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Susan Kenney (1941 - )Genre: Mystery
Susan Kenney was born in Summit, NJ, in 1941, received a BA from Northwestern University in 1963, and an MA and a PhD from Cornell in 1964 and 1968 respectively. She's taught at Colby College since 1968, becoming a full professor of English in 1986 and director of the creative writing program in 1991. She writes two kinds of books, academic mysteries featuring professor/sleuth Roz Howard, and a continuing saga of the Boyd family, laced with issues of illness and mortality. There's an article on Kenney in Great Women Mystery Writers (1994; ed. Kathleen G. Klein).
Kenney's Roz Howard mysteries are Garden of Malice (1983/84/92), in which academic-turned-sleuth Roz Howard travels from Vassar College to edit some newly discovered diaries in England, but finds that all is not what it seems at Montfort Abbey, the restored medieval estate with the bizarre gardens; Graves in Academe (1985/86), One Fell Sloop (1990). Her Boyd Family novels, which deal with cancer and its effects on a marriage, are In Another Country: A Novel (1984/85) and Sailing (1987/88), based on Kenney's real life experience of caring for her husband over a 15-year period.
Her short story, "Murder in the Wind: A Mystery Jigsaw Puzzle" (1993), forms the basis for a jigsaw puzzle.