When Lucinda Landon, the creator of
the Meg Mackintosh series, was growing up in Niskayuna, New York,
she loved to read mysteries, especially if they featured female detectives.
She also loved to draw, and went on to study art and design at St.
Lawrence University, the Sir John Cass School of Art in London, and
the Rhode Island School of Design. But all the while, she kept reading
The very first book she illustrated, The Young Detectives
by William Vivian Butler, received a special Edgar Allan Poe award from the
Mystery Writers of America. It also launched the career of Meg
Mackintosh. Although the
young sleuth had just a small role in that first book, Ms. Landon soon realized
that Meg was itching for a series all her own.
“Writing the Meg Mackintosh series,” Lucinda Landon
says, “gives me the opportunity to combine my love of drawing and
mysteries. Its fun
to design books with the clues hidden in both the text and the illustrations.” It is fun for young readers, too, who have been eagerly matching
wits with Meg since
her first adventure, Meg Mackintosh and the Case of
The Missing Babe Ruth Baseball, debuted in 1986.
The series is now ten books strong, all available in paperback
from Secret Passage Press. The newest book, Meg Mackintosh and The Mystery at Red Herring Beach, was published in the September 2013. Meg also
stars in American
History Mysteries, a book for teachers to share with their social
studies students, published by Scholastic Professional Books in 1999.
Lucinda Landon lives in Newport, Rhode Island.