Monday, May 6, 2013
with media sponsorship by Essential Public Radio
Doors open at 4 pm
Program begins at 5 pm
This year's Festival of Mystery will take place on Monday May 6, Our usual first Monday in May.
We will return to the new quarters at the Greek Orthodox Church in Oakmont, 12 Washington St., about 5 blocks from the store. The Church hall gave us a much more comfortable space for our many authors and their fans at last year's Festival and this year's promises to be just as big.
Keep checking this page for updates as we begin to assemble the program.
Tickets to the Festival are available in advance for $8, at the door for $9.
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A complete bibliography of books by the Festival authors is available to download and print
Also available: Festival Guide with complete information about the event and the authors.
Avery Aames, a.k.a. Daryl Wood Gerber started out as an actress and screenwriter before she turned to writing mysteries. Avery writes the Agatha Award-winning, nationally bestselling Cheese Shop Mysteryseries, set in Ohio. Daryl has a brand new series debuting in July. A Cookbook Nook Mystery features a cookbook store owner who is an avid reader and admitted foodie. The series is set on the coast of California. Final Sentence is the first title. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl has appeared in “Murder, She Wrote” and more.
Sparkle Abbey writes the popular pet mystery series featuring former Texas beauty queens who’ve ditched their hairspray and tiaras for botanical flea dip, doggie couture, and over-the-top pet lovers. Cousins, Caro and Mel, solve whodunits in the wacky world of precious pedigrees, pampered pets, and secrets. The first book in the Amazon best-selling series was Desperate Housedogs, followed by Get Fluffy and Kitty, Kitty, Bang, Bang. Yip/Tuck will be out later this year.
Nancy Atherton is the bestselling author of seventeen other Aunt Dimity mysteries. The first book in the series, Aunt Dimity’s Death, was voted “One of the Century’s 100 Favorite Mysteries” by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. She lives in Colorado Springs.
The immensely popular Booktown Mystery series is what put Lorna Barrett’s name on the New York Times Bestseller list, but it’s her talent -- whether writing as Lorna, or L.L. Bartlett, or Lorraine Bartlett -- that keeps her there. This multi-published, Agatha-nominated author pens the exciting Jeff Resnick Mysteries as well as the acclaimed Victoria Square Mysterries and has many short stories and novellas to her name(s).
Chip Bell, a practicing trial lawyer from New Kensington, Pennsylvania, is the author of the Jake Sullivan Series. Set in Miami, the Florida Keys, and the Caribbean, the series features Miami Federal Prosecutor Jake Sullivan. The first book in the series, Come Monday, follows Jake as he loses his job and family when a key piece of evidence against a serial killer goes missing and Jake migrates to Key West, where he discovers the source of his misfortune involving a plot that twists and turns the whole way to the White House. In Trying to Reason With Hurricane Season, Jake must hunt down a Presidential assassin while overseeing a treaty signing between the United States and Cuba, and the third installment, Havana Daydreamin’, finds Jake in Havana searching for the lost mob fortune of Meyer Lansky. The manuscript for the fourth installment in the series, A Pirate Looks At Forty, has been completed and will soon be ready for publication.
Heather Blake (aka Heather Webber) is the author of more than a dozen mystery novels and has been twice nominated for an Agatha Award. She's a total homebody who loves to be close to her family, read, watch reality TV (especially cooking competition shows), drink too much coffee, crochet, bake (mostly cookies), and occasionally leave the house to travel to the beautiful mountains in the northeast. Heather grew up in a suburb of Boston, but currently she lives in the Cincinnati area with her family and is hard at work on her next book.
Janet Bolin was born and raised north of Pittsburgh and has spent time near the fictional village of Threadville, Pennsylvania, famous for textile shops including amateur sleuth Willow Vanderling’s machine embroidery boutique. In the Agatha- and Bony Blithe-nominated Dire Threads, thoughtless threats lead to dire consequences. In Threaded for Trouble, a ‘killer’ sewing machine lives up to its name. In Thread and Buried, coming out June 4, the truth lies just beneath the surface. Two more Threadville Mysteries are on the way. Janet’s dogs assist with everything from reading and writing to sewing and gazing into the distance.
Frances Brody lives in Yorkshire, England, the setting for her 1920s mystery series featuring Kate Shackleton, a young First World War widow turned detective. As Frances McNeil, she wrote for BBC radio, television and theatre and penned sagas, gaining the HarperCollins Elizabeth Elgin award for most regionally evocative saga of the millennium. As a young secretary, Frances worked in Washington DC and New York. She is delighted that her sleuth has crossed the Atlantic. Dying in the Wool is set in a village whose millionaire mill owner went missing. Genteel Harrogate is the location for A Medal for Murder.
Duffy Brown loves anything with a mystery. While others girls dreamed of dating Brad Pitt, Duffy longed to take Sherlock Holmes to the prom. She has two cats, Spooky and Dr. Watson, her license plate is Sherlock and she conjures up who-done-it stories of her very own for Berkley Prime Crime. Duffy’s Consignment Shop Mystery series is set in Savannah and the Cyclepath Mysteries are set on Mackinac Island. Duffy writes romance as Dianne Castell and is a USA Today bestselling author.
Mollie Cox Bryan is the author of the Cumberland Creek Mysteries. The first in her series, Scrapbook of Secrets, was published by Kensington in February 2012 and is nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel; the next one Scrapped, was just published in January 2013. Plans for the series include two more novels and two novellas. Originally from the Pittsburgh area, she now lives in Waynesboro, Va. with her husband and two daughters.
New York Times bestselling author Kate Carlisle is a native Californian who worked in television production for many years before turning to writing. A lifelong fascination with the art and craft of bookbinding led Kate to write the Bibliophile Mysteries, featuring protagonist Brooklyn Wainwright, whose bookbinding and rare book restoration skills invariably uncover old secrets, treachery and murder. Her latest bibliophile mystery is Peril in Paperback and the newest book in the series, A Cookbook Conspiracy, is available in hardcover in June 2013.
TThe first in the Ashton Corners Book Club mysteries by Erika Chase, A Killer Read, hit the bookshelves last year and was nominated for the Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Read and Buried followed in Dec., and Cover Story will be out in Aug. Erika also writes short stories and is part of those dangerous dames, The Ladies’ Killing Circle. She has been shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis Award from Crime Writers of Canada. She was the owner of a specialty mystery bookstore in a previous life. And then, as now, has been ably distracted by her two Siamese cats.
Ann writes two series of traditional mysteries: the Vera Stanhope books set in Northumberland in North East England and the Shetland novels featuring Jimmy Perez. Raven Black, the first Shetland novel, won the CWA Gold Dagger. Both series have been adapted for television: Shetland was produced by the BBC and a third series of Vera, starring double Oscar nominee Brenda Blethyn, will be broadcast soon. Silent Voices, a Vera book, will be published in the US in May by Minotaur. Dead Water, the first of a new Shetland quartet, will appear later in the year.
Sheila Connolly is the award-nominated and New York Times bestselling author of three series from Berkley Prime Crime. The Orchard Mysteries take place in a small town in western Massachusetts, where generations of her ancestors lived. The Irish side of her family inspired the County Cork Mysteries, which debuted with the bestselling Buried in a Bog. She also worked at a major historical society in Philadelphia, where the Museum Mysteries are set. In case you can't tell, all the series are linked by her love of genealogy and family history. She now lives in Massachusetts and visits Ireland whenever she can.
My mother tells me I was born a very long time ago, but I’m not so sure—my mother can’t be trusted. These things I do know: I was raised in Texas on barbeque, Mexican food and beer. I currently reside in Las Vegas, where my friends assure me I cannot get into too much trouble. Silly people. I am the author of Wanna Get Lucky? (A NY Times Notable Crime Novel for 2010 and double RITA™ Finalist), Lucky Stiff, So Damn Lucky and two digital novellas, Lucky in Love and Lucky Bang. My upcoming releases are two digital novellas, Lucky Now and Then, Parts One and Two (March and April 2013) and the fourth Lucky novel, Lucky Bastard (May 14th in hardcover). I can usually be found at the bar, but also on my website.
Casey Daniels once applied for a job as a tour guide at a historic cemetery. She didn't get the job, but she did get the idea for the Pepper Martin Mystery Series about a cemetery tour guide who finds she can communicate with the permanent residents. The eighth and ninth booksin the series, Wild Wild Death and Supernatural Born Killers, will be at the Festival.
As Kylie Logan, she is the author of three books that feature button shop owner Josie Giancola. At the Festival we'll have: Button Holed as well as Hot Button and Panic Button. This year, Kylie will have two new series starting, the League of Literary Ladies in June (Mayhem at the Orient Express) and the Chili Cook-Off mysteries in October (Chili Con Carnage).
C. William (Bill) Davis is the author of the Clive Aliston Mystery Series. Clive Aliston is a southwestern Pennsylvania County Sheriff on the trail of a serial killer.The first three books in the series are The Forever Man Trilogy, which includes, The Forever Man, Tail of the Scorpion and The Ticket Master (Return of The Forever Man). The trilogy ends but the series will continue. Bill has lived in southwestern Pennsylvania nearly all of his life. After several years in the Aerospace Electronics field and a 30 year career in Industrial/Electrical at Allegheny Ludlum he has finally been able to pursue his lifelong interest in writing.
“It’s a crime not to read Delany,” so says the London Free Press. Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers. Her newest novel is More than Sorrow, a gothic thriller. She also writes the Smith & Winters police procedural series for Poisoned Pen Press, which has been optioned for Canadian TV, including In the Shadow of the GlacierandAmong the Departed, and the light-hearted Klondike Gold Rush books (Gold Digger, Gold Mountain). Having taken early retirement from her job as a systems analyst in the high-pressure financial world, Vicki enjoys the rural life in bucolic, Prince Edward County, Ontario.
Anne G. Faigen has written several young people's novels, Finding Her Way (1997), Brave Salamander (2005), New World Waiting (2006), Frame Work (2008), and most recently Out of Turns (2009) - a mystery for adults. With a B.A. in creative writing and a graduate degree in literature, she enjoyed a rewarding career teaching high-school and college classes in literature and writing before becoming a full time author. An abiding interest in encouraging young readers to learn about themselves and their world motivated her to write historical fiction.
Barbara Fradkin, retired psychologist and two-time winner of the Arthur Ellis Best Novel Award, has written eleven mysteries; two Cedric O’Toole novellas for reluctant readers and nine in the gritty, award-winning novel series featuring quixotic Ottawa Police Inspector Michael Green, whose passion for justice and love of the hunt often interfere with family, friends and police protocol. In The Whisper of Legends, just released in April 2013, Green braves the northern wilderness of Nahanni National Park Reserve to search for his lost daughter.
Shelley Freydont is the author of nine mysteries that have been translated into seven languages. She loves puzzles of all kinds and when not writing or reading mysteries, she’s most likely working on a jigsaw, Sudoku, or crossword. Her new series Celebration Bay Mysteries (Foul Play at the Fair) is published by Berkley Prime Crime.
She also writes women’s fiction as Shelley Noble. A former professional dancer and choreographer, she most recently worked on the films, Mona Lisa Smile and The Game Plan. She lives in New Jersey and loves to hear from readers.
Kathleen George is a Pittsburgher and her police thrillers are set here. The Odds was nominated for an Edgar award for best novel of the year by the Mystery Writers of America. She is also the author of the acclaimed novels Taken, Fallen, Afterimage, and Simple as well as a short story collection The Man in the Buick and some books about theatre. She uses her theatre background to write suspenseful scenes. She was also the editor of Pittsburgh Noir, a collection of short fiction set in the neighborhoods of Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh playwright and actor Kathryn Miller Haines is well known to MLB readers as the author of four novels in a WW II-set series featuring actress and would-be PI Rosie Winters. Last July she debuted a young adult historical mystery, The Girl Is Murder, subsequently nominated for a 2012 Edgar Award for best YA mystery. A follow up, The Girl is Trouble, came out last year.
Highly acclaimed author L. C. Hayden is the creator of the popular Harry Bronson series. Her latest release, When the Past Haunts You, is set in the Pittsburgh area and is a 2013 LCC Watson Award Nominee. Goodreads recently hailed When the Past Haunts You as one of 2012 Best Books. Hayden’s previous release (also a Harry Bronson novel,) Why Casey Had to Die, was the Agatha Award Finalist for Best Novel and a Pennsylvania Top 40 Pick.
Sara J. Henry's first novel, Learning to Swin, won the Anthony and Agatha awards for best first novel and the Mary Higgins Clark award, and was nominated for the Macavity and Barry awards. The 2013 sequel, A Cold and Lonely Place, set in the Adirondacks in mid-winter, has been called a "deeply atmospheric, seductive read and a captivating literary mystery" by Julia Spencer-Fleming. Sara was a newspaper sports editor in the Adirondacks and has been a book and magazine editor, freelance writer, and webmaster, bicycle mechanic (and briefly, a soil scientist). A native of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Sara now calls southern Vermont home.
Linda O. Johnston is the author of the Pet Rescue Mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime which debuted in March 2011 with Beaglemania. The series centers around Lauren Vancouver, dedicated administrator of a no-kill animal shelter who also finds herself having to solve murders. In the Pet Rescue Mysteries, “no-kill” means pets, not people! The Pet Rescue series is a spinoff from Linda’s Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter, mystery series. The latest book in the series is Oodles of Poodles, a February 2013 release
Tammy Kaehler’s career in marketing and technical writing landed her in the world of automobile racing, which inspired her with its blend of drama, competition, and welcoming people. Her debut, Dead Man’s Switch, was praised by mystery fans as well as racing insiders, and she takes readers back behind the wheel in Braking Points, the second Kate Reilly Racing Mystery. Tammy works as a technical writer in the Los Angeles area, where she lives with her husband and many cars.
Julie Kramer writes a series set in the desperate world of TV news. Her latest – Shunningn Sarah, an Amish mystery – scored a Library Journal starred review and a thumbs up from James Patterson: “Remember Witness? Shunning Sarah is an even better suspense story.” Kramer has won the Daphne du Maurier Award for Mainstream Mystery/Suspense, RT Reviewer’s Choice for Best First Mystery, and the Minnesota Book Award. Her work has also been nominated for the Anthony, Barry, Shamus, Mary Higgins Clark and RT Best Amateur Sleuth Awards.
Joyce and Jim Lavene write award-winning, best-selling mystery fiction. They have written and published more than 60 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, Amazon and Gallery Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in rural North Carolina with their family.
Alice Loweecey is a former nun who went from the convent to playing prostitutes on stage to accepting her husband’s marriage proposal on the second date. Her Falcone and Driscoll Investigation series features Giulia Falcone, a nun turned PI. Alice is back with the third in the series: Veiled Threat. Publisher’s Weekly called it “absorbing” and Kirkus said it’s a “fast-paced, satisfying mystery.” Giulia’s previous adventures are Force of Habit and Back in the Habit. Alice, who learned puns from her husband,. is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime and lives with her family in Western New York.
Lapsed librarian and former mystery bookstore co-owner Mary Jane Maffini has thirteen books in three amateur sleuth series. The latest Charlotte Adams book The Busy Woman’s Guide to Murderwon the 2012 RT award for Best Amateur Sleuth. “So Much in Common” (EQMM) won Agatha and Arthur Ellis awards and was nominated for an Anthony. In March 2013, writing as Victoria Abbott, Mary Jane and her daughter Victoria were thrilled to launch The Christie Curse, first in a book collector series (Berkley). The Sayers Swindle will follow in December 2013.
Dennis Marsili is a former New Kensington, PA police detective, who these days instead of his .40 caliber pistol packs a powerful prose. His first novel, Excessive Forces: A Pittsburgh Police Thriller draws from his own world and life experiences, taking readers into realities normally hidden from public view. A police procedural in the tradition of Joseph Wambaugh, Excessive Forces will shock and stir emotions within the reader while providing a peek inside the stark and pressure filled world of our law enforcement professionals. Dennis now works for the Police Academy at Indiana Univ of PA and lives in New Kensington, PA with his wife Cindy.
Nancy Martin, the 2009 winner of the Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement for mystery writing, has written nearly fifty popular fiction novels, including the Blackbird Sisters Mystery Series and the Roxy Abruzzo Mysteries. The 8th Blackbird mystery, No Way to Kill a Lady, was released in August, 2012. This summer, look for Little Black Book of Murder. Nancy lives in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Highland Park.
Daniel Palmer spent a decade as an e-commerce pioneer, helping to build first generation Web sites for Barnes & Noble and other popular brands. His previous novels include Helpless and Delirious. An experienced musician and songwriter, Daniel has recorded two CDs and licensed his songs for commercial use. A graduate of Boston University, Daniel lives in New Hampshire with his wife and two children.
Stanley Trollip and Michael Sears write together under the name Michael Stanley. Their mystery novels, featuring Detective Kubu, are set in Botswana. The third mystery –Death of the Mantis, involving the Bushmen of the Kalahari – won a 2012 Barry Award and was short listed for an Edgar. Their fourth, and darkest, mystery, Deadly Harvest, was released at the end of April, 2013.
Stanley splits his time between Minneapolis, USA, and Knysna, South Africa. He was a professor of educational psychology, interested in the educational application of computers.
Michael lives in South Africa and has worked in the mining industry as well as in academia. He is currently a professor at a university in Johannesburg. He has traveled widely in Southern and Central Africa, with Botswana always being a special favorite.
Clea Simon returns to the Festival with more cat-themed mysteries. Her new Parrots Prove Deadly (April 2013), the third in her Pru Marlowe pet noir series, has Pru and her feisty tabby Wallis considering the curious words of a foul-mouthed parrot. And True Grey (December 2012) finds grad student Dulcie Schwartz back in the library… along with the bloodied body of a dead rival. Luckily, her spectral pet Mr. Grey is never too far away. A Boston Globe bestseller, Clea lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, with her husband and personal feline muse.
Joanna Campbell Slan is the award-winning author of the Kiki Lowenstein Mysteries (an Agatha Award Finalist); The Jane Eyre Chronicles; and one other mystery series. In her past life, Joanna was a television talk show host, an adjunct professor of public relations, a sought-after motivational speaker, and a corporate speechwriter. After having lived a year in England, the Slans and their two dogs now make their home on Jupiter Island, Florida.
Denise Swanson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Scumble River and the Devereaux’s Dime Store mystery series. Denise writes from her experiences as a school psychologist, small town girl, and snoop. Her most recent books are Nickeled-and-Dimed to Death (March 2013) featuring Devereaux Sinclair financial advisor turned dime store owner, and Murder of the Cat’s Meow (September 2012) Skye Denison, school psychologist. Denise lives in Illinois with her husband, classical composer David Stybr, and their cool black cat Boomerang.
Marcia Talley returns to Pittsburgh to sign copies of her eleventh Hannah Ives mystery The Last Refuge, just out in trade paper, where Hannah joins the cast of Patriot House, 1774, a television reality show recreating eighteenth-century colonial life. Marcia's short stories appear in more than a dozen collections, and she is a featured contributor to the "how-to" book, Now Write! Mysteries. This Agatha and Anthony award-winning author divides her time between Annapolis, Maryland and living aboard an antique sailboat in the Bahamas.
Pittsburgh attorney turned novelist Heather Terrell joins us with a book that takes her a new direction. Fallen Angels is the first in a series of young adult novels about a girl who discovers that her dreams of flying are not dreams--she's a fallen angel. Heather, an attorney, lives with her husband and two children in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. Heather's new young adult series -- The Books of Eva -- will be released in October of 2013.
Edgar and Agatha Nominated author Victoria Thompson writes the Gaslight Mystery Series, set in turn-of-the-century New York City and featuring midwife Sarah Brandt. Her latest is Murder in Chelsea, available for the first time anywhere at the Festival! She also contributed to the award winning writing textbook Many Genres One Craft. A popular speaker, Victoria teaches in the Seton Hill University master’s program in writing popular fiction. She lives in Central PA with her husband and a very spoiled little dog.
Board Stiff, Elaine Viets’ new hardcover mystery, is the ultimate beach book, set in the cut-throat world of catering to tourists. The novel will be published May 7. The New York Times Review of Books praises her “quick-witted mysteries.”
Elaine’s bestselling Dead-End Job series is a satiric look at a serious subject – the minimum-wage world. Her character, Helen Hawthorne, works a different low-paying job each book. Elaine’s second series features mystery shopper Josie Marcus. Elaine won the Agatha, Anthony and Lefty Awards.
Award-winning author Lois Winston writes the critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries featuring magazine crafts editor and reluctant amateur sleuth Anastasia Pollack, dubbed “New Jersey’s more mature answer to Stephanie Plum” by Kirkus Reviews. Books include Assault With a Deadly Glue Gun, which received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist and was a Book of the Year nominee from ForeWord Reviews; Death by Killer Mop Doll; Revenge of the Crafty Corpse; and the ebook only mini-mystery Crewel Intentions. Lois is also published in women’s fiction, romance, romantic suspense, and non-fiction under her own name and her Emma Carlyle pen name.