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Lifetime: 1881 - 1935 Passed: ≈ 88 years ago




United States

Natalie Sumner Lincoln

Natalie Sumner Lincoln was an American novelist who wrote mystery and crime novels mostly set in her native Washington, DC.

Natalie Sumner Lincoln was born on October 4, 1881 in Washington, D.C. She was the daughter of Dr. Nathan Smith Lincoln, Civil War physician and White House physician to US President James A. Garfield, and Jeanie Gould, novelist and children's author. Her brother was political reporter George Gould Lincoln. She was educated at Laura A. Flint's Private School in Washington.

Lincoln was society editor for the Washington Herald from 1912 to 1914. She was editor of the Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine from April 1915 until her death.

Lincoln wrote 22 novels, all but one set in Washington DC. About half of them featured either Inspector Mitchell or Detective Ferguson of the Washington, DC police. Two of her novels were adapted as silent films: The Man Inside (1916) and Black Shadows (1920), the latter based on her novel The Official Chaperon. She also contributed short stories to a number of magazines, including Smith's Magazine, McCall's, All Story, and Detective Story Magazine.

She made philatelist headlines in 1930 when she discovered one of her father's letters with a rare postmaster provisional stamp from Baltimore postmaster James M. Buchanan, which she sold for $10,000.

Natalie Sumner Lincoln died at her Hawthorne Street home in Washington, D.C. on August, 31 1935.

Books by Natalie Sumner Lincoln

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The Cat's Paw

Fiction Novel
Detective Murder Mystery Fortune Society

Susan Baird is found dead at her tea-table and all the evidence points to murder. She is supposed to have been penniless but when her will is found her niece Kitty inherits a fortune. Grave suspicion shifts from one person to another and the two suit...

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The Unseen Ear

Reference work
Beauty Life Science Emotion sound

It explores the world of sound and its impact on our lives. Written in 1923, this classic work provides a unique insight into the role that sound plays in our everyday experiences, making it a must-read for anyone interested in the sensory world. Na...

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The Nameless Man

Adventure Novel
Mystery Suspense Discovery Human Nature Imagination Secret Twists Plotting

It is an enthralling mystery novel that follows the gripping journey of a mysterious protagonist. This book takes readers on a suspenseful and thrilling adventure filled with secrets, twists, and unexpected discoveries. Originally published in 1917....

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I Spy

Fiction Novel
War Military Mystery Thriller Suspense Journey Detective Fiction Danger

This gripping book takes readers on a suspenseful journey as they unravel the secrets and suspense that lie within its pages. Written by Natalie Sumner Lincoln, a talented author known for her captivating storytelling, "I Spy" is a timeless masterpi...

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The Thirteenth Letter

Fiction Novel
Detective Murder Mystery Crime Thriller Suspense Secret Twists Intriguing

In the shadowy depths of early 20th-century America, a cryptic symbol holds the key to a dark and sinister secret. Enter the world of "The Thirteenth Letter" by Natalie Sumner Lincoln, a gripping mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat fr...

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The Moving Finger

Detective Mystery Adventure Thriller Suspense Secret Twists Plotting

"The Moving Finger" by Natalie Sumner Lincoln transports you into a world of enigma and intrigue, where the ordinary facade of life conceals a labyrinth of secrets. As the clock ticks and shadows deepen, the mysteries unfold, leaving you hanging on t...

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Red Seal

Nothing is what it seems to be as events unfold in this entertaining mystery by Natalie Sumner Lincoln. Red seals and red herrings abound and will keep you guessing all the way through the final chapter! (summary by J. M. Smallheer)

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Trevor Case

The nation's capital was astir at the untimely and curious death of the young wife of the Attorney General, Edmund Trevor. She had obviously been murdered, and as a matter of importance, it didn't take long for prosecutors to locate, indict, and conv...