Posted on April 13, 2023 at 8:24 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Anne Perry, author of the Thomas Pitt and William Monk historical mysteries, has died at the age of eighty-four.

She was both popularly and critically acclaimed, having sold more than 26 million copies of just those books alone and being included on the 1998 Times of London list of the 100 Masters of Crime of the past century.

Several years into her fame, however, a fact of her past emerged — that as a teenager, she and a friend fatally bludgeoned the friend's mother.

Perry spent five years in prison, then was given a new name and ordered never to contact her friend again.

You can read more about Perry's private and professional life, including how she handled the public revelation of her teenage crime, in the New York Times's obituary.

And, it notes, she'll have one more novel for us: The Traitor Among Us, the fifth installment in her Elena Standish series, comes out in September.

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