Saturday, June 17, 2006

Patricia Guiver Passes

Animals in need and mystery fans lost a passionate voice last week with the passing of novelist and columnist Patricia Guiver on June 13. Guiver suffered complications following heart surgery at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, California.

Guiver, who wrote six Delilah Doolittle mysteries, the latest of which was The Beastly Bloodline (2003), was a lifelong journalist and animal activist. Born in Surrey, England, she grew up there during World War II. The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, which ran Guiver’s column, “Creature Connection,” had this to say:
Guiver wrote for London newspapers, worked for the United Nations in Geneva, and later lived with her actor husband in New York City, where she was a correspondent for British women’s magazines.
Meredith Phillips, Guiver’s editor at Perseverance/Daniel Publishing, has said that there will, unfortunately, be no more entries in the Delilah Doolittle series “as the one we’d announced as forthcoming, The Scarpered Sea Lion, was not completed due to health problems.”

A memorial service for Guiver is planned, but details have yet to be announced.

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