Mary Kelly
Created by Diana Killian (pseudonym of D.L. Browne)

It had to happen. The female eye, So Cal division, finally goes retro. In a promising short story debut which creator Diana Killian assures us is just the start, MARY KELLY is an op for the Brannigan Detective Agency in Los Angeles "between the World Wars," with a nasty secret. What is it? Well, she WANTS TO WRITE!

She's also getting a little tired of being just "the girl" in the office, living by proxy through her pulp writing, and she's always pestering Mr. B. to give her more to do. So the Old Man sends her on a real case...

Los Angeles-based writer and reviewer Diana Killian is a relative newcomer to the hard-boiled genre, but she's no stranger to the mystery world. Besides founding and moderating the Wicked Company writing group, she's written several mystery novels under an intriguing array of pseudonyms, and has co-edited Down These Wicked Streets, a collection of private eye stories with Kevin Burton Smith. She's also an occasional contributor to this site.



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    The author's official page, including most (but not all) of her mystery fiction, some intriguing essays on what she persists in calling "Chick Fic," and best of all, an on-going serialized Mary Kelly story.

Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
Full Disclosure Department: I wrote this entry before I'd ever actually met D.L., who is now known in some quarters as "Mrs. Thrilling." Or simply She Who Must Be Obeyed.

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