The author of the "Stokes
Moran" mystery series, Neil McGaughey (pronounced "McGoy") was born
October 3, 1951, in Natchez, Mississippi. He was educated at William
Carey College in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where he graduated summa
cum laude in 1973. A collector of first-edition mystery novels,
he worked for The Clarion Ledger newspaper in Jackson, Mississippi,
as a reviewer of mystery novels from 1985 to 1995. He served also
as a vice president and board member of the Mississippi Committee
for Prevention of Child Abuse. He was a member of the Mystery Writers
of America, in which capacity he served as Chairperson for the 1996
Edgar Committee for Best Critical or Biographical Work for the organization.
His first novel, Otherwise Known as
Murder in 1994, introduced Stokes Moran, who was hailed by Alfred
Hitchcock Mystery Magazine as "a character who is going to have
readers clamoring for more." He wrote three more Stokes Moran novels,
which culminated in A Corpse by Any Other Name, published
McGaughey was working on a fifth novel
when he died September 21, 1999, in Prentiss, Mississippi.
Related Links & Info
Writers of America home page.
- Otherwise Known as Murder: A Mystery Introducing Stokes
Moran. New York: Scribner, 1994.
- And Then There Were Ten: A Stokes Moran Mystery.
New York: Scribner, 1995.
- The Best Money Murder Can Buy: A Stokes Moran Mystery.
New York: Scribner, 1996.
- A Corpse by Any Other Name: A Stokes Moran Mystery.
New York: Scribner, 1997.
- Biographical/Critical Sources (from Contemporary Authors,
- Armchair Detective (Winter 1995): 40.
- Booklist (July 1994): 1926.
- Booklist (1 June 1995): 1735.
- Library Journal (1 June 1995): 168.
- Publishers Weekley (13 June 1994): 53.
- Publishers Weekley (15 May 1995): 58.
- Internet Resources
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