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Dean James is a seventh-generation Mississippian long transplanted to Texas. A mystery fan since the age of ten, he wrote his first novel at the ripe old age of twelve. The only copy of The Mystery of the Willow Key vanished years ago, but since it was highly derivative of the Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden mystery series, that's probably a good thing.

Dean has published articles on topics in library science, the history of science/medicine, and mystery fiction. His first book, which he co-wrote with librarian Jean Swanson, was By a Woman's Hand (Berkley; 1994). Jean and Dean won an Agatha Award for Best Mystery Non-Fiction and were nominated by the Mystery Writers of America for the Edgar for Best Critical-Biographical work for this popular reference book.

Genres: Cozy Mystery, Mystery
Anthologies edited
   Deadly Women (1998) (with Jan Grape and Ellen Nehr)
   Death Dines in (2004) (with Claudia Bishop)
Non fiction
   By a Woman's Hand (1994) (with Jean Swanson)
   Killer Books (1998) (with Jean Swanson)
   The Dick Francis Companion (2003) (with Jean Swanson)
   The Robert B. Parker Companion (2005) (with Elizabeth Foxwell)

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