Mary Willis Walker

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Mary Willis Walker
BornMary Willis
(1942-05-24) May 24, 1942 (age 78)
Fox Point, Wisconsin
Alma mater Duke University
Genre Crime fiction
Notable worksZero at the Bone, The Red Scream, Under the Beetle's Cellar
Notable awardsZero at the Bone: Agatha Award (1991), Macavity Award (1992)
The Red Scream: Edgar Award (1995)
Under the Beetle's Cellar: Macavity Award (1996), Anthony Award (1996), Martin Beck Award (1998)
SpouseLee Walker (1967-1993)

Mary Willis Walker (born May 24, 1942, Fox Point, Wisconsin) [1] is an American crime fiction author.



Walker graduated from Duke University in English and took up high school teaching. [2] She married in 1967 to Lee Walker who became president of Dell Computers, living in New York and Virginia before moving to Austin, Texas. They have two daughters, Amanda and Susannah. The couple divorced when she was 51. She returned to her maiden name of Mary Willis, but continued to published as Mary Willis Walker, which, she wrote in an article for the New York Times Magazine, she now considers a pen name. [3] She continues to live in Austin. [4]


She began writing in her mid-forties, which she characterized as " 'pretty late to start' ". [5] She spent two years writing her first published thriller, Zero at the Bone, which was published in 1991. [5] Her second Texas-based mystery, Red Scream, was Walker's first to feature sleuth Molly Cates. [5] Red Scream won the Best Mystery Edgar Award in 1993. [5] Under the Beetle's Cellar , published in 1995, was Walker's third mystery. [5]


Selected awards


  1. Embden, Nico van. "Mary Willis Walker". Retrieved 16 April 2018.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. "Lars Eighner's US Bookstore Presents The Texas Institute of Letters Authors: Mary Willis Walker". Retrieved 16 April 2018.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. Willis, Mary (1994-11-01). "Too important to sign away: Divorce underlines value of maiden name". The StarPhoenix . Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Retrieved 2021-04-24.
  4. page 253, Great Women Mystery Writers, 2nd Ed. by Elizabeth Blakesley Lindsay, 2007, publ. Greenwood Press, ISBN   0-313-33428-5
  5. 1 2 3 4 5 Doug J. Swanson (1995-11-15). "Author works from fears". Baca Raton News. Retrieved 2009-12-19.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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