Mary Monica Pulver (her maiden name) is an incidental Hoosier — Terre Haute, Indiana,
had the hospital closest to her parents' home in Marshall, Illinois.
She spent the later part of her childhood and early adult life in Wisconsin, graduating
from high school in Milwaukee. She was a journalist in the U.S. Navy for six and a half
years (two in London), and later attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She is
married to a museum curator.
Mary Monica sold her first short story, "Pass the Word," to Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery
Magazine, in 1983, and has since sold more than two dozen short stories to anthologies
and magazines, including some in Germany, England, Italy and France. She has appeared
in such anthologies as The Mammoth Book of Historical Detectives, The Mammoth Book of
Historical Whodunnits, Shakespearean Mysteries, Royal Whodunnits, Unholy Orders,
Murder Most Crafty, Writes of Spring, and Silence of the Loons.
Her first mystery novel, Murder at the War, appeared from St. Martin's Press in 1987
and was nominated for an Anthony as Best First Novel. The Unforgiving Minutes and
Ashes to Ashes followed in 1988; but Original Sin was sold to Walker, who also
presented the fifth book, Show Stopper, in May of 1992. Berkley Diamond brought
these mysteries out in paperback. They feature detective Peter Brichter – a cop one
reviewer said was "a hardboiled sleuth who's somehow landed in a cozy mystery".