Mystery author, piano dealer drop Wildwood 4BD

Medium f6ec80c3f65e8a24f2d9da2d4ee0351d Joanna C. Slan and her husband, David, sold a four-bedroom, five-bath home at 7 Ailanthus Court in Wildwood to Sonia and Christopher Smith for $587,500 on Oct. 9.

The 4,041-square-foot house was built in 1994 in the Wildhorse subdivision.

Mrs. Slan is an author. Paper, Scissors, Death, the first book in her mystery series earned her a nomination for an Agatha Award for best first novel. She is also one of the early Chicken Soup for the Soul contributors.

An international scrapbooking expert, she started "The Best of British Scrapbooking," a contest for scrapbookers in the U.K in 2007. She is also a co-founder and co-chair of the Sisters in Crime's Forensic University of St. Louis, an all forensic writers conference.

She earned her degree in journalism from Ball State University.

Mr. Slan is a principal at Steinway Piano Gallery, one of the 79 exclusive Steinway dealers in the U.S. He also owned Rodgers Organs of St. Louis and Baldwin Piano Center. He has served on board at the Symphony Music School and on the executive committee at the board of the St. Louis Symphony.

According to, there have been 706 home sales in Wildwood during the past 12 months, with a median sales price of $355,000.

Address: 7 Ailanthus Court
Buyer(s): Christopher J Smith (and wife) and Sonia M Smith (and husband)
Seller(s): David S Slan (and wife) and Joanna C Slan (and husband)
Sale date: Oct. 9, 2009