She sometimes used the pseudonym Gabrielli, and probably married a clergyman and poet, the Reverend Francis Meeke (B.A. 1773, M.A. 1776, Cambridge). Her first published novel was Count St Blanchard in 1795; others include The Abbey of Cluny, The Mysterious Wife, Anecdotes of the Altamont Family, and Which is the Man?. Her works include several translations from French, e.g. Elizabeth, or the Exiles of Siberia.
The third edition of Chamber's Cyclopaedia of English Literature gave a disparaging assessment of her work:
The novels are worthless and would be quite forgotten but for the mention of them in the Life of Macaulay, who in his younger days at least "all but knew them by heart". According to Macaulay's sister the most of them turn on the fortunes of some young man in a very low rank of life who ultimately proves to be the son of a duke.
"Our public schools," Mary Meeke said in her time, "are mere hot-beds for the encouragement of vice and dissipation, which flourish in still greater perfection at college; and as for the grand tour, "why, half those who undertake it return greater fools than they set out".
- Chambers, Cyclopaedia of English Literature, 1903, Vol. 3, p.178
- Roberta Magnani, The Mysterious Mrs Meeke: A Biographical and Bibliographical Study, Cardiff Corvey: Reading the Romantic Text 9 (Dec 2002). Retrieved 28 April 2013.