Virginia Lanier

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Virginia Lanier
Born Virginia Rudd Lanier
(1930-10-28)October 28, 1930
Madison County, Florida
Died October 27, 2003(2003-10-27) (aged 72)
Fargo, Georgia
Occupation Novelist
Language English
Nationality American
Genre Mystery
Notable works Jo Beth Siddon series
Spouse Robert Lanier
Children Michael Stewart

Virginia Rudd Lanier ((1930-10-28)October 28, 1930 - October 27, 2003(2003-10-27)) was an American mystery fiction writer, author of a series featuring bloodhound trainer Jo Beth Siddon.


Lanier was born in Madison County, Florida in 1930. She was an orphan and was adopted by Ira and Mary Holt Rudd.[1]


Lanier died in her home in October 2003 after a long illness.[which?][1][2][3][4]


Lanier published her first book in 1995 at age 65 after having thrown a book across the room in disgust and attempting to write something better herself.[1][2]


  • Death in Bloodhound Red (1995)
  • The House on Bloodhound Lane (1996)
  • A Brace of Bloodhounds (1997)
  • Blind Bloodhound Justice (1998)
  • Ten Little Bloodhounds (1998)
  • A Bloodhound to Die For (2003)

Short stories[edit]


Laniers début novel Death in Bloodhound Red won the 1996 Anthony Award for "Best First Novel" and was also nominated for the same honour at the Agatha Awards the previous year.[5][6] Her fourth novel, Blind Bloodhound Justice, was nominated for the 1998 Agatha Award in the "Best Novel" category.[6] Laniers last novel, A Bloodhound to Die For, was nominated for the Mary Higgins Clark Award at the 2004 Edgar Awards.[7]


As of 1998, the Jo Beth Siddon series was optioned to be the basis for a Hollywood movie or a TV Mini-series, however this project appears to have been scrapped.[8][9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Lindsay, Elizabeth Blakesley (2007). "Virginia Lanier". In Klein, Kathleen Gregory. Great Women Mystery Writers (2nd ed.). Westport, CT: Greenwood. p. 139. ISBN 9780313334283. LCCN 2006026202. OCLC 70921441. 
  2. ^ a b "Other Deaths". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Nov 1, 2003. p. D-3. Retrieved 2012-04-12. 
  3. ^ "Bloodhound mystery writer dies in south Georgia". AccessNorthGa. Associated Press. 2003-10-30. Retrieved 2012-04-12. 
  4. ^ "Obituaries". Valdosta Daily Times. 2003-10-30. Retrieved 2012-04-12. 
  5. ^ "Bouchercon World Mystery Convention : Anthony Awards Nominees". Bouchercon. Retrieved 2012-04-18. 
  6. ^ a b "Malice Domestic Convention - Bethesda, MD". Malice Domestic. Retrieved 2012-04-18. 
  7. ^ "Edgar Award Winners and Nominees in the Private Eye Genre". Thrilling Detective. Retrieved 2012-04-18. 
  8. ^ "Virginia Lanier: Southeast Georgia Success Story". Waycross Journal-Herald. Mar 13, 1998. p. 19. Retrieved 2012-04-12. 
  9. ^ Marks, Jeffrey. "Virginia Lanier, Mystery Author, at First Look at the Crime". Mysterynet. Retrieved 2012-04-12.