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
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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
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, 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.
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 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
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
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 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.
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
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, 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
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 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.
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
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.