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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 --

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.

Published Works

  • Dead Time, St. Martin's Press, 1992
  • Slow Burn, St. Martin`s Press, 1993
  • Gone Quiet, St. Martin`s Press, 1994
  • Done Wrong, St. Martin`s Press, 1995
  • Keep Still, St. Martin`s Press, 1996
  • See No Evil, St. Martin`s Press, 1998
  • Tell No Tales, St. Martin`s Press, 1999
  • Scream in Silence, St. Martin`s Press, 2000
  • Whispers in the Dark, St. Martin`s Press, 2001
  • Windy City Dying, St. Martin`s Press, 2002
  • Fatal Remains, St. Martin`s Press, 2003
  • A Cold and Silent Dying, Minatour, 2004
  • Shades of Black: Crime and Mystery Stories by African American Authors, Berkley Trade, 2005
  • A Dark and Deadly Deception, St. Martins Minatour, 2005

Selected Titles At Your Library

Dead time /
ISBN: 0312977190. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Paperbacks,. New York :. 2001.

Slow burn /
ISBN: 0451179447. OCLC Number:

Signet,. New York, N.Y. :. 1994, ©1993.

Gone quiet /
ISBN: 0451182677. OCLC Number:

Signet Book,. New York :. ©1994.

Done wrong /
ISBN: 0312957947. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Paperbacks,. New York :. 1996, ©1995.

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.

Keep still /
ISBN: 0312961723. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Paperbacks,. New York, N.Y. :. 1998, ©1996.

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.

See no evil /
ISBN: 0312968183. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Paperbacks,. New York :. 1999.

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.

Tell no tales /
ISBN: 0312971133. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Paperbacks,. New York :. 2000.

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.

Scream in silence /
ISBN: 0312974949. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Minotaur,. New York :. ©2000.

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.

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

St. Martin's Minotaur,. New York :. 2002.

Windy City dying /
ISBN: 0312320485. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Minotaur,. New York :. 2002.

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.

Fatal remains /
ISBN: 0312300972. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Minotaur,. New York :. 2003.

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.

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

St. Martin's Minotaur,. New York :. ©2004.

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.

Shades of Black :
ISBN: 0425200140. OCLC Number:

Berkley Prime Crime,. New York :. 2004.

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

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

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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.


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