Friday, July 19, 2019


It's with sadness that I post that Orania Papzoglou aka Jane Haddam passed away last night. She had been suffering, and her children were posting on her Facebook page, keeping her friends and family in the loop. My heart goes out to them all.

I knew Orania for many years. She contributed to the Mystery Readers Journal and kept all her fans delighted by her Gregor Demarkian and Patience McKenna series. Her mysteries were always included in my Holiday Lists. She was witty and sharp and opinionated. Good traits for a mystery writer.

She will be missed.

From PW: Fighting the Good Fight: Jane Haddam

From author and friend Susan Oleksiw:

Orania Papazoglou, better known as Jane Haddam, died last night. She is best known for her series featuring Gregor Demarkian, former FBI expert who lives and works in the Philadelphia area. Her first series, under her own name, features Patience McKenna, a romance writer, whose life with her fellow writers is a broad comedy about murder in the book world. She wrote two stand-alone novels and numerous articles as a free-lance writer. She and her late husband, the writer William DeAndrea, had two sons, Matt and Greg. She was a smart, intelligent, no-nonsense observer of the world who laced her mysteries with humor and insight. She will be greatly missed.


Deb Romano said...

I’m so sorry to hear this. For years I have looked forward to her next book. My condolences to the family.

Yarnell_Belle said...

I have been updating my reading lists and was so saddened to discover that one of my favorite authors has passed. I have always adored "Jane Haddam" after reading her book (I don't remember which one) dedicated to all the girls in high school who were mean to her and now envied her success ... this gal's for ME I always said afterward!!.`Condolences to her family.