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R.I.P. Patricia Elmore, 88, in Sept. 2022 (children's writer of "Susannah" series & Edgar nominee)

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Sep 17, 2023, 11:16:51 AM9/17/23
Born in Miami in 1933, she became a teacher and later lived in Berkeley and Albany, California. (Which is just north of Berkeley.)

Unfortunately, all I could find was this tiny notice; there isn't even an exact date. It does, however, mention her Edgar nomination in 1993.

Not to be confused with a Louisiana woman with the same name, birth year and death year!

More about her life:
(some book covers)
(two Kirkus reviews)
(reader reviews)

From Contemporary Authors:

"Teacher at elementary schools in Melbourne, Fla., 1955-57, and Miami, Fla., 1957-59; secretary and administrative assistant for various firms in New York City, 1959-64; Xerox Education Division, New York City, training specialist, 1964-67; free-lance editor and writer, 1967-69; Far West Laboratory for Educational Research and Development, San Franciso, Calif., staff writer and editor of booklets, filmstrips, instruction manuals, and videotapes, 1969-73; substitute elementary teacher and free-lance editor and writer in Oakland, Calif., 1974-78; American Analysis Corp., Mill Valley, Calif., creator of self-instructional training materials and audiovisual lessons for U.S. Army, 1978-80; Bank of America, San Francisco, creator of self-instructional program for administrative and credit officer trainees, 1980-82; free-lance developer of training materials, 1980--. Substitute teacher in Oakland, Calif., 1974-78."

"....I tried writing fiction for adults long before I discovered that I really wanted to write for children. I never thought of writing mysteries until one day I had a character who wouldn't fit into any other kind of story. I didn't think I could write a mystery, but I gave it a try, and the result was Susannah and the Blue House Mystery.

"In writing for children, I try to adhere to my standards for adult mysteries. I want the child detective, no less than the adult one, to solve the mystery through reasoning, not by accident. A good mystery should give the reader all the clues, but keep him guessing and just one step behind the detective. At the same time, I want my characters to be real people. Mystery, I think, is a form of fantasy and, like all good fantasy, must have believable characters to work. Above all, I write to please the child in me."

For children:

* (With Cynthia Reed) Ginny, the Office Assistant, McGraw, 1967.
("Ginny West, an ambitious, hardworking girl, is promoted to the
job of office assistant which she says is the same as a clerk
typist. Her job is to answer the telephone, open and sort
mail, and type invoices. She finds office work very satisfying,
similar to being a member of a large family.")

* Susannah and the Blue House Mystery, Dutton, 1980.
("Susannah Higgins can solve any mystery; and when her friend's grandfather dies and doesn't include her in the will, Susannah knows something isn't right and she plans to find out." "Susannah Higgins is a top-notch detective and worthy candidate to give Nancy Drew competition . . . a well-constructed mystery".-- Booklist.)

* Susannah and the Poison Green Halloween, Dutton, 1982.
("Susannah Higgins and her friends go trick-or-treating, and Susannah tries to learn who is responsible for putting poison candy in their Halloween bags.")

* Susannah and the Purple Mongoose Mystery, Dutton, 1992.
("In the third Susannah mystery, she and her detective pals, Lucy and Knievel, sift through a long list of suspects to find out who is trying to set fire to Miss Quigley's house.")
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