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A. J. Diehl A. J. Diehl
Award-winning writer A.J. Diehl is the author of a report on crime and violence in the media. She's been featured as a spokesperson on radio and television, and in newspapers such as USA Today and The Los Angeles Times. Previously a senior news editor ...
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Alan  Orloff Alan Orloff
Alan Orloff is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers and The Writer's Center in Bethesda, Md. He is the author of Diamonds for the Dead, an Agatha Award finalist for Best First Novel, and Killer Routine. Orloff earned a ...
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Alice Loweecey Alice Loweecey
Alice Loweecey is a former nun who went from the convent to playing hookers on stage to accepting her husband's marriage proposal on the second date. A regular contributor to BuddyHollywood.com, she is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in ...
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Amy Patricia Meade Amy Patricia Meade
Author of the critically acclaimed Marjorie McClelland Mysteries, Amy Patricia Meade is a native of Long Island, N.Y., where she earned bachelor's degrees in English and business. She enjoys traveling, cooking and classic films, and is a member of Sisters ...
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Beth Groundwater Beth Groundwater
Beth Groundwater (Colorado Springs, CO) was an avid "river rat" in the 1980s. Her book, A Real Basket Case (Five Star Publishing), was a 2007 Agatha Award finalist for Best First Novel. She is the author of several award-winning stories and holds key ...
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Bill Cameron Bill Cameron
Bill Cameron lives with his wife in Portland, OR. His short stories have appeared in The Dunes Review and The Alsop Review. This is his first novel. ...
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Brian Wiprud Brian Wiprud
Brian Wiprud attended NYU Film School and has been featured in the New York Times for his engineering expertise of New York City’s underground tunnels. He is the author of several mystery books, including Pipsqueak (Random House), winner of Left ...
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C.J. Carpenter C.J. Carpenter
C.J. Carpenter divides her time between Manhattan and Philadelphia. Never Alone is her debut novel. Visit her online at cjcarpenterbooks.com. ...
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C.S. Challinor C.S. Challinor
C.S. Challinor (Florida) was educated in England and Scotland, and has traveled extensively.  Her short stories have been published in women’s magazines in the United States and the United Kingdom. ...
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Carol Culver
Carol Culver has published more than 35 books for Harlequin/Silhouette over the past 18 years as well as two single titles for Pocket—That’s Amore and An Accidental Greek Wedding. Culver is also the author of the young adult Best Friends ...
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Catriona McPherson Catriona McPherson
Catriona McPherson (California) was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is the author of the Dandy Gilver historical mystery series (Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books), which was nominated for a Macavity Award in 2012. As She Left It is her Midnight Ink debu ...
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Charles Atkins Charles Atkins
Charles Atkins is a board-certified psychiatrist who maintains a clinical faculty position at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Atkins also worked as a consultant to the Reader’s Digest Medical Breakthrough series. He currently co-writes a ...
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Clark Hays
A poet and journalist, Clark Hays (Portland, OR) was raised on a 3,000-acre Montana cattle ranch. Hays’ work has appeared in journals, magazines and newspapers. Most recently, he was nominated for the Pushcart Prize for a short story appearing in ...
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Colin Campbell Colin Campbell
Colin Campbell is a former police officer and soldier who now makes a living as a full-time crime novelist. His short stories have appeared in such publications as The Wharfedale & Airedale Observer and during Lit 103.3 radio broadcasts. With six ...
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Cricket McRae Cricket McRae
Cricket McRae’s contemporary Home Crafting Mysteries reflect her interest in traditional colonial skills. Set in the Pacific Northwest, they feature activities like soap making, food preservation, spinning, cheese making, and mead making. For two ...
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D. A. Keeley
D.A. Keeley (United States) has published widely in the crime-fiction genre and is the author of six other novels, as well as short stories and essays. In addition to being a teacher and department chair at the Northfield Mount Hermon School, and a member ...
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Daniel Edward Craig Daniel Edward Craig
Daniel Edward Craig, author of the Five-Star Mystery series, draws on his years working in luxury hotels to delight readers with his hilarious behind-the-scenes novels set in the hotel business, where things are never as calm and dignified as they seem. ...
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Darrell James Darrell James
Darrell James’ short stories have appeared in numerous mystery magazines and book anthologies, and have garnered a number of awards, including finalist in the 2009 Derringer Awards. Nazareth Child won the 2012 Left Coast Crime Eureka Award for Best ...
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Deborah Sharp Deborah Sharp
Like the main character in her “Mace Bauer Mysteries,’’ her family roots were set in Florida long before Disney or Miami Vice. As a native and former reporter for USA Today, she knows the spots not found on maps: Molasses Junction. Muse, ...
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Deirdre Verne Deirdre Verne
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Diane  Gilbert  Madsen Diane Gilbert Madsen
Chicago native Diane Gilbert Madsen (Florida) lived in the Windy City for years and at one time was the Director of Economic Development for the State of Illinois. She has an M.A. in English literature and is an active member of two Robert Burns ...
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E. J. Copperman
E. J. Copperman is the author of the Haunted Guesthouse series (Berkley Prime Crime) with nearly 100,000 copies sold. Writing as Jeff Cohen, he has published two nonfiction books on Asperger's Syndrome, including The Asperger Parent. ...
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Elena Santangelo
Elena Santangelo (Pennsylvania) is an award-winning short story writer and an avid fan of both history and ghost stories. Her mystery and ghost tales have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Murderous Intent, and in the anthology Death ...
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Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli
Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli (Michigan) is a writing instructor at Northwestern Michigan College. She is the author of novels, short stories, articles, and essays. Her work has appeared in numerous publications and anthologies. Buzzelli is a member of the ...
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Elizabeth Spann Craig
Elizabeth Spann Craig has spoken at the Cape Fear Crime Festival on the topics of Amateur Sleuths and Humorous Mysteries, and she appears with the Carolina Conspiracy mystery writing group in panels and conferences.  She enjoys blogging about ...
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G.M. Malliet G.M. Malliet
G. M. Malliet worked as a journalist and copywriter for national and international news publications and public broadcasters. Winner of the Malice Domestic Grant (Death of a Cozy Writer), Malliet attended Oxford University and holds a graduate degree from ...
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Gerald Anderson Gerald Anderson
Minnesota native Gerald Anderson (Moorhead, MN) is a professor of British and European history at North Dakota State University. ...
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Gigi Pandian Gigi Pandian
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J.B. Stanley J.B. Stanley
J.B. Stanley has a BA in English from Franklin & Marshall College, an MA in English Literature from West Chester University, and an MLIS from North Carolina Central University. She taught sixth grade language arts in Cary, North Carolina for the ...
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Jeff Cohen
Writing as E. J. Copperman, Jeff Cohen is the author of the Haunted Guesthouse series (Berkley Prime Crime) with nearly 100,000 copies sold. Writing as Jeff Cohen, he has published two nonfiction books on Asperger's Syndrome, including The Asperger ...
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Jennifer Harlow Jennifer Harlow
Jennifer Harlow (Atlanta) earned a BA from the University of Virginia in psychology. Her eclectic work experience ranges from government investigator to radio DJ to lab assistant. She is also a member of Sisters in Crime. Visit her online at ...
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Jess Lourey Jess Lourey
Jess Lourey is the author of the Lefty-nominated Murder-by-Month mysteries set in Battle Lake, Minn. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, The Loft, and a founding faculty member of the Mystery Writers of America’s MWA ...
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Jessie Chandler Jessie Chandler
Jessie Chandler is the author of the Shay O'Hanlon Caper series, the Vice President of the Twin Cities chapter of Sisters in Crime, and a member of Mystery Writer's of America. Her debut novel, Bingo Barge Murder, won the Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award ...
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Jim Lavene Jim Lavene
Bestselling authors and award-winning photojournalists, Joyce and Jim Lavene, are a husband and wife team who started writing novels in 1999 and have had more than 40 books published to date. In addition to their books, the Lavenes have published hundreds ...
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Joanna Campbell Slan Joanna Campbell Slan
Joanna Campbell Slan (Washington, D.C.) is an international authority in the scrapbooking community. She is the author of over ten books on the subject, and her work has appeared in all of the industry's top magazines. In 2004, Slan founded a contest for ...
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Joe Moore Joe Moore
Joe Moore is a former marketing & communications executive and two-time EMMY® winner with 25 years experience in the television postproduction industry. Joe serves on the International Thriller Writers board of directors as Co-President. He writes ...
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Joni Folger Joni Folger
Joni Folger (Tillamook, OR) worked on an airline for twenty-two years. When she's not spending quality time with the characters she creates, Joni enjoys gardening, crafting, and working in local theater. Visit her blog at http ...
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Joyce Lavene Joyce Lavene
Bestselling authors and award-winning photojournalists, Joyce and Jim Lavene, are a husband and wife team who started writing novels in 1999 and have had more than 40 books published to date. In addition to their books, the Lavenes have published hundreds ...
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Julia Buckley Julia Buckley
Julia Buckley (Illinois) has taught high school English for sixteen years and is married with two sons. ...
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K.C. McRae
K.C McRae (Fort Collins, CO) is the author of the Home Crafting Mystery series. She is an active member of Mystery Writers of America, Richard Hugo House, and Sisters in Crime. Visit her online at www.CricketMcRae.com. ...
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Karen MacInerney Karen MacInerney
Critically acclaimed author Karen MacInerney also teaches writers' workshops and drives a mean carpool. Her book Murder on the Rocks was selected as an Agatha nominee for Best First Novel. When she's not writing or chauffeuring children, she loves to ...
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Kathleen Ernst Kathleen Ernst
Kathleen Ernst is an award-winning author, educator, and social historian  She has published twenty-four novels and one nonfiction book.  Her books for young readers include the Caroline Abbott series for American Girl.  Honors for her ...
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Kathleen McFall
Kathleen McFall (Portland, OR) is a journalist with a master’s degree in filmmaking from The American University. She was awarded a fellowship for fiction writing from Oregon Literary Arts. ...
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Kit Frazier Kit Frazier
Kit Frazier (Austin, TX) is a two-time first place winner in the Writers' League of Texas and San Antonio Romance Authors Emma Merritt awards. She is the managing editor of a regional magazine and participates in search and rescue missions with the ...
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Lee Mims Lee Mims
Debut author Lee Mims holds a master's and bachelor's degree in geology from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, and once worked as a field geologist. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. Currently a popular ...
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Leonard Goldberg Leonard Goldberg
Leonard Goldberg is the USA Today bestselling author of the Joanna Blalock Medical Thrillers. His critically acclaimed novels have sold more than one million copies worldwide. Goldberg is a consulting physician affiliated with the UCLA Medical Center, ...
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Linda Joffe Hull Linda Joffe Hull
Linda Joffe Hull (Denver, CO) is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, where she has served in a variety of positions, including President, Treasurer, and Conference Chair. Visit her online at ...
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Linda O.  Johnston Linda O. Johnston
Linda O. Johnston (Los Angeles, CA) has published thirty-three romance and mystery novels, including the Pet Rescue Mystery series and the Pet-Sitter Mystery series for Berkley Prime Crime. ...
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Lisa Bork Lisa Bork
Lisa Bork holds a bachelor’s degree in English and an M.B.A. in marketing, and worked in human resources and marketing before becoming a stay-at-home mom. When her children entered school fulltime, Lisa turned to writing to fill her days and ...
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Lisa Falco Lisa Falco
Lisa Falco (Los Angeles) received her first tarot deck at the age of eight years old. She holds degrees from both Northwestern University and Cal State University Northridge, and is the author of A Mother’s Promise (Illumination Arts, 20 ...
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Lizbeth Lipperman Lizbeth Lipperman
Lizbeth Lipperman (Dallas, TX) is the author of the Clueless Cook mystery series (Berkley Prime Crime). She worked as a registered nurse before becoming a writer. ...
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Lois Winston Lois Winston
Lois Winston (Westfield, NJ) is an award-winning author of romantic suspense and humorous women’s fiction. She worked for several years as a crafts editor, and is also an award-winning designer of needlework and crafts projects. Visit her online at ...
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Loretta Ross Loretta Ross
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Lynn Sholes Lynn Sholes
Lynn Sholes has worked as a writing trainer for Broward County Schools and Citrus County Schools in Florida. Before writing thrillers her interest in archaeology led her to write historical fiction under the name Lynn Armistead McKee. Lynn is a member of ...
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M. C.  Grant M. C. Grant
M.C. Grant is Grant McKenzie, an award-winning screenwriter, editor, and novelist. He is the author of Switch and No Cry for Help (both published by Bantam TransWorld UK). His short stories have been featured in the First Thrills anthology edited by Lee ...
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M. J. Zellnik
A native of New York City, M. J. Zellnik was seduced by Portland's beauty and colorful history after an initial stay in 1995. She enjoyed learning more about her adopted home while writing Murder at the Portland Variety, her first novel, and is ...
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Maddy Hunter Maddy Hunter
Maddy Hunter has endured disastrous vacations on three continents in the past five years. The first six titles are available from Pocket Books; books seven and eight are available through Midnight Ink Books. The first in the series, Alpine for You, was an ...
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Maegan Beaumont Maegan Beaumont
Maegan Beaumont’s (Phoenix, AZ) longtime love of action movies inspired her to begin writing stories of her own. Carved in Darkness is her debut novel. ...
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Maggie Sefton Maggie Sefton
Maggie Sefton is the New York Times bestselling author of Knitting Mystery series (Berkeley Prime Crime). Her debut knitting mystery, Knit One, Kill Two, was named an Agatha Award finalist in 2005. Sefton was born in Richmond, Va., and grew up in ...
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Mark  Stevens Mark Stevens
Mark Stevens (Denver, CO) worked as a reporter for The Christian Science Monitor, The Rocky Mountain News, The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, The Denver Post, and Denver Public Schools. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Rocky ...
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Nina Milton Nina Milton
Nina Milton (Wales) has been publishing short stories and children's books for thirty years. She's won many literary competitions, inlcuding the Crossroads Competition, Kent Festival Prize, and the Wells Literary Short Story Competition. She enjoys ...
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Randy Rawls Randy Rawls
Randy Rawls is a retired US Army officer and Department of Defense civilian. He is the author of the Ace Edwards, Dallas P.I. series, short stories in various anthologies, and Thorns on Roses, a South Florida thriller. Rawls is a member of Mystery Writers ...
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Ray Daniel Ray Daniel
Ray Daniel (Framingham, MA) writes first-person, wisecracking, Boston-based crime fiction. His story Driving Miss Rachel (published in Blood Moon by Level Best Books) was chosen as a 2013 distinguished short story by Otto Penzler, editor of The Best ...
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Richard Greener Richard Greener
Richard Greener (Atlanta) is a former broadcast industry executive, an award-winning essayist, and recipient of the coveted CEBA Award for excellence in business. Born and raised in New York City, the author resides in Atlanta with his wife of ...
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Robert K. Lewis Robert K. Lewis
Bay Area resident Robert K. Lewis has been a painter, printmaker, and a produced screenwriter. He is a contributor to Macmillan's crime fiction fansite, Criminal Element. Lewis is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, the International ...
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Robin Allen Robin Allen
Robin Allen is the author of the Poppy Markham: Culinary Cop Mystery series. Her writing has also appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Country Woman Magazine and Writers' Journal. In addition to writing, Allen has worked as a food server, cocktail ...
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Rudy Stegemoeller Rudy Stegemoeller
Rudy Stegemoeller (New York) is a lawyer and has won minor poker tournaments in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. He is the co-author of How to Win a Million, a satirical guide to gambling and family life. ...
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Sallie Bissell Sallie Bissell
Sallie Bissell (North Carolina) is a Nashville native and divides her time between her hometown and Asheville. The first four titles in the critically acclaimed Mary Crow series are available from Bantam Doubleday Dell. ...
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Sebastian Stuart Sebastian Stuart
Sebastian Stuart (Cambridge, MA) has been a full-time writer for more than twenty years. He is the author of plays, screenplays, political satire, and critically acclaimed novels, and was the credited ghostwriter of the novel Charm! (Hyperion), which ...
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Shannon Baker Shannon Baker
Shannon Baker (McCook, NE) can often be found backpacking, skiing, kayaking, cycling, or just playing lizard in the desert. From the Colorado Rockies to the Nebraska Sandhills, the peaks of Flagstaff and the deserts of Tucson, landscapes play an important ...
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Sheila Webster Boneham Sheila Webster Boneham
Sheila Webster Boneham is the author of the Animals in Focus Mystery series. Drop Dead on Recall, the first in the series, won the Dog Writers Association of America Award in Fiction, Mystery, or Humor. She is also the author of 17 nonfiction books, six ...
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Steve Hockensmith Steve Hockensmith
Steve Hockensmith (California) is the author of the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies novels Dawn of the Dreadfuls (Quirk Classics, 2010) and Dreadfully Ever After (Quirk Classics, 2011). His book Holmes on the Range (Minotaur Books, 2007) was a finalist ...
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Steven Womack Steven Womack
Steven Womack (Nashville, TN) is the author of the Edgar and Shamus Award-winning Harry James Denton series and the critically acclaimed Jack Lynch series. A member of the Writer's Guild of America, he co-wrote the ABC-TV Movie Volcano: Fire On The ...
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Sue Ann Jaffarian Sue Ann Jaffarian
Sue Ann Jaffarian is a full-time paralegal who lives and works in Los Angeles. A member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters In Crime, Sue Ann is the author of three mystery series—Odelia Grey, Ghost of Granny Apples, and Madison ...
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Susan Goodwill Susan Goodwill
Susan Goodwill (Michigan) has been involved in community theatre for years. She is a graduate of the Writers Retreat Workshop and a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. Brigadoom is her first novel. ...
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Terri Nolan Terri Nolan
Terri Nolan (Southern California) earned a BA in radio/television from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is a freelance crime reporter and her short fiction has appeared in the anthology Murder in La La Land. ...
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Terri Thayer Terri Thayer
Terri Thayer is the author of the Quilting Mysteries (Midnight Ink) and the Stamping Sisters Mysteries (Penguin). She belongs to the Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America organizations, and has been an active member in several quilting ...
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TJ O TJ O'Connor
As an international security consultant and former government agent, TJ O'Connor has conducted security consulting, investigations, and anti-terrorism operations around the world. Today, he provides independent security consulting to ...
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Tracy Weber Tracy Weber
Tracy Weber (Seattle, WA) is a certified yoga therapist and the founder of Whole Life Yoga. She is also a member of Sisters in Crime, The Pacific Northwest Writers Association, and the Dog Writers Association of America. Murder Strikes a Pose is her debut ...
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Vicki Doudera Vicki Doudera
Vicki Doudera's debut mystery A House to Die For, was selected to the Best of 2010 list in Suspense Magazine. She is the author three nonfiction books on real estate and the Darby Farr Mystery Series, starring a crime-solving real estate ...
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Wayne McDaniel
Wayne McDaniel (New York, NY) received an MFA from Columbia University and works as a screenwriter. Resurrection Bay is his debut novel. ...
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