Category Archives: In Memorium

Sue Grafton

This was just posted on Sue Grafton’s Facebook Page.  We in MWA land are so sorry to hear this news and send our deepest condolences to her family, friends and fans.

Hello Dear Readers. This is Sue’s daughter, Jamie. I am sorry to tell you all that Sue passed away last night after a two year battle with cancer. She was surrounded by family, including her devoted and adoring husband Steve. Although we knew this was coming, it was unexpected and fast. She had been fine up until just a few days ago, and then things moved quickly. Sue always said that she would continue writing as long as she had the juice. Many of you also know that she was adamant that her books would never be turned into movies or TV shows, and in that same vein, she would never allow a ghost writer to write in her name. Because of all of those things, and out of the deep abiding love and respect for our dear sweet Sue, as far as we in the family are concerned, the alphabet now ends at Y.

Lois Duncan

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Lois Duncan – one of MWA’s 2015 Grand Master award recipients. Here is the link to Lois receiving her Grand Master award at the April 2015 Edgar Awards banquet:  Lois at the Banquet

Ruth Rendell has Died.

Ruth Rendell, MWA’s 1997 Grand Master and a 3-time Edgar winner (with 6 other nominations) has died.

Dorothy Salisbury Davis

In loving memory of Dorothy Salisbury Davis – April 26, 1916 – August 3, 2014. President of MWA in 1956; named Grand Master in 1985 and a 6-time Edgar Nominee.

Elmore Leonard Has Passed Away

Elmore Leonard died this morning, August 20th, after suffering a stroke.  He was a three-time Edgar Nominee (Best PBO in 1979 – The Switch; Best Novel 1983 – Split Images; and winning Best Novel 1984 – La Brava).  He was named Grand Master in 1992.  He was truly a giant of the genre and will beContinue Reading

Barbara Mertz Has Passed Away

Very sad news – Barbara Mertz died this morning. Via William Morrow: It is with great sadness we relay the news that our beloved author, Barbara Mertz, (a.k.a. Elizabeth Peters) passed away this morning at the age of 85. Under her pseudonym as Barbara Michaels she has written twenty-nine novels of suspense. As Elizabeth Peters,Continue Reading