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Phyllis A Whitney


USA flag (1903 - 2008)

Phyllis Ayame Whitney was born of American parents on September 9, 1903 in Yokohama, Japan.

After graduating from Chicago's McKinley High School in 1924, Phyllis began to write seriously. Beginning with short stories, she finally sold one to the Chicago Daily News.

During the 1940's, Phyllis A. Whitney served as Children's Book Editor of the Chicago Sun's Book Week (1942-1946) and the Philadelphia Inquirer (1947-1948). In 1941, her first book for young people, A Place for Ann, was published by Houghton Mifflin. And in 1943, her first adult suspense novel, Red is for Murder, was published by Ziff-Davis Publishing Company. She also taught juvenile fiction writing courses at Northwestern University in 1945 and at New York University from 1947-1958.

Phyllis A. Whitney has one daughter, Georgia, three grandchildren -- Barbara, Michael, and Lorraine, and two great-grandchildren, Danny and Matthew.

Phyllis A. Whitney passed away on February 8, 2008 at the age of 104.
 
Novels
A Place for Ann (1941)
A Star for Ginny (1942)
Red is for Murder (1943)
     aka The Red Carnelian
A Window for Julie (1943)
The Silver Inkwell (1945)
Willow Hill (1947)
Ever After (1948)
The Mystery of the Gulls (1949)
Linda's Homecoming (1950)
The Island of Dark Woods (1951)
     aka Mystery of the Strange Traveler
Love Me, Love Me Not (1952)
Step to the Music (1953)
A Long Time Coming (1954)
The Mystery of the Black Diamonds (1954)
Mystery on the Isle of Skye (1955)
The Quicksilver Pool (1955)
The Fire and the Gold (1956)
The Highest Dream (1956)
The Trembling Hills (1956)
Mystery of the Green Cat (1957)
Skye Cameron (1957)
The Moonflower (1958)
Secret of the Samurai Sword (1958)
Creole Holiday (1959)
Mystery of the Haunted Pool (1960)
Thunder Heights (1960)
Window on the Square (1960)
Blue Fire (1961)
Secret of the Tiger's Eye (1961)
Mystery of the Golden Horn (1962)
Mystery of the Hidden Hand (1963)
Seven Tears for Apollo (1963)
Black Amber (1964)
Sea Jade (1964)
Secret of the Emerald Star (1964)
Mystery of the Angry Idol (1965)
Columbella (1966)
Secret of the Spotted Shell (1967)
Silverhill (1967)
Hunter's Green (1968)
Mystery of the Crimson Ghost (1969)
The Secret of Goblin Glen (1969)
The Secret of the Missing Footprint (1969)
The Winter People (1969)
Lost Island (1970)
The Vanishing Scarecrow (1971)
Listen for the Whisperer (1971)
Nobody Likes Trina (1972)
Snowfire (1973)
The Mystery of the Scowling Boy (1973)
The Turquoise Mask (1974)
Spindrift (1975)
Secret of Haunted Mesa (1975)
Song of the Shaggy Canary (1976)
The Golden Unicorn (1976)
The Stone Bull (1977)
Secret of the Stone Face (1977)
The Glass Flame (1978)
Domino (1979)
Poinciana (1980)
Vermilion (1980)
Emerald (1983)
Rainsong (1984)
Dream of Orchids (1985)
     aka Dreams of Orchids
Flaming Tree (1985)
Silversword (1987)
Feather on the Moon (1988)
Rainbow in the Mist (1989)
The Singing Stones (1990)
Woman Without a Past (1991)
The Ebony Swan (1992)
Star Flight (1993)
Daughter of the Stars (1994)
Amethyst Dreams (1997)
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Phyllis A Whitney recommends
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Naked Once More (1989)
(Jacqueline Kirby, book 4)
Elizabeth Peters
"A charmer - funny, suspenseful, a provocative mystery."
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The Underground Stream (1991)
Velda Johnston
"Velda Johnston's surprises really work."
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Cat's Eyes (1991)
Alan Scholefield
"A lovely, eerie suspense novel that held me from first to last. I can still imagine that face at the window!"
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So Shall You Reap (1992)
Marilyn Wallace
"Tantalizing, suspenseful, and satisfying."
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Trail of Murder (1992)
(Lee Squires, book 1)
Christine Andreae
"I thoroughly enjoyed Trail of Murder, from its startling opening to a most satisfying conclusion. Christine Andreae writes so vividly that I feel as though I've experienced a wilderness trip in Montana with all those suspicious characters. Here is an outstanding new mystery talent to follow eagerly."
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Blameless (1995)
Barbara A Shapiro
"An absorbing, no-way-out story that kept me turning pages breathlessly."
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Other Worlds (1999)
Barbara Michaels
"No one can match Barbara Michaels!"

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