E. P. Fenwick was born Elizabeth Jane Phillips on April 5, 1916 in St. Louis, Missouri. After high school, she wrote poetry and an unpublished first novel which she destroyed when it was rejected by a publisher. She then enrolled in secretarial courses and became a French translator for two years. She adopted the pseudonym E. P. Fenwick in the early 1940s and resumed writing, publishing three detective mysteries with Farrar & Rinehart. After turning to mainstream writing for ten years as Elizabeth Fenwick, she returned to writing crime fiction with the suspense novel Poor Harriet. Fenwick married noted harpsichord maker, David Jacques Way, in 1950, and continued to publish more suspense novels until 1973. She died from Alzheimer's Disease on November 20, 1996.
- Two Names for Death
- "Simply and subtly written, with knowable characters and plausibly complex motivations."–Anthony Boucher. "Fenwick's novels are all beautifully plotted in human intimacy."– Carol Cleveland, Twentieth-Century Crime and Mystery Writers. Black Gat #25. April 2020.