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  • "Joyce (Smith) Christmas and her college roommate Phoebe..."
    - Merry Maisel
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CHRISTMAS--Joyce, passed away on October 7. She was the author of more than 20 novels, including the Lady Margaret Priam and Betty Trenka mystery series, and had been a national board member of Mystery Writers of America. Joyce was also Vice President of a consulting firm specializing in hotel technology. A native of Connecticut, Joyce attended Radcliffe College. She was pre-deceased by partner Larry Chervenak. Donations may be sent to First Book (

Published in The New York Times on Oct. 14, 2012