M. C. Beaton.
The lighthearted Beaton mysteries feature dour Scottish constable Hamish MacBeth
(adapted for television
) and the always-in-trouble Agatha Raisin
(adapted for radio with Penelope Keith),
but under Beaton's real name, Marion Chesney
, other mysteries have appeared (such as the Edwardian-set Snobbery with Violence
) as well as romance novels.
David Frome/Leslie Ford. Zenith Jones Brown
began her mystery career with Murder of an Old Man
(1929) under the pseudonym David Frome,
followed by more than 15 Frome mysteries and more than 30 mysteries under the name Leslie Ford. Her sleuths include Mr. Pinkerton, Inspector Bull, Colonel Pickering, and Grace Latham. The bookstore Mystery Loves Company selected Ford's Girl from the Mimosa Club
(1957) as one of the best mysteries of the 20th century.
Anthony Gilbert. Lucy Beatrice Malleson
, a relative of actor Miles Malleson (Kind Hearts and Coronets
, etc.), wrote 32 books under the four pseudonyms of Anne Meredith, J. Kilmeny Keith, Sylvia Denys Hooke, and Lucy Egerton. However, vulgar lawyer Arthur Crook
is the star of most of the 60 novels under Malleson's pen name of Anthony Gilbert.
Crook debuted in Murder by Experts
(1936); the final Gilbert book was A Nice Little Killing
A Detection Club member, she was an Edgar nominee for "Door to a Different World" (EQMM Mar. 1970) and "Fifty Years After" (EQMM Mar. 1973).
Merriam Modell, wife of a Cornell pharmacology professor, wrote stories for the New Yorker
and the novel The Sound of Years
(1946), but it was under the name Evelyn Piper
that she published her most well-known work: Bunny Lake Is Missing
1965). Other Piper books include the Edgar-nominated The Innocent
(1949), the Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone work The Motive
(1950; called by the New York Times
"a fine study in the detection not of who
, but of why"
), The Plot (
1951), The Lady and Her Doctor
(1956), Hanno's Doll
(1961), The Naked Murderer
(1962), The Nanny
1965), and The Stand-In
Illinois-born author Elizabeth Linington
wrote under the pseudonyms Anne Blaisdell, Egan O'Neill, and Leslie Egan, as well as her own name; her police procedurals under the name Dell Shannon feature the LAPD's Luis Mendoza
, including the Edgar-nominated novels Case Pending
(1960) and Knave of Hearts