Anne Morice was born Felicity Wolthington in 1918, in Kent, England, the daughter of Harry Wolthington and Morice Wolthington. She attended Francis Holland School, in London, and schools in Paris and Munich. In 1939, she married Alexander Shaw, a film director, with whom she had two daughters and one son. Several members of her family have had theatrical ties: father, a playwright; sister, an actress; brother-in-law, a theatrical producer; and two nephews, Edward Fox and James Fox, actors.
She began writing mysteries when she and her husband were living in Paris. On frequent trips to see her son, who was in school in England, she purchased the latest mysteries, eagerly sharing them with her husband on her return home. Between 1970 and 1988, she published twenty-two mysteries, only one of which did not feature Tessa, Design for Dying (1988). Although her husband’s work with the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the World Bank enabled her to travel widely, she selected England as the setting for most of her works. She died in 1989.