Puzzled to see one name but two people? Pamela (right) and
Mary (left) O'Shaughnessy are sisters who write together.
The name Perri is an amalgam of their names, Pamela and
Mary, and an homage to Perry Mason, the popular fictional
attorney created by Erle Stanley Gardner.
Mary was born in Northern California, Pamela in Missouri.
They grew up and developed a taste for imaginary crime in
the suburbs of Los Angeles, including Whittier, Yorba
Linda, Placentia, and Redondo Beach. (Coolest of all had to
be Redondo, with its glorious sunshine and ocean, the ideal
archetypal environment for budding writers.) Pamela
attended Whittier College, UCLA and Long Beach State
University, eventually graduating with a degree in
political science, which she followed up with a law degree
from Harvard Law School in Cambridge. Mary also attended
Long Beach, finishing her B. A. from the University of
California at Santa Barbara magna cum laude with a
degree in English literature. After college, she moved to
Boston, her home base while she worked on multi-media
projects in New York, Washington D. C., and the Virgin
Mary lives in northern California, Pam in Hawaii. Pamela
has a son, and Mary is married with three children.
Together, Mary and Pam write novels featuring attorney Nina
Reilly, a South Lake Tahoe solo practitioner and short
stories featuring whatever mysterious events they happen to
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Books:Show No Fear, November 2009
Mass Market Paperback
Show No Fear, December 2008
Nina Reilly prequel
Keeper of the Keys, September 2007
Mass Market Paperback (reprint)
Keeper of the Keys, November 2006
Case of Lies, June 2005
Nina Reilly series (#11)
Naked Came the Phoenix, September 2002