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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Frances Kirkwood Crane  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1896 in Lawrenceville, Illinois

-- Frances Kirkwood Crane on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Frances was born in Illinois and educated at the University of Illinois, Urbana. She married Ned Crane and later moved to New York.

Biographical and Professional Information

Crane was an American writer living in England and Europe who regularly sold pieces to the New Yorker, and moved to Germany in the late thirties, where her outspokeness clashed with the current Nazi regime and eventually led to her expulsion. Recently divorced, with a college-age daughter, in tow and in desparate need of money, she moved back to the States and started writing mysteries.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Thirteen white tulips: a Pat Abbott mystery
ISBN: B003L65R1M

Penguin. 1959

The coral princess murders

Random House. 1954

Horror on the Ruby X

Random House. 1956

The Ultra-Violet Widow

Hammond. 1957

The Buttercup Case
ISBN: B0006AVW60

Random House. 1959

The Man in Gray

Random House. 1958

Death-wish green (A Random House mystery)

Random House. 1960

Part of the Random House Mystery series. Pat and Jean Abbott Mystery #24. A classic 1960's mystery.

The amber eyes: A Pat Abbott mystery
ISBN: B0007K05XU

Hammond, Hammond, & Co. 1962