Sylvia Maultash Warsh was born in Germany to Holocaust survivors. Her family immigrated to Canada
when she was four years old. Sylvia grew up listening to her mother's stories about how she fled from the
Nazis in Poland, then survived the brutality of the labour camps. These stories sparked an interest in
history, especially of the war, that has influenced Sylvia's fiction.
She earned a BA from the University of Toronto, then decided to postpone entering the real world by going
for a Masters degree in Linguistics. There, she learned elementary Chinese, dissected the Zulu language,
and discovered that she was not cut out to be a scholar. After her two children were born, her poetry and
short stories began to be published. Her first novel appeared in 2000. She has taught creative writing to
seniors since 1989.
She writes the Dr. Rebecca Temple historical mystery series, published by the Dundurn Group. The first
one, To Die in Spring, (2000) (Avocet Books, U.S., 2001) was nominated for an Arthur Ellis Award by the
Crime Writers of Canada for Best First Novel. Find Me Again, (2003) won an Edgar Allan Poe award from
the Mystery Writers of America. It was nominated for 2 Anthony Awards. Find Me Again was published in
Japan. Season of Iron (2006) was short-listed for a ReLit Award.
Her fourth book, Queen of Unforgetting, published by Cormorant Books in 2010, is a departure from the
mystery genre. In it she explores the question of identity with a protagonist who leads a double life in 1973.
Mel, an ambitious grad student, persuades the acclaimed scholar Northrop Frye to supervise her thesis.
When she flees a blackmailer, she must go home, where we discover who she is and what she has done.