Dr. Elizabeth Chase

Created by Martha C. Lawrence

Once you get beyond (if you can get beyond) the fact that she’s a licensed private eye and a “parapsychologist,” the adventures of San Diego’s DOCTOR ELIZABETH CHASE (two Ph.D.s from Stanford) are quite rewarding. And pretty fun.

But then, you knew I was going to say that, right?

Actually, part of the appeal of the series is that Elizabeth, despite “ten years as a research guinea pig at Stanford,” can’t really get a grip on, and isn’t really comfortable with, her “gift”, and that she often misinterprets the information she does receive.

“While my psi ability is undeniably real,” Elizabeth admits, “I can’t turn it on and off at will. Which is why I have a private investigator’s license. With most cases, I devote as many hours to methodically poking around as I do to chasing down psychic flashes.”

Even without the ability to control them, Elizabeth’s skills are often called upon by the San Diego Police Department.

The first book in the series, Murder in Scorpio (1995), was short-listed for the Edgar, Agatha and Anthony awards for Best First Mystery in 1996. Martha claims to have been inspired by her own real life psychic experiences. Prior to writing full time, she worked as an assistant editor at Simon & Schuster in New York and for several years served as an acquisitions editor for Harcourt Brace. While there, she also worked with the editorial staff of the short-lived but influential The New Black Mask, and is a member of Mystery Writers of America, The Private Eye Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime. She lives in Escondido, California.



  • “A Little Light on the Subject” (Spring 1997, MHCMM)


Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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