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General Information


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Genre: Fiction Mystery

Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania



Illinois Connection

Susanna Calkins currently lives in Highland Park, IL, and has lived in the area for a number of years. Calkins holds a PhD in history and currently teaches at Northwestern University.

Biographical and Professional Information

Susanna Calkins became fascinated with seventeenth-century England while pursuing her doctorate in British history. A former pirate, she once served on the Golden Hinde--a museum replica of Sir Frances Drake's ship--now dry docked in the Thames. Originally from Philadelphia, Calkins now lives outside of Chicago.

She writes historical mysteries. Her first series, the award-winning Lucy Campion Mysteries, is set in 17th century London. Her second series, the Speakeasy Mysteries, is set in a Prohibition-Era Chicago speakeasy.

She is also the current president of the Sisters in Crime Chicagoland Chapter.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- *Macavity (Sue Feder Memorial for HIstorical Mystery), A Murder at Rosamunds Gate

-- *the Simon & Schuster Mary Higgins Clark Award, The Masque of a Murderer

-- *Agatha Award (Best Historical), The Masque of a Murderer

-- *Bruce Alexander Historical Mystery (Lefty), From the Charred Remains

-- *Bruce Alexander Historical Mystery Award (Lefty), A Death Along the River Fleet