Best-Selling Crime Author Anne Perry Dies Aged 84
Best-selling crime author Anne Perry passed away at the age of 84 on April 11, 2023, after an eight-week hospital stay. May she rest in peace.
Her death, at a hospital, was confirmed by her literary agent Meg Davis. Perry’s health had declined since she had a heart attack.
Anne Perry whose real name was Juliet Marion Hulme was born on October 28, 1938, in Blackheath, London. He was a writer best known as the author of the Thomas Pitt and William Monk series of historical detective fiction.
In 1954, in New Zealand at the age of fifteen, Anne and her 16-year-old friend Pauline Parker were tried and found guilty of the murder of Pauline Parker’s mother, Honorah Rieper.
Their plan to kill Honorah Rieper was carefully outlined in Parker’s diary and following a police investigation the girls were quickly arrested.
After serving a five-year sentence for the murder, Anne changed her name and returned to the United Kingdom. New Zealand film director Peter Jackson later turned the murder case into the movie Heavenly Creatures in which Kate Winslet portrays Hulme (Perry).
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Author Anne Perry Passed Away at 84
Bestselling historical crime writer Anne Perry passed away after her health had declined since she had a heart attack. Her literary agent Meg Davis confirmed the heartbreaking news.
In 1979, Perry’s first novel, The Cater Street Hangman, was published under this name. Her works fall into one of several categories of genre fiction, including historical murder mysteries and detective fiction.
Her story “Heroes”, which first appeared in the 1999 anthology Murder and Obsession, won the 2001 Edgar Award for Best Short Story.
In 2005, Anne appeared on the Trisha show to discuss the crime on a special-themed show. A 2009 documentary movie, Anne Perry Interiors, gave a snapshot of her life and the people close to her.
In 2017, she left Scotland and moved to Hollywood in order to promote films based on her novels.
The writer rose to fame as a best-selling novelist and relocated back to the United States to work on the movie adaptations of some of her more than 100 works, which were translated into a dozen different languages and sold tens of millions of copies.
Jackson’s 1994 Academy Award-nominated movie Heavenly Creatures, which starred Kate Winslet as Juliet and Kiwi actress Melanie Lynskey as Pauline Parker, dramatized the girls’ crime.
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