The Edgar Award-winning Charlotte Armstrong (1905-1969) was one of the United States’ finest authors of classic mystery and suspense. The daughter of an inventor, Armstrong was born in Vulcan, Michigan and attended college at Barnard, in New York City. After college she found work at the New York Times and the magazine Breath of The Avenue, before getting married and devoting herself to raising her family in 1928. For a decade she wrote plays and poetry, and though she had work produced on Broadway and published in the New Yorker, Armstrong was unsatisfied. In the early 1940’s, she began writing suspense.
Success came quickly. Her first novel, Lay On Mac Duff! (1942) was well received, spawning a three-book series. Over the next two decades, she wrote more than two dozen novels, winning critical acclaim and a dedicated fan base. The Unsuspected (1945) and Mischief (1950) were both made into films--the latter was renamed Don't Bother to Knock, starring Marilyn Monroe, Richard Widmark and Anne Bancroft. A Dram of Poison (1956) won the Edgar Award for best novel. The Chocolate Cobweb was made into Merci Pour La Chocolat by noted French Director, Claude Chabrol, in 2003. She died in California in 1969.
“One of the few authentic spell-casting witches of modern times.” - Anthony Boucher, author of Nine Times Nine
“Armstrong writes with bravura skill, piling up the agony and suspense.” - New York Times
“Charlotte Armstrong is the American queen of suspense novelists.” - New York Telegraph
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