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01-17-2005, 05:29 PM
another classic writer slips away

LEWISTON, Maine - Mystery writer Charlotte MacLeod, whose specialty was the "cozy" mystery and whose protagonists were often amateur sleuths, has died at the age of 82.

MacLeod's more than 30 novels sold in excess of 1 million copies in the United States and also drew followings in Canada and Japan.

MacLeod died Friday in a Lewiston nursing home, said her sister, Alexandria Baxter of Richmond.

Her books eschewed graphic violence, sex, gore and vulgar language.

"She wrote specifically for people who did not want blood and guts, at least not a whole lot of it anyway," said Baxter. "Everybody drank tea and ate molasses cookies. It was that kind of thing."

MacLeod's Peter Shandy series described the adventures of a college professor, and the Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn mysteries were about a couple from Boston's Beacon Hill area. She also wrote a couple of series under the pen name Alisa Craig that were set in her native Canada.

Baxter described her sister as a true lady with white gloves, hat and impeccable grammar.

Highly disciplined, she usually began work at 6 a.m., writing through the morning and devoting the afternoon to rewriting.

She would only start a new book on a Sunday morning and she would stay in her bathrobe while writing to ward off any temptation to run out of the house for an errand or otherwise get distracted, said Baxter, who typed and proofread her sister's manuscripts and served as her business manager.

"She has said to me many times that she would continue to write her books even if nobody read them, because she really enjoyed doing them," Baxter said. "It was a very exciting and satisfying thing for her to produce a novel."

MacLeod is survived by her sister and a brother.