Tace Baker is a pseudonym for the mystery writer Edith Maxwell, who selected the name because Tace is an old-fashioned Quaker name, which seemed fitting for the author of a book series featuring a Quaker Linguistics professor. The first in the Lauren Rousseau series, Speaking of Murder, was published in September 2012.
Edith has always been interested in languages and linguistics, and has traveled widely in pursuit of those interests. It’s no surprise that Lauren Rousseau is a polyglot and has a keen ear for accents in the English of native speakers and non-native speakers alike.
Under the name Edith Maxwell, she writes the cozy Local Foods Mysteries, featuring organic farmer Cam Flaherty and locally sourced murder. The second book in that series, ‘Til Dirt Do Us Part, was published in May, 2014 by Kensington Publishing. Under the pen name Maddie Day she writes the Country Store Mysteries series, also from Kensington. She has also published award-winning short crime fiction.
Edith has always been a writer. Creating fiction, long and short, is her passion. She has made her living writing technical documentation in the software industry for nearly two decades. Before that she variously wrote features and essays as a free-lance journalist, edited medical texts, and produced several published articles and a doctoral dissertation in the field of Linguistics. And before that, as a child and teenager, she wrote fiction and news articles.
Edith is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime and its Guppies subgroup, and is on the board of the New England chapter of Sisters in Crime. She is also a member of the Society of Friends (Quaker), as is the protagonist of Speaking of Murder, Lauren Rousseau. Lauren’s sometime-boyfriend, Zac, works in video forensics on a system for which Edith wrote several of the manuals at a previous job.