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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Phyllis A Whitney  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1903 in Yokohama, Japan

-- Phyllis A Whitney on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

The author moved to Chicago to live with her aunt when she was 17. Many of her earlier novels are set there. She started her writing career in Chicago where she worked at the Chicago Public Library and various bookstores while she wrote on the side.

Biographical and Professional Information

A prolific writer, she has over 40 titles to her credit. She liked to refer to herself as a mystery/romance writer, but she is generally categorized as a gothic, romance novelist.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Daughter of the Stars: A Novel
ISBN: 0345480333

Ivy Books. 2004

"Were they all lying? Misleading me for their own purposes?..."
Lacey Elliot has been a woman without a past since the day her mother whisked her off to Charlottesville, refusing for thirty years to speak of her father, her family, or her history.
But when Lacey intercepts a desperate letter from an aunt in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, Lacey sees her chance to confront the past that has terrified her mother and to fill in the gaps in her own life.
Against the charm and colorful, turbulent history of the picturesque town, the violent history of Lacey's heritage is about to repeat itself. As she finds herself drawn to a man intrigued by the town for reasons of his own, old ghosts reappear and danger returns--as a killer walks among them once more....
"Evocative, moving, suspenseful--another surefire winner from the writer who taught all of us how it should be done."

The Singing Stones: A Novel
ISBN: 0345480341

Ivy Books. 2004

Despite her misgivings, child psychologist Lynn McLeod returns to Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains to help ten-year-old Jilly, her ex-husband Stephen's child. But what she finds at the secluded household are more questions. And the danger that threatens both Stephen and Jilly soon closes tightly around Lynn. And all the while, the soft, hypnotic sound in the wind--the eerie yet beautiful music of the Singing Stones--lures Lynn into a realm of mystery, murder, and dormant passion. And, perhaps, to the key to her own destiny....

Hunter's Green
ISBN: 0385514778

Doubleday. 1995

A suspense novel from “The Queen of the American Gothics” (The New York Times).

The nightmare was one from which I could not waken. I was caught upon a chessboard, a helpless pawn in a game of life and death, and the green rook was hunting me. That tall rook of green-black yew who had it in his power to destroy the king and end the game . . .

When Eve North returns to Athmore after three years' separation from her husband, Justin, she finds the great estate—and Justin himself—vastly changed. Eve, too, has changed. She knows now the mistakes she made in the past in her marriage, and she now dares to win back the love of her own husband. Like another Eve, she wanders into the gardens of Athmore unsuspecting.

Yet she has reason to fear. Justin's brother Marc had once before put her in a compromising position in that place of secrets—the green velvet room. Justin had believed Marc and had never forgiven her. Now Marc waits for her at Athmore. Then she is warned that Justin has made up his mind at last to divorce her in order to marry Alicia Daven—the cool, serene Alicia whose quiet assurance comes from generations at Grovesend, and who has always taunted the American Eve with her tempting of Justin.

Admirers of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca will love this book’s dark atmosphere, mystery, and romantic suspense.

Amethyst Dreams
ISBN: 0449226182

Ivy Books. 1998

Shining with intrigue, allure, and passionate suspense, Amethyst Dreams is Phyllis Whitney at her most spectacular--a story bejeweled with hypnotic prose and spellbinding secrets. . . .

Seeking shelter from her own broken dreams, Hallie Knight answers a cryptic plea for help from Nicholas Trench, the grandfather of her dearest friend. Susan mysteriously disappeared from home one night off North Carolina's historical Topsail Island--and Hallie is Nick's last hope of finding her.

But surrounding Nick is a family as headstrong as they are suspicious--for at the heart of the matter is a vast inheritance. And as Hallie is lured deeper into a mystery nestled in a quagmire of bitterness, dark betrayal, and subtle menace, she becomes certain of one thing: this sunny, seaside paradise harbors dangerous and profoundly shattering secrets. . . .

Listen for the Whisperer: A Novel
ISBN: 0345466225

Fawcett. 1995

Leigh Hollins was determined to find her mother--the famous Hollywood actress Laura Worth. She found her all right, but it was not a happy reunion. For Laura was being haunted by the murderer who had killed the director of one of her movies twenty years earlier. Laura was being stalked, harrassed, and frightened near to death. And because Leigh was her daughter, someone would try to kill her too....

From the Paperback edition.

Black Amber
ISBN: 006100264X

Harpercollins. 1991

Tracy Hubbard arrives in Istanbul hoping to uncover the events surrounding her sister's mysterious death

The Red Carnelian
ISBN: 0445407840

Mysterious Pr. 1989