The daughter of a journalist, Elsa Hart was born in Rome and spent much of her childhood abroad, attending international schools in Moscow and Prague. She is drawn to stories about travelers throughout history, and likes to put her own characters in places that are unfamiliar to them. Her first three mysteries, Jade Dragon Mountain, The White Mirror, and City of Ink, follow the exploits of a crime-solving librarian in 18th-century China. Her fourth novel, The Cabinets of Barnaby Mayne, introduces Cecily Kay, an 18th-century plant enthusiast whose fascination with botany leads her into a world of collectors, apothecaries, artists, and charlatans. Elsa lives in a townhouse with a botanist and a dog and likes to travel to mountains whenever possible.
Represented by Stephanie Cabot.