L. R. Wright

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Laurali Rose "Bunny" Wright (née Appleby) (5 June 1939 – 25 February 2001) was a Canadian writer of mainstream fiction and mystery novels.[1] Many of her stories are set on the coast of British Columbia.[2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Wright was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She was educated at Carleton, the University of Calgary, UBC, and later at Simon Fraser University (Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, 1995).


In 1959, Wright worked as a journalist at the Fraser Valley Record; she wrote for the Saskatoon Star Phoenix, but her first article was for The Globe and Mail about being a teenager in Germany. She later moved to Calgary, where she was mentored by W.O. Mitchell.[4] She worked in California for advertising agency.

While in Vancouver, Wright met John Wright. The two were married, and she spent time as an actor with her husband, including a stint doing summer stock in Dawson City. She worked for several years as a journalist at the Calgary Herald, eventually becoming Assistant City Editor, before turning to full-time writing in 1977.[5]

Wright published her first novel, Neighbours, in 1979. Her earliest novels were literary fiction; after the publication of The Suspect (1985), her first mystery novel and winner of the 1986 Edgar Award for Best Novel, she concentrated almost exclusively on the genre. One further work of literary fiction, Love in the Temperate Zone, appeared in 1988.

In addition to the Edgar Award, Wright received the Arthur Ellis Award[6] and wrote several adaptations of her novels for CBC Radio. Her novels have been published and distributed throughout the world in several languages.[4] The Suspect has been adapted for the stage and, at various times, the "Alberg and Cassandra" series has been optioned for film and television.


Wright rarely used her given names for any purpose. She published all her novels as L. R. Wright (except in the US, where she appeared as Laurali Wright), and was known as Bunny in her personal life. She and husband John Wright had two daughters.

Wright died of breast cancer in Vancouver, British Columbia on February 25, 2001.


  • The Alberg and Cassandra Mysteries
    • The Suspect (1985)
    • Sleep While I Sing (1986)[7]
    • A Chill Rain in January (1990)
    • Fall From Grace (1991)
    • Prized Possessions (1993)
    • A Touch of Panic (1994)
    • Mother Love (1995)
    • Strangers Among Us (1996)
    • Acts of Murder (1997)
  • The Edwina Henderson Mysteries
    • Kidnap (2000)[8]
    • Menace (2001)
  • Other novels
    • Neighbours (1979)
    • The Favorite (1982)
    • Among Friends (1984)
    • Love in the Temperate Zone (1988)


  1. ^ "The low-key mysteries of L.R. Wright". BC Book Look, August 07th, 2012
  2. ^ "Who Are BC’s Best Neglected Writers?". The Tyee, Crawford Kilian 27 Aug 2010
  3. ^ "Arts Year in Review". Coast Reporter, 2015 Jan DeGrass / December 30, 2015
  4. ^ a b "L.R. Wright (1939-2001)". calgarywomensliteraryclub.com. 1 February 2016.
  5. ^ Boyd, Colin. "L.R. Wright". The Canadian Encyclopedia.
  6. ^ Lorna Jackson. "Book review: Strangers Among Us: A Karl Alberg Mystery". Quill & Quire.
  7. ^ "Sleep While I Sing ". Publisher's Weekly.
  8. ^ "Book Reviews: Kidnap". Quill & Quire, W. P. Kinsella

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