Mystery Most Edible

Mystery Most Edible, the 2019 Malice Domestic anthology, is now available for convention preorder from Wildside Press!


  • A Cup of Tea by Parnell Hall
  • Brown Recluse by Marcia Adair
  • A Slice of Heaven by Laura Brennan
  • The Extra Ingredient by Joan Long
  • A Death in Yelapa by Leslie Budewitz
  • Pie Sisters by Richard Cass
  • Too Many Cooks Almost Spoil the Murder by Lynne Ewing
  • Pig Lickin’ Good by Debra H. Goldstein
  • Quiche Alain by Marni Graff
  • Diet of Death by Ang Pompano
  • Death at The Willard Hotel by Verena Rose
  • Dining Out by Rosemary McCracken
  • Snowbirding by Kristin Kisska
  • Up Day Down Day Deadly Day by Ellen Larson
  • The Secret Blend by Stacy Woodson
  • First of The Year by Gabriel Valjan
  • Sticky Fingers by L. D. Masterson
  • The Cremains of The Day by Josh Pachter
  • Honor Thy Father by Harriette Sackler
  • Killer Chocolate Chips by Ruth McCarty
  • Sushi Lessons by Edith Maxwell
  • The Missing Ingredient for Murderous Intent by Elizabeth Perona
  • It’s Canning Season by Adele Polomski
  • The Gourmand by Nancy Cole Silverman
  • The Blue Ribbon by Cynthia Kuhn
  • The Last Word by Shawn Reilly Simmons
  • Murder Takes the Cupcake by Kate Willett
  • Bull Dog Gravy by Mark Thielman
  • Morsels of The Gods by Victoria Thompson
  • Mrs. Beeton’s Sausage Stuffing by Christine Trent
  • Bring It by Terry Shames
  • Gutbombs ‘N’ Guinness by Lisa Preston
  • Deadly In-Flight Dining by Sara Rosett
  • Carne Diem by Sharon Lynn
  • Turn the Sage by Stephen D. Rogers
  • Bad Ju-Ju by M.A. Monnin


Lefty Nomination

Left Coast Crime has released the 2019 Lefty Award nominations, and The Spirit in Question (Lila Maclean Academic Mystery #3) has been nominated in the “Best Humorous Mystery” category! So honored to be included and grateful to everyone who voted–thank you.

Congratulations to all of the nominees!

Lefty for Best Humorous Mystery Novel:

  • Ellen Byron, Mardi Gras Murder (Crooked Lane Books)
  • Kellye Garrett, Hollywood Ending (Midnight Ink)
  • Timothy Hallinan, Nighttown (Soho Crime)
  • Leslie Karst, Death al Fresco (Crooked Lane Books)
  • Cynthia Kuhn, The Spirit in Question (Henery Press)
  • Catriona McPherson, Scot Free (Midnight Ink)

Lefty for Best Historical Mystery Novel (Bruce Alexander Memorial):

  • Rhys Bowen, Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding (Berkeley Prime Crime)
  • David Corbett, The Long-Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday (Black Opal Books)
  • Laurie R. King, Island of the Mad (Bantam Books)
  • Sujata Massey, The Widows of Malabar Hill (Soho Crime)
  • Ann Parker, A Dying Note (Poisoned Pen Press)
  • Iona Whishaw, It Begins in Betrayal (Touchwood Editions)

Lefty for Best Debut Mystery Novel:

  • Tracy Clark, Broken Places (Kensington Books)
  • A.J. Devlin, Cobra Clutch (NeWest Press)
  • A.J. Finn, The Woman in the Window (William Morrow)
  • Dianne Freeman, A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder (Kensington Books)
  • Aimee Hix, What Doesn’t Kill You (Midnight Ink)
  •  Keenan Powell, Deadly Solution (Level Best Books)
  • J.G. Toews, Give Out Creek (Mosaic Press)

Lefty for Best Mystery Novel:

  • Lou Berney, November Road (William Morrow)
  • Matt Coyle, Wrong Light (Oceanview Publishing)
  • Louise Penny, Kingdom of the Blind (Minotaur Books)
  • Lori Rader-Day, Under a Dark Sky (William Morrow Paperbacks)
  • Terry Shames, A Reckoning in the Back Country (Seventh Street Books)
  • James W. Ziskin, A Stone’s Throw (Seventh Street Books)

Left Coast Crime 2019: Vancouver

Social Media Panel at RMMWA

Looking forward to participating on this panel with Margaret Mizushima, Bruce Most, and Mark Stevens at the January meeting of the Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America!

WHAT: Authors with varied publishing backgrounds will discuss their social media strategies and experience. Please join them as they share their ideas on internet networking and book promotion. Audience participation and questions are welcome.

WHERE: Colorado Automobile Dealers Association, 290 East Speer Blvd. (corner of Speer and Grant) in Denver. Limited free parking is available and CADA is fully accessible with an elevator.

WHEN: Thursday night January 10th  from 6:30-9:00 p.m. conversation and networking; 7:00 p.m. dinner & program

COST: $20 for members, $25 for guests & everyone at the door.

RSVPs are necessary. Please RSVP and pay via PayPal on the website by Monday, January 7th to ensure your reservation. You may also email our catering director Sue Hinkin if you plan on paying at the door or have special dietary requests.


I Read/I Wrote: James Ziskin

In the I Read/I Wrote series, authors introduce a book they loved–in the genre in which they write–and share one of their own books.

I Read: A Welcome Murder by Robin Yocum

Edgar finalist Robin Yocum’s A Welcome Murder is an engaging jigsaw puzzle of a novel. Both a satisfying mystery and hilarious romp, A Welcome Murder introduces a roguish cast of losers, sad sacks, nymphomaniacs, drug dealers, and unscrupulous politicians, all against the backdrop of decay in a once-proud Ohio steel town.

The wonderful book gave me hours of enjoyment, thanks to the exceptional plotting, wordsmithing, and humor. Yocum chronicles the rise and fall of fortunes, fueled by ambition, bad behavior, and even worse decisions, with seemingly effortless skill. He paints the corners of the plate like a Cy Young Award winner, achieving a rare balance between police procedural and social farce that truly works. Rich and complex, A Welcome Murder is a joyful portrait of dreams fumbled and recovered.

I Wrote: Cast the First Stone (Seventh Street Books 2017)

I’m proud of this book. I wanted to deal with a topic that still resonates today: discrimination and hatred aimed at the LBGTQ community. I wanted to shine a light on the sowbugs, silverfish, and centipedes that hide under rocks until they’re ready to spew their ignorance against those who simply want to love whom they love.

Cast the First Stone was 2018 finalist for the Anthony, Lefty, and Macavity awards.

February 1962: Tony Eberle has just scored his first role in a Hollywood movie, and the publisher of his hometown newspaper in upstate New York wants a profile of the local boy who’s made good. Reporter Ellie Stone is dispatched to Los Angeles for the story. But when she arrives on set to meet her subject, Tony has vanished. His agent is stumped, the director is apoplectic, and the producer, Bertram Wallis, is dead. Murdered.

Ellie is on the story, diving headfirst into a treacherous demimonde of Hollywood wannabes, beautiful young men, desperately ambitious ingénues, panderers, and pornography hobbyists. Then there are some real movie stars with reputations to protect. To find the killer, Ellie must separate the lies from the truth, unearthing secrets no one wants revealed along the way. But before she can solve Bertram Wallis’s murder, she must locate Tony Eberle.

James Ziskin is the author of the Anthony® and Macavity Award-winning Ellie Stone Mysteries. His books have also been finalists for the Edgar®, Barry, and Lefty awards. A linguist by training, he studied Romance languages and literature at the University of Pennsylvania. After completing his graduate degree, he worked in New York as a photo-news producer and writer, and then as Director of NYU’s Casa Italiana. He spent fifteen years in the Hollywood post production industry, running large international operations in the subtitling/localization and visual effects fields. His international experience includes two years working and studying in France, extensive time in Italy, and more than three-and-a-half years in India. He speaks Italian and French.

James lives in Boston. He is represented by William Reiss of John Hawkins and Associates, Inc. For more information, please visit

I Read/I Wrote: Kathleen Valenti

In the I Read/I Wrote series, authors introduce a book they loved–in the genre in which they write–and share one of their own books.

GENRE: Traditional Mystery

I READ: In the Woods by Tana French

For me, choosing just one mystery book that I loved is akin to picking a favorite child. Impossible! There are several books that had a significant impact on me as a writer, however, including In the Woods by Tana French.

Strictly speaking, I write medical mysteries/thrillers. Not-so-strictly-speaking, I consider myself an author of traditional mystery, a genre that fits the bill for In the Woods.

What made this book so compelling for me was the writer’s voice. Ms. French not only captured the musicality of the Irish accent and dialect, but also bridged the gap between literary and genre fiction with a distinctive style that kept me turning the page to discover the next beautifully-turned phrase, as well as the next plot point.

The book pulled me in right from jacket copy. The premise: three children fail to return from a shadowed wood. The police find only one child, a boy wearing blood-filled sneakers, who is unable to remember anything of the terror in the trees. This boy grows into a homicide detective who must investigate a case that is remarkably similar to his own unsolved mystery, giving him a chance to untangle the case before him and resolve the past that’s haunted him.

Captivating, no?

I thought so, and have re-read the book several times hoping the author’s rich, atmospheric prose will rub off on me.

In the Woods isn’t Ms. French’s most popular book, nor is it her most celebrated. However, I find it one of the finest examples of how voice transcends genre and elevates craft.

I WROTE: Protocol

My debut mystery novel is called Protocol. It’s about freshly minted college graduate Maggie O’Malley, who embarks on a career fueled by professional ambition and a desire to escape the past. As a pharmaceutical researcher, she’s determined to save lives from the shelter of her lab. But on her very first day she’s pulled into a world of uncertainty. Reminders appear on her phone for meetings she’s never scheduled with people she’s never met. People who end up dead.

With help from her best friend, Maggie discovers the victims on her phone are connected to each other and her new employer. She soon unearths a treacherous plot that threatens her mission—and her life. Maggie must unlock deadly secrets to stop horrific abuses of power before death comes calling for her.

I’ve been writing for more than 20 years, first as a nationally award-winning copywriter and now as a mystery novelist. A firm believer that deadpan can be dead-on, I combine funny with frightening to craft page-turners of mystery and suspense.

My debut mystery, Agatha- and Lefty-nominated Protocol, examines the flaws of technology, the price of modern medicine and the depths of greed to uncover what happens when the invisible among us disappears. In my second book, 39 Winks, my protagonist Maggie O’Malley comes to the aid of her best friend’s aunt after she discovers her husband murdered during a sleepwalking episode.

I live in Oregon with my family, where I pretend to enjoy running.

For more information, please visit


I Read/I Wrote: Becky Clark

In the I Read/I Wrote series, authors introduce a book they loved–in the genre in which they write–and share one of their own books.

GENRE: Humorous/Cozy Mysteries

I READ: Class Reunions Are Murder by Libby Klein

I loved Libby Klein’s funny mystery, Class Reunions Are Murder. The main character is Poppy McAllister, “newly widowed and stuck in a middle-aged funk.” She gets an invitation to her 25th high school reunion. She has no intention of attending, but thinks it’s a good excuse to go see her delightful Aunt Ginny. But Poppy gets a weird letter from the mean girl who made her life miserable all through high school, personally asking her to attend. Weirder still is when the mean girl winds up dead in front of Poppy’s old locker. Poppy really should have stayed away from that reunion.

I’m a sucker for funny books and Klein had me laughing all the way through. Funny phrases, funny situations, funny characters … it’s the complete package. This is the first in the series and I can’t wait to read the rest!

I WROTE: Fiction Can Be Murder

Fiction Can Be Murder, the first book in my Mystery Writer’s Mysteries, was published in April 2018. At least two more are scheduled, Foul Play on Words in April 2019, and Metaphor for Murder in April 2020.

In Fiction Can Be Murder, Mystery author Charlemagne “Charlee” Russo thinks the twisty plots and peculiar murders in her books are only the products of her imagination — until her agent is found dead exactly as described in Charlee’s new, unpublished manuscript. Suspicion now swirls around her and her critique group, making her confidence drop as severely and unexpectedly as her royalty payments.

The police care more about Charlee’s feeble alibi and financial problems than they do her panicky claims of innocence. To clear her name and revive her career, she must figure out which of her friends is a murderer. Easier said than done, even for an author who’s skilled at creating tidy endings for her mysteries. And as her sleuthing grows dangerous, Charlee’s imagination starts working overtime. Is she being targeted too?

Becky Clark is the seventh of eight kids, which explains both her insatiable need for attention and her atrocious table manners. She likes to read funny books so it felt natural to write them too. She surrounds herself with quirky people and pets who end up as characters in her books. Readers say her books are fast and thoroughly entertaining” with “witty humor and tight writing” and “humor laced with engaging characters” so you should grab a cocktail and enjoy the ride.” They also say “Warning: You will laugh out loud. I’m not kidding,” and “If you like Janet Evanovich, you will like Becky Clark.” For more information visit