The 100 Most Popular Young Adult Authors: Biographical Sketches and Bibliographies

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Phyllis A. Whitney

Romantic suspense

Yokohama, Japan
September 9, 1903

Mystery of the Haunted Pool

Phyllis A. Whitney has written mystery and suspense fiction for adults and young adults for five decades. In 1988, she was named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, capping a distinguished writing career full of awards. She won the Edgar Allan Poe Award, Mystery Writers of America best juvenile mystery—in 1961 for Mystery of the Haunted Pool and in 1964 for Mystery of the Hidden Hand.

William L. DeAndrea called her “the reigning doyenne of romantic suspense. …. Still delivering a book annually into her ninetieth year.”

Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini said, “Whitney has the ability to make her reader see the scenery, feel the crispness of the air, taste the national foods.”

Born of missionary parents, Whitney lived in Japan, China, and the Philippines until her father died when she was fifteen.

“Whitney was a world traveler at an early age, and this taste for unusual and interesting places makes a distinctive contribution to her work,” Jean Swanson and Dean James said. “Her novels vary in setting from Turkey, South Africa, Greece, Japan, and various parts of the United States. Along with an expertly sketched setting, Whitney gives her readers entertaining stories with a masterful sense of pace and suspense.”

Whitney attended public schools overseas and in Texas and Chicago, where she settled after her mother's death (Whitney was

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