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
Lapsed librarian and former mystery bookseller Mary Jane Maffini is the author of three and a half series and two-dozen mystery short stories. The Ottawa-based Camilla MacPhee books, the Fiona Silk capers and the Charlotte Adams organizer mysteries all offer their own quirky characters and humor. The Busy Woman's Guide to Murder (Charlotte Adams # 5) won the Romantic Times award for Best Amateur Sleuth.

As Victoria Abbott, Mary Jane collaborated on five mysteries in the book collector series with her daughter, Victoria Maffini and her granddog, Peachy. The Marsh Madness (Book collector # 4) won the 2016 Bony Blithe Award for mysteries that make us smile and The Hammett Hex is now available. No extra change for the crooked uncles or the recipes.

Mary Jane has won three Arthur Ellis awards and an Agatha award for mystery short stories and has been short-listed for an Anthony and several other awards.

When not bumping off the unsuspecting, she lives and plots in Manotick, ON, with two princessy miniature dachshunds and a lovely husband who looks over his shoulder a lot. She is more dangerous than she appears.
www.maryjanemaffini.com


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.


P.M. CARLSON
P.M. Carlson, sixth President of Sisters in Crime, taught psychology at Cornell before deciding that mystery writing was more fun. Her dozen mystery novels include nominees for Edgar, Macavity, and Anthony awards. Two short stories were Agatha nominees. Currently, Crum Creek Press is reissuing her Maggie Ryan novels. She lives in New York with her husband and a Belgian sheepdog
named Nero Wolfe.
Website: www.pmcarlson.net


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

ILENE SCHNEIDER






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
Eileen F. Watkins specializes in mystery and suspense fiction. For 2017, she launches the Cat Groomer Mysteries, featuring "cat whisperer" and amateur sleuth Cassie McGlone. The series, from Kensington Mystery, kicks off with The Persian Always Meows Twice. Eileen previously published eight novels through Amber Quill Press, most of them paranormal suspense, as "E. F. Watkins." These included two Quinn Matthews Haunting Mysteries. The first, Dark Music, won the David G. Sasher Award at the 2014 Deadly Ink Mystery Conference. The second, Hex, Death & Rock 'n' Roll, was a Mystery finalist for the 2014 Next Generation EBook Awards. Eileen is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Liberty States Fiction Writers and Sisters in Crime. She serves as publicist for Sisters in Crime Central Jersey and also for the annual Deadly Ink Mystery Conference. Eileen comes from a journalistic background, having covered art, architecture, interior design and home improvement for New Jersey's two largest daily newspapers. She also has freelanced on those subjects for major magazines. Besides these topics, Eileen has strong interests in the paranormal and spirituality as well as in animal training and rescue. She is seldom without at least one live-in cat, pays regular visits to the nearest riding stable and has competed in dressage. Visit her web site at www.efwatkins.com.

VICKI WEISFELD






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