A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Monday, September 28, 2015
9/28/1913 Ellis Peters is born
September 28, 1913. Edith Pargeter was born on this date, in Horsehay, England. She became much better known under the name Ellis Peters. While she wrote dozens of books under at least five names (and I am particularly fond of Black is the Colour of my True Love's Heart, one of the few mysteries set in a folk festival) she is usually remembered as the creator of Brother Cadfael, a Welsh soldier turned monk/herbalist during the middle of the twelfth century.
She won the Edgar Award in 1963 for Death and the Joyful Woman. The British Crime Writers Association gave her the Silver Dagger in 1980 for Monk's Hood and the Diamond Dagger in 1993 for lifetime achievement.