VICKI DELANY
GUEST OF HONOR
Vicki Delany is one of Canada's most prolific and varied crime writers and a national bestseller in the U.S. She has written more than twenty-five books: clever cozies to Gothic thrillers to gritty police procedurals, to historical fiction and novellas for adult literacy. Under the name of Eva Gates, she writes the Lighthouse Library cozy series for Penguin Random House. Her latest book is Elementary, She Read, the first in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series from Crooked Lane.

Vicki is the past president of the Crime Writers of Canada. Her work has been nominated for the Derringer, the Bony Blithe, the Ontario Library Association Golden Oak, and the Arthur Ellis Awards.




MARY JANE MAFFINI
TOASTMASTER

ANNAMARIA ALFIERI
Annamaria Alfieri is the author of the Vera and Tolliver series of historical mysteries set in British East Africa, beginning in 1911. Described as Out of Africa meets Agatha Christie, the stories capture the beauty and the danger of the African wildness and the complexities of imposing a culture on a foreign land. The first in the series, Strange Gods is now available in paperback. The next, The Idol of Mombasa will launch as a paperback original on October 1. Annamaria's previous historical mysteries, all set in South America, have garnered critical acclaim. The Christian Science Monitor chose her Blood Tango as one of ten must-read thrillers. Of her Invisible Country, Kirkus Reviews said, "Alfieri has written an antiwar mystery that compares with the notable novels of Charles Todd." The Washington Post said of her debut novel, "As both history and mystery, City of Silver glitters."
Writing as Patricia King, she is the author of the short story "Baggage Claim," in the anthology Queens Noir. Her five books on business subjects include Never Work for a Jerk, which was featured on the Oprah Winfrey show. A world traveler, Annamaria takes a keen interest in the history of the places she visits. She lives in New York City and is a member of the board of trustees of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and a past president of the New York Chapter of Mystery Writers of America.

BILL ARONOFF
Bill is known for telling bad jokes. Everything triggers a joke, song or story. Bill can and does talk to everyone about everything. He will recommend books to perfect, or not so, perfect strangers for themselves and for their children. Bill is a Chemist by education but will tell you that he is strange by inclination. He carries business cards that claim that he is a Professional Annoyer. He believes in RTFM. Ask him, if you do not know what it means. Bill remembers everything, only play trivia if he is on your team. Besides work related conventions, he attends up to five reader/author conventions a year.

CAROL ARONOFF
Carol has been reading forever. While she has an E-reader, she prefers paper books, though listens to audio books while she drives. Carol has been a teacher and a camp specialist where she designed her own program. She collects cook books, most are just for reading, not for cooking from. When visiting a new place, she will buy a local cook book just to learn about the culture of the area. Food tells a lot about people. Carol enjoys mystery, romance and fantasy. Along with husband Bill, and sometimes their adult children, she attends about five reader/author conventions a year.


RICHARD BELSKY
R.G. Belsky is an author of crime fiction and a New York City journalist. His new mystery BLONDE ICE - the latest in a series featuring newspaper reporter Gil Malloy - will be published by Atria in October. Previous books include SHOOTING FOR THE STARS and THE KENNEDY CONNECTION. Belsky is a former editor at the New York Daily News, New York Post, Star magazine and NBC News. www.rgbelsky.com

LES BLATT
Les Blatt is the host of the Classic Mysteries blog and podcast (www.classicmysteries.net). He has been presenting weekly audio reviews of classic mysteries on the podcast for more than eight years, while the blog features additional reviews and conversations about great traditional mysteries, from the Golden Age down to the present day. He spent most of his working life as a TV network news producer, writer and editor, and he hopes that this will not be held against him.


LESLIE BLATT
Leslie Blatt is a Retired School Library Media Specialist. In her 40 years of being in schools, she worked with all grade levels. Mysteries have always been a major theme in her library as a resource for inquiry teaching as well as getting kids to read. Mysteries had one of the largest circulation numbers! Mysteries have always been a favorite genre for Leslie since she was young, beginning with The Bobbsey Twins and Nancy Drew.



NIKKI BONANNI
Nikki Bonanni works as an Exercise Physiologist and personal trainer in Ithaca, NY. She also teaches several classes at Ithaca College. Currently she is working on two manuscripts. In her free time she enjoys reading, playing hockey, and dabbling in photography. She established the Killer Coffee Club in 2009, a mystery book club that hosts authors in person or via skype and is based out of Barnes & Noble.

DEBBY BUCHANAN
Debby began writing stories as soon as she could read. As a child, she preferred reading to playing outside. She wrote poems and stories and was a "stringer" for a teen magazine while in high school. Debby was a journalism major in college.

She is the Chair of the annual Deadly Ink Mystery Conference and is Senior Editor at Deadly Ink Press. She is also on the board of SPAWN, a member of SPAN, IBPA, MWA, RWA, Liberty States Writers and Sisters in Crime.





CHRISTINE COBAUGH
Chris loves to read mysteries, thrillers and horror. She is working on a stand-alone mystery novel, NIGHT CRIES.

She lives in PA with her husband, Brad.


SANDRA CODY
Sandra Carey Cody was born and grew in Missouri, surrounded by people who loved stories, whether from a book or told on the back porch on a Sunday afternoon. She attended Washington University in St. Louis, moved on to various cities in different parts of the country, and finally settled down in Bucks County, PA. Wherever she's gone, books have been the bridge to her new community and new friends.

She has six published novels - five in the Jennie Connors
mystery series and the standalone mystery, Love and Not Destroy. She is also the author of a number of short stories which are not mysteries - unless you consider (as she does) the day-to-day bump and jostle of ordinary life a mysterious thing.

She teaches at the Writing Center of Pearl S. Buck International.

Website: http://www.sandracareycody.com
Blog: http://www.birthofanovel.wordpress.com


JEFF COHEN/E.J. COPPERMAN
Jeff Cohen is the author of the Aaron Tucker and Comedy Tonight mystery series. As E.J. Copperman, he writes the Haunted Guesthouse mystery series (Berkley Prime Crime) and with himself writes the Asperger's Mystery series (Midnight Ink). Next year will see the debut of the Agent to the Paws series (Thomas Dunne) and Mysterious Detective Mystery series (Crooked Lane). In his spare time, he sleeps.

BRUCE DESILVA
Bruce DeSilva, author of the hard-boiled Mulligan crime novels, has won the Edgar and Macavity Awards and been a finalist for the Shamus, Anthony, and Barry Awards. His short stories have appeared in Akashic Press's noir anthologies, and his books have been published in eleven languages. Previously he was a journalist, editing stories that won nearly every journalism prize including the Pulitzer. His fifth novel, "The Dreadline," will be published in September.

PEGGY EHRHART
Peggy Ehrhart is a former English professor who writes mysteries and plays blues guitar. She holds a doctorate in Medieval Literature, and her publications include a prize-winning book dealing with classical mythology in the Middle Ages.

Her Maxx Maxwell mysteries, published by Five Star/Gale/Cengage, feature a blues-singer sleuth. Sweet Man Is Gone appeared in 2008 and Got No Friend Anyhow appeared 2011. Both are available in print and on Kindle. She is at work on a new series set in a charming New Jersey town.

Peggy is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. She served as president of Sisters in Crime, NY/TriState from 2013 to 2015. She plays guitar with the Still Standing Band.

Visit her at www.PeggyEhrhart.com .

KATE GALLISON
Kate Gallison has spent most of her life in New Jersey. At various times she has been a housewife, a store clerk, a bill collector, a computer programmer, a technical writer, and a museum docent. Her writing credits include short stories in three anthologies and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, three private eye novels in the Nick Magaracz series - UNBALANCED ACCOUNTS, THE DEATH TAPE, and THE JERSEY MONKEY - and five traditional mysteries featuring Mother Lavinia Grey, a woman priest of the Episcopal Church in a small river town in New Jersey - BURY THE BISHOP, DEVIL'S WORKSHOP, UNHOLY ANGELS, HASTY RETREAT, and GRAVE MISGIVINGS.
Under the name of Irene Fleming, she has written murder mysteries about silent movie production in the early twentieth century. The first of these, THE EDGE OF RUIN, won the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance fiction prize for 2010. The second, THE BRINK OF FAME, follows the heroine from New Jersey to Hollywood.
Kate is currently at work on a spy thriller set in New York City in 1915.

JACK GETZE
A former reporter for The Los Angeles Times, Jack Getze is Fiction Editor for Anthony nominated Spinetingler Magazine, one of the internet's oldest websites for noir, crime and horror short stories. His Austin Carr Mysteries BIG NUMBERS, BIG MONEY, BIG MOJO and this year's David Award nominee, BIG SHOES, are published by Down & Out Books. His short stories have appeared in A Twist of Noir, Beat to a Pulp, The Big Adios, Passages and two anthologies.


TIM HALL
Tim Hall is the author of the Bert Shambles Mysteries, a New Adult mystery series published by Cozy Cat Press. His crime fiction has appeared in THUGLIT, BIGnews, and Chicago Reader. He appears at industry and fan events throughout the year, including Malice Domestic, Deadly Ink, Noir at the Bar, BEA, KGB reading series, the Brooklyn Book Festival and many others.
Tim was co-founder of the Outsider Writers Collective, and his journalism has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He is an active member of the NY chapter of the Mystery Writers of America. He lives in New York City with his wife and son.



JANE KELLY
After a decade, Jane Kelly returned in 2014 with Missing You in Atlantic City, the fourth Meg Daniels mystery. During the hiatus Jane attended Trinity College, Dublin as an extremely mature student for an MPhil in Popular Literature. After working in DC, New York and Boston, she is back in her home town, Philadelphia, close to the Jersey Shore settings of Killing Time in Ocean City, Cape Mayhem and Wrong Beach Island (available from Plexus Publishing). She is also the author of three novels available only on Kindle. A Fear of Seaside Heights (A Meg Daniels Bonus Mystery), Swoon '64 (a Writing in Time Mystery) and Widow Lady (the first Widow Lady mystery).
Website: www.janekelly.net
Facebook: Jane Kelly Author


DAVID MANFRE
David Manfre, a lifelong New Jersey resident, has attended Bouchercon and Deadly Ink numerous times. Though not yet a published author, he has a degree in English and has taken other English and creative writing classes. He is working on stories that take place in Monmouth and Ocean Counties, reflecting his interest of visiting shore communities.


NINA MANSFIELD
Nina Mansfield is a Greenwich, Connecticut based writer. Her debut novel, SWIMMING ALONE a YA mystery was published in 2015 by Fire & Ice YA. Her graphic novel FAKE ID: BEYOND RECOGNITION, illustrated by Leyla Akdogan, will be out online with Plume Snake Comics in 2016. Her blog NOT EVEN JOKING, which discusses books, writing, theater and food, has hosted numerous mystery writer guests. Her plays have been published and produced throughout United States and internationally. Nina's short mystery fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and Mysterical-E. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the Short Mystery Fiction Society and the Dramatists Guild. Visit her at www.ninamansfield.com.


JEFF MARKOWITZ
Jeff Markowitz is the author of the Cassie O'Malley mysteries, an amateur sleuth series set deep in the NJ Pine Barrens. After penning three books in the series, Jeff decided to embrace his dark side. His most recent book is the award-winning black comedy, Death and White Diamonds. Jeff currently serves on the Regional Board of Directors of the New York Chapter of MWA. He lives in Monmouth Junction, NJ with his wife, Carol. You can usually find him at his computer at 5:30 in the morning, plotting someone's murder.


STEVEN RIGOLOSI
Steven Rigolosi is the author of The Outsmarting of Criminals, chosen by Oprah as one of the best mysteries of 2014 and by the Houston Chronicle as a top book of 2014. The Outsmarting of Criminals shared the 2015 David Award with Jeff Markowitz's Death and White Diamonds. Steve is also the author of the three books in the Tales from the Back Page series: Who Gets the Apartment? (also a David Award winner), Circle of Assassins, and Androgynous Murder House Party. His novella The Ocelot Chronicles, in which a misguided second-grade teacher kidnaps an ocelot from the Bronx Zoo, was recently published as an e-book.

He maintains his blog, Greenfields, at stevenrigolosi.wordpress.com.


ROBERTA ROGOW
Roberta Rogow writes historical mysteries, although she sometimes revises the history. Her most recent book, Menace in Manatas, continues the Saga of Halvar the Hireling, in an Alternate Universe in which Spanish Moors got to Manhattan Island before the Dutch did. Roberta is also known for writing Filk songs (science fiction folk music), and is a member of the Filk Hall of Fame.


CHARLES SALZBERG
Charles Salzberg is the author of the Shamus Award nominated Swann's Last Song, Swann Dives In, Swann's Lake of Despair, finalist for two Silver Falchions, and the Beverly Hills Book Award, and Devil in the Hole, named one of the best crime novels of 2013 by Suspense magazine.

His novella, Twist of Fate is in Triple Shot, and Swann's Way Out will be released in early 2017.


AJ SIDRANSKY
AJ Sidransky is a dyed-in-the-wool New Yorker. Born in the Bronx, he resides in Washington Heights with his wife and son. He is a life long Yankees fan.

The National Jewish Book Awards selected his first novel Forgiving Maximo Rothman as a finalist in Outstanding Debut Fiction for 2013. Next Generation Indie Book Awards selected his next book, Stealing a Summer's Afternoon as a finalist for Best Second Novel for 2015. Forgiving Mariela Camacho, a thriller and continuation of Forgiving Maximo Rothman was released in September 2015. It has been nominated for the David Award, 2016.

His short story, La Libreta was honored by the Institute for Caribbean Studies as part of their celebration of Caribbean-American Heritage Month in 2014 and was published by Small Axe Salon, an on-line Literary Magazine. His short story, Mother Knows Best appeared in an invitation only anthology entitled Noir Nation 5, published in October 2014.

Mr. Sidransky is also a staff writer for Yale Robbins Publications and has written for Office Buildings Magazine. He is a contributing writer to #News, a daily news satire that appears on YouTube and a frequent contributor to UptownCollective.com a blog about life in Upper Manhattan.

AJ has had a varied and interesting professional life. He has worked as a banker, commercial mortgage broker and Internet entrepreneur. He is a trained Chef, (a graduate of the French Culinary Institute), and a Certified Personal Trainer. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a BA in Urban Planning.

Mr. Sidransky is on the steering committee of Viva tu Vida/Live Your Life, a non-profit that fights childhood obesity in upper Manhattan and sits on the executive committee of Yeshiva University's Community Development Board. He travels to the Dominican Republic frequently and is fluent in Spanish.

He is currently at work on two new projects, The King of Arroyo Hondo, a collection of short stories and a novella about life in the Dominican Republic and the Dominican Diaspora today and The Interpreter a thriller about the return to Europe in 1945 of a young Jewish-American soldier who escaped with his family in 1940 from Nazi occupied Europe and is searching for the girl he left behind.

Contact info:
A.J. Sidransky
917-282-5553
www.ajsidransky.com
ajsidransky@berwickcourt.com
@AJSidransky


S. A. SOLOMON
S.A. Solomon has published crime fiction and poetry in New Jersey Noir (Akashic Books), the 2016 Anthony Award-nominated anthologies Jewish Noir (PM Press) and Protectors 2: Heroes-Stories to Benefit PROTECT; Grand Central Noir (Metropolitan Crime); and The Five-Two Crime Poetry Weekly. She's a member of the Mystery Writers of America, New York chapter. She's working on a noir trilogy set in Newark and Jersey City. You can find her on twitter @sa_solomon.

ALBERT TUCHER
Albert Tucher is the creator of prostitute Diana Andrews, who has appeared in more than seventy short stories in venues including THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2010, edited by Lee Child. Her first longer case, the novella THE SAME MISTAKE TWICE, was published by Untreed Reads in 2013. Albert Tucher has recently spun off a supporting character from Diana's world, Detective Errol Coutinho of the Hawaii County Police. He will appear in THE PLACE OF REFUGE, due out soon from One Eye Press.

E. F. WATKINS
E. F. Watkins specializes in paranormal suspense, and since 2003 has published eight novels with Amber Quill Press LLC. Her first, DANCE WITH THE DRAGON, received a 2004 EPPIE Award from the national organization EPIC (Electronically Published Internet Connection). Next came the romantic mystery RIDE A DANCING HORSE (as "Eileen Watkins"). Her third book, BLACK FLOWERS, was a Finalist in the Thriller category for both the 2006 EPPIEs and the 2007 Indie Excellence Book Awards. ONE BLOOD, a prequel to DANCE WITH THE DRAGON, was a finalist for a 2012 EPIC Award. She also has published the paranormal thrillers PARAGON and DANU'S CHILDREN. In 2013, she launched the Quinn Matthews Haunting Mysteries featuring a psychic amateur sleuth. The first in this series, DARK MUSIC, received the David G. Sasher Award at the 2014 Deadly Ink Mystery Conference, and the second, HEX, DEATH AND ROCK 'N' ROLL, was a finalist in Mystery for the 2014 Next Generation EBook Awards. Watkins was a founding member of the Garden State Horror Writers and also belongs to the national groups Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. For more background, visit her web site at www.efwatkins.com. standalone BLOOD ALWAYS TELLS, the book that led Tess Gerritsen to call her "the master of plot twists."






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