Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Marlys Millhiser: R.I.P.

Just saw this.. So sad. I spent time with Marlys Millhiser at Malice Domestic, rooming with her once. She was always so animated and fun. I enjoyed her mysteries and her ghost stories and her effervescent personality.

Marlys Millhiser was an American author of sixteen mysteries and horror novels. She served as a regional vice president of the Mystery Writers of America and is best known for her novel The Mirror (1978) and for the Charlie Greene Mysteries. Millhiser lived in Boulder, Colorado. 


Marlys J. Millhiser left us on April 20, 2017. Marty dealt with Alzheimer's for the last seven years, but before that, she worked hard at her chosen craft of mystery writer. Marty published 14 novels, "The Mirror" being the most famous. She also published several short stories and had the writers' usual unpublished manuscripts in the drawer for when the market changed again. 

Born in Charles City, Iowa, she moved with her parents to wherever her dad could find work in those Depression and war years, finally settling in Clear Lake, Iowa where Marty graduated from high school. She entered the University of Iowa where she took a Bachelors of Arts in History in 1960. Next stop was Boulder, CO with her new husband and graduate school at the University of Colorado where she received a Masters of Arts degree in History in 1963. A teaching position in Lafayette, Colorado followed. But the writing urge and the impending birth of a son forced her to resign after three years. A baby girl joined the family in 1969, and she successfully managed a family of two children, a husband, and a household while also pursuing her stories. Survivors include husband, David. Son Jay and his wife Kathy, daughter Joy Ransom and her companion Carolyn and two grandchildren. 

A memorial service was held Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at 10 am at Crist Mortuary. Please visit to leave condolences. 

Published in The Daily Camera on Apr. 23, 2017


Jane Risdon said...

How sad, so sorry to hear this and to know of her illness. Condolences to her family and friends. RIP Marlys.

Unknown said...

I just rediscovered Threshold and decided to look Marlys. So sad to hear of her passing. I thought he writing was so special and unique. I loved the Mirror, Threshold and Willing Hostage