A fter numerous mystery author profiles, Jeffrey Marks chose to chronicle the short but full life of mystery writer Craig Rice. That biography (Who Was That Lady?) introduced him to several of the women author included in Atomic Renaissance: Women Mystery Writers of the 1940s/1950s. He followed with a biography of mystery author and NYT critic Anthony Boucher entitled Anthony Boucher. That book was nominated for an Agatha and fittingly, won an Anthony. He is currently working on new biography projects.
H is work has been nominated for an Edgar (MWA), three Agathas (Malice Domestic), two Macavity awards, and three Anthony awards (Bouchercon). He also serves as the publisher for Crippen & Landru Publishers, which produces single-author, mystery short story collections. Today, he writes from his home in Cincinnati, which he shares with his spouse and three dogs.
Awards and Nominations
Back in 2010, I spent part of the summer at the University of Texas – Austin. I was researching a biography of Erle Stanley Gardner courtesy of a fellowship from the estate which was administered by the school...more
Could Have Been a Contender.... 1) The Siamese Twin Mystery -- another early favorite of mine with a dying clue and all. 2) The Black Dog Mystery -- one of two books that stimulated my interest in Scottish terriers. I know it's not a true Dannay/Lee EQ novel, but I didn't know that at the time....more
“Every writer may deserve such a dedicated biographer and Rice's life is interesting (especially for hardcore mystery fans)..”
“...this historical whodunnit, with not-yet-President Ulysses S Grant as detective and one of the daftest endings I’ve read but Marks gets away with it.”
“Jeffrey Marks, hot on the scent of a new hit series. I feel Jeffrey Marks is doing an invaluable service to mystery writers and readers alike.”
“Mr. Marks has the ability to write attention-grabbing non-fiction”
“a must for her fans and an invaluable contribution to the literary genre”