Sunday, December 28, 2014

Merla Zellerbach: R.I.P.

Merla Zellerbach, San Francisco author, philanthropist, and civic leader. 84, died at her home yesterday from pancreatic cancer.

Read the SF Chronicle Obitutary here.

Merla Zellerbach wrote a mystery series featuring PR amateur detective Hallie Marsh. All include a fun look at San Francisco, relationships, and San Francisco society. The books reflect different aspects drawn from her personal life from fundraising to breast cancer to self-help to SF personalities. Merla Zellerbach wrote several novels and non-fiction, was editor of the Nob Hill Gazette, had a column in the SF Chronicle, but she didn't begin writing mysteries until she was 82.

Read an article (2012) about her and her Hallie Marsh mysteries in the Stanford Alumni Magazine here. From the article:  How does she explain all those romances in her books? "Hard-core mystery buffs and purists of the genre want me to choose between romance and mystery. But then I would ask: What is death without life? And what is life or death without love?"

1 comment:

Vallery Feldman said...

I wrote a comment in the morning but it never made it. I remember Merla's column in the Chronicle. Never read her mysteries though. Might e fun to try one. From the obituary she was quite a woman.