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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Eleanor Taylor Bland  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Mystery Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1944 in Boston, Massachusetts

Died: June 2, 2010 in Waukegan, Illinois


-- Eleanor Taylor Bland on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=eleanor+taylor+bland


Illinois Connection

Eleanor Bland lived in Waukegan.

Biographical and Professional Information

Bland has been referred to as "the most prolific among African-American female mystery writers". She was one of the first African-American women to break into suspense fiction. Her popular Marti MacAlister series of books address serious issues: racism, alcoholism, elder issues, child abuse and homelessness. She also edited, ''Shades of Black: Crime and Mystery Stories by African American Authors'' in 2004.


Awards

Eleanor Taylor Bland has received the Pen Oakland Josephine Miles Award, and The Chester A. Himes Mystery Fiction Award.

Selected Titles At Your Library

A cold and silent dying
ISBN: 9781429980623. OCLC Number: 829392288

St. Martin's Minotaur,. .

Tolerating an overly critical boss who believes her successes are more luck than hard work, Marti MacAlister risks her job by investigating the suspicious death of a homeless woman, believing that a serial killer may have been responsible.

A cold and silent dying /
ISBN: 0312326653. OCLC Number: 55600684

St. Martin's Minotaur,. .

Tolerating an overly critical boss who believes her successes are more luck than hard work, Marti MacAlister risks her job by investigating the suspicious death of a homeless woman, believing that a serial killer may have been responsible.

A dark and deadly deception
ISBN: 9781429901703. OCLC Number: 829025647

St. Martin's Minotaur,. .

The murder of one of the stars of a movie filming on location in Lincoln Prairie draws Chicago detective Marti MacAlister into an investigation that leads to the discovery of the skeletal remains of another gunshot victim.

A dark and deadly deception /
ISBN: 031232667X. OCLC Number: 61123175

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The murder of one of the stars of a movie filming on location in Lincoln Prairie draws Chicago detective Marti MacAlister into an investigation that leads to the discovery of the skeletal remains of another gunshot victim.

Dead time /
ISBN: 0312977190. OCLC Number: 46830542

St. Martin's Paperbacks,. .

Done wrong /
ISBN: 0312957947. OCLC Number: 34698212

St. Martin's Paperbacks,. .

In Chicago, a black woman detective starts her own probe into the death, three years earlier, of her policeman husband who was said to have committed suicide. The husband was a narcotics officer. A tale of police corruption by the author of Dead time.

Fatal remains
ISBN: 9781466840263. OCLC Number: 861509984

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When Marti MacAlister and her partner Matthew Vik Jessenovik respond to a report of skeletal remains found on a wooded piece of land, the pair has no idea it's just the first indication of a convoluted case of murder and conspiracy dating back hundreds of years. The skeleton turns out to be quite a mystery in itself, leading Native American groups and historians specializing in the Underground Railroad to flock to the sit.

Fatal remains /
ISBN: 0312300972. OCLC Number: 52341797

St. Martin's Minotaur,. .

Investigating a skeleton believed to be linked to the Underground Railroad, Marti MacAlister becomes increasingly disturbed by present-day accidents and mysterious deaths that local residents swear are being caused by a vengeful ghost.

Gone quiet /
ISBN: 0451182677. OCLC Number: 32522431

Signet Book,. .

Keep still
ISBN: 0783819315. OCLC Number: 35103104

G.K. Hall,. .

When an old woman dies after falling down her basement stairs, the coroner proves she was pushed, and suspicion centers on her two grown sons. A few days later, another woman is found dead in a motel pool. Although her death doesn't have the marks of a random murder, Marti and her partner, Jessenovik, have little to work with: the woman, a former teacher, left few possessions and no family behind. Through careful digging and help from unexpected sources, Marti and Vik discover a connection between the teacher and an abused young girl who disappeared eight years ago. The girl was never found, and Marti suspects that her troubled family knows more about the disappearance - and both of the recent murders - than they can admit. But as Marti works to coax important clues from people closest to the victims, the secrets she learns may drive a desperate killer to strike again.

Keep still /
ISBN: 0312961723. OCLC Number: 38490161

St. Martin's Paperbacks,. .

A novel on child abuse featuring lady detective Marti McAllister of Lincoln Prairie, Illinois, investigating the murders of a teacher and a social worker. The cases have links to the disappearance of a girl, victim of abuse at the hands of her father.

Scream in silence
ISBN: 0312203780. OCLC Number: 42771420

St. Martin's Minotaur,. .

Marti and her partner Vik Jessenovik investigate one arson case after another in Lincoln Prairie, Illinois, pleased that there are no victims until they find the body of Virginia McCroft.

See no evil /
ISBN: 0312968183. OCLC Number: 40484423

St. Martin's Paperbacks,. .

On the shore of Lake Michigan, policewoman Marti MacAlister, a widow with two children, investigates the murder of a young woman, unaware she herself is the target of a killer. By the author of Keep Still.

Shades of Black :
ISBN: 0425194027. OCLC Number: 53144506

Berkley Prime Crime,. .

Presents a collection of crime and mystery stories by such authors as Chris Benson, Evelyn Coleman, Walter Mosely, Hugh Holton, and Penny Mickelbury.

Slow burn /
ISBN: 0451179447. OCLC Number: 30726921

Signet,. .

Tell no tales
ISBN: 0312200676. OCLC Number: 40218751

St. Martin's Press,. .

In Lincoln Prairie, Illinois, black policewoman Marti MacAlister investigates the murder of a black woman--dead for some thirty years--whose body is discovered in an abandoned movie theater. Shortly after, the theater's owner is murdered and MacAlister finds a connection. By the author of See No Evil.

Tell no tales /
ISBN: 0312971133. OCLC Number: 43671747

St. Martin's Paperbacks,. .

In Lincoln Prairie, Illinois, black policewoman Marti MacAlister investigates the murder of a black woman--dead for some thirty years--whose body is discovered in an abandoned movie theater. Shortly after, the theater's owner is murdered and MacAlister finds a connection.

Whispers in the dark
ISBN: 9781466858176. OCLC Number: 864822410

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Marti MacAlister, and her partner, Mathew Jessenovik, are assigned a most unusual case--all that's left of the unfortunate murder victim is an arm. Their investigation into this murder and dismemberment leads them into the exclusive and secretive history of the artistic community in Lincoln Prairie, Illinois.--Jacket.

Whispers in the dark /
ISBN: 0312307330. OCLC Number: 51102098

St. Martin's Minotaur,. .

Windy City dying /
ISBN: 0312320485. OCLC Number: 49821235

St. Martin's Minotaur,. .

Marti MacAlister's work with troubled kids is complicated when a dangerous person from her late husband's past comes looking for him and places both Marti and the children in serious peril.