GUEST OF HONOR
MARY JANE MAFFINI
Annamaria Alfieri is the author of the Vera and Tolliver
series of historical mysteries set in British East Africa,
beginning in 1911. Described as Out of Africa meets Agatha
Christie, the stories capture the beauty and the danger of
the African wildness and the complexities of imposing a
culture on a foreign land. The first in the series, Strange
Gods is now available in paperback. The next, The Idol of
Mombasa will launch as a paperback original on October 1.
Annamaria's previous historical mysteries, all set in South
America, have garnered critical acclaim. The Christian
Science Monitor chose her Blood Tango as one of ten
must-read thrillers. Of her Invisible Country, Kirkus
Reviews said, "Alfieri has written an antiwar mystery that
compares with the notable novels of Charles Todd." The
Washington Post said of her debut novel, "As both history
and mystery, City of Silver glitters."
Writing as Patricia King, she is the author of the short
story "Baggage Claim," in the anthology Queens Noir. Her
five books on business subjects include Never Work for a
Jerk, which was featured on the Oprah Winfrey show. A
world traveler, Annamaria takes a keen interest in the
history of the places she visits. She lives in New York City
and is a member of the board of trustees of the Hudson
Valley Shakespeare Festival and a past president of the
New York Chapter of Mystery Writers of America.
Bill is known for telling bad jokes. Everything triggers a
joke, song or story. Bill can and does talk to everyone
about everything. He will recommend books to perfect, or
not so, perfect strangers for themselves and for their
children. Bill is a Chemist by education but will tell you
that he is strange by inclination. He carries business cards
that claim that he is a Professional Annoyer. He believes in
RTFM. Ask him, if you do not know what it means. Bill
remembers everything, only play trivia if he is on your
team. Besides work related conventions, he attends up to
five reader/author conventions a year.
Carol has been reading forever. While she has an E-reader,
she prefers paper books, though listens to audio books
while she drives. Carol has been a teacher and a camp
specialist where she designed her own program. She
collects cook books, most are just for reading, not for
cooking from. When visiting a new place, she will buy a
local cook book just to learn about the culture of the area.
Food tells a lot about people. Carol enjoys mystery,
romance and fantasy. Along with husband Bill, and
sometimes their adult children, she attends about five
reader/author conventions a year.
R.G. Belsky is an author of crime fiction and a New York
City journalist. His new mystery BLONDE ICE - the latest in
a series featuring newspaper reporter Gil Malloy - will be
published by Atria in October. Previous books include
SHOOTING FOR THE STARS and THE KENNEDY
CONNECTION. Belsky is a former editor at the New York
Daily News, New York Post, Star magazine and NBC News.
Les Blatt is the host of the Classic Mysteries blog and
podcast (www.classicmysteries.net). He has been
presenting weekly audio reviews of classic mysteries on
the podcast for more than eight years, while the blog
features additional reviews and conversations about great
traditional mysteries, from the Golden Age down to the
present day. He spent most of his working life as a TV
network news producer, writer and editor, and he hopes
that this will not be held against him.
Leslie Blatt is a Retired School Library Media Specialist. In
her 40 years of being in schools, she worked with all grade
levels. Mysteries have always been a major theme in her
library as a resource for inquiry teaching as well as getting
kids to read. Mysteries had one of the largest circulation
numbers! Mysteries have always been a favorite genre for
Leslie since she was young, beginning with The Bobbsey
Twins and Nancy Drew.
Nikki Bonanni works as an Exercise Physiologist and
personal trainer in Ithaca, NY. She also teaches several
classes at Ithaca College. Currently she is working on two
manuscripts. In her free time she enjoys reading, playing
hockey, and dabbling in photography. She established the
Killer Coffee Club in 2009, a mystery book club that hosts
authors in person or via skype and is based out of Barnes
Debby began writing stories as soon as she could read. As
a child, she preferred reading to playing outside. She wrote
poems and stories and was a "stringer" for a teen
magazine while in high school. Debby was a journalism
major in college.
She is the Chair of the annual Deadly Ink Mystery
Conference and is Senior Editor at Deadly Ink Press. She is
also on the board of SPAWN, a member of SPAN, IBPA,
MWA, RWA, Liberty States Writers and Sisters in Crime.
JANE K. CLELAND
Jane K. Cleland's multiple award-winning and IMBA best
selling Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series [St. Martin's
Minotaur] has been reviewed as an Antiques Roadshow for
mystery fans. Library Journal named Consigned to Death a
"core title" for librarians looking to build a cozy collection,
one of only 22 titles listed, along with books by Agatha
Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers. The full article is at
www.libraryjournal.com. "Josie" stories have also
appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.
Jane chairs the Black Orchid Novella Award, one of the
Wolfe Pack's literary awards, granted in partnership with
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. She is a past chapter
president of the Mystery Writers of America/New York
Chapter and served on the national board as well.
Additionally, Jane is the host of the Writer's Room, a series
of interviews with today's bestselling crime fiction authors
that appear on cable television and online.
Jane's book on the craft of writing, Mastering Suspense,
Structure & Plot [Writer's Digest Books] helps authors
create gripping stories readers can't put down. Louise
Penny says, "Brilliant! A gold mine of information." Hank
Philippi Ryan says, "Unputdownably indispensable! For
newbie authors and veterans alike, this terrific how-to is
your new go-to. Don't write your book without it-it's a
Jane has both an MFA (in professional and creative
writing) and an MBA (in marketing and management). She's
on the faculty of Lehman College, part of the City
University of New York (CUNY) system. She also mentors
MFA students in Western Connecticut State University's
MFA in Creative & Professional Writing program and is a
frequent guest author at other university programs.
More information is available at www.janecleland.com.
Chris loves to read mysteries, thrillers and horror. She is
working on a stand-alone mystery novel, NIGHT CRIES.
She lives in PA with her husband, Brad.
Sandra Carey Cody was born and grew in Missouri,
surrounded by people who loved stories, whether from a
book or told on the back porch on a Sunday afternoon.
She attended Washington University in St. Louis, moved
on to various cities in different parts of the country, and
finally settled down in Bucks County, PA. Wherever she's
gone, books have been the bridge to her new community
and new friends.
She has six published novels - five in the Jennie Connors
mystery series and the standalone mystery, Love and Not
Destroy. She is also the author of a number of short stories
which are not mysteries - unless you consider (as she
does) the day-to-day bump and jostle of ordinary life a
She teaches at the Writing Center of Pearl S. Buck
JEFF COHEN/E.J. COPPERMAN
Jeff Cohen is the author of the Aaron Tucker and Comedy
Tonight mystery series. As E.J. Copperman, he writes the
Haunted Guesthouse mystery series (Berkley Prime Crime)
and with himself writes the Asperger's Mystery series
(Midnight Ink). Next year will see the debut of the Agent to
the Paws series (Thomas Dunne) and Mysterious Detective
Mystery series (Crooked Lane). In his spare time, he sleeps.
Bruce DeSilva, author of the hard-boiled Mulligan crime
novels, has won the Edgar and Macavity Awards and been
a finalist for the Shamus, Anthony, and Barry Awards. His
short stories have appeared in Akashic Press's noir
anthologies, and his books have been published in eleven
languages. Previously he was a journalist, editing stories
that won nearly every journalism prize including the
Pulitzer. His fifth novel, "The Dreadline," will be published
Peggy Ehrhart is a former English professor who writes
mysteries and plays blues guitar. She holds a doctorate in
Medieval Literature, and her publications include a
prize-winning book dealing with classical mythology in the
Her Maxx Maxwell mysteries, published by Five
Star/Gale/Cengage, feature a blues-singer sleuth. Sweet
Man Is Gone appeared in 2008 and Got No Friend Anyhow
appeared 2011. Both are available in print and on Kindle.
She is at work on a new series set in a charming New
Peggy is a member of Mystery Writers of America and
Sisters in Crime. She served as president of Sisters in
Crime, NY/TriState from 2013 to 2015. She plays guitar with
the Still Standing Band.
Visit her at www.PeggyEhrhart.com .
Kate Gallison has spent most of her life in New Jersey. At
various times she has been a housewife, a store clerk, a bill
collector, a computer programmer, a technical writer, and a
museum docent. Her writing credits include short stories in
three anthologies and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine,
three private eye novels in the Nick Magaracz series -
UNBALANCED ACCOUNTS, THE DEATH TAPE, and THE
JERSEY MONKEY - and five traditional mysteries featuring
Mother Lavinia Grey, a woman priest of the Episcopal
Church in a small river town in New Jersey - BURY THE
BISHOP, DEVIL'S WORKSHOP, UNHOLY ANGELS, HASTY
RETREAT, and GRAVE MISGIVINGS.
Under the name of Irene Fleming, she has written murder
mysteries about silent movie production in the early
twentieth century. The first of these, THE EDGE OF RUIN,
won the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance fiction
prize for 2010. The second, THE BRINK OF FAME, follows
the heroine from New Jersey to Hollywood.
Kate is currently at work on a spy thriller set in New York
City in 1915.
A former reporter for The Los Angeles Times, Jack Getze is
Fiction Editor for Anthony nominated Spinetingler
Magazine, one of the internet's oldest websites for noir,
crime and horror short stories. His Austin Carr Mysteries
BIG NUMBERS, BIG MONEY, BIG MOJO and this year's
David Award nominee, BIG SHOES, are published by Down
& Out Books. His short stories have appeared in A Twist of
Noir, Beat to a Pulp, The Big Adios, Passages and two
Tim Hall is the author of the Bert Shambles Mysteries, a
New Adult mystery series published by Cozy Cat Press. His
crime fiction has appeared in THUGLIT, BIGnews, and
Chicago Reader. He appears at industry and fan events
throughout the year, including Malice Domestic, Deadly
Ink, Noir at the Bar, BEA, KGB reading series, the Brooklyn
Book Festival and many others.
Tim was co-founder of the Outsider Writers Collective, and
his journalism has twice been nominated for a Pushcart
Prize. He is an active member of the NY chapter of the
Mystery Writers of America. He lives in New York City with
his wife and son.
After a decade, Jane Kelly returned in 2014 with Missing
You in Atlantic City, the fourth Meg Daniels mystery.
During the hiatus Jane attended Trinity College, Dublin as
an extremely mature student for an MPhil in Popular
Literature. After working in DC, New York and Boston, she
is back in her home town, Philadelphia, close to the Jersey
Shore settings of Killing Time in Ocean City, Cape Mayhem
and Wrong Beach Island (available from Plexus
Publishing). She is also the author of three novels
available only on Kindle. A Fear of Seaside Heights (A Meg
Daniels Bonus Mystery), Swoon '64 (a Writing in Time
Mystery) and Widow Lady (the first Widow Lady mystery).
Facebook: Jane Kelly Author
David Manfre, a lifelong New Jersey resident, has attended
Bouchercon and Deadly Ink numerous times. Though not
yet a published author, he has a degree in English and has
taken other English and creative writing classes. He is
working on stories that take place in Monmouth and Ocean
Counties, reflecting his interest of visiting shore
Nina Mansfield is a Greenwich, Connecticut based writer.
Her debut novel, SWIMMING ALONE a YA mystery was
published in 2015 by Fire & Ice YA. Her graphic novel FAKE
ID: BEYOND RECOGNITION, illustrated by Leyla Akdogan,
will be out online with Plume Snake Comics in 2016. Her
blog NOT EVEN JOKING, which discusses books, writing,
theater and food, has hosted numerous mystery writer
guests. Her plays have been published and produced
throughout United States and internationally. Nina's short
mystery fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery
Magazine and Mysterical-E. She is a member of Sisters in
Crime, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller
Writers, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators,
the Short Mystery Fiction Society and the Dramatists Guild.
Visit her at www.ninamansfield.com.
Jeff Markowitz is the author of the Cassie O'Malley
mysteries, an amateur sleuth series set deep in the NJ Pine
Barrens. After penning three books in the series, Jeff
decided to embrace his dark side. His most recent book is
the award-winning black comedy, Death and White
Diamonds. Jeff currently serves on the Regional Board of
Directors of the New York Chapter of MWA. He lives in
Monmouth Junction, NJ with his wife, Carol. You can
usually find him at his computer at 5:30 in the morning,
plotting someone's murder.
E. J. RAND
Rand is a writer of Mystery Thrillers, but he can't write a
novel without also offering a deep love story. His
four-book Reluctant Sleuth series, published by Deadly Ink
Press, was honored in four award contests and his next
novel was a Killer Nashville-Claymore Award finalist.
Amber Quill Press has published Honey Trap and
Blindsided, both major Romantic Thrillers. Honey Trap was
honored as a Romance category finalist in the 2016 Next
Generation Indie Book Awards, his sixth award contest
honor. He has just completed a new romantic thriller,
Target. He's a member of Mystery Writers of America and
International Thriller Writers. He lives with his wife in
northern New Jersey.
Steven Rigolosi is the author of The Outsmarting of
Criminals, chosen by Oprah as one of the best mysteries of
2014 and by the Houston Chronicle as a top book of 2014.
The Outsmarting of Criminals shared the 2015 David Award
with Jeff Markowitz's Death and White Diamonds. Steve is
also the author of the three books in the Tales from the
Back Page series: Who Gets the Apartment? (also a David
Award winner), Circle of Assassins, and Androgynous
Murder House Party. His novella The Ocelot Chronicles, in
which a misguided second-grade teacher kidnaps an
ocelot from the Bronx Zoo, was recently published as an
He maintains his blog, Greenfields, at
Roberta Rogow writes historical mysteries, although she
sometimes revises the history. Her most recent book,
Menace in Manatas, continues the Saga of Halvar the
Hireling, in an Alternate Universe in which Spanish Moors
got to Manhattan Island before the Dutch did. Roberta is
also known for writing Filk songs (science fiction folk
music), and is a member of the Filk Hall of Fame.
Charles Salzberg is the author of the Shamus Award
nominated Swann's Last Song, Swann Dives In, Swann's
Lake of Despair, finalist for two Silver Falchions, and the
Beverly Hills Book Award, and Devil in the Hole, named
one of the best crime novels of 2013 by Suspense
His novella, Twist of Fate is in Triple Shot, and Swann's
Way Out will be released in early 2017.
AJ Sidransky is a dyed-in-the-wool New Yorker. Born in the
Bronx, he resides in Washington Heights with his wife and
son. He is a life long Yankees fan.
The National Jewish Book Awards selected his first novel
Forgiving Maximo Rothman as a finalist in Outstanding
Debut Fiction for 2013. Next Generation Indie Book Awards
selected his next book, Stealing a Summer's Afternoon as a
finalist for Best Second Novel for 2015. Forgiving Mariela
Camacho, a thriller and continuation of Forgiving Maximo
Rothman was released in September 2015. It has been
nominated for the David Award, 2016.
His short story, La Libreta was honored by the Institute for
Caribbean Studies as part of their celebration of
Caribbean-American Heritage Month in 2014 and was
published by Small Axe Salon, an on-line Literary
Magazine. His short story, Mother Knows Best appeared in
an invitation only anthology entitled Noir Nation 5,
published in October 2014.
Mr. Sidransky is also a staff writer for Yale Robbins
Publications and has written for Office Buildings Magazine.
He is a contributing writer to #News, a daily news satire
that appears on YouTube and a frequent contributor to
UptownCollective.com a blog about life in Upper
AJ has had a varied and interesting professional life. He
has worked as a banker, commercial mortgage broker and
Internet entrepreneur. He is a trained Chef, (a graduate of
the French Culinary Institute), and a Certified Personal
Trainer. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut
with a BA in Urban Planning.
Mr. Sidransky is on the steering committee of Viva tu
Vida/Live Your Life, a non-profit that fights childhood
obesity in upper Manhattan and sits on the executive
committee of Yeshiva University's Community Development
Board. He travels to the Dominican Republic frequently and
is fluent in Spanish.
He is currently at work on two new projects, The King of
Arroyo Hondo, a collection of short stories and a novella
about life in the Dominican Republic and the Dominican
Diaspora today and The Interpreter a thriller about the
return to Europe in 1945 of a young Jewish-American
soldier who escaped with his family in 1940 from Nazi
occupied Europe and is searching for the girl he left
S. A. SOLOMON
S.A. Solomon has published crime fiction and poetry in
New Jersey Noir (Akashic Books), the 2016 Anthony
Award-nominated anthologies Jewish Noir (PM Press) and
Protectors 2: Heroes-Stories to Benefit PROTECT; Grand
Central Noir (Metropolitan Crime); and The Five-Two Crime
Poetry Weekly. She's a member of the Mystery Writers of
America, New York chapter. She's working on a noir trilogy
set in Newark and Jersey City. You can find her on twitter
Albert Tucher is the creator of prostitute Diana Andrews,
who has appeared in more than seventy short stories in
venues including THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY
STORIES 2010, edited by Lee Child. Her first longer case,
the novella THE SAME MISTAKE TWICE, was published by
Untreed Reads in 2013. Albert Tucher has recently spun off
a supporting character from Diana's world, Detective Errol
Coutinho of the Hawaii County Police. He will appear in
THE PLACE OF REFUGE, due out soon from One Eye
E. F. WATKINS
E. F. Watkins specializes in paranormal suspense, and
since 2003 has published eight novels with Amber Quill
Press LLC. Her first, DANCE WITH THE DRAGON, received
a 2004 EPPIE Award from the national organization EPIC
(Electronically Published Internet Connection). Next came
the romantic mystery RIDE A DANCING HORSE (as "Eileen
Watkins"). Her third book, BLACK FLOWERS, was a
Finalist in the Thriller category for both the 2006 EPPIEs
and the 2007 Indie Excellence Book Awards. ONE BLOOD,
a prequel to DANCE WITH THE DRAGON, was a finalist for
a 2012 EPIC Award. She also has published the paranormal
thrillers PARAGON and DANU'S CHILDREN. In 2013, she
launched the Quinn Matthews Haunting Mysteries featuring
a psychic amateur sleuth. The first in this series, DARK
MUSIC, received the David G. Sasher Award at the 2014
Deadly Ink Mystery Conference, and the second, HEX,
DEATH AND ROCK 'N' ROLL, was a finalist in Mystery for
the 2014 Next Generation EBook Awards. Watkins was a
founding member of the Garden State Horror Writers and
also belongs to the national groups Mystery Writers of
America and Sisters in Crime. For more background, visit
her web site at www.efwatkins.com. standalone BLOOD
ALWAYS TELLS, the book that led Tess Gerritsen to call her
"the master of plot twists."