Phyllis A. Whitney

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Phyllis A. Whitney
Born(1903-09-09)September 9, 1903
Yokohama, Japan
DiedFebruary 8, 2008(2008-02-08) (aged 104)
Faber, Virginia,
United States
OccupationMystery writer

Phyllis Ayame Whitney (September 9, 1903 – February 8, 2008 [1] ) was an American mystery writer of more than 70 novels. Born in Japan to American parents in 1903, she spent her early years in Asia.


A rarity for her genre, she wrote mysteries for both the juvenile and the adult markets, many of which feature exotic settings. Although she was often described as a Gothic novelist, a review in The New York Times even dubbing her "The Queen of the American Gothics", Whitney claimed to hate this title. She preferred to say she wrote ”romantic novels of suspense".

In 1961, her book The Mystery of the Haunted Pool won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Juvenile Novel; she duplicated the honor in 1964 for The Mystery of the Hidden Hand. In 1988, the MWA gave her a Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement. In 1990, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Romance Writers of America. [2] Whitney died of pneumonia at age 104 on February 8, 2008.

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  1. Leimbach, Dulcie."Phyllis A. Whitney, Author, Dies at 104". The New York Times. 9 February 2008.
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-06-27. Retrieved 2017-09-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)