Kate Flora

Attorney Kate Flora’s sixteen books include seven Thea Kozak mysteries, five gritty police procedurals; Steal Away, a suspense thriller (written as Katharine Clark) two true crime books. Finding Amy was a 2007 Edgar nominee and has been optioned for a movie. Her second true crime, Death Dealer, involves an international collaboration to catch a brutal Canadian killer. Her fourth Joe Burgess, And Grant You Peace, won the 2015 Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction. Detention won in 2013. The co-written Maine Game Warden's memoir, A Good Man with a Dog, is a 2017 Agatha nominee. Her eighth Thea Kozak mystery, Death Warmed Over, will appear in 2017.

Flora’s short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies, including the Sara Paretsky edited collection, Sisters on the Case. She is a former editor and publisher at Level Best Books, former international president of Sisters in Crime, and a founding member of the New England Crime Bake conference and the Maine Crime Wave. Her story, “The Sounds of Silence" appeared in Stone Cold: Best New England Crime Stories, and her story, “Bone China” in the crime story anthology Dead of Winter. She teaches writing for Grub Street in Boston.

Publications:

Quarry: Crime Stories by New England Writers - Quarry is New England with ice storms, ice out, superettes and gun shows. Quarry is gritty streets and rutted roads, criminal ingenuity and personal integrity, madness and motherhood.Contains the Agatha, Anthony and Macavity Award winning short story “On the House” by Hank Phillippi Ryan.With twenty-one stories by some of New England's top crime writers including Glenda Baker, Norma Bu. . .

Level Best Books - 2009-11-01

Thin Ice: Crime Stories by New England Writers - “…twenty-five of the most cleverly written and thought-provoking crime stories ever assembled in one collection,” Brenda Scott, Manchester Examiner “…the editors of this anthology have poured their energy into selecting the very best from the New England area, and they have succeeded, brilliantly.” Christine Zibas, Reviewing the EvidenceWhether it’. . .

Level Best Books - 2010-11-12

Best New England Crime Stories 2012: Dead Calm - “… the most original New England crime stories I’ve ever had the pleasure to read.” ~ Brenda Scott, Manchester Contemporary Literature Examiner, Examiner.com ~ “…each story in this collection is guaranteed to make readers smile by its sheer cleverness alone.” Christine Zibas. reviewingtheevidence.com New England’s most acclaimed, awar. . .

Level Best Books - 2011-11-11

Redemption - RedemptionIn the third book in this star-reviewed Portland, Maine-based police procedural series, Det. Joe Burgess's hopes for a more normal life slam up against the ugly reality of his job. On his way to a Columbus Day picnic with the foster children his girlfriend, Chris, hopes to adopt, Burgess is flagged down by two boys fishing off a pier who think they've spotted a body in the water. P. . .

Five Star - 2012-03-07

Best New England Crime Stories 2013: Blood Moon - Noir and nuanced   Hideous and hilarious       Happy, sad, and barking mad-Anything can happend under a Blood MoonLevel Best Books' tenth anthology presents thirty-one tales from New England's dark side written by the region's most acclaimed, award-winning authors, plus several exciting new voices.  

Level Best Books - 2012-11-09

Best New England Crime Stories 2014: Stone Cold - From a small town in Maine To a posh marina in Connecticut From a grungy pool hall in Fall River To a quaint fishing village on Cape Cod– The heart of New England crime is STONE COLD Stone Cold presents twenty-eight delicious crime stories from a bevy of award-winning New England mystery writers along with several exciting new voices. Drop dead funny or stone cold deadly, the inventive and. . .

Level Best Books - 2013-11-08