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​Marie Benedict is the pseudonym of American lawyer and author Heather Benedict Terrell.

She uses the pen name when writing historical fiction novels, and her real name when writing fantasy and young adult novels.

A holder of a BA degree with a focus in History and Art History from Boston College, where she graduated magna cum laude, and a Juris Doctor degree from the Boston University School of Law, where she graduated cum laude, Benedict has over ten years of experience as a litigator at two of the leading premier law firms and Fortune 500 companies.

While still practicing law, she aspired to tell stories; a dream that she ultimately fulfilled when she published books in both her pen name and real name.

Through her historical fiction novels written as ​Marie Benedict, she hopes to delve into the past and unravel fascinating women whose achievements and contributions have been undervalued, if not misrepresented.

Her books, which have been listed as New York Times, USA Today and international bestsellers, have been translated into twenty-nine languages.

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Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction

Born: 1968

United States

Pseudonym: Marie Benedict

Website: https://www.authormariebenedict.com/

Website: http://heatherterrell.com

Non Series

  • The Other Einstein (2016)
  • Carnegie's Maid (2018)
  • The Only Woman in the Room (2019)
  • Lady Clementine (2020)
  • The Mystery of Mrs. Christie (2021)
  • The Personal Librarian (2021)
  • Her Hidden Genius (2022)
  • The Mitford Affair (2023)

Omnibus Books

  1. Marie Benedict Historical Fiction Bundle (2020)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

The Other Einstein

The Other Einstein offers us a window into a brilliant, fascinating woman whose light was lost in Einstein's enormous shadow. This novel resurrects Einstein's wife, a brilliant physicist in her own right, whose contribution to the special theory of relativity is hotly debated. Was she simply Einstein's sounding board, an assistant performing complex mathematical equations? Or did she contribute something more?

Mitza Maric has always been a little different from other girls. Most twenty-year-olds are wives by now, not studying physics at an elite Zurich university with only male students trying to outdo her clever calculations. But Mitza is smart enough to know that, for her, math is an easier path than marriage. Then fellow student Albert Einstein takes an interest in her, and the world turns sideways. Theirs becomes a partnership of the mind and of the heart, but there might not be room for more than one genius in a marriage.

Author: Marie Benedict
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1492647584
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Carnegie's Maid

Exactly what kind of woman could have inspired an American dynasty?

Clara Kelley is not who they think she is. She's not the experienced Irish maid who was hired to work in one of Pittsburgh's grandest households. She's a poor farmer's daughter with nowhere to go and nothing in her pockets. But the woman who shares her name has vanished, and assuming her identity just might get Clara some money to send back home.

Clara must rely on resolve as strong as the steel Pittsburgh is becoming famous for and an uncanny understanding of business, attributes that quickly gain her Carnegie's trust. But she still can't let her guard down, not even when Andrew becomes something more than an employer. Revealing her past might ruin her future―and her family's.

Author: Marie Benedict
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1492662709
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
The Only Woman in the Room

The story of a brilliant woman scientist only remembered for her beauty.

Her beauty almost certainly saved her from the rising Nazi party and led to marriage with an Austrian arms dealer. Underestimated in everything else, she overheard the Third Reich's plans while at her husband's side and understood more than anyone would guess. She devised a plan to flee in disguise from their castle, and the whirlwind escape landed her in Hollywood. She became Hedy Lamarr, screen star.

But she kept a secret more shocking than her heritage or her marriage: she was a scientist. And she had an idea that might help the country fight the Nazis and revolutionize modern communication...if anyone would listen to her.

Author: Marie Benedict
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1492666899
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Lady Clementine

A focus on one of the people who had the most influence during World War I and World War II: Clementine Churchill.

In 1909, Clementine steps off a train with her new husband, Winston. An angry woman emerges from the crowd to attack, shoving him in the direction of an oncoming train. Just before he stumbles, Clementine grabs him by his suit jacket. This will not be the last time Clementine Churchill will save her husband.

Lady Clementine is the ferocious story of the ambitious woman beside Winston Churchill, the story of a partner who did not flinch through the sweeping darkness of war, and who would not surrender either to expectations or to enemies.

Author: Marie Benedict
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1492666936
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
The Mystery of Mrs. Christie

A thrilling reconstruction of one of the most notorious events in literary history: Agatha Christie's mysterious 11-day disappearance in 1926.

In December 1926, Agatha Christie goes missing. Investigators find her empty car on the edge of a deep, gloomy pond, the only clues some tire tracks nearby and a fur coat left in the car―strange for a frigid night. Her World War I veteran husband and her daughter have no knowledge of her whereabouts, and England unleashes an unprecedented manhunt to find the up-and-coming mystery author. Eleven days later, she reappears, just as mysteriously as she disappeared, claiming amnesia and providing no explanations for her time away.

The puzzle of those missing eleven days has persisted. With her trademark historical fiction exploration into the shadows of the past, acclaimed author Marie Benedict brings us into the world of Agatha Christie, imagining why such a brilliant woman would find herself at the center of such murky historical mysteries.

What is real, and what is mystery? What role did her unfaithful husband play, and what was he not telling investigators?

Author: Marie Benedict
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-1728234304
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
The Personal Librarian

A remarkable novel about J. P. Morgan’s personal librarian, Belle da Costa Greene, the Black American woman who was forced to hide her true identity and pass as white in order to leave a lasting legacy that enriched our nation.

In her twenties, Belle da Costa Greene is hired by J. P. Morgan to curate a collection of rare manuscripts, books, and artwork for his newly built Pierpont Morgan Library. Belle becomes a fixture in New York City society and one of the most powerful people in the art and book world, known for her impeccable taste and shrewd negotiating for critical works as she helps create a world-class collection.

But Belle has a secret, one she must protect at all costs. She was born not Belle da Costa Greene but Belle Marion Greener. She is the daughter of Richard Greener, the first Black graduate of Harvard and a well-known advocate for equality. Belle’s complexion isn’t dark because of her alleged Portuguese heritage that lets her pass as white—her complexion is dark because she is African American.

NB: Co-authored with Victoria Christopher Murray.

Author: Marie Benedict
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-0593101544
Publisher: Berkley
Her Hidden Genius

She changed the world with her discovery. Three men took the credit.

Rosalind Franklin has always been an outsider―brilliant, but different. Whether working at the laboratory she adored in Paris or toiling at a university in London, she feels closest to the science, those unchanging laws of physics and chemistry that guide her experiments. When she is assigned to work on DNA, she believes she can unearth its secrets.

Rosalind knows if she just takes one more X-ray picture―one more after thousands―she can unlock the building blocks of life. Never again will she have to listen to her colleagues complain about her, especially Maurice Wilkins who'd rather conspire about genetics with James Watson and Francis Crick than work alongside her.

Then it finally happens―the double helix structure of DNA reveals itself to her with perfect clarity. But what unfolds next, Rosalind could have never predicted.

Author: Marie Benedict
First Release: 2022
ISBN: 978-1728260105
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
The Mitford Affair

An explosive novel of history's most notorious sisters, one of whom will have to choose: her country or her family?

Between the World Wars, the six Mitford sisters — each more beautiful, brilliant, and eccentric than the next — dominate the English political, literary, and social scenes. Though they've weathered scandals before, the family falls into disarray when Diana divorces her wealthy husband to marry a fascist leader and Unity follows her sister's lead all the way to Munich, inciting rumors that she's become Hitler's mistress.

As the Nazis rise in power, novelist Nancy Mitford grows suspicious of her sisters' constant visits to Germany and the high-ranking fascist company they keep. When she overhears alarming conversations and uncovers disquieting documents, Nancy must make excruciating choices as Great Britain goes to war with Germany.

Author: Marie Benedict
First Release: 2023
Ebook: B09XGGTB2J
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark

Omnibus Books

Marie Benedict Historical Fiction Bundle

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Marie Benedict has captivated readers with her gorgeous stories of the women forgotten to history.

Now, get four of her acclaimed novels in this specially priced e-book bundle: The Other Einstein, Carnegie's Maid, The Only Woman in the Room, and Lady Clementine PLUS an exclusive excerpt from The Mystery of Mrs. Christie.

Author: Marie Benedict
First Release: 2020
Ebook: B08GW4KFRJ
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark