Friday, July 31, 2009

Mystery Author William G. Tapply Dies

William G. Tapply (1940 - 2009)

The Boston Globe and Boston Herald are reporting that mystery writer William G. Tapply died yestesday at his home in New Hampshire after a battle with leukemia. He was 69.

Tapply published his first mystery featuring Boston attorney Brady Coyne, Death at Charity's Point, in 1984. Coyne would go on to appear in 24 novels, the most recent, Hell Bent, published last year. An avid outdoorsman, Tapply began a new mystery series several years ago with Stoney Calhoun, a bait-and-tackle shop owner in a small town in Maine. The third book in this series, Gray Ghost, publishes next month. He was also good friends with Philip R. Craig, a fellow New England mystery writer with whom they co-wrote three mysteries. Craig died in 2007.

Tapply is survived by his wife, Vicki Stiefel, five children, his mother and his sister.

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