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In celebration of our 20th anniversary, Poisoned Pen Press has commissioned original short stories from thirty-five of its authors, past and present. Some names will be immediately recognizable to mystery aficionados—Kerry Greenwood with her Phryne Fisher mysteries, now also a popular television program, or Laurie R. King who has charmed Sherlockians worldwide with her beloved Mary Russell series. Some have gone on to big deals with the big leagues—Carolyn Wall, whose debut novel, Sweeping Up Glass , was purchased by Penguin Random House, or James Sallis, whose novella, Drive , was critically acclaimed and made into major motion picture starring Ryan Gosling. Several have been translated into other languages with foreign publishers. Some authors have been on hiatus, and are writing something new for the first time in years. Most have remained comfortably ensconced with us here at the Press, enjoying a modicum of fame and a steadily growing base of loyal readers who eagerly anticipate their next-in-series.

This anthology celebrates our authors, their talent, and their diversity. Some have chosen to feature characters well-established within their own series-protagonists, supporting cast, and even one villain-turned-hero. Others have gone in totally different directions, inventing new characters and going dark or cozy for the first time, with chilling and delightful results. Yet as different as these authors and their stories are, they all share a common passion for finely crafted tales of crime and murder. From Greece to Italy, India to Australia, Great Britain to Canada; from the East Coast to the Pacific Northwest and New Mexico to the Savannah low country, they are a community Bound by Mystery, and we are proud to present their short fiction to you for the first time ever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781464208324
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Publication date: 03/07/2017
Pages: 450
Sales rank: 554,187
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Kerry Greenwood is the author of more than 40 novels and six non-fiction books. Among her many honors, Ms. Greenwood has received the Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award from the Crime Writers’ Association of Australia. When she is not writing she is an advocate in Magistrates’ Courts for the Legal Aid Commission. She is not married, has no children and lives with a registered Wizard.

Laurie R. King is a third generation Californian with a background in theology, whose first crime novel (1993′s A Grave Talent) won the Edgar and Creasey awards. Her yearly novels range from police procedurals and stand-alones to a historical series about Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes (beginning with The Beekeeper’s Apprentice.) Her books have won the Edgar, Creasey, Wolfe, Lambda, and Macavity awards, and appear regularly on the New York Times bestseller list.

James Sallis has published fourteen novels; multiple collections of short stories, poems, and essays; the definitive biography of Chester Himes; three books of musicology; and a translation of Raymond Queneau’s novel Saint Glinglin. The film of Drive won Best Director award at Cannes, and his six Lew Griffin books are in development for film. Jim plays guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and Dobro.

Diane DiBiase joined Poisoned Pen Press in 2014. A Connecticut native, she attended Smith College where she studied Latin and Ancient Greek in addition to earning a BA in English. Diane has also studied Spanish, French and Italian, and knows just enough of each to get her into trouble. She has written poetry since the age of nine, and even managed to win a couple of awards from her Alma Mater. Despite this passion for language and her extensive business writing/editing experience, she has never attempted to be published—so why not ride the coattails of people with actual talent? (asked the voices in her head). This compilation of amazing stories by brilliant Poisoned Pen Press authors is Diane's amazing and brilliant answer, and marks her debut as an anthologist.

Steven Axelrod holds an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and remains a member of the WGA despite a long absence from Hollywood. His work has been featured on various websites, including the literary e-zine Numéro Cinq, where he is on the masthead;; and The Good Men Project; as well as the magazines Pulp Modern and Big Pulp. A father of two, he lives on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, where he paints houses and writes.

Zoe Burke is the author of two children’s books, but Jump the Gun is her first mystery novel. She is also vice president and publisher of Pomegranate Communications, an art book publishing company, and she enjoyed a brief singer/songwriter career as Katie Burke in the 1990s. She lives in Oregon with her husband.

Donis Casey is the author of nine Alafair Tucker Mysteries: The Old Buzzard Had It Coming, Hornswoggled, The Drop Edge of Yonder, The Sky Took Him, Crying Blood, The Wrong Hill to Die On, Hell With the Lid Blown Off, All Men Fear Me, and The Return of the Raven Mocker. This award-winning series, featuring the sleuthing mother of ten children, is set in Oklahoma during the booming 1910s. Donis has twice won the Arizona Book Award, and been a finalist for the Willa Award and a seven-time finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award. The Old Buzzard Had It Coming, was named an Oklahoma Centennial Book. She lives in Tempe, Arizona.

Mark de Castrique grew up in the mountains of western North Carolina where many of his novels are set. He’s a veteran of the television and film production industry, has served as an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte teaching The American Mystery, and he’s a frequent speaker and workshop leader. He and his wife, Linda, live in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Having taken early retirement from her job as a systems analyst in the high-pressure financial world, Vicki Delany is settling down to the rural life in bucolic Prince Edward County, Ontario, where she rarely wears a watch. A Cold White Sun is the sixth mystery in her Constable Molly Smith series.

In high school, Meg’s claim to fame was being the Story County, Iowa, Cowgirl Queen (Alternate). The deal was that the Cowgirl Queen had to perform a sort of Queen of England wave with a Hail Hitler punch outward from your cowboy hat as you raced your horse around the arena looking sexy and poised. Sadly, neither the actual winning Cowgirl Queen nor her horse broke legs, so that was that.

When Meg graduated from college, someone advised her to make a list of things she wanted to do in life and where she wanted to live, and then go do it. She did them all in record time, because that’s what she does. The summer after college she tried hot Arizona, where she groomed and harnessed International Polish Arabian Champion horses in exchange for riding time. Dehydrated from the heat, she returned to Iowa, where she worked as an assistant manager at a western tack store. She still loves the smell of leather.

Diving back into knee-deep horse manure, she next managed a riding academy in North Carolina, with ten school horses and more students than she could count. Much as she loved the students, the bitter cold drove her to seek better pay, with benefits. She took a job that let her work with her second joy in life—books—as the manager, with a warm and toasty office, of the largest B Dalton Bookseller between DC and Atlanta. Life took her to Illinois before returning her to Iowa where she still lives. She also has a writing studio in Scottsdale, AZ.

These days her family is her first love, but horses and writing remain close seconds. She lives in the country on six acres with a beautiful horse she trained herself, a slightly neurotic blue merle Shetland Sheepdog, and a ghost cat that no one sees but her. Occasional tenants include her sister’s Norwegian Fjord horse, a blue heron, a red-tailed hawk, a family of hoot owls, several deer, coyotes, and raccoons. She loves it.

J.M. DONELLAN is a writer, musician, poet, radio DJ, and teacher. He was almost devoured by a tiger in the jungles of Malaysia, nearly died of a lung collapse in the Nepalese Himalayas, and once fended off a pack of rabid dogs with a guitar in the mountains of India. As a poet, he has performed at the Sydney Writers' Festival, TEDxSouthBank, and the Sydney Opera House. His works include the novels A Beginner's Guide to Dying in India and Killing Adonis, the plays We Are All Ghosts and The Theory of Everything, and the poetry collection, Stendhal Syndrome.

Award-winning author Warren C. Easley lives in Oregon where he writes fiction and tutors GED students. Easley is the author of the Cal Claxton Oregon Mysteries.

Jane Finnis grew up in Yorkshire, northern England. For twenty years she lived and worked in London as a radio producer and reporter, and as a computer programmer, but then she moved back to Yorkshire, with her husband Richard. Now they live near the East Yorkshire coast.

Kelly Garrett is a writer and amateur dog walker based in Portland, Oregon. The Last To Die is her first novel.

Charlotte Hinger is an award-winning novelist and Kansas historian. The first book in her Lottie Albright series, Deadly Descent, won the Arizona Book Publishers award for Best Mystery/Suspense. Fractured Families is the fourth. Come Spring, a historical novel, won the Western Writers Medicine Pipe Bearers award, and was a Spur finalist.

Janet Hubbard is author of Champagne: The Farewell, the first book in her Vengeance in the Vineyards series. She has also written more than twenty nonfiction books for teens. She divides her time between Vermont, Virginia, and France.

TAG, YOU'RE DEAD is J.C. Lane's first thriller. She writes mysteries as Judy Clemens, including the Stella Crown series, the Grim Reaper mysteries, and the stand-alone, LOST SONS. She lives in Ohio, where she shuttles her kids to events, loves cooking and baking new recipes, and is training for a half-marathon.

Ann Littlewood was a zoo keeper in Portland, Oregon for twelve years. She raised lions and cougars, an orangutan; and native mammals, as well as parrots, penguins, and a multitude of owls. The financial realities of raising primates (two boys of her own) led Ann to exchange a hose and rubber boots for a briefcase and pantsuit in the healthcare industry. Ann has maintained her membership in the American Association of Zookeepers and has kept in touch with the zoo world by visiting zoos and through friendships with zoo staffers.

Tim Maleeny is a San Francisco-based writer whose short stories appear in DEATH DO US PART, an anthology from Mystery Writers of America edited by Harlan Coben, and also Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine.

David Moss is an advertising copywriter who has worked for many national agencies. After writing in every conceivable medium from TV and radio to coffee cup sleeves and menu tray liners, he moved on to screenplays and novels. His script, Saving Flora, about a circus elephant, is in development to be filmed in Puebla, Mexico, in 2017. This Isn’t a Game is his first novel. David lives in Santa Monica, California.

Vasudev was born in Delhi and has meandered around the world with lengthy stopovers in Tallahassee and Dallas. His books span a variety of interests, from Indian classical music to crime fiction, humor, and business management. A violinist and animal rights activist, Vasudev lives with his family and five snoring dogs in Bangalore, India where he runs a consulting firm.

Formerly a Hollywood screenwriter, Dennis Palumbo is now a licensed psychotherapist in private practice. He’s the author of a mystery collection, From Crime to Crime, and his short ˜ ction has appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, The Strand, and elsewhere. Phantom Limb is the fourth in the Daniel Rinaldi series.

Ann Parker earned degrees in Physics and English Literature before falling into a career as a science writer. The only thing more fun for her than slipping oblique Yeats references into a fluid dynamics article is delving into the past. Her ancestors include a Leadville blacksmith, a Colorado School of Mines professor, and a gandy dancer. She's a member of Mystery Writers of America and Women Writing the West and lives in Silicon Valley. Silver Lies is her first novel, and it was a winner in the 2002 Colorado Gold Writing Contest (mystery category).

Frederick Ramsay has published fourteen books that range from historicals (The Jerusalem Mysteries), to Africa (The Botswana Mysteries), to police procedurals (The Ike Schwartz Mysteries). In addition, his stand-alone Impulse was named one of the Best 100 Books of the Year in 2006 by Publishers Weekly. He is an iconographer and an accomplished public speaker. He lives and writes in Arizona.

Priscilla Royal, author of twelve books from Poisoned Pen Press in the Prioress Eleanor and Brother Thomas medieval mystery series, grew up in British Columbia and earned a BA in World Literature at San Francisco State University where she discovered the beauty of medieval literature. When not hiding in the thirteenth century, she lives in Northern California and is a member of California Writers Club, Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime.

The New York Times described Jeffrey Siger’s novels as “thoughtful police procedurals set in picturesque but not untroubled Greek locales,” the Greek Press called his work “prophetic,” Eurocrime described him as a “very gifted American author...on a par with other American authors such as Joseph Wambaugh or Ed McBain,” and the City of San Francisco awarded him its Certificate of Honor citing that his “acclaimed books have not only explored modern Greek society and its ancient roots but have inspired political change in Greece."

Triss Stein is a small-town girl who has spent most of her adult life living and working in New York City. This gives her the useful double vision of a stranger and a resident which she uses to write mysteries about Brooklyn, her ever-fascinating, ever-changing, ever-challenging adopted home. Brooklyn Wars is the fourth Erica Donato mystery, following Brooklyn Secrets.

David P. Wagner is a retired foreign service officer who spent nine years in Italy, learning to love things Italian. Other diplomatic assignments included Brazil, Ecuador, and Uruguay, as well as two hardship postings to Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Mary, live in Pueblo, Colorado.

Carolyn D. Wall is Senior Staff Writer for Persimmon Hill magazine, the publication of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, OK. As Artist-in-Residence for the Oklahoma Arts Council, she has taught creative writing to more than 4,000 children in her home state of Oklahoma. She operates a national prison-writer program, and authored the only literary book written on the Oklahoma City bombing. Among her awards two Crème-de-la-Crème awards from the Oklahoma Writers Federation Inc. and one from the Kansas State Writers.

Tina Whittle is a mystery writer living and working in the Georgia Lowcountry. The Dangerous Edge of Things, the first novel in her Tai Randolph series, debuted February 2011 from Poisoned Pen Press. Described in Publishers Weekly as a “tight, suspenseful debut,” this Atlanta-based series has garnered starred reviews in Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal.

Catherine A. Winn, a former art and elementary school teacher, lives and writes in Texas. An avid reader of all types of mysteries from cozies to thrillers, she’s found writing them to be equally thrilling. She is currently working on her next Whispering Springs mystery.

As a boy, award-winning writer Reavis Z. Wortham hunted and fished the river bottoms near Chicota, Texas, the inspiration for his fictional Center Springs. The author of Doreen’s 24 HR Eat Gas Now Café as well as the acclaimed Red River mysteries, Reavis is humor editor and frequent contributor for Texas Fish and Game Magazine, writing on everything from fishing to deer hunting. An educator of 35 years, he and wife Shana live in Frisco, Texas.

Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel spent her childhood learning ancient stories and traditions from her Mohegan tribal elders. She currently serves as the Medicine Woman for the Mohegans and writes fiction and non-fiction about the extraordinary real world of the Native Americans of New England.

The husband and wife team of Mary Reed and Eric Mayer published several short stories about John, Lord Chamberlain to Emperor Justinian, in mystery anthologies and in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine prior to 1999’s highly acclaimed first full length novel, One for Sorrow. Entries in the series have been honored by a Best Mystery Glyph Award, an honorable mention in the Glyph Best Book category, and was a finalist for the IPPY Best Mystery Award (Two For Joy), nominations for the Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award (Four For A Boy and Five For Silver), and a Glyph Award for Best Book Series (Five For Silver).

The husband and wife team of Mary Reed and Eric Mayer published several short stories about John, Lord Chamberlain to Emperor Justinian, in mystery anthologies and in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine prior to 1999’s highly acclaimed first full length novel, One for Sorrow. Entries in the series have been honored by a Best Mystery Glyph Award, an honorable mention in the Glyph Best Book category, and was a finalist for the IPPY Best Mystery Award (Two For Joy), nominations for the Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award (Four For A Boy and Five For Silver), and a Glyph Award for Best Book Series (Five For Silver).

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