Nebraska Authors

Jean Potts

Born 1910 St. Paul, NE (USA)

Died 1999-11-10
New York, NY (USA)

Jean Potts' novel Go, Lovely Rose, won the Edgar Award for Best First Mystery for 1954. As a journalism student at Nebraska Wesleyan in 1935, Potts interviewed best-selling mystery writer Mignon Eberhart. Critics admired Potts work for the quality of her characterization and her skill in depicting small town settings. At least four of her novels were published in French translation.

Places Lived

New York, NY
Lincoln, NE
St. Paul, NE

Author Of

  • Fiction


Mystery fiction


Graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE



Places Worked

St. Paul Newspaper


Won the Edgar from the Mystery Writers of America, for the best first mystery of the year for: Go Lovely Rose


Someone to Remember. 1943.
Go Lovely Rose. 1954.
Death of a Stray Cat. 1955.
Le petit chat est mort. 1956. (Paris, French edition)
The Diehard., 1956.
La Vie dure. 1957. (Paris, French edition)
Man With the Cane. 1957.
L'Homme à la canne. 1958. (Paris, French edition)
Lightening Strikes Twice. 1958.
Home Is the Prisoner. 1960.
Un condamné règle ses comptes. 1962. (Paris, French edition)
The Evil Wish. 1962.
The Only Good Secretary. 1965.
The Footsteps on the Stairs. 1966.
The Trash Stealer. 1967.
The Little Lie. 1968.
An Affair of the Heart. 1970.
The Troublemaker. 1972.
My Brother's Killer. 1975.

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