A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Saturday, September 9, 2017
9/9/1903 Phyllis A. Whitney arrives
September 9, 1903. Phyllis A. Whitney was born on this date in
Yokohama, Japan, of all places. Not that there's anything wrong with
Yokohama, but Whitney is thought of as an American author, which indeed
she was. Her family spent her first few years in Asia.
Whitney was often described as an author of gothic novels, although she
preferred the term romantic suspense. Call it what you will, she was
good at it. Among her seventy novels were two Edgar winners for Best
Juvenile Mysteries. The MWA recognized her as a Grand Master in 1988.
She died at the ripe old age of 104.