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Phyllis A Whitney

Born: 1903 in Yokohama, Japan
Died: 2008 in Faber, Virginia

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Whitney moved to Chicago to live with her aunt when she was 17 years old. She started her writing career in Chicago where she worked at the Chicago Public Library and various bookstores and wrote on the side. Many of her earlier novels are set in the city.

Biography: Phyllis Whitney was a prolific writer. She has over 40 titles to her credit and liked to refer to herself as a mystery/romance writer, but she is generally categorized as a gothic, romance novelist.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; Mystery; Romance

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers; Young adult readers

Phyllis A Whitney on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

  Amethyst dreams
ISBN: 9781531887643 OCLC: 968797471

For several years, time and circumstance have managed to separate Hallie Knight and her old friend Susan Trench. But when Susan disappears from her grandfather's seaside home on historic Topsail Island, it is Hallie whom Nicholas Trench calls for help. Wealthy, ill, and irascible, he refuses to believe that his beloved granddaughter and the heir to his fortune has been lost to him.

Amethyst dreams /
ISBN: 0449226182 OCLC: 36252881

Crown Publishers, New York : ©1997.

A rich man summons Hallie Knight of California to his estate in North Carolina to find his missing granddaughter, Susan. Hallie and Susan were best friends. For Hallie this is a dangerous assignment as the family think Susan is dead and fear the dying grandfather will give the estate to Hallie. By the author of Daughter of the Stars.

Black amber /
ISBN: 006100264X OCLC: 24353032

HarperPaperbacks, New York : 1991, ©1964.

When Anabel Radburn placed a desperate overseas phone call to her sister Tracy saying she was in great danger, Tracy chalked it up to Anabel's dramatic flair.

ISBN: 150404391X OCLC: 985876982

OPEN ROAD MEDIA ROMANCE, [Place of publication not identified] : 2017.

A Manhattan editor investigates her sister's suspicious death in Istanbul in this novel by the New York Times-bestselling queen of the American gothics (TheNew York Times). Tracy Hubbard, an up-and-comer at a prestigious New York City publisher, has arrived at a sprawling villa on the Bosporus strait in Istanbul for an enviable arrangement. She's come to assist celebrated artist Miles Radburn with his new book on the history of Turkish art. Everything Tracy has heard about the man turns out to be true: He's brooding, handsome, brilliant, short-tempered, and loath to discuss the tragic secrets of his past. But the young editor is keeping a secret of her own ... 'racy's position at the villa is a charade. It was here, six months ago, that her sister, Anabel, spent the last days of her life. Somewhere, among the conspiratorial staff, nocturnal visits from furtive strangers, and cold dark corridors, is hidden the mystery of Anabel's death. And as each new clue leads Tracy closer to Miles, a man she has come to both love and fear, she realizes she could be heading toward the same inevitable and chilling fate. Hailed by Time magazine as one of the best in the gothic romance field that included Mary Stewart and Victoria Holt, Phyllis A. Whitney was the recipient of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Phyllis A. Whitney including rare images from the author's estate.

Daughter of the stars /
ISBN: 0345480333 OCLC: 30624931

Crown, New York : ©1994.

Children's book author Lacey Elliot travels to Harper's Ferry in West Virginia to solve her father's murder. In the process she meets an array of relatives, some drunk, some sober. This is a family whodunit, with ghosts and a brief romance thrown in. By the author of Star Flight.

Flaming tree
ISBN: 1504045866 OCLC: 1003197035

On the California coast, a physical therapist unlocks a young boy's terrible secrets, in this novel from the Grand Master of her craft (Barbara Michaels). In search of solitude in the wake of her son's tragic death, recently divorced physical therapist Kelsey Stewart accepts an invitation to stay at her aunt Elaine's seaside inn in Carmel, California. No sooner does Kelsey arrive than she becomes moved by another tragedy: On a bright sunny day, local boy Jody Hammond fell from the Point Lobos cliff into the pounding waves of the Pacific and was left with a devastating brain injury. He now stares into an empty void and hasn't spoken a single word since the accident. Compelled to aid in the boy's recovery, Kelsey visits the Hammonds' Flaming Tree ranch, where Jody's tyrannical father, Tyler, has given up hope. Kelsey can offer that, and the effort might revive her own crushed spirit as well. But as she falls in love with the mysterious Tyler, she also begins to unravel the family's secrets. When she begins to fear that Jody's silence is coming from a very dark place, her mission will become one of life and death-because what's buried in the boy's memories could be murder. Flaming Tree is a twisting tale of deception, danger, and discovery from an Edgar Award-winning and New York Times-bestselling master of suspense. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Phyllis A. Whitney including rare images from the author's estate.

Hunter's green
ISBN: 9781504043830 OCLC: 988759827

Hunter's green
ISBN: 0385514778 OCLC: 234177

Doubleday, Garden City, N.Y., 1968.

After a three-year separation from her husband Justin, Eve North returns to Athmore, England to win him back. She acknowleges the mistakes of the past--she has changed. Athmore, too, has changed. The dark trees in the topiary garden are cut into the forms of chessmen. Eve moves through the lifesize chessboard knowing that evil awaits.

Listen for the whisperer /
ISBN: 0345466225 OCLC: 58542564

Fawcett Crest, New York : 1989, ©1972.

Leigh Hollins finds her life in danger after finding her mother, actress Laura Worth, who is being stalked by a killer who murdered the director of one of her movies.

  Listen for the whisperer,
ISBN: 0816160244 OCLC: 247277

G.K. Hall, Boston, 1972.

Lost island
ISBN: 1504047311 OCLC: 1012233137

From a New York Times-bestselling author: An island off the Georgia coast holds the memory of a broken heart and the secrets of a woman's past. It's been years since Lacey Ames last saw Hampton Island, where she grew up amid the sandy marshes with her childhood sweetheart, Giles Severn, and her cousin Elise-and where Elise had stolen the man Lacey loved. Lacey never forgot the hurt and betrayal she once suffered at Giles's grand family home of Sea Oaks, but a curious and compelling summons from Elise prompts her return. Once Lacey arrives, she realizes how little has changed. Giles is still the handsome charmer she fell in love with, and Elise is still the wily seductress whose succession of lovers has risked a family scandal. But when a series of anonymous harmless pranks turns threatening, Lacey must finally confront the past-and a decade-old secret from one haunting summer at Sea Oaks. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Phyllis A. Whitney including rare images from the author's estate.

ISBN: 1504046951 OCLC: 1004971455

The red carnelian /
ISBN: 0445407840 OCLC: 19978528

Mysterious Press, New York : 1989, ©1943.

The singing stones /
ISBN: 0345480341 OCLC: 21344335

Doubleday, New York : ©1990.

Child psychologist Lynn McLeod returns to Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains to help her ex-husband Stephen's ten-year-old daughter Jilly and finds herself caught up in a dangerous mystery.