Elizabeth Reed Aden’s literary accomplishments are intertwined with those of Eunice Mays Boyd, her godmother. Elizabeth, or Betsy as she is known to friends, found sanctuary in Eunice’s Berkeley home during the student riots of 1969 in the “battle” for People’s Park. There she read a draft of Eunice’s last mystery, A Vacation to Kill For. Watching Eunice go through the process of writing ultimately inspired Betsy to write her own book. The Goldilocks Genome (to be published by TouchPoint Press), is a medical thriller based on her deep knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry.
Her next book HEPATITIS Beach -- From Beach to Boardroom (to be published in 2024) focuses on her time and research in Melanesia, where she did her doctoral research. She studied the natural history of hepatitis B virus on a remote island with no Western amenities, went native, and found time to enjoy the beach. During the 1970’s it was a very different and challenging environment for a woman in Academia. She describes how she navigated the pre-#MeToo world and her rite of passage into a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry.
When preparing her mother’s house for an estate sale, Elizabeth found additional cozy mystery books that Eunice had written, each with a female hero. Wanting to honor her godmother, who died in 1970, she obtained the rights to publish the four new mysteries written between 1945-1970 and to republish Eunice’s other books including the award-winning mystery Murder Breaks Trail, all from the 1940’s set in Alaska featuring F. Millard Smythe. The new books are: Dune House (2021), Slay Bells (2021), A Vacation to Kill For (2022), and One Paw Was Red (2022/2023). The republished works are: Murder Breaks Trail (1943), Doom in the Midnight Sun (1944), and Murder Wears Mukluks (1945), all of which will be published by Level Best Books in 2023. Read about how her mysteries were discovered in Tidbits. Keep up to date with Tidbits and articles on www.ElizabethReedAden.com