Elizabeth Linington

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Elizabeth Linington
Born(1921-03-11)March 11, 1921
Aurora, Illinois, U.S.
DiedApril 5, 1988(1988-04-05) (aged 67)
Arroyo Grande, California, U.S.
Pen nameAnne Blaisdell, Lesley Egan, Egan O'Neill, Dell Shannon

Barbara "Elizabeth" Linington (March 11, 1921 – April 5, 1988) was an American novelist and mystery writer. She was one of the first women to write in the style of a police procedural.


She was awarded runner-up scrolls for best first mystery novel from the Mystery Writers of America for her 1960 novel, Case Pending, which introduced her most popular series character, LAPD Homicide Lieutenant Luis Mendoza.[1] Her 1961 book, Nightmare, and her 1962 novel, Knave of Hearts, another entry in the Mendoza series, were both nominated for the Edgar Award in the Best Novel category. Regarded as the "Queen of the Procedurals," she was one of the first women to write police procedurals — a male-dominated genre of police-story writing.


She was born on March 11, 1921 in Aurora, Kane County, Illinois; and died on April 5, 1988 in Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo County, California. During much of her career she was represented by literary agent Barthold Fles.[2]

Besides crime, Linington also took interest in archaeology, the occult, gemstones, antique weapons and languages. Linington was a conservative political activist who was an active member of the John Birch Society.[1]


Linington wrote under several monikers, including 'Anne Blaisdell', 'Lesley Egan', 'Egan O'Neill' and 'Dell Shannon'.


Books she authored include:


  1. ^ a b Frankie Y. Bailey, "Linington, Elizabeth", in Rosemary Herbert, Whodunit?: A Who's who in Crime & Mystery Writing. Oxford, Oxford University Press, ISBN 9780195157611 (p.119)
  2. ^ Shannon, D (Linington, E): "More by Shannon". Doubleday, 1982