Jen Shieff’s crime fiction is set in historic Auckland, in and around an infamous brothel, loosely based on Flora MacKenzie’s house of ill repute in Ring Terrace, St Mary’s Bay. The Gentlemen’s Club (2015) and its stand-alone sequel The Vanishing Act (2018) went straight to the Nielsen Indie Top 20 and Weekly Bestseller lists, before being shortlisted for the Ngaio Marsh Awards. The Ties That Bind, Jen’s third book, is another crossover historic / lesbian / crime novel, due to be published later in 2021. Jen writes from her home in Turangi. Previously she taught English literature at high school, owned and managed a business and taught management at Auckland University of Technology.