Phyllis A. Whitney died Friday, Feb. 8 at the age of 104. She was the best-selling author of romantic mysteries, young adult novels, and children's mysteries. The New York Times published her obituary.
Phyllis A. Whitney was the first adult mystery writer I ever read, and remained my favorite of the Gothic mystery writers. I read Victoria Holt and Mary Stewart as well as others, but Whitney remained my favorite. My Aunt Phyllis gave me a bag of mysteries, and in the bag was Whitney's Hunter's Green. I still remember the topiary chess set in that book, which remains one of my favorites. When I mentioned that book, and the chess set, today at the library, other women nodded.
She was still writing at 94. I hope she knew how much pleasure she gave so many readers. Rest in peace, Phyllis A. Whitney. Thank you.