The BBC is reporting that Michael Dibdin, a mystery author probably best known for his Italian detective Aurelio Zen, has died at the age of 60.
Dibdin's first published book, The Last Sherlock Holmes Story, was an affectionate parody of the consulting detective which took the form of a confessional manuscript by Dr. Watson. His first Zen mystery, Ratking, was inspired by the 4 years he spent teaching English in Italy. It was a Gold Dagger award for crime fiction in 1988. The most recent entry in the series, End Games, will be published posthumously.
Dibdin was married to another mystery author, Katherine (K. K.) Beck, who he met at a writers' conference in Spain in 1993. They lived in Seattle.
He died on March 30th after a short illness.
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