Dora Amy Elles (who later wrote as PW) was born at Mussoorie
, in the foothills of the Himalayas
, one of at least three children in her family.
By May 1910
PW, using the pseudonym of her entire writing career, published the historical novel A Marriage Under the Terror
. The same year came A Child's Rhyme Book
. From this date she issued almost one a year of six early novels.
By 17 October 1928
PW provided a melodramatic first appearance in Grey Mask
for her female detective, the elderly, single, dowdy, but brilliant Miss Maud Silver.
PW's thirty-second and final Miss Silver mystery, The Girl in the Cellar
(whose plot is particularly involved) appeared in the year of her death.
28 January 1961
PW died, well on in her eighties.