About the Author
Jami Borek began researching the 18th century some twenty years ago to re-create 18th-century characters for various historic sites and museums. A lover of mysteries, Borek was inspired to write her first mystery, Patriots & Poisons, when she was researching the late 1790s in preparation a ball in honor of George Washington at Alexandria's Gadsby's Tavern. She became fascinated by the political conflicts, conspiracy theories, and uncertainty as to the future that marked the United States in those early years. At the time, she was also pursuing a successful career as a senior lawyer and diplomat at the United States Department of State, which (along with family and other demands) left her with little free time. She eventually retired in order to devote more time to research and writing books for young readers.