Mystery & Suspense writer

Mystery & Suspense writer


Charlotte Armstrong was the author of twenty nine novels, two Broadway plays, dozens of short stories as well as original screen plays for television series such as GE Theatre and Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Seven of her books were made into movies featuring among others such notable actors as Marilyn Monroe and Claude Rains.

Recognized as the Queen of Suspense, her works have survived her for many years and are still enjoyed by thousands all over the world. She  was the recipient of  the Edgar Award in 1957 for A Dram of Poison as the Best Novel of the Year, the most prestigious honor that can be bestowed upon a mystery writer.

Many of her books are available on Amazon

A testimony to the longevity of her popularity and the timeless nature of her writing is the ongoing re-publication of her works including in such venues as Mysterious Press which in addition to releasing 13 Charlotte Armstong novels as e-books has recently released a hard bound collection of short stories entitled Night Call and Other Stories of Suspense. Crime and mystery story writer Ed Gorman has posted a wonderful review on his Blog.

Her life and works have been wonderfully captured in The Virtue of Suspense authored by Rick Cypert.

Author Sarah Weinman has published a wonderful collection: Woman Crime Writers: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940's & 50's  which includes Mischief, a Charlotte Armstrong novel that was made into the movie Don't Bother to Knock starring Marilyn Monroe and Richard Widmark.


Charlotte with Ronald and Nancy Reagan on the set of GE Theatre, where  the Reagans portrayed the title roles in Money and the Minister's Wife, based on her story presented in November, 1961 

Don't Bother to Knock Movie Trailer

The Unsuspected