read up on the way crime scenes were handled and theories of his identity.

Jaunty P. Quills: I want to know about your heroine. If she’s blind, how does she find her way around? Does she use her quills?

Robyn: Mia isn’t a porcupine, Jaunty, sorry to disappoint you. But she is blind. And she gets around just fine. For the most part she stays in her cottage she shares with her best friend and companion. When she moves around she uses her hands if her friend is not with her.

Jaunty P. Quills: One last question, Robyn. Give our readers a hint about your next hero. Are his initials JPQ? Just wondering…

Robyn: Hmmm…not exactly. The follow up book to Mia Danvers is The Temptations of Anna Jacobs (out in Nov) and is about Drew, Alex’s younger brother. Well, Jaunty, thanks for the interesting interview.


secretsofmiadanversA lone witness finds her protector… 

Since losing her sight in a childhood accident, Mia Danvers has resided in a small cottage on the vast Carrington estate. Thought to be dead, Mia lives a life of virtual seclusion—until one night, while walking home, she happens upon a horrendous crime.

Alex Foster, Eighth Duke of Carrington, lives according to society’s expectations for him. He’s never met the woman who lives in the cottage at the edge of his property. But when she arrives at his door in the pouring rain terrified and claiming she has witnessed a murder, she seizes his attention.

Mia is determined to help the authorities track down the culprit, even though the only person willing to accept her aid is the handsome, arrogant duke. Working closely together proves difficult as Mia’s beauty and independence tempts Alex to ignore convention and follow his desire. But what neither of them know is that this murderer has struck before in Whitechapel, taunting the British press only to vanish—a ruthless killer who knows that Mia is the only living witness to his crime…


“DeHart weaves together a sensual love story and an intriguing mystery. Engaging to the very end.” ~Laura Griffin, NYT Bestselling and USA Today Bestselling Author

“Fans of Robyn DeHart will thrill to read The Secrets of Mia Danvers. With all the trademarks of a Robyn DeHart novel–sexy, fast-paced, adventurous, and emotionally complex characters–this novel is her most suspenseful yet. DeHart’s heroes always please, but I adored the heroine, Mia Danvers. She’s delightfully endearing, sensual, and unconventional. The Secrets of Mia Danvers is another fabulous read from one of the best historical romance authors writing today.” ~Shana Galen, National Bestselling Author



9 thoughts on “Jaunty tortures…ahem interviews Robyn

  1. Kathleen Kathleen says:

    This book sounds fantastic–I’m not a Ripper expert by any means, but I occasionally get hooked reading over the various theories and trying to decide what I think. (Because that matters…)

    I’m thinking you probably have some fascinating theories! As you researched, did you find yourself leaning toward one suspect or another?

  2. Shana Shana says:

    I’ve read the book, and it’s fabulous. I have never been interested in Jack the Ripper, but after this book, I started googling him and looking for books where I could find out more. But the book is way more than a Jack the Ripper story. I just loved the heroine. She’s really strong and unconventional.

    And that’s a great question Kathleen asked.

  3. Can’t wait to read it, Robyn! It sounds terrific.

  4. catslady says:

    Sounds like a great read and what a fun interview lol.

  5. I am so looking forward to this book! I think a blind heroine/hero really raises the stakes and puts the emphasis so much more on emotions rather than appearances..

    Best wishes for success!!

  6. Jaunty, I could tell you weren’t scared, not to worry. Also, just a note: page 34 of my latest manuscript, the word “porcupine.” Who loves you, baby? As for the book, ehrmagerd, I can’t wait to read this one! What a fantastic concept, Robyn!

  7. Sandi in OH says:

    The book sounds fascinating. I will add it to my growing list of books. I really don’t mind porcupines in books. I prefer them to snakes any time.

  8. Kathryn in Montreal says:

    I am so intrigued by this book! Can’t wait to read it…Jaunty, it was clear to me you weren’t scared… you were just selecting which quill to use as a weapon…

  9. This book is totally at the top of my TBR pile, Robyn, even if there is a decided absence of quills!

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