Linda Barnes was born and raised in Detroit, and graduated cum laude from the School of Fine and Applied Arts at Boston University. She went on to become a drama teacher and director at Chelmsford and Lexington, Massachusetts schools. While teaching drama, Barnes wrote two plays, the award-winning Wings and Prometheus but went on to write highly successful mystery novels. Before writing her first stand-alone novel, The Perfect Ghost, Linda Barnes wrote sixteen mystery novels, twelve featuring her 6’1” redheaded private eye Carlotta Carlyle, and four featuring actor/detective Michael Spraggue, an amateur sleuth. Linda Barnes lives near Boston with her husband.