Mary Francis Young was born on 23 February 1923 in Pratt, Kansas, the daughter of Jack Fant and Mary Francis (Milstead) Young. When she was very young, her family moved to the Pacific Northwest, where she raised. She studied at Maryville State College. On 24 October 1943, she married Daniel Charles Shura, who died in 1959. They had two children: Marianne Francis Shura (Spraguc) and Daniel Charles Shura. On 8 December 1961, she married Raymond C. Craig, they had a daughter Alice Barrett Craig (Stout), before their divorce. She lived in Hinsdale, Illinois, where her apartment apartment burned on 13 December 1990. At 67, she died of injuries suffered in the fire on 12 January 1991 in Loyola University Medical Burn Center in Maywood.

Since 1960, she wrote over 50 books of various genres: children's adventures and teen-romances as Mary Francis Shura, M. F. Craig, and Meredith Hill; gothic novels as Mary Craig; romance novels as Alexis Hill, Mary Shura Craig and Mary S. Craig; and suspense novels as M. S. Craig. Her children's novel "The Search for Grissi" received the Carl Sandburg Literary Arts Award in 1985, and she also was nominated to the Young Hoosier Book Award. In 1990, she was elected president of the Mystery Writers of America.

Book List in Order: 14 titles

  • 'Any other time,' Ash Porter wrote Luke Adams. 'Things are out of hand here on the mountain, with a firebug loose and a loaded gun inside every cabin door.' Ten years away from the Sierras, Luke ignored Ash's warnings and those of...


  • Eager newcomers who cross the Pacific in pursuit of a dream. Proud natives who cling defiantly to ancient tribal rituals. All are called Hawaiians. This is their story…and the story of the mighty Jameson dynasty, which grows to wealth and dominance...


  • Of all the children of Bay Fortune only strong-willed Floss Fortune could build her family's dynasty, and withstand the corruption and shattered dreams, love and death, passion and betrayal, greed and lust that life brought her....




  • A proud and violent family in a new land of dangerous passions. They plowed the land and sailed the seas, building the fortune that was to carry them to fame. But the descendants of Bennett Lyon could not escape the winds of war that buffeted their ...


  • They were the family Lyon. Strong. Sure. Gifted. Cursed... They sailed from embattled England to America's shores, aristocratic exiles in the land of the common man. But not even an ocean could heal the breach of a house divided against itself, a ...



    • / Historical Romance
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    The story of a branch, new town and the man who made her great....






  • When Mary Craig's second child was born with a rare disease, she was overwhelmed with the problems of coping with a severe handicap. This new edition includes a new chapter which brings the story up-to-date, and also tells of Mary's fourth son, born ...


    • / Romantic Suspense
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    John Fast never returned from his usual jog along the cliffs that morning. When his body was found in the surf below, a victim of a planned hit-and-run accident, his young wife Sydney suddenly is caught in two mysteries. Who murdered her husband? And...


  • THE FACE OF DEATH Chrys Clement awoke to the darkness of a sleeping house. The mist hung like a silver veil and shrouded the house in a ghostly light. Her grandfather lay dying -- and with his last breaths, he summoned her to his room. She agre...


    • / Historical Romance
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    She was afraid of the danger around her, and the passion within her. The Arms Of Fear. Lovely young Julie Shelton fled the memory of the hellish marriage from which only her husband’s accidental death had released her. In the sleepy Southern...


  • Lori could no longer claim the name she bore all her life; and if she became the new and strange personality everybody insisted she was, she would inherit the prosperous Lost River Ranch that would make her a very rich and powerful young woman. In h...