More by and about Walter

Some miscellany that didn’t quite fit anywhere else but that we think is definitely worth a read. If you know of an article about or interview with Walter, or have something he wrote or said that you’d like to share, you can add it as a comment to this page.

from Mystery Fanfare

Mystery Fanfare blog Mystery author Walter Satterthwait passed away on Sunday after a battle with COPD and congestive heart failure. He was 73. Besides being one helluva writer, Walter was a clever, funny, and quirky guy. I always enjoyed talking with him at conferences. He also contributed to Mystery Readers Journal. Although it’s been awhile since I’ve seen…

A Classic Christmas Letter

10 December 1989 Dear Sir or Madam, Mr. Satterthwait wants me to assure you that this is not merely a form letter. First of all, every single one of these is being typed out individually by me, Doreen, his personal private secretary with my very own two hands! (There is some sort of doohickie on…

The “Trailer Trash” Tour

The SECRET LIFE OF WALTER: WITTY A mystery writer, quite a novel character, embarks on a do-it- yourself tour to promote his latest, Masquerade. It’s no time to be humble or serious. by Jean Heller, February 2, 1999 © St. Petersburg Times – St. Petersburg, Fla. Snowflakes splatter the windshield in nearly white-out driving conditions,…


Some of Walter’s wise and witty bon mots -I like mysteries because writing them gives me—theoretically, at least—an opportunity to demonstrate how clever I am.   -I needed to understand [my characters] first as people: to recognize the complicated—sometimes sloppy—uniqueness of their individual lives. And I think that doing this, in the act of fiction or…

Interviews with Walter have been published in January Magazine and Kirkus Reviews — and of course in Sleight of Hand: Conversations with Walter Satterthwait. You can find information about purchasing the last story Walter wrote here:

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