Featured Speakers

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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, TOPPED CHEF, MURDER WITH GANACHE, DEATH WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS, and FATAL...

Coralie Jensen

Coralie is currently speaking in front of libraries and bookstores for mystery series set in Tuscany, L’ORO VERDE and IL PANE DELLA VITA, her historical suspense WINTER HARVEST, and LETY’S GIFT and PASSUP PONT , both set in Canada.
A graduate in English from University of California at...

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...

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...

Ellen Larson

Ellen Larson is a freelance writer and editor. She published her first short story in Yankee Magazine in 1972, and her most recent in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine in 2010 and was a finalist for a Barry Award. She is the author of several mystery novels as well as THE MEASURE OF THE...

Steve Liskow

Seven of Steve’s eleven novels take place in the Greater Hartford area and focus on issues including teen trafficking on the Berlin Turnpike, a shooting at a public school and stalking at roller derby. The Kids Are All Right, the fourth in his series about Hartford PI Zach Barnes, was a finalist...

Steven P. Marini

Although he describes himself as a “card carrying New Englander,” Steve lived for twenty-six years in Maryland while pursuing a career spanning four federal agencies. His background has enabled him to serve as a project manager at the National Security Agency, the Environmental Protection Agency...

Edith Maxwell

National best-selling author Edith Maxwell is a 2017 double Agatha Award nominee for her historical mystery Delivering the Truth and her short story, “The Mayor and the Midwife.” She writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries and the Local Foods Mysteries; as Maddie Day she writes the Country...

Ruth McCarty

Ruth McCarty’s short mysteries have appeared in Level Best Books anthologies, Flash Bang Mysteries, Kings River Life Magazine and Over My Dead Body! She won the 2009 Derringer for "No Flowers for Stacey" published in Deadfall: Crime Stories by New England Writers. She is former editor at Level...

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...

Maureen Milliken

Maureen is the author of the Bernie O'Dea mystery series, featuring a newspaper editor living in northwestern Maine. She is also cohost of the podcast Crime & Stuff with her sister, artist Rebecca Milliken. Maureen is a former longtime journalist as well as freelance editor and full-time...

Janet Morgan

Janet Morgan was born and raised in the small coastal town of Wiscasset, Maine. She received a BA in English from UMA while working full-time as library director at the Wiscasset Public Library.

She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Sisters in Crime New England, the Maine Writers &...

Liz Mugavero

Liz Mugavero is the author of the Agatha-nominated Pawsitively Organic Gourmet Pet Food Mysteries Kneading to Die, A Biscuit, A Casket, The Icing on the Corpse and Murder Most Finicky. As you can imagine, her canine and feline rescues demand the best organic food and treats around. She holds a...

Susan Oleksiw

Susan Oleksiw has been writing since she was a student in the 1960s, but her first publication in the mystery field came in 1988, with the publication of A READER'S GUIDE TO THE CLASSIC BRITISH MYSTERY. She is the author of two series. The Mellingham series features Chief of Police Joe Silva,...

Katherine Hall Page

Katherine Hall Page was born and grew up in New Jersey, graduating from Livingston High School. Her father was the Executive Director of The Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation and her mother was an artist. Page has an older brother and a younger sister. Early on the family developed a love of...

Dale T. Phillips

Dale has published the Zack Taylor mystery series, over 60 short stories and collections, poetry, and a non-fiction career e-book, How to Improve Your Interviewing Skills. He's appeared on stage, television, and in an independent feature film, Throg. He competed on Jeopardy and Think Twice. He...

Amy Ray

Amy Ray is a writer of suspense novels for adults, children's middle-grade adventure novels, and picture books. Her mystery/thriller DANGEROUS DENIAL was published in 2014 by Barking Rain Press. She has short stories featured in the anthologies LOVE FREE OR DIE (2015), MURDER INK (2016), and...

Jeannine Reardon

Boston native, Suffolk University Law School alum, and former partner of Saltzman & McNaught, LLP, J.R. Reardon has practiced in many areas including civil and criminal litigation. She has taught insurance law with her father, Attorney Stephen R. McNaught, and is published in the Suffolk...

Barbara Ross

Barbara Ross is the author of the Maine Clambake Mysteries, Clammed Up, Boiled Over, Musseled Out, Fogged Inn and Iced Under. Clammed Up was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel and was a finalist for the Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction.

Barbara blogs with a...

Hank Phillippi Ryan

HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston's NBC affiliate, winning 33 EMMYs and dozens more journalism honors. The bestselling author of nine mysteries, Ryan's also an award-winner in her second profession—with five Agathas, two Anthonys, two Macavitys, the Daphne, and...

Susan Santangelo

Susan Santangelo, author of the Baby Boomer Mysteries,has been a feature writer, drama critic and editor for daily and weekly newspapers in the New York metropolitan area, including a stint at Cosmopolitan magazine. A seasoned public relations and marketing professional, she produced special...

Carole Shmurak

Carole Shmurak is Professor Emerita at Central Connecticut State University and the author of eleven books. Deadmistress, her first mystery featuring professor/sleuth Susan Lombardi, was named a Notable Book of 2004 by Writers Notes magazine. Other titles in the Lombardi academic mystery series...

Clea Simon

Clea Simon the author of four mystery series and three nonfiction books.

Clea Simon is the author of four mystery series, the newest being the dark cat-narrated Blackie and Care series, which kicks off in March, 2016 with "The Ninth Life" (Severn House). Her Theda Krakow "cats &...

Sarah Smith

An Agatha winner and Massachusetts Book Award winner for her most recent novel, THE OTHER SIDE OF DARK, Sarah Smith has been interested in ghosts and storytelling since she was four. She studied English at Harvard, where she hung out in the library reading mysteries, and film in London. She...

Barbara Eppich Struna

A storyteller at heart, Struna bases her tales on the history, myth, and legends of Cape Cod and her own personal experiences. She created a contemporary character, amateur sleuth, Nancy Caldwell, the vehicle that moves the story between time periods in alternating chapters.

Struna’s...