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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Frances McNamara  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Mystery

Born: 1950 in Boston, MA

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Illinois Connection

Frances McNamara lives in Chicago and is a librarian at the University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Frances McNamara is the Director of Integrated Library Systems and Administrative and Desktop Systems, at the University of Chicago Library.Her father was an FBI agent and later the Police Commissioner of the city of Boston, which may have started her life long interest in mysteries.

Published Works

  • Death at the Fair, BookSurge Publishing, 2008
  • Death at Hull House, Allium Press, 2009
  • Death at Pullman, Allium Press, 2011
  • Death at Woods Hole, Allium Press. 2012

Selected Titles At Your Library

Death at the fair /
ISBN: 143920618X. OCLC Number:

BookSurge Pub.,. [Place of publication not identified] :. ©2008.

Emily Cabot, one of the first female graduate students at the University of Chicago, invites her mother and brother to join her in the city to attend the 1893 World's Fair, along with her teacher Dr. Stephen Chapman. At the fair, Chapman turns pale as a ghost when he runs into a woman who turns out to be an old flame. When her husband is killed and Chapman is found by the body, it is up to Emily and a rotating cast of advisers - some recognizable from history, some not - to free him.

Death at Hull House /
ISBN: 0984067604. OCLC Number:

Allium Press of Chicago,. [Chicago] :. ©2009.

After Emily Cabot is expelled from the University of Chicago, she finds work at Hull House, established by Jane Addams. There she quickly becomes involved in the political and social problems of the immigrant community. But when a man who works for a sweatshop owner is murdered in the Hull House parlour, Emily must determine whether one of her colleagues is responsible, or whether the real reason for the murder is revenge for a past tragedy in her own family. As a smallpox epidemic spreads, Emily finds herself in jeopardy from both the deadly disease and a killer.

Death at Pullman /
ISBN: 0984067698. OCLC Number:

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"George Pullman created an ideal community for his railroad car workers, complete with every amenity they could want or need. But when hard economic times hit in 1894, lay-offs follow and the workers can no longer pay their rent or buy food at the company store. Starving and desperate, they turn against their once benevolent employer. Emily Cabot and her friend Dr. Stephen Chapman bring much needed food and medical supplies to the town, hoping they can meet the immediate needs of the workers and keep them from resorting to violence. But when one young worker--suspected of being a spy--is murdered, and a bomb plot comes to light, Emily must race to discover the truth behind a tangled web of family and company alliances."--Page 4 of cover.

Death at Woods Hole /
ISBN: 0983193835. OCLC Number:

Allium Press of Chicago,. Forest Park, IL :. ©2012.

Exhausted after the tumult of the Pullman Strike of 1894, Emily Cabot is looking forward to a restful summer visit to Cape Cod. She has plans to collect "beasties" for the Marine Biological Laboratory, alongside other visiting scientists from the University of Chicago. She also hopes to enjoy romantic clambakes with Dr. Stephen Chapman, although they must keep an important secret from their friends. But her summer takes a dramatic turn when she finds a dead man floating in a fish tank. In order to solve his murder she must first deal with dueling scientists, a testy local sheriff, the theft of a fortune, and uncooperative weather.

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