Patricia Mary Bryson

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(Masterpieces of Fiction, Detective and Mystery Edition)

Pat Flower was born Patricia Mary Bryson in Kent, England, on February 23, 1914. At the age of fourteen, she moved to Australia, where she spent the rest of her life and where most of her mysteries are set. She created the character of Inspector Swinton with her first novel, Wax Flowers for Gloria, published in 1958. In the 1970’s, Flower turned to novels of psychological suspense, producing eight novels in as many years. Flower was also active in the Australian entertainment industry, writing numerous radio and television plays between the late 1940’s and the 1960’s. One of her plays, The Tape Recorder (pr. 1966), was chosen for inclusion in Best Short Plays, 1969, and was the first play to be produced in color on British television. She won acclaim for her screenwriting, receiving an award for the film From the Tropics to the Snow (1965), written with her husband, Cedric Flower, and earning the Mary Gilmore Award for Tilley Landed on Our Shore (pr. 1968), a one-hour television play. She also published a book of verse, Pistils for Two, in 1963. Flower died in 1977.