Fiction - Mystery & Thriller
REED ARVIN began his career as one of the most innovative producers, lecturers, and authors in the Christian media. His music productions include work with Amy Grant, Jars of Clay and many others. He is also an award-winning composer of television music and the author of four novels: THE WIND IN THE WHEAT; THE WILL; the gripping legal thriller BLOOD OF ANGELS; and the critically acclaimed THE LAST GOODBYE.
SEAN MICHAEL BAILEY is the pen name of a New York Times bestselling author of non-fiction. His first novel, 1787, is a fast-paced thriller about a cyber-battle that takes place high in the skies.
JULIET BLACKWELL is the New York Times bestselling author of LETTERS FROM PARIS, THE PARIS KEY, THE LOST CAROUSEL OF PROVENCE, and the forthcoming THE VINEYARDS OF CHAMPAGNE. She also writes the Witchcraft Mystery series and the Haunted Home Renovation series. As Hailey Lind, Blackwell wrote the Agatha-nominated Art Lover’s Mystery series. A former anthropologist, social worker, and professional artist, Juliet is a California native who has spent time in Mexico, Spain, Cuba, Italy, the Philippines, and France.
CLAIRE BOOTH is an award winning journalist whose work has appeared in the Miami Herald, San Jose Mercury News, and Philadelphia Inquirer. As a reporter for the Contra Costa Times, she began covering the Taylor Helzer murder case and wrote a nonfiction account of Helzer’s life and crimes, THE FALSE PROPHET: CONSPIRACY, EXTORTION AND MURDER IN THE NAME OF GOD. In fiction, she is the author of the Sheriff Hank Worth series comprised of THE BRANSON BEAUTY, ANOTHER MAN’S GROUND, and A DEADLY TURN.
MEGAN COLLINS holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Boston University. She currently teaches creative writing at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and she is the managing editor of 3Elements Review. A Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, her work has appeared in many print and online journals, including Off the Coast, Spillway, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and Rattle. She lives in Connecticut. THE WINTER SISTER is forthcoming from Touchstone Books.
THERESA COLLINS has worked for the Shorenstein-Hays Nederlander Organization in theater management for more than 25 years. She managed the Golden Gate, Orpheum, and the Curran Theater in San Francisco. She is also the author of THE LAW OF REVENGE, a fast-paced thriller set in the "Hollows" of Kentucky, and its sequel, THE LAW OF THE DEAD.
MICHAEL CROW is the pseudonym for a prize-winning, critically acclaimed novelist whose work has been translated and published in nine languages. Using this nom de plume, he has published RED RAIN and THE BITE, noir-thrillers about Luther Ewing, a street cop with a shadowy past. The most recent novel in the Ewing series is NO WAY BACK.
KIERAN CROWLEY was an award-winning reporter for the New York Post whose investigative skills led to his deciphering of the Zodiac Killer’s secret code. His first book was SLEEP MY LITTLE DEAD: THE TRUE STORY OF THE ZODIAC KILLER. He is also the author of the true crime books BURNED ALIVE, THE SURGEON’S WIFE, and ALMOST PARADISE, about the murder of Ted Ammon. His most recent thriller is HACK, a Shepherd Novel. He is currently working on the follow-up, SMASH.
LIBBY CUDMORE worked in video stores, bookstores and temp agencies before settling down in Upstate New York to write. THE BIG REWIND is her first novel.
JOHN EARLY teaches writing and literature at Moorhead State University in Minnesota. He has published numerous poems and short stories and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His first novel, FLESH AND METAL, is a stylish whodunit.
DIANE FANNING is a former writer of television and radio commercials. Her titles include THROUGH THE WINDOW; INTO THE WATER; WRITTEN IN BLOOD; GONE FOREVER; BABY BE MINE; UNDER THE KNIFE; THE PASTOR’S WIFE;OUT THERE; MOMMY’S LITTLE GIRL; A POISONED PASSION; HER DEADLY WEB; UNDER COVER OF THE NIGHT and the self-published BLACK WIDOW. As a novelist, Fanning is the author of the Lucinda Pierce mystery series and SCANDAL IN THE SECRET CITY, about one of the few female scientists of the Manhattan Project in America. She is currently working on its sequel, TREASON IN THE SECRET CITY.
LAYNE FARGO has Master’s degrees in theater and library science, which seem less useless now that she’s written a very dramatic book. She currently works as a Knowledge Manager for a data company and lives in Chicago with her partner and their pets. TEMPER, her first novel, is forthcoming from Gallery in 2019.
J.E. FISHMAN, a former Doubleday editor and literary agent, is the author of three nonfiction books and eight novels, including the thrillers PRIMACY, CADAVER BLUES, THE DARK POOL, and the Bomb Squad NYC series. Under the pen name Dana I. Wolff, he also writes horror novels, the first of which, THE PRISONER OF HELL GATE, adds a terrifying twist to the story of Typhoid Mary and North Brother Island.
AMY GENTRY is a writer and critic with a doctorate in English from the University of Chicago. She has been a regular book reviewer for the Chicago Tribune since 2012, and her work has also appeared in in Salon, Fusion, The Rumpus, LA Review of Books, Austin Chronicle, Gastronomica, The Best Food Writing of 2014, and many more. Her book on Tori Amos is forthcoming as part of the 33 1/3 music criticism series. Her debut novel GOOD AS GONE is a twisty upmarket thriller about what happens when a girl returns eight years after her kidnapping with a story that doesn’t add up, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2016. Amy holds a doctorate in English from the University of Chicago and lives in Austin, Texas.
SIMON GERVAIS is a former member of the Canadian Secret Service who specializes in international-terrorist thrillers rooted in authenticity. His THE THIN BLACK LINE was published in April 2015 by The Story Plant, inaugurating the Mike Walton series. It will be followed by a digital novella, THE LONG GRAY LINE, and a second novel, A RED DOTTED LINE.
BETH HAHN studied art and writing at The University of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and earned an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. She attended The Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, and her short stories have appeared in Necessary Fiction, The Hawai'i Review, The South Carolina Review, and The Emrys Journal. She has been granted an April 2015 residency at The Ragdale Foundation. THE SINGING BONE, forthcoming from ReganArts, is her first novel.
USA Today bestselling author JAMES HANKINS grew up in New Jersey, went to NYU Film School, then moved to Hollywood to write screenplays. Later, he became a lawyer and practiced law in Boston, MA with one of the largest law firms in the United States. After the birth of his twin sons, he decided to stay at home and write full time. He now lives north of Boston and spends his time writing books and helping to raise his sons. He is the author of BROTHERS AND BONES, JACK OF SPADES, and DRAWN. SHADY CROSS follows the harrowing decision of a small-time crook, Stokes, as he discovers a backpack filled with much needed cash—money that’s also needed to ransom an innocent child. His most recent novel, THE PRETTIEST ONE, is about a woman who wakes up with no memory of why she’s covered in blood, carrying a gun, and the main suspect in a murder case. His most recent thriller, THE INSIDE DARK, is about a crime novelist drawn into a serial killer’s twisted game. jameshankinsbooks.com
JUDE HARDIN holds a B.A. in English from the University of Louisville, and currently works as a Registered Nurse in a major urban medical center in north Florida. When he’s not pounding away at the computer keyboard, Jude can be found pounding away on his drums, playing tennis, reading, or down at the pond fishing with his son. His debut thriller, POCKET-47, received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and raves from the New York Times. His most recent novels in the Nicholas Colt series are CROSSCUTand SNUFF TAG NINE. He is currently at work on the next book in the series, KEY DEATH.
A.J. HARTLEY is the Distinguished Professor of Shakespeare in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is also a screenwriter, theatre director and dramaturg. Despite his background in academia, he is a prolific commercial fiction writer, and his first novel, an international thriller entitled THE MASK OF ATREUS, was sold in over 12 countries, and became a USA Today bestseller. He is also the author of ON THE FIFTH DAY, which hit the New York Times bestseller list, WHAT TIME DEVOURS, and the SEKRET MACHINES and CATHEDRALS OF GLASS trilogies with Tom DeLonge. He is also the author of two fantasy novels, ACT OF WILL and WILL POWER, were published as hardcover originals and ACT OF WILL received a starred PW review. He is the author of a 3-book middle grade series, DARWEN ARKWRIGHT. His first YA is STEEPLEJACK, a rich atmospheric novel about a young girl who climbs the tall towers in a land resembling Victorian Africa, which will be followed by two more novels in the series.
TONY HEALEY is the bestselling author of the Far From Home series and Hope’s Peak, the first book in his Harper and Lane series. His fiction has appeared alongside such award-winning authors as Alan Dean Foster and Harlan Ellison. He lives with his wife and four daughters in Sussex, England, and is at work on his next novel.
TRACI HOHENSTEIN is the author of the Rachel Scott Adventure series, which includes BURN OUT and ASYLUM HARBOR. Both titles are available in paperback in volume 1 of THE RACHEL SCOTT ADVENTURES and as e-books. The Hollywood Hills series is her newest, consisting of SPECIAL DELIVERY and SPLIT DECISION. She is currently at work on the third book in the Rachel Scott Adventure series.
DOUG HORNIG's previous novels include FOUL SHOT; THE DARK SIDE; DEEP DIVE; and STINGER. His short fiction, poetry, and articles have been published in numerous magazines, including Playboy and Business Week. His nonfiction includes THE BOYS OF OCTOBER, about the 1975 Boston Red Sox.
DHARMA KELLEHER writes gritty tales about outlaws, renegades, and misfits, including IRON GODDESS and its sequel SNITCH, forthcoming from Random House’s Alibi imprint.
J. A. KONRATH, who regularly speaks at mystery and horror conventions, is the author of a series of thrillers starring Lt. Jacqueline (Jack) Daniels including WHISKEY SOUR; BLOODY MARY; RUSTY NAIL; DIRTY MARTINI; FUZZY NAVEL; CHERRY BOMB; SHAKEN; and STIRRED. His horror books, AFRAID; ENDURANCE; TRAPPED; ORIGIN; and DRACULAS, are all written under the pseudonym Jack Kilborn. His science fiction novel, TIMECASTER, is written under the pseudonym Joe Kimball. He is also the editor of the anthology THESE GUNS FOR HIRE: 31 SHORT STORIES ABOUT HITMEN. With Ann Voss Peterson, he is the author of the Chandler trilogy, consisting of FLEE, SPREE, and THREE.
VICTORIA LAURIE is a professional psychic intuitive who lives in Michigan. She is the author of two New York Times bestselling series, the Psychic Eye mysteries about professional intuitive Abby Cooper in which she has already published more than a dozen novels, and the Ghost Hunter series about M. J. Holliday which wrapped up in early 2016. Her next adult mystery spins off from both of those series and launches this Fall with COACHED TO DEATH. She is also the author of a historical fantasy series for a middle grade audience, THE ORACLES OF DELPHI KEEP and the YA thrillers WHEN and FOREVER, AGAIN.
JOHN LOCKE attended Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, went into insurance sales, and broke every company sales record, becoming an Area Vice President of the company by age 21. He moved to Louisville, KY where he built his own insurance company. At age 35, he purchased Consolidated American Live, changed the name to Freedom Life Insurance Company, and appointed more than 6,700 insurance agents in 34 states. He has written numerous marketing manuals, two nonfiction books, and nine novels. He is the author of the popular Donovan Creed thriller series about a former CIA assassin, including LETHAL PEOPLE, SAVING RACHEL, and VEGAS MOON. He is also the author of a series of westerns following Creed’s ancestors, most recently, EMMETT & GENTRY, as well as BOX about a vindictive, sex-crazed, but very talented pediatric surgeon.
The late JAY MacLARTY was a successful entrepreneur who appeared on numerous radio and television talk shows. He also spent nearly a year working inside the administration of a presidential campaign. His novels include THE COURIER; BAGMAN;LIVE WIRE; and CHOKE POINT, a series of fast paced thrillers starring Simon Leonidovich, an international courier of dangerous packages.
H.B. MOORE is the award-winning author of the bestselling FINDING SHEBA and its accompanying short story BENEATH, historical thrillers swirling around the seductive legend—and perhaps reality—of the tomb of the infamous queen.
DAVID MORRELL is the bestselling, award-winning author of such action classics as FIRST BLOOD (the basis for the blockbuster Rambo movies); THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE ROSE; THE FIFTH PROFESSION; EXTREME DENIAL; THE PROTECTOR; and dozens of other titles that have won him passionate fans around the world. Stoker Award-winning CREEPERS is a gripping, suspenseful thriller about urban explorers. CREEPERS protagonist Frank Balenger returns in SCAVENGER, an old-fashioned cat and mouse game with a modern technological twist. Morrell has penned nonfiction titles including FIREFLIES: A FATHER’S TALE OF LOVE AND LOSS and THE SUCCESSFUL NOVELIST. David has a Ph.D. in American Literature from Penn State and was formerly a professor in the English department of the University of Iowa. He has also self-published several essays, including “John Wayne”; “Marilyn Monroe”; “Rambo and Me”; “Nelson Riddle”; and “Frank Sinatra.” He is the author of MURDER AS A FINE ART, a new historical suspense novel, featuring Thomas DeQuincey and its sequel INSPECTOR OF THE DEAD. He is currently at work on the third book in the series, RULER OF THE NIGHT.
RENA OLSEN is a writer, therapist, teacher, sometimes singer, and eternal optimist. By day she tries to save the world as a school therapist, and at night she creates new worlds in her writing. She is the author of the debut THE GIRL BEFORE and the forthcoming WITH YOU ALWAYS, both novels of psychological suspense.
JUDITH POST received a Master’s Degree from Indiana University as an elementary school teacher and taught 1st, 2nd, and 4th grades for six years before having her two daughters. She is the author of numerous fantasy and paranormal titles, including FALLEN ANGELS. Writing as JUDI LYNN, she is also the author of the six-book Mill Pond contemporary romance series which begins with COOKING UP TROUBLE and OPPOSITES DISTRACT. Her USA Today bestselling series of house-flipping cozy mysteries includes THE BODY IN THE ATTIC, THE BODY IN THE WETLANDS, and THE BODY IN THE GRAVEL. www.judithpostswritingmusings.com
MICHAEL PRESCOTT has worked a screenwriter, magazine freelancer, and archival researcher. He has authored six novels under the pseudonym Brian Harper. His first novels under the pseudonym Michael Prescott are COMES THE DARK, STEALING FACES, and THE SHADOW HUNTER. He followed those up with LAST BREATH, NEXT VICTIM, and IN DARK PLACES. DANGEROUS GAMES, is the first in a trilogy featuring FBI agent Tess McCallum and freelance security consultant Abby Sinclair, who appeared separately in two of his earlier books. MORTAL FAULTS and FINAL SINS complete the series. His latest book is the reissued edition of THE SHADOW HUNTER. He is currently working on a new thriller.
J.R. RAIN is the author of the popular Samantha Moon series, Jim Knighthorse series, and Vampire for Hire series.
BERNARD SCHAFFER is an author, full-time police detective, and father of two. As a twenty-year veteran police officer, he’s a court recognized narcotics expert, a graduate of the prestigious Top Gun Undercover Law Enforcement Training Program, child forensic interviewer, and possesses a Class A certification in the use of wiretaps. A child actor, Schaffer appeared in multiple television commercials, performances at the Walnut Street Theater (where his picture still hangs in one of the upper, darker corners), Saturday Night Live, and the Nickelodeon series Don’t Just Sit There. The author of multiple independently-published books and series, including Superbia, Grendel Unit, Guns of Seneca 6, and more, Schaffer's next book THE THIEF OF ALL LIGHT is forthcoming from Kensington Books Summer 2018 and will be followed by a sequel.
SHAWNA SEED is a writer and editor whose career has taken her to both coasts and several spots in between, working for publications ranging from the Dallas Morning News to ESPN.com. Originally from Kansas, she's lived in seven states and every continental U.S. time zone. She and her husband now call Dallas home. Her books include IDENTITY, a suspense novel set on the Texas Gulf Coast, and NOT IN TIME, a mystery about looted art. Her next project is called BOYS I HAVE DATED.
WILLIAM STEVENSON is a respected historian and author who has written sixteen fiction and nonfiction books, including MAN CALLED INTREPID. This espionage classic sold more than two million copies in English and has become a standard reference on World War II. With Monika Jensen-Stevenson, he has written KISS THE BOYS GOODBYE about the American government’s treatment of our own POWs in Vietnam. His most recent book is SPYMISTRESS: THE SECRET LIFE OF VERA ATKINS, about the infamous spy of whom James Bond creator Ian Fleming said, “In the real world of spies, Vera Atkins was the boss.”
LORD IAN STRATHCARRON is a professional escapee, a travel writer and adventurer who lives and works on his yacht Vasco da Gama. He lived in the Orient for many years, working as a freelance foreign correspondent and TimeLife stringer and founded Japan + Europa Press Agency, since sold to Reuters. He has since written the spy thrillers Invisibility and Black Beach, and the historical travel works JOY UNCONFINED! LORD BYRON’S GRAND TOUR RE-TOURED and INNOCENCE AND WAR: MARK TWAIN’S HOLY LAND REVISITED. He is now completing the second part of a Mark Twain travel trilogy THE INDIAN EQUATOR, MARK TWAIN’S INDIA REVISITED.
HALLEY SUTTON holds an MFA in Writing from Otis College of Art and Design. She lives in Playa del Rey and spends her free time chasing Hollywood noir trivia. THE LADY UPSTAIRS, her first novel, is forthcoming from Putnam in 2020.
KATHLEEN TAYLOR is the author of FUNERAL FOOD; SEX AND SALMONELLA; HOTEL SOUTH DAKOTA; MOURNING SHIFT; COLD FRONT; and FOREIGN BODY, all installments in the Delphis Series mysteries featuring a cast of oddball characters and a wisecracking heroine who is too smart for her own good. Proving her versatility, she is also the author of KNIT ONE, FELT TOO; YARNS TO DYE FOR; I HEART FELT; FEARLESS FAIR ISLEKNITTING; and THE BIG BOOK OF SOCKS. She has recently self-published THE NUT HUT.
CAMILLA TRINCHIERI has published ten books in both English and Italian, including THE PRICE OF SILENCE and most recently, DESIRE, INC. She has also had short stories and personal essays published. She received an MFA from the Columbia Graduate Writing program.
M.S. WILLIS is the author of The Estate, a series of chilling romantic suspense that begins with MADELINE ABDUCTED. She lives in Florida and is also a photographer and musician.
CHRISTOPHER J. YATES was born and raised in England. He studied Law at Oxford University, which he says led very naturally into a career in puzzles, both as an editor and compiler. He has represented the United Kingdom at the World Puzzle Championships, written for magazines and newspapers in Britain, Australia and the United States, and currently compiles crosswords for various publications, including The New York Post. In 2006 he moved from London to New York City, where he currently lives. He is the author of BLACK CHALK and GRIST MILL ROAD, both published by Picador.