Lillian Bueno McCue, whose pen name is Lillian de la Torre, was born in New York City on March 15, 1902, received her B.A. at New Rochelle College in 1921, an M.A. from Columbia University in 1927, and another M.A. from Harvard in 1933. Her field of study is 18th Century English literature. Her husband George McCue, whom she married in 1932, taught English at Colorado College from 1935 to 1962. Lillian McCue was a well-known mystery writer of several novels, numerous short stories, and 12 plays, most notably Goodbye, Miss Lizzie Borden. She referred to herself as a histo-detector, researching unsolved mysteries of the past, particularly using the 18th century characters of Dr. Sam Johnson and his friend Boswell as central figures.