Joseph E. Wright was born and educated in New England. He grew up addicted to the British cozies of Christie and Sayres and the American counterparts of Queen and Stout. He was a fan of the films noir of Hammett and Chandler.
His first published novel, MEMORANDUM OF A MURDERR (Manor Books) confirmed his determination to become a writer. A short story of his appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.
While trying to write, Joe earned his living as editor for a couple of monthly magazines. In one period of his life, he lived in a gloomy, rambling, nineteenth century rectory in downtown Philadelphia. The dark paneled walls, the wide staircase, the sounds in the night, the people who warndered in and out, inspired his TALES FROM THE WRECKTORY.
Recently, Joe has been working on a trilogy of cozies recounting the amateur sleuthing of brother and sister, Pat Montgomary and Phillis Toner. THE BODIES OUT BACK starts this pair off on their new career when they discover the body of their next-door neighbor. Next, they rush off to a seaside community where one of Pat’s early teachers now lives, hoping to prevent a murder in MURDER IN MARIS COVE. When an elderly cleric tell them of the strange happenings in the middle of the night in an old rectory in downtown Philadelphia, they are faced with finding the one who commits murder in a church in AISLE OF THE DEAD.