L.R. Wright, originally Laurali Rose Appleby was born June 5, 1939, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. After marrying television producer and director John Wright in 1962, she became known professionally as L.R. Wright. She worked as a reporter and a columnist until turning to freelance writing full time. She published her first novel, Neighbours, in 1979 and two more in the next five years before turning to the mystery genre. Her first mystery novel, The Suspect, won the 1986 Edgar Award for Best Novel; beating out entries by Simon Brett, Ruth Rendell, and Paul Auster. She went on to write eight more novels in the Karl Alberg Mysteries series between 1986 and 1997. She began the Edwina Henderson Mysteries series in 2000 with Kidnap and followed up with Menace a year later. She died of cancer in 2001.