David Delman, 87, of Wynnewood, a former Philadelphia advertising executive, author and reviewer of mystery novels, died Thursday, Sept. 13, of lung cancer at Lankenau Hospital.
Until earlier this month, Mr. Delman critiqued mystery novels for Kirkus Reviews, which each month publishes prepublication evaluations of works for outlets such as libraries, bookstores, and media outlets.
He had begun reviewing for Kirkus after retiring as senior vice president at the former Philadelphia firm Gray & Rogers in the late 1980s, a granddaughter, Sarah Edelman, said.
Mr. Delman was a regular freelance viewer of mystery novels for The Inquirer.
"He considered himself an ad man," his granddaughter said, "but writing was most central to his life."