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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Edith Skom  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: N/A

-- Edith Skom on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Edith lives in Winnetka.

Biographical and Professional Information

Skom is a Distinguished Senior Lecturer Emeritus for the Writing Program at Northwestern University. She writes mysteries featuring English professor Beth Austin. Her book, ''The Mark Twain Murders'' was nominated for an Agatha, an Anthony, and a Macavity award.

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Titles At Your Library

The George Eliot Murders
ISBN: 044021775X

Dell. 1996

When Professor Beth Austin tires of the harsh, Chicago winter, she escapes to the sun and fun of the Royal Aloha hotel in Hawaii. This top-rates resort hotel with its gardens, its Asian art collection, its magnificent beach, and its dedicated, repeat clientele proves irresistible to Beth who has two glorious weeks of freedom between semesters. Hawaii will be the perfect place to prepare for her upcoming seminar on George Eliot's Middlemarch. But shortly after her arrival, Beth is confronted with the specter of murder and before she knows it, she and some new friends are neck deep in danger, and the closer they get to the killer, the more dangerous the game becomes.

The Charles Dickens Murders: A Beth Austin Mystery (Beth Austin Mysteries)
ISBN: 0440217768

Dell. 1999

It was the best of times. It was the worst of crimes.

On a sweltering summer night, a woman dies mysteriously in her hospital bed in New York City. A thousand miles away, amateur sleuth and Midwestern University professor Beth Austin prepares for a class on The Mystery of Edwin Drood, when her mother drops a bombshell: Fifty years ago, she was involved in a similar Dickensian love triangle and unsolved murder at the University of Chicago.

As Beth soon discovers, it's the stuff of great fiction. A gorgeous coed was killed, no suspect was found, and her mother's once-tight college clique dissolved. Each had a motive for murder, now concealed in a morass of lies. Then the killer strikes again in New York, half a century later. Now Beth must re-create the scene of the crime to see if, as in Bleak House, beauty is its own punishment. To learn what her own mother cannot, or will not, tell her. And to risk her own life as the killer, determined to keep old secrets buried, prepares to strike again. . . .

The Mark Twain Murders (Beth Austin Mysteries)
ISBN: 0613189280

Econo-Clad Books. 1990



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