Featured Speakers

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Frankie Y. Bailey

Frankie Y. Bailey is a criminal justice professor at University at Albany (SUNY). She specializes in crime and American culture (crime history, and mass media/popular culture). Her current research focuses on crime and clothing. Her mystery series features crime historian Lizzie Stuart, most...

Janis Bolster

Janis Bolster grew up in small towns in Maine. After post-English-major stints at things like checking off boxes on insurance claim reports and performing for a blind professor those tasks that his Seeing-Eye dog couldn't manage, she found her way to a job in publishing that has become a career...

Dana Cameron

Dana Cameron's short story, "Mischief in Mesopotamia," was published in EQMM and received the Agatha and Anthony Awards in 2013. Her second "Fangborn" novel, PACK OF STRAYS, picks up where SEVEN KINDS OF HELL left off (47North, April 2014) and follows more of the Fangborn 'verse set up in "The...

Sheila Connolly

Sheila Connolly writes the Orchard Mystery series, set in a small town in western Massachusetts, the most recent of which, Sour Apples, was a New York Times bestseller. She also writes the Museum Mystery series, based in Philadelphia's cultural community. Her newest series, the County Cork...

Judith Copek

An information systems nerd for twenty years, Judith is a survivor of  the Millennium bug, Dilbert-like reengineering projects and 3:00 a.m. computer program crashes.  In her writing, she likes to put a literary spin on technology. 

Judy's latest novel is Festival Madness, a book of...

Ray Daniel

Ray Daniel is the award-winning author of Boston-based crime fiction. His short stories “Give Me a Dollar” won a 2014 Derringer Award for short fiction and “Driving Miss Rachel” was chosen as a 2013 distinguished short story by Otto Penzler, editor of The Best American Mystery Stories 2013. ...

Vicki Doudera

Vicki Doudera writes The Darby Farr Mysteries, page-turners grounded in a reality she knows all too well: the world of luxury real estate. A top producing broker for a firm on the coast of Maine and former Realtor of the Year, Vicki's latest novel, FINAL SETTLEMENT, was chosen a Top Cozy of 2013...

Kathy Emerson

Kathy Lynn Emerson writes the Face Down Mystery Series and is the author of the Diana Spaulding 1888 Quartet. As Kaitlyn Dunnett she is the author of the Liss MacCrimmon Scottish American Heritage Mysteries.

Hallie Ephron

Hallie Ephron: An award-winning suspense writer and book reviewer, Hallie writes books she hopes will keep readers up nights. Her bestselling "There Was an Old Woman" earned her a third nomination for the Mary Higgins Clark Award, and was named one of Sarah Weinman's top mysteries for 2013. Her...

Susan Fleet

Susan leads a Music and Mayhem life. After playing trumpet in the Boston area for many years, she moved to New Orleans, the setting for her award-winning Frank Renzi mystery series: ABSOLUTION, DIVA and NATALIE'S REVENGE. Now she divides her time between Boston and The Big Easy. While teaching...

Kate Flora

Attorney Kate Flora’s fourteen books include seven Thea Kozak mysteries, three gritty police procedurals including Playing God, The Angel of Knowlton Park, and Detention; Steal Away, a suspense thriller (written as Katharine Clark) and a true crime. Finding Amy was a 2007 Edgar nominee and has...

Nancy Gardner

Nancy has had four short stories published. “Count To Ten, is the latest and is included in the 2011 Level Best Books anthology, Dead Calm. It won an honorable mention in the Al Blanchard Award contest. "Count To Ten" will be republished in an anthology of baseball fiction in the January/...

Gary Goshgarian

Gary Braver is the bestselling author of eight critically acclaimed mysteries and thrillers—the first three under his own name, Gary Goshgarian, the subsequent and future works under the pen name, Gary Braver.

The Braver books include: ELIXIR, GRAY MATTER, SKIN DEEP, and FLASHBACK, which...

Rosemary Harris

Author of The Bitches of Brooklyn and the Dirty Business mystery series featuring amateur sleuth Paula Holliday. Pushing Up Daisies, the first book in the series, was nominated for an Agatha and an Anthony for Best First Novel of 2008. Other books in the series are The Big Dirt Nap, Dead Head...

Jayne Hitchcock

Jayne's own experience with cyberstalking, which garnered international headlines, led her to become a noted cybercrime and security expert. She speaks about cybercrime and online security to educational institutions, librarians, corporations, the general public, students and parents, and trains...

Roberta Isleib

Clinical psychologist Roberta Isleib (AKA Lucy Burdette) writes the Key West food critic mysteries (NAL) as Lucy Burdette. The series launched in 2012 with AN APPETITE FOR MURDER, followed by DEATH IN FOUR COURSES, and TOPPED CHEF. The fourth book in the series, MURDER WITH GANACHE, was released...

Arlene Kay

Arlene Kay spent twenty years as a Senior Executive with the Federal Government where she was known as a most unconventional public servant. Experience in offices around the nation allowed her to observe both human and corporate foibles and rejoice in unintentional humor. Those locations and the...

Toni L. P. Kelner

This Agatha award winner is two authors in one.

As Toni L.P. Kelner, she's the author of the eight Laura Fleming mysteries (available as ebooks and audio downloads) and the three books in the "Where are they now?" series (all available as audio downloads, and the third is available is an...

M. E. Kemp

M.E. Kemp is the author of a series of historical mysteries featuring two nosy Puritans as detectives, the series reflecting her love of American history.

Kemp was born in Oxford, MA, the town her ancestors helped settle in 1713 and where her family still resides today. With her roots...

Lisa Kleinholz

Lisa Kleinholz is the author of the Zoe Szabo mystery series, including Exiles on Main Street and Dancing with Mr. D.

Steve Liskow

A former English teacher, actor, and director, Steve now conducts writing workshops and does freelance editing in addition to writing. "Hot Sugar Blues," included in the MWA anthology Vengeance, was nominated for an Edgar for best short story, and "Stranglehold" appeared in Alfred Hitchcock...

Leo J. Maloney

Leo Maloney was born in Massachusetts, where he spent his childhood and graduated high school and Northeastern University. In 1966 he was inducted into the army where he was recruited to become a black ops contractor for a clandestine government agency, and his life changed forever. He traveled...

Edith Maxwell

Edith Maxwell writes the Local Foods Mystery series, featuring organic farmer Cam Flaherty, a colorful Locavore Club, and locally sourced murder. 'Til Dirt Do Us Part released from Kensington Publishing in May, 2014, and A Tine to Live, a Tine to Die came out in May, 2013.

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Ruth McCarty

Ruth M. McCarty's short mysteries have appeared in all of the Level Best anthologies. She received honorable mentions in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, NEWN, and mysteryauthor.com for her flash fiction, and won the 2009 Derringer award for Best Flash Story for "No Flowers for Stacey,"...

Leslie Meier

Leslie Meier's books draw heavily on her experience as a mother of three and her work as a reporter for various weekly newspapers on Cape Cod. Her heroine, Lucy Stone, is a reporter in the fictional town of Tinker's Cove, Maine, where she lives in an old farmhouse with her restoration carpenter...