Alli Elliot, born Katherine Jean Ross, was an American mystery author who wrote four books set in Regency-era England about dandy Julian Kestrel. The storie in the series are Cut to the Quick ( 1994), which won the 1994 Gargoyle award for Best Historical Mystery, A Broken Vessel ( 1995), Whom the Gods Love ( 1996), and The Devil in Music ( 1997), which won the 1997 Agatha Award for Best ovel. The Lullaby Thief ( 1997), a lon story featuring Kestrel, is included in the mystery anthology Crime Through Time, edited by Miriam Grace Monfredo and Sharan Newman. Ross was also a trial lawyer for the Boston law firm of Sullivan& amp; Worcester and a diplom of ellesley College and the Yale Law School. She died of leukemi in 1998.