Ruth Sawtell Wallis was born March 15, 1895 in Springfield, Massachusetts. She graduated from Radcliffe College in 1919 with a degree in English, then went on to graduate studies in anthropology, traveling to France on a research fellowship. She returned to a position in the anthropology department at the University of Iowa, followed by a sociology professorship at Hamline University, but after marrying Wilson Wallis in 1931 was dismissed due to the university's policy of not hiring two employed academics in the same family. Wallis began writing mysteries in 1943, penning five of them in the next seven years. After moving to Connecticut with her family, she became a sociology lecturer at Annhurst College in 1956, and eventually became a full professor before retiring in 1974. Wallis died on January 21, 1978 in South Woodstock, Connecticut.
- Too Many Bones / Blood from a Stone
- Two anthropological murder mysteries from the 1940s. New introductions by Curtis Evans and the author's granddaughter, Nancy Wallis Ingling. "Her writing is always top notch, never dull."—J. F. Norris, Pretty Sinister Books. October 2020.