Profiles of the Authors

Last updated XII MARTIUS 2016.

Eliette Abécassis
Born in 1969, she is an expert on the topic of the Dead Sea Scrolls, holds a doctorate in philosophy and is an admirer of Umberto Eco. Also authored L'or et la cendre (Paris: Ramsay, 1997) and Petite métaphysique du meurtre (PUF). Reviews of the book, in Spanish, may be found at the Libros por Escape and Mil Libros websites. A review in German is available at Stadtbücherei Bergneustadt. (10/5/98)
Rosemary Aitken
English author Rosemary Rowe, married name Rosemary Aitken, currently lives in Gloucester, the same area in which her stories are set. She is mother to two adult children and grandmother to two living in New Zealand where she herself lived for twenty years. Born in Cornwall during the Second World War, she also has authored a series of novels set there during the turn-of-the-century, including Cornish Harvest, Girl from Penvarris and The Tinner's Daughter ( hardcover; paperback; US edition) and several books on language and communication including an audiocassette Play it by Ear which teaches English in eleven different situations, for example, the simulated kidnapping of a millionaire's wife. See her web page at the ISFDB Author Directory. [short stories] (3/23/99)
Gail-Nina Anderson
Dr. Gail-Nina Anderson is an art historian and writer in Britain. She has edited Heaven on Earth: The Religion of Beauty in Late Victorian Art and given talks on the subject of "William Morris: Utopian Designer, Dreamer and Poet. Some of her reporting for the Northern Review Online: Visual Arts UK can be found at the Northern Review web site. See her web page at the ISFDB Author Directory. (3/17/98)
Philippe Andrieux
No information available on this French author. (6/20/01)
Gertude Atherton
American author Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton's (October 30, 1857 - June 14, 1948) wide set of interests is reflected by a very impressive legacy of works. In the setting of Ancient Greece, she authored The Immortal Marriage and The Jealous Gods along with Dido: Queen of Hearts which is set in Tyre and Carthage. She wrote straight-ahead histories in Conqueror, A Few of Hamilton's Letters, California: An Intimate History and The Living Present. Atherton (her married name) lived for many years at Valparaiso Park. She scandalized her mother-in-law and others, who believed ladies should not write, by documenting early life in the Bay Area California towns of Atherton, Menlo Park and Palo Alto in her popular novels including Rezánov, The Doomswoman, The Splendid Idle Forties (1800-1846), A Daughter of the Vine, Transplanted (The Eighties), The Californians, A Whirl Asunder (The Nineties), Ancestors, The Valian Runaways, Sisters-In-Law, Sleeping Fires, and The Avalanche. But she also had an abiding interest in other places as attested by her novels Foghorn, The White Morning, Mrs. Balfame, Perch of the Devil (Montana), Tower of Ivory (Munich and England), Julia France and Her Times (B.W.I. and England), Rulers of Kings (Austria-Hungary, Adirondacks), The Traveling Thirds (Spain), The Gorgeous Isle (Nevis, B.W.I.), Senator North (Washington), Patience Sparhawk and Her Times (California, New Work), The Aristocats (Adirondacks), The Bell in the Fog, Black Oxen, The Crystal Cup (New York), and The Sophisticates. With Mary O'Hara, she adapted her novel to the screenplay of the 1924 film Black Oxen. Some of her work is collected in the anthology of ghost and horror stories Classic Ghost & Horror Stories : An Anthology. Read more about Mrs. Atherton in her autobiography Adventures of a Novelist and in the biographies California's Daughter: Gertrude Atherton and Her Times by Emily Wortis Leider and Gertrude Atherton (Boise State University Western Writers Series ; No. 23) by Charlotte S. McClure. See also Literary Gothic. (1/16/99)
Wolfgang Augsburg
No information is available regarding this German author.
Paul Barnett
Born in 1949, Scottish author Paul Barnett has also written the Encyclopedia of Walt Disney's Animated Characters and in the science fiction and fantasy fields, for publications such as Albion and The World. Novels include Strider's Galaxy and Strider's Universe. In addition, he is editor for The Encyclopedia of Fantasy. (3/17/98)
Albert A. Bell Jr.
Dr. Bell holds a Ph.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill and has has taught in the history department of Hope College, Michigan since 1978. A a literary renaissance man, he has published nonfiction and historical fiction as well as mysteries. He has been quoted as saying "When I read a book I.m more interested in one with a plot that keeps moving rather than long descriptive passages or philosophical reflection." He and his wife have four children and a grandchild. Visit the author at (7/16/11)
Barbara von Bellingen
Barbara von Bellingen has written several historical novels, ranging in time from Minoan Crete to the Middle Ages.
Kenneth Benton
Kenneth Benton has had published in the UK the mystery Sole Agent and two books about economics, Drylands Bear Fruit and Plight of the Baltic States (3/17/98)
John Blackburn
John Blackburn (born 1923) is also the author of the novels A Scent of New-Mown Hay, A Sour Apple Tree, Broken Boy, Dead Man Running, The Gaunt Woman, Blue Octavo, Colonel Bogus, The Winds of Midnight, A Ring of Roses and Children of the Night.
Philip Boast
The British author has also written at least twelve other novels outside the genre. (4/4/06)
Joaquín Borrell
Born in Valencia (Spain) in 1956, the author holds a degree in Law. In addition to his Roman-era novels, he has also written the non-mystery historical novels La balada de la reina descalza (The Ballad of the Barefoot Queen, 1995) and La bahía del último aliento (The Bay of the Last Breath, 2003). (9/4/05)
Molly Brown
Born in Chicago, now living in London, (the possibly unsinkable) Molly Brown has also written the historical novel Invitation to a Funeral ( hardcover; paperback;) which is set in Restoration London, the mystery work Cracker to Say I Love You and for children, Virus. Read more about her at the Molly Brown website. (3/17/98)
Ron Burns
Raised in Michigan, Ron Burns studied European history and international affairs at Georgetown University. He has had a career as a feature writer and editor for United Press International, the Philadelphia Bulletin and the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. His latest historical mystery is titled The Mysterious Death of Meriwether Lewis. Ron Burns lives in Santa Monica, California. [short stories] [in German] [in Spanish] (4/24/00)
Richard Butler
After being born and educated in England, Richard Butler in 1963 accepted a teaching position in Australia. After his fourth novel in 1974, he gave up teaching to write and to act. Nineteen novels later he lives in Melbourne and is active in radio and television. (2/23/02)
Jay Cardam
The American author is a high school Latin instructor, who was first interested in all things Roman by a childhood gift of toy soldiers. (Name appears to be a pseudonym.) (6/8/14)
Susanne Cho
Born 1952 in Zürich, the author is a student of psychology and art history and works as a psychotherapist in Switzerland. (4/24/09)
Simon Clark
Born in 1958, British author Simon Clark has written the horror novels Blood Crazy, Darker, King Blood and Nailed by the Heart, as well as the short stories "The Bone Beast" and "City of Ancient Skulls" (both 1996). His work also appears in the anthology Blood and Grit. See his web page at the ISFDB Author Directory. (12/6/99)
Robert Colton
Little is known about the life and career of this male author. He describes himself elliptically at his website. [in anthologies] (7/24/13)
Charles Connell
British author Charles Connell (born 1910) is also the author of The World's Greatest Sieges. His degree from Birmingham University was in Music. He was also an instructor at the Duke of York's Royal Military School at Dover, Kent, England. During World War II he was said to be a spy in Belgium. He was reportedly a very thorough teacher and could also play the piano, being a particular fan of Fats Waller. He wrote stage plays based on the novels of Chalres Dickens in order to bring them to life for students and started a book club for them as well. Other projects included ghost writing military biographies. His book Where Sleeps the Jagged Sword treated the role of the Polish soldiers who managed to get to England. Apparently, they were the troops who eventually stormed Casino, not generally known at the time. One book for which he was credited concerned the use of spy gear during the war. (4/8/01)
Jean d'Aillion
Read more about his novel Attentat à Aquae Sextiae at the website of the publisher including an excerpt from chapter one and a plan of Aquae Sextiae. (5/11/00)
Lindsey Davis
Like Wallace Nichols, Lindsey Davis was born in Birmingham, England (1943). In fact, one can almost see the inspiration for her first book in Nichols' final tale, "The Great Tin Mine Case". The technique of having each tale follow directly the last one is also one shared with Nichols. After studying English at Oxford, Davis joined the Civil Service. Her full-time writing career from her home in Greenwich now keeps her far too busy for that, however. Lindsey Davis has won the Crime Writers Association "Dagger in the Library" award for the author who provided "the most pleasure" in 1995. Besides her Roman-inspired efforts, in the anthology Perfectly Criminal she has written a short story "Abstain from Beans" set in Magna Graecia (Croton in southern Italy) in the sixth century BC which is based on the historical murder of Pythagoras (who as well as being a famous geometer ran a strange philosophical school, one of whose tenets was that one should not eat beans due to the slight resemblance of the shape of broad beans to the unborn fetus). The lead protagonist is the historical Milo of Croton. (US edition). For more information, see The Official Website of Lindsey Davis. [short stories] [excerpt] [on audiotape] [in Dutch] [in French] [in German] [in Italian] [in Japanese] [in Spanish] [miscellaneous] (1/23/00)
Miriam Allen DeFord
Besides The Theme is Murder (1967), British writer Miriam Allen DeFord (1888-1975) also authored the true crime book Murderers Sane and Mad / Case Histories in the Motivation and Rationale of Murder (1965). Other books on ancient Rome include Cicero as Revealed in His Letters (1925), The Life and Poems of Catullus (1925), The Augustan Poems of Rome (1925) and Latin Self Taught (1926). Her historical crime writing outside Rome includes The Overbury Affair / The Murder that Rocked The Court of James I (1960, winner of the Edgar Award), The Real Bonnie and Clyde (1968) and The Real Ma Barker (1970). Outside of Rome and the realm of fiction she may claim credit for Love Children / A Book of Illustrious Illegitimates (1931) and Thomas Moore (1967). Elswhere, Elswhen, Elsehow / Collected Stories (1971) and "Xenognesis" (1969) are two of her works in the realm of science fiction.
Wolfgang Dietsch
No information is available for this German author. Perhaps we can guess that he lives in the area of Xanten, the ancient version of which forms the setting for his first novel in this genre. (1/15/08)
Paul C. Doherty
Born 1946 in northeastern England. Studied for the priesthood for a time, then switched to get a degree in history and became a secondary school teacher. Has written a great number of historical mysteries, not just in the Roman genre, but also medieval, Greek, Egyptian and others. Other pseudonyms he has used include C. L. Grace, Paul Harding, Ann Dukthas and Anna Apostolou. He has also written non-fiction historical books. Learn more at his website. (7/23/07)
Alex Domokos
Born 1921 in Szabadka, Yugoslavia, the Hungarian writer was a soldier captured by Russians during World War II and spent six years a prisoner of war. Eventually returned to communist Hungary, he escaped during the 1956 revolution and eventually emigrated to Canada. He has authored several other novels on various topics. Read more at the Domokos/Toews website.
Ruth Downie
Ruth S. Downie was 49 in 2003 and in the following year won the Fay Weldon section of BBC3's End of Story competition. She lives in Milton Keynes, is married, has two sons and is said to enjoy gardening, archaeology and singing in a blues band. A video example of the last appears to be available on the Internet. (7/12/07)
William I. Edmunds
No information available. (5/25/08)
Hermann Falk
German author Hermann Falk (1901-1981) was a schoolteacher, but managed to publish numerous novels, especially mysteries and juvenilia. To him goes the honor of the first author of a Roman mystery in the German language. (11/21/97)
Jane Finnis
The author's fascination with the Roman past began early, as a child walking the straight Roman roads of Yorkshire. She seems to be a bit of a polymath, reading history at London University, but broadcasting for BBC radio and programming computers. She is married and sometimes still broadcasts under her married name Jane Copsey. Learn more at the Jane Finnis website. [short stories] (11/1/2003)
Laura Frankos
The American scholar and author has a degree in medieval history from the University of California at Los Angeles. She is the author of the medieval mystery St. Oswald's Niche. She has also published a number of short stories in fantasy anthologies and science fiction magazines. Laura Frankos is married to author Harry Turtledove. Learn more at this web page. (2/26/01)
Margaret Frazer
Margaret Frazer is the pseudonym of two authors who began the Sister Frevisse series of mysteries set late medieval England: Mary Monica Pulver Kuhfeld and Gail Bacon. The two authors stopped the collaboration as of The Prioress' Tale, but Gail Bacon, who makes her home in Minnesota, continues the series under the same pseudonym. Books in the series in order of publication include The Novice's Tale, The Servant's Tale The Outlaw's Tale, The Bishop's Tale, The Boy's Tale, The Murderer's Tale, The Prioress' Tale, and The Maiden's Tale. Short stories include "The Witch's Tale" in The Mammoth Book of Historical Whodunnits "The Midwife's Tale" in The Mammoth Book of Historical Detectives and "Richard II: The Death of Kings" in Shakespearean Whodunnits (11/12/98)
Ingo Gach
Born in Brühl in 1967, the German author studied German and English at Cologne University before working as an editor in print and television. Today, besides being an author he is also a freelance journalist. (6/12/06)
Anne Gay
Born in 1952, this British author works mostly in the realm of science fiction and fantasy. Among her novels are The Brooch of Azure Midnight, Dancing on the Volcano, Mindsail and Wishbone. (10/13/98)
Robert Gordian
German author Robert Gordian has also written mysteries set in early medieval Germany, his characters Odo and Lupus setting up the first detective office of the Middle Ages during the reign of Charlemagne. (11/21/97)
Charles Edward Gray
American author Charles Edward Gray (born 1926) also co-authored, with Walter D. Pierce, Deciphering the learning domains/a second generation classification model for educational objectives, published in Washington D.C. The connection between the books may be seen in Gray's protagonist's interest in "mental traits".
Lois Gresh
Visit the author at her website. (11/21/98)
Claire Griffen
Australian author Claire Griffen has also been a secretary, actress and award-winning playwright. In the Classical vein she has set her play "Hawk Among the Doves" in Troy before the war. She is also author of the science-fiction short story "Catalyst". See her web page at the ISFDB Author Directory. (8/22/97)
Gisbert Haefs
Gisbert Haefs was born January 9, 1950 and makes his home in Bonn. He is well known in Germany for a series of non-historical mysteries and several voluminous historical novels about Hannibal, Alexander the Great, and the siege of Troy. He also writes science fiction and works as a translator (notably of the works of Arthur Conan Doyle) and editor. His work has been discussed on a number of websites: [miscellaneous] (11/22/99)
Karola Hagemann
Please see Malachy Hyde. (1/21/08)
Barbara Hambly
Born in San Diego on August 28, 1951, Barbara Hambly is far better known for her work in the fields of science fiction and fantasy. Among the many works to her credit are Bride of the Rat God ( UK edition), Crossroad ( UK edition), Dragonsbane ( UK edition), Ghost-walker ( UK edition), Ishmael ( UK edition), Mother of Winter ( UK edition), Planet of Twilight ( UK edition), Sorcerer's Ward ( UK edition), Star Wars: Children of the Jedi ( UK hardcover; UK paperback), Star Wars; Nightlily: The Lover's Tale ( UK edition), Star Wars; v.7: Children of the Jedi ( UK edition), Star Wars; v.9: Planet of Twilight ( UK edition), Travelling with the Dead ( UK edition), Like many authors, she has had a varied career, at different times working as a high school teacher, model, waitress, technical editor, all-night clerk and karate instructor. She has studied medieval history at the University of California at Riverside and at the University of Bordeaux, eventually earning a Master's Degree in the subject. In 1978 she earned another impressive achievement, a Black Belt in karate. She lives in Los Angeles, California. Learn more about this popular author at her fan web page and at her publisher's page. [in German]
Robert Harris
Born in March 7, 1957, the British writer studied English literature at Cambridge, worked for the BBC and has also been political editor for The Observer. He has authored several nonfiction works as well as very popular novels such as Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel and Imperium. This last is to be a trilogy around the life of Cicero, the second installment, Conspiracy to appear in late 2008.
Klaus Dietrich Hartel
Born in 1941, Mr. Hartel, once a writer-editor for the German edition of Playboy magazine, is an internationally-acclaimed archaeological writer whose credits include The Curse of the Pharaohs, Nefertiti, The Golden Pharaoh and Der grüne Skarabäus. Mr. Hartel resides in Munich.
Keith Heller
Besides Epictetus, Keith Heller has written historical mystery stories featuring William Blake, the Chinese magistrate Ti Jen-Chieh and George Man, a London parish watchman (in Man's Illegal Life (1984)). (6/2/97)
Bernhard Hennen
Born in 1966, Bernhard Hennen has studied German philology, history and Near Eastern studies, and lives in Köln, Germany. He also writes fantasy novels and can be heard on several radio stations as well.
Dorothy J. Heydt
This Northern California (Berkeley, in one report) author is said to be married with two grown children who have also written short fiction. Learn more about her works at her website. (11/30/98)
Edward D. Hoch
Longtime mystery writer and editor Edward Dentinger Hoch was practically an institution in the field. Born in 1930, he published over eight hundred mystery stories including one in every issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine from 1973 to 1981. His TV writing credits include episodes of "MacMillan and Wife", "Night Gallery", the "Alfred Hitchcock Show", and "Tales of the Unexpected". Mr. Hoch served as president of the Mystery Writers of America and mades his home in Rochester, New York. He also wrote mysteries under the pseudonyms Anthony Circus, R.E. Porter and R.L. Stevens. Mr. Hoch died January 17, 2008. You might want to check out this interview or this guide to his work a complete bibliography of his work. In recent years Mr. Hoch had been tracking the passing of other mystery writers in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. Who will track his death and continue this work now? [short stories as R.L. Stevens] (1/17/08)
Joe Hoestland
No information available on this French author. (6/20/01)
Tom Holland
Born in 1970, Tom Holland is also the author of The Vampyre / The Secret History of Lord Byron and Supping with Panthers. He grew up in Salisbury, was in a doctoral program for romantic literature at Oxford and now is married in Brixton. He has also written plays and for radio. (9/18/97)
Jürgen Hofmann
The author was born in Merseburg in 1940, but now is a pediatrician in France. Other works include: Warmer Sonner, heißer Herbst (1990, about the end of the GDR); Der Gärtnerbursche von Wörlitz: Kriminalerzählung (1991, another historical mystery); and Altitona - der magische Berg (1999 novel). His book Cave canem: Roman aus dem alten Rom appears to be the only Roman mystery every published in the former East Germany. (9/27/01)
Renée Holler
The German author has written or co-written a number of juvenile crime novels set in several different historical periods. (11/7/05)
Tom Holt
Born September 13, 1961, Briton Tom Holt is also the author of the very popular comic fantasy novels Expecting Someone Taller, (1987, based on Wagner's Ring cycle) Who's Afraid of Beowulf, (1988) Ye Gods! and Faust Among Equals, but he has also written two straight historical novels set in Greece of the 5th century BC: Goatsong and The Walled Orchard. Read more about him at Calle's Page on Tom Holt and in the USENET newsgroup devoted exclusively to his creations, alt.books.tom-holt [miscellaneous] (10/19/98)
Heide Huber
She is a teacher of Latin in Köln, the former Colonia Claudia ara Agrippinensium, in Germany, and also the author of Römisch-Germanische Spectacula. Historisches und Komisches von Augustus bis Constantin. Learn more about this author and her books at Books on Demand GmbH. (11/26/07)
Malachy Hyde
"Malachy Hyde" is a pseudonym for two German authors, Ilka Stitz and Karola Hagemann. Born in 1961, Karola Hagemann has studied history, but today works in the area of advanced training for the state criminal police agency in Hannover. Ilka Stitz, born 1960, studied classical archaeology and journalism and today is a spokeswoman for a federal agency in Köln. In their spare time the authors travel to the ruins of Antiquity, particularly in Turkey. They have posted a summary of their book at You can also read more about them and their work in German at their website. [in German anthologies] [miscellaneous] (7/16/00)
Wallace Irwin
With his The Julius Caesar Murder Case published in 1935, author Wallace Irwin (1875-1959) can rightly be considered the first practitioner of the Ancient Roman Mystery genre (see chronology). But he also had a wide number of other interests which took form in a large number of novels including (in order) The Love Sonnets of a Hoodlum, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayam, Jr., Fairy Tales of Up to Now, Nautical Lays of a Landsman, At the Sign of the Dollar, Chinatown Ballads, Random Rhymes and Odd Numbers, Letters of a Japanese Schoolboy, Mr. Togo, Maid of All Work, Pilgrims into Folly, Venus in the East, The Blooming Angel, Suffering Husbands, Seed of the Sun, Lew Tyler's Wives, The Golden Bed, Mated, Lew Tyler and the Ladies, The Days of Her Life, More Letters of a Japanese Schoolboy, and North Shore. He also wrote, in collaboration, for the movies and his work can be seen in The Uplifters (1919), The Golden Bed (1925) and The Woman in Red (1935) (from his novel North Shore).
Phyllis Ann Karr
Phyllis Ann Karr has written historical mysteries for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine (1974). Her 1980 book Lady Susan is after the style of Jane Austen. She has also worked in the field of fantasy including The Idylls of the Queen (1982) about King Arthur, Wildraith's Last Battle and, as Irene Radford, Glass Dragon. See her web page at the ISFDB Author Directory. (8/22/97)
Stephen J. Kears
Nothing is known about Stephen J. Kears (possibly a pseudonym). (3/12/16)
Michael Kurland
Born in 1938, Michael Kurland is an established writer in the fields fantasy, science fiction, mystery and horror. He has also authored How to Solve a Murder and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Unsolved Mysteries. (2/23/02)
Caroline Lawrence
Born in California in 1954, Caroline Lawrence has lived in London for twenty years. Moved to England on a Classical Archaeology scholarship at Cambridge, she also holds a degree in Hebrew and Jewish Studies from the University of London. Caroline Lawrence lives by the Thames with her husband, a graphic designer. Visit her website. (5/15/01)
Isabelle Lawrence
American author Isabelle Lawrence has also written, for young people, The Gift of the Golden Cup and A Spy in Williamsburg.
Anne de Leseleuc
French author Anne de Leseleuc holds a doctorate in archaeology and works for the French national museums. She has also written a scholarly work about Gallo-Roman religion, Le chien compagnon des dieux gallo-romains, (1980) and two non-mystery novels, Le douzième vautour (1983) and Eponine (1985), which is also set in Roman Gaul. (1/15/99)
Michael Levey
British author Michael Levey is Director of the National Gallery in London and has written several books on the subject of art history and a number of short stories. His first novel was Tempting Fate. Michael Levey was born in 1927.
Fabian Lenk
The German author was born in salzgitter in 1963 and studied journalism in Munich, later working in that profession, becoming an editor. He lives with his wife and son in Bremen. He has written quite a few historical mysteries for children including such topics as Alexander and Genghis Khan. (11/7)
Peter Lichtenberger
Born in 1970, the Austrian author has previously worked in the project management field. Read much more about him at his website. (11/7/05)
Bruce Macbain
The American author was born in Chicago, has a masters in Classics and a doctorate in ancient history. He has been a professor and also a Peace Corps volunteer. Roman Games is his first novel and he is at work on his second. (3/7/11)
Rosario Magrì
A neurologist at the Hospital of San Carlo di Milano, Rosario Magrì divides time between medical and literary careers. Other publications include a number of books for children as well as two books of religious humor, Scherza coi Santi and Malamela.
Og Mandino
Og Mandino was born December 12, 1923. In his life, Mr. Mandino sold insurance, served in the United States air forces during World War II and was president of a company. Some of his other books include A Treasury of Success Unlimited (1966), The Greatest Salesman in the World (1968), The U.S. in a Nutshell (1971), Cycles; The Mysterious Forces That Trigger Events (1971), The Greatest Secret in the World (1972), The Greatest Miracle in the World (1975), The Gift of Acabar (1978) and The God Memorandum (1980). He served as president of Success Unlimited magazine for 12 years retiring in 1976 to devote all his time to writing and lecturing. (12/19/97)
Martha Marks
Born c. 1946, Martha Marks holds a Ph.D. in Spanish literature and linguistics from Northwestern University and taught at Northwestern and Kalamazoo College. Lately hailing from Santa Fe, New Mexico, she enjoys the novels, plays, and poetry of great Spanish and Latin American authors. For more, visit Martha's website. (8/16/2013)
Nino Marino
No other information is available regarding Italian author Nino Marino. [in French] (4/16/99)
Assaph Mehr
The author, born in Israel, has made his home in Australia for a number of years, but grew up on Asterix and was inspired by a childhood visit to Italy. By day he is a software product manager and lives in Sydney with his wife, four kids and two cats. Read more, including short stories, at (11/9/15)
Germund Mielke
This German author has his own webpage. (11/20/99)
Eric Mayer
See Mary Reed.
Andreas Möhn.
This German author was trained as an engineer, but keeps busy as a writer, editor and translator. Past works include Die Römer an Rhein und Main (straight history); Die Reiter des Mars, Das Con-Buch zum WeltCon 2000 in Mainz, "Naturgesetze, Reform Römisch Eins" and "Die gekrönte Sonne" (all science fiction-related) and "Eine Sache der Mitspieler" (nonfiction). He lives in Wiesbaden, Germany and maintains a website which includes considerable resources on Tolkien's Middle-Earth at (11/09/07)
Danila Comastri Montanari
Italian author Danila Comastri Montanari was born in Bologna in 1948 and has received degrees in Education (1970, Bologna University) and Political Science, historical branch (1978, Bologna University). She won the Tedeschi Prize in 1990 for her first novel, Mors tua. Other historical mystery novels include La campana dell'arciprete, set in Bologna in 1824 (Garzanti, Milan 1996); Il panno di mastro Gervaso, set in Bologna in 1796 (Diabasis 1997); and Ricette per un delitto, an anthology of mystery tales about food, set from 16th to the 20th centuries (Periplo 1995); She has also written Sfogliami, spogliami / a cura di Paola Salsi e Laura Santini (Bologna, 1994). The author reports that she lives in a big flat in the center of historic Bologna, city of the world's first university, with her husband, daughter, two she-cats, a parrot, a forest of plants, three computers and ten thousand books; she travels widely, especially in Mediterranean area and the Far East. Her own reading includes mysteries, science-fiction, historical novels, Greek and Latin Classics and a lot of essays. Visit Danila Comastri Montanari at her new web site. [in French] [in German] [in Greek] [in Polish] [in Romanian] [in Russian] [in Spanish] [in Italian anthologies] (6/25/99)
Alain Nadaud
The French author was born in Paris in 1948. Read more at his publisher's website or consult this bibliography. (3/11/01)
Ray Faraday Nelson
American author Ray Faraday Nelson's (born 1931) career has explored science-fiction, fantasy, poetry and non-fiction as well as historical mystery. Among his novels are TimeQuest, Prometheus Man, Murder Among Friends, In the Footsteps of Jack London, Arthur the Celt, Arthur the Roman, Revolt of the Unemployables, Dimension of Horror, Ecolog, Then Beggars Could Ride, Blake's Progress, D.A.'s Wife, How To Do It, Agony of Love and Ganymede Takeover. His short stories have appeared in Weird Tales, Fantasy and Science Fiction, Science-Fiction Review, Harper's Weekly, Amazing Stories, Fantastic Adventures, Gallery, Parade, and several others. The John Carpenter Film They Live is based on his short story "Eight O'Clock in the Morning". It is widely agreed that Nelson is the inventor of the jargon term "propeller head".
Jean-Pierre Nèraudau
French classicist and university professor Jean-Pierre Nèraudau (1947-1998) published several scholarly works about ancient Rome including La jeunesse dans la littérature et les institutions de la Rome républicaine (1979), Être enfant à Rome (1984), Ovide (1992), and as co-editor, Hommages à Henry le Bonniec/Res sacrae (1988). He has also authored the biography Auguste: la brique et le marbre (Paris: Les Belles Lettres, 1996). [in German] [miscellany] (6/5/00)
Wallace Nichols
Sixty stories by poet and novelist Wallace Nichols (1888 - 1967) about the fictional slave detective, Sollius, posited in the second century AD, ran in London Mystery Magazine between the years 1950 and 1968, making Nichols one of the pioneer writers of Ancient Roman mysteries. Born in Birmingham, Nichols' career seems to have take a number of turns including editor at Windsor Magazine and reader at Ward's Lock. He wrote historical novels, including Simon Magus, and adventures for boys. His command of five languages excepts the several ancient ones he spoke, including Babylonian and Egyptian. Acquainted with luminaries such as Churchill, Elgar, Dylan Thomas and Lawrence of Arabia, he moved to Cornwall for health reasons in 1934. After 1949 he would sit working out his mysteries in a little old Elizabethan wing of a country house near Penzance. [excerpt] [in German anthologies] [in Italian anthologies] (6/24/97)
Albert Noyer
The author, lately resident in New Mexico, has been a teacher and holds degrees in art and the humanities. Discover more at his website. [in Spanish] (8/3/06)
Siegfried Obermeier
Born in 1936, this Munich resident has written many non-mystery historical novels, including some on Roman topics: Kreuz und Adler: das zweite Leben des Judas Ischariot (1978); Im Schatten des Feuerbergs: Der Roman Siziliens (1989; dealing with multiple periods in the history of Sicily); Caligula: der grausame Gott (1990); Kleopatra: im Zeichen der Schlange (1996). (12/11)
Joan O'Hagan
Born in Canberra, Australia, Joan O'Hagan and her diplomat husband have lived in New Zealand, the South Pacific, America and Rome. She has also written Death and a Madonna, Incline and Fall and Against the Grain.
Ben Pastor
Before The Water Thief, this author's previous novels were both historical mysteries set in a background of military occupation, one in World War II Poland the other in Italy of the same war. She was born in Rome on March 5, 1950 as Maria Verbena Volpi, received there a degree in archaeology and is an associate professor at Nowich University in New England. She teaches the social sciences and her wide-ranging interests include Federico Garcia Lorca, the genocidal mind, ethnomusicology, feminist literature, Greek and Latin archaeology and Italian immigration to Vermont. She has also authored many short stories for mystery magazines and does not deny the influences of Hermann Melville, Yukio Mishima, Joseph Roth, Toni Morrison, Nikos Kazantzakis, Georges Simenon, Raymond Chandler and Hans Hellmut Kirst. She lives in Vermont with her husband and daughter. (7/9/07)
Maria W. Peter
The German author, who hails from the Saarland, studied languages, literature, ancient history and archaeology. She has authored a dissertation on ancient Roman mysteries. She has also worked as a journalist. (01/14/08)
Anthony Price
Born in 1928, Anthony Price was a journalist by trade. From an early career reviewing crime novels – over ten years with the Oxford Mail – he won the British Crime Writers' Silver Dagger Award with his first novel, The Labyrinth Makers. (UK edition) His many espionage novels often draw on his personal interests including military history. His Other Paths to Glory (UK edition; UK audiotape edition), won the Golden Dagger Award. His general fiction includes Memory Trap (UK edition) while in the mystery field he has written '44 Vintage (UK edition) Alamut Ambush (UK edition) Colonel Butler's Wolf (UK edition) Gunner Kelly (UK edition) Hour of the Donkey (UK edition) New Kind of War (UK hardcover; UK paperboards), October Men (UK edition) Old "Vengeful" (UK edition) Prospect of Vengeance (UK edition) Sion Crossing (UK hardcover; UK paperboards), Soldier No More (UK edition) Tomorrow's Ghost (UK edition) War Game (UK edition). The Eyes of the Fleet; A Popular History of Frigates and Frigate Captains, 1793-1815 (UK edition) is a non-fiction effort. The author makes his home near Oxford, England. (3/18/98)
Cay Rademacher
German author Cay Rademacher has written also several travel guides and a novel on Ancient Egypt. (11/7/05)
Mary Ray
English author Mary Ray was born at Rugby in 1932. She was educated at Rugby High and at the College of the Ascension, Selly Oak. Among her other works for children and young adults are The Voice of Apollo, The Golden Bees, The Windows of Elissa (set in Carthage), Eastern Beacon, Rain from the West and Song of Thunder. (7/9/08)
Mary Reed
Mary Reed and Eric Mayer have also written two mysteries set in modern Mongolia. Visit Mary Reed and Eric Mayer at their web page. See also this page at the Mystery Author Directory. [in short stories] [in German anthologies] (12/27/99)
Kel Richards
Australian author Kel Richards has hosted a radio program in Sydney and has also authored several thrillers set in modern times, as well as at least two books of stories for children. Richards was born in 1946. Some of his books are Second Death (UK edition) and Third Bloodstain (UK edition). (3/18/98)
Mike Ripley
The British author has twice won the Crime Writers Association "Last Laugh" award for humorous mysteries. Believe it or not. (4/4/06)
John Maddox Roberts
American John Maddox Roberts is the Edgar Award-nominated author of the SPQR series as well as over twenty novels. Born in 1947, most of his work has been in the fantasy field, including a number featuring Conan the Barbarian. He has aleo penned two excellent non-detective epic novels on Ancient Rome, speculating on what might have happened a hundred years after in a world in which Hannibal ended the Roman Republic: Hannibal's Children and The Seven Hills. Other works include Ghosts of Saigon (UK hardcover; UK paperback), Murder in Taris (UK edition), Strayed Sheep of Charun (UK edition) and Typical American Town (UK paperboards; UK paperback). [short stories] [excerpt] [in German] [in French] [in German anthologies] [in Italian anthologies] See his web page at the ISFDB Author Directory and the John Maddox Roberts Yahoo group. (5/4/03)
Jeremy Robinson
This bestselling author has penned fifty novels, including in the horror field. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife and three children. For more on Jeremy and his pennames, visit:
Stéphanie de La Rochefoucauld
Aged 33 in 2004, the author studded in Paris at the Sorbonne and has made a name for her historical writings as a journalist. (11/7/05)
Rosemary Rowe
See Rosemary Aitken. (3/23/99)
Rolf D. Sabel
Born in 1948, this German author teaches Latin and jurisprudence to secondary school students in Cologne, the modern site in which his ancient stories are set. (11/7/05)
Beate Sauer
The author was born in Aschaffenburg, Germany in 1966, studied philosophy and Catholic theology and now works as an author in Köln. She has won prizes for her detective fiction. (1/16/08)
Steven Saylor
Steven Saylor, a free-lance writer and editor, is probably the most widely-published current author in the genre. Born in Texas in 1956, he studied history at the University of Texas. Since then his stories and essays have appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, The Armchair Detective, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, The San Francisco Bay Guardian and The Threepenny Review. He continues work on his ROMA SUB ROSA series from his home in Berkeley, California, where, as he puts it, "one can hardly swing a dead cat without hitting a mystery writer." Saylor has said that he probably won't be writing any more short stories in the Gordianus series. He points out that if he writes one, he then needs to find eleven more stories to fill out an anthology or else the story will be an orphan only published in a magazine, in his view. This is regrettable since the short story may be his best form, or at least the form he does better than most everyone else. I wonder that he doesn't consider adding a short story to the end of a novel as other authors have been doing ... He has also said that he would someday like to tell us a Gordianus prequel story in which he travels to see the seven ancient wonders of the world, or at least their ruins, which sounds fascinating, though reaching Babylon in republican days seems like it would have been nearly impossible. Saylor appears in the TV documentary The Great Empire: Rome which has shown on the History Channel cable network in the United States. His second novel, Arms of Nemesis, has been optioned by a Hollywood studio, with Donald Westlake (The Grifters) working on the screenplay. Find out more about the author and his creations at his own Steven Saylor Web Site; see this interview at and this article on the inspiration behind his novel Rubicon, (also at [short stories] [excerpt] [on audiotape] [in Czech] [in Dutch] [in French] [in German] [in German anthologies] [in Italian anthologies] [in Russian] [in Spanish] [miscellaneous] (3/11/08)
Andrea Schacht
The German author was born in 1956 and was a long time industrial engineer. She lives with her husband and muse, a cat named Mira, in Bad Godesberg, Germany. (6/12/06)
Alan Scribner
As a retired assistant district attorney, the author should know the topic of crime firsthand. He has also written A Roman Stoic Guide to Retirement, Old Age and Death. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Yale law school. (9/23/12)
Darrell Schweitzer
Darrell Schweitzer is also an editor and reviewer, mostly in the fantasy field. Along with the novels Mask of the Sorcerer (UK edition), Shattered Goddess (UK edition), he has written or edited Discovering Classic Fantasy Fiction : Essays on the Antecedents of (UK edition), Discovering Modern Horror Fiction; Bk.1 (UK edition), Discovering Modern Horror Fiction; Bk.2 (UK edition), Dream Quest of HP Lovecraft (UK edition), Exploring Fantasy Worlds: Essays on Fantastic Literature (UK edition), Lord Dunsany: A Bibliography (UK edition), Science Fiction Voices; No.1: Interviews with Theodore Sturgeon, Alfred Bester, Frederik Pohl and (UK edition) and Speaking of Horror : Interviews with the Writers of the Supernatural (UK edition). (3/18/98)
S.P. Somtow
S.P. Somtow is the pseudonym of Somtow Sucharitkul. Visit Somtow Sucharitkul at his web page. (12/14/98)
Brian Stableford
Most of the work of Brian Stableford has been in science fiction and supernatural fantasy. Examples include Angel of Pain (hardcover; paperback), The Carnival of Destruction, Hunger and Ecstasy of Vampires, Tales from the Saragossa Manuscript: Ten Days in the Life of Alphonse, Carnival of Destruction, Chimera's Cradle, The Empire of Fear, Firefly: A Novel of the Far Future, Salamander's Fire ( hardcover; paperback), Serpent's Blood, Wandering Jew, The Werewolves of London and Young Blood. Fiction short stories by him may be found in Dedalus Book of Femmes Fatales, Sexual Chemistry: Sardonic Tales of the Genetic Revolution, and Tales from the Wandering Jew. In the field of Literature he has been responsible for Algebraic Fantasies and Realistic Romances : More Masters of Science, Clash of Symbols : Triumph of James Blish, Dedalus Book of British Fantasy; 19th Century, (hardcover; paperback), Dedalus Book of Decadence; v.1: Moral Ruins , Dedalus Book of Decadence; v.2: Black Feast, Opening Minds : Essays on Fantastic Literature, Tales from the Saragossa Manuscript, Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction, Mr. Stableford has a degree in biology and a doctorate in sociology. (3/17/98)
Kelli Stanley
Born in 1964, Kelli Stanley is a mystery writer and Classicist. She graduated from San Francisco State University where David Leitao was her thesis advisor. Her specialty is Rome with a particular interest in mystery cults – her thesis was an investigation of Orphic belief in Euripides' Bacchae – translation (particularly of Latin poetry), Roman Britain, gender studies and interpretations of classical themes in popular culture. Find out more at her website. [short stories] (6/15/07)
R.L. Stevens
R.L. Stevens is the pseudonym of Edward D. Hoch. [short stories] (10/7/97)
Ilka Stitz
Please see Malachy Hyde. (1/21/08)
Hans Dieter Stöver
After studying classics and history, Mr. Stöver (1937-) worked as a school teacher and is now a full-time writer. Apart from novels, he writes books for children and non-fiction, almost exclusively about ancient Rome. With thirteen Roman mystery novels and a short story to his credit, Mr. Stöver is probably the most prolific writer in the genre. [in German anthologies] [miscellaneous] (6/20/97)
Somtow Sucharitkul
Some of Somtow Sucharitkul's other works, under the pseudonym S.P. Somtow include Darker Angels (UK edition), Forests of the Night (UK edition), Music of Madness (UK edition), Pavilion of Frozen Women (UK edition), and Vanitas (UK hardcover; UK paperback). Visit Somtow Sucharitkul at his web page. (3/18/98)
A.C. Tassie
Born in 1925, Canadian author "Al" Tassie is a graduate of the University of Manitoba, a former newspaper journalist and naval officer especially interested in the study of the late Republic and the early Empire. (12/28/99)
Franjo Terhart
The author was born in the German city of Essen in 1954. He has undertaken formal study of Latin and philosophy. Since 1985 he has written for several daily newspapers and since 1990 as the representative for cultural affairs for the city of Neukirchen-Vluyn. (2/3/08)
Keith Taylor
Australian author Keith Taylor has written several historical fantasy novels set in late Roman Britain including Bard (1981). (6/10/97)
Marilyn Todd
Marilyn Todd was born in Harrow, Middlesex. For the last ten years she has run her own secretarial business from home. I, Claudia is her first novel. She now lives in West Sussex with her husband, a dog and two cats. She has lately started a new series featuring an ancient Greek detective. Todd fans will have to follow her further tales at The Sibyl & Sleuth. [short stories] [in German]
Rita Toews
The author, aged at least 49 in 2006, lives with her husband and cat in Winnipeg, Canada. She has written many short stories, which have been published in numerous magazines. Read more at the Domokos/Toews website.
Harry Turtledove
Harry Turtledove, born 1949 in Los Angeles, California, is the author of over a dozen novels and many more stories, mostly in the realm of science fiction. Notable is his Videssos Cycle set in the medieval Byzantine empire and his series entitled The Tale of Krispos. Others include Fox and Empire ( UK edition), Guns of the South ( UK edition), How Few Remain ( UK edition), King of the North ( UK edition), Two Georges ( UK edition), Worldwar: In the Balance ( UK edition), Worldwar: Striking the Balance ( UK edition), Worldwar: Upsetting the Balance ( UK edition). Holder of a Ph.D. in Byzantine history from UCLA, he has taught there and at California State Colleges at Fullerton and Los Angeles. He once made a living as a technical writer and has also published straight history such as the recent Justinian under the name H.N. Turteltaub. He is married to novelist Laura Frankos and they have three daughters: Alison, Rachel and Rebecca. Read more about Mr. Turtledove at the Harry Turtledove Website and at his publisher's web page. [miscellany] (2/26/01)
Philipp Vandenberg
Philipp Vandenberg is the pseudonym of German author Klaus Dietrich Hartel.
John Evangelist Walsh
Author of several histories including The Bones of St. Peter and The Hidden Life of Emily Dickinson, John Evangelist Walsh was for many years a senior editor at Reader's Digest, specializing in religious matters. He was born in 1927.
Robert Weinberg
Visit the author at his website. (11/21/98)
Maria Visconti
Specialist in the myths of the Mediterranean East, Marie Visconti authors articles on ancient and medieval literature as well as police procedural mysteries. Her protagonist, Helkias, brilliant lawyer of Palmyra, follows in the paths of Perry Mason and Hercules Poirot. Her stated goal is to imagine a story without betraying history. (9/19/03)
Patrick Weber
No information about this French author is available. (3/11/01)
Jay Williams
Other books for young people by Jay Williams (born 1914) include Bored to Death, Danny Dunn and the Homework Machine, Danny Dunn on the Ocean Floor, Practical Princess ( UK edition), Seven at One Blow, Stupid Marco, and The Good-For-Nothing Prince. The author is said to have died in 1978. (1/17/04)
Henry Winterfeld
Born April 9, 1901, German author Henry Winterfeld probably holds the distinction, at least for the moment, of being the most widely-translated of all Roman mystery authors. He has written several popular books for children, only three of which are set in ancient Rome. Among the others are Castaways in Lilliput and Trouble at Timpetill. One of his Roman mystery novels has also been adapted as a play. Henry Winterfeld died in 1990.
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David Wishart
Scottish author David Wishart was born in 1952, received an MA in classics at Edinburgh University and has taught Latin and Greek. He also authored a fictional autobiography of the early Empire writer Virgilius in I, Virgil (hardcover; paperback), and a biography of an emperor as seen through the eyes of his Adviser of Taste in Nero (hardcover; paperback). Discover more about David Wishart at his web page at the James Thin Bookseller website. [miscellany] (3/17/98)
James Yaffe
James Yaffe is the author of a number of plays, one of which has been produced on Broadway, as well as a dozen novels. He was one of the first and youngest mystery writers discovered by Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, his first story being published at the tender age of fifteen. He has written a great number of detective stories since then. Born in 1927, the most recent report is that James Yaffe teaches at a university in Colorado Springs where he lives with his wife and three children. (11/4/97)
Christa-Maria Zimmermann
The author was born in Wels, Austria, and studied history and art history. She lives in Düsseldorf, where she has worked as a newspaper editor, and has written several books about local history, a mystery novel set in the 19th century and a medieval mystery story. (10/10/97)

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