An American mystery writer, she penned the favorite Carlotta Carlyle books, which concentrate on the adventures of the hard-boiled feminine detective. She proved helpful as a dilemma teacher and movie director at Chelmsford and Lexington, Massachusetts institutions. She gained both an Anthony Prize and an Edgar Prize. She was created in Michigan. With her hubby, she acquired one kid. She gained the Edgar Prize, an honor called for traditional horror article writer Edgar Allan Poe.