Sad news. Gwendolyn Butler passed away a few days ago at the age of 90. I met Gwendolyn Butler only once at a CWA Conference. She was so gracious and charming. We had quite a lively conversation.
Information from her publisher on her two personnae:
Gwendoline Butler was born and brought up in south London. She wrote under
both her own name and the pseudonym Jennie Melville,
and wrote over fifty novels in all. Her many awards included the
Crime Writers' Association's Silver Dagger, and she was also selected as
being one of the top two hundred crime writers in the world by The Times.
Jennie Melville is the pseudonym of Gwendoline Butler.
A winner of the CWA's Silver Dagger, the Romantic Novelists'
Association's Silver Rose Bowl and the Ellery Queen Short Story Award,
she is one of Britain's most versatile and prolific writers, having
written more than fifty books. A former committee member of the CWA, she also chaired the Committee for the CWA Gold Dagger Awards for
HT: Dean James who posted this on dorothyl:
British crime writer Gwendoline Butler passed away a few days ago at the age of 90. She wrote many novels featuring Inspector John Coffin, and as Jennie Melville she created Charmian Daniels, one of the first truly professional female police officers in crime fiction. In response to a fan letter I wrote her some years ago, she sent me a signed copy of one of her books. Later on I met her at the St. Hilda's Crime Weekend in Oxford, and she was gracious and down to earth. She deserves to be much better known these days; her style is inimitable and immediately recognizable.