MembersReviewsPopularityRatingFavorited   Events   
155283,481 (2.75)10
Disambiguation Notice

Virginia Bleecher McDonnell was the author's legal name; Jean Kirby and Jinny McDonnell were two pseudonyms.

No events listed. (add an event)
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical name
Legal name
Other names
Date of birth
Date of death
Burial location
Country (for map)
Place of death
Places of residence
Awards and honors
Short biography
Virginia Bleecher McDonnell was born in 1917 and was a registered nurse who trained at Russell Sage College in Troy, New York. McDonnell wrote the Nurses Three series from 1963 to 1965 using the pen name Jean Kirby, and the Kim Aldrich series as Jinny McDonnell, both for Whitman. She is also wrote volume six of The Waltons.

McDonnell and her husband were avid skiiers and many of her books featured details of nursing or skiing. It seems likely that she wrote three Trixie Belden books, The Mystery of Cobbett's Island (1964), The Mystery of the Emeralds (1965) and The Mystery of Mead's Mountain (1978). Skiing is mentioned early in The Mystery of Cobbett's Island, although this is not the theme of the book.

McDonnell also wrote another book called Country Agent that has a number of similarities with The Mystery at Happy Valley, although her book was published in 1968. Read a review of this book, and see what you think.
Disambiguation notice
Virginia Bleecher McDonnell was the author's legal name; Jean Kirby and Jinny McDonnell were two pseudonyms.

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


Member ratings

Average: (2.75)
1 1
2 1
2.5 2
3 2
4 2

Improve this author

Combine/separate works

Author division

Jinny McDonnell is currently considered a "single author." If one or more works are by a distinct, homonymous authors, go ahead and split the author.


Jinny McDonnell is composed of 6 names. You can examine and separate out names.

Combine with…


You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 118,500,072 books! | Top bar: Always visible