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Peter Abrahams (Panelist)
Peter Abrahams is the Edgar award wining author of thirty-six novels. Among his acclaimed crime thrillers are Oblivion and The Fan (film starring Robert De Niro). Under the name Spencer Quinn, he writes the New York Times bestselling Chet and Bernie mysteries and the middle-grade Bowser and Birdie series. The Right Side – the story of a wounded female vet – came out in 2016.

Donna Andrews (Panelist)
Donna Andrews is the author of 22 books in the Meg Langslow series from Minotaur, including Die Like an Eagle (Aug 2016), Gone Gull (Aug 2017), and How the Finch Stole Christmas (Oct 2017). She is currently MWA’s EVP and treasurer of SinC Chessie Chapter. When not writing, she plies her camera in the garden and at her 13-year-old twin nephews’ baseball and basketball games.

Frankie Bailey (Panelist)
Frankie Y Bailey is a criminal justice professor, who specializes in crime history and mass media/popular culture. Her mystery novels feature crime historian Lizzie Stuart and police detective Hannah McCabe. “The Singapore Sling Affair” (EQMM, 11/2017) introduces former WW II Army nurse Jo Radcliffe. Frankie is a past EVP of MWA and a past national president of SinC.

Linda Barnes (Panelist)
Linda Barnes, author of the acclaimed Carlotta Carlyle series, is the winner of this year’s Derringer Award for short fiction. She has also won the American Mystery Award and the Robert B Parker Award, and has been nominated for the Edgar and Shamus Awards.

Dana Cameron (Panelist)
Dana Cameron writes across many genres, but especially crime fiction and urban fantasy. Her work has won multiple Anthony, Agatha, and Macavity awards, and has been nominated for the Edgar Award. Dana’s Emma Fielding archaeology mysteries were optioned by Muse Entertainment, and the first, Site Unseen, was made into a movie for the Hallmark Movie & Mystery Channel.

Richard Cass (Ask the Expert)
Richard Cass’s first novel in the Elder Darrow mystery series, Solo Act, was pitched as “an alcoholic walks into a dive bar and decides to buy it.” It released in January 2016 and was a crime fiction category finalist for the 2017 Maine Literary Awards. The prequel, In Solo Time, came out in September 2017. Dick has also published a book of short stories entitled Gleam of Bone.

Michelle Clark (Ask the Expert)
Michelle is a Medicolegal Death Investigator for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in CT. She’s a former CSI for the Waterbury Police Department and has a master’s degree in forensic science. She’s a case manager for the unidentified deceased in CT and works with cold-case units throughout the state, and she teaches Forensic Science at the University of Hartford.

Jane Cleland (Panelist)
Jane K. Cleland writes the multiple award-winning & IMBA bestselling Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series [St. Martin’s Minotaur & Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine]. Jane also writes about the craft of writing, including articles for Writer’s Digest Magazine & the bestselling and Agatha Award-winning book, Mastering Suspense, Structure & Plot [Writer’s Digest Books].

Bruce Coffin (Ask the Expert, Panelist)
Bruce is a retired detective sergeant and the bestselling author of Among the Shadows, first in the Detective Byron Mysteries from HarperCollins.

Ray Daniel (Panelist)
Ray Daniel is the award-winning author of the Tucker Mysteries. His short story “Give Me a Dollar” won a 2014 Derringer Award for short fiction and “Driving Miss Rachel” was chosen as a 2013 distinguished short story by Otto Penzler, editor of The Best American Mystery Stories 2013. Hacked is the fourth novel in the Tucker Mysteries.

Sharon Daynard (Co-Chair, Panelist)
Sharon Daynard has been offered the services of a professional hitman, crossed paths with a serial killer, testified before grand juries, and taken lie detector tests. Her 51-word short story “Widow’s Peak” received a Derringer nomination for Best Flash of 2004. She is a Guppy, a member and Immediate Past President of the New England chapter of Sisters in Crime.

Michele Dorsey (Co-Chair, Panelist)
C. “Michele” Dorsey is the author of Permanent Sunset, the second in the Sabrina Salter series, published in October 2016, which received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly. No Virgin Island, the first in the series, was published in 2015 and is set on St. John, USVI. Michele is finds inspiration and serenity on St. John and on Cape Cod.

Hallie Ephron (Panelist)
Hallie Ephron is the New York Times bestselling author of You’ll Never Know, Dear, the story of a little girl’s disappearance and the doll that may hold the key to her fate. Reviewers call her work “deliciously creepy,” “Hitchcockian.” She is a 4-time finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award & author of Writing & Selling Your Mystery Novel, an Edgar award finalist.

Elizabeth Elo (Panelist)
Elisabeth Elo’s North of Boston was named one of Booklist’s Best Crime Novels: 2014 and published in six countries. A literary novel called Save Your Own was a People Magazine “Great Read.” Elisabeth’s short stories and essays have appeared in a variety of publications. She teaches at Boston College and lives in Brookline, MA.

Chelsey Emmelainz (Editor)
Sr. Editor Chelsey Emmelhainz began her publishing career with HarperCollins. She joined independent publisher Crooked Lane Books in 2017. With a special love for debut novelists, Chelsey is always seeking fresh upmarket suspense, mystery, and crime fiction with strong voice. She is drawn to female-driven narratives, culturally diverse voices, and fresh, compelling conflicts.

Joseph Finder (Panelist)
Joseph Finder is the New York Times bestselling author of 14 novels, most recently The Switch. His books have won numerous awards, including the ITW Award for Best Novel for Killer Instinct (2006). Two have become movies: High Crimes (2002) starring Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman; and Paranoia (2013) with Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, and Liam Hemsworth. He lives in Boston.

Dr. Peggy Greenwald, MD (Panelist)
Dr. Margaret Greenwald, MD, enjoyed forensic pathology for over 30 years. Her work let her help families at a very difficult time and contribute to the public health of her community. She held medical examiner positions in Boston, San Francisco, and after an adventurous 2 years on a sailboat with her husband, she worked with the State of Maine – the best job she ever had.

David Handler (Panelist)
David Handler, a recovering journalist, is the Edgar and American Mystery Award-winning author of both the Stewart Hoag, and Berger and Mitry mystery series, and has written for television and films on both coasts for many years. His first new Hoag novel in 20 years, The Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes, was published in Aug 2017 by William Morrow. He lives in Old Lyme, CT.

Lisa Haselton (Panelist)
Lisa Haselton writes short and long suspense stories. She is currently writing a paranormal time travel. She is the Crime Bake registration woman behind the scenes and loves putting the names with faces once the conference arrives, so do make sure to introduce yourself! In the real world, as Lisa J. Jackson, she’s a self-employed marketing and tech writer and novel editor.

Julie Hennrikus (Panelist)
J.A. Hennrikus writes the Theater Cop series for Midnight Ink. A Christmas Peril, the first in the series, debuted this fall. As Julianne Holmes she writes the Agatha nominated Clock Shop Mystery series. The third in that series, Chime and Punishment, came out in August. Julie blogs with the Wicked Cozy Authors, is on the board of SinC, and a member of MWA. @JHAuthors

Chris Holm (Panelist)
Chris Holm is the author of the Collector trilogy and the Michael Hendricks thrillers. His first Hendricks novel, The Killing Kind, was named a Boston Globe Best Book of 2015 and won the 2016 Anthony Award for Best Novel. His second Hendricks novel, Red Right Hand, was named a Boston Globe Best Book of 2016 and is nominated for the 2017 Anthony Award for Best Novel.

Gayle Lynds (Panelist)
New York Times bestseller Gayle Lynds is the award-winning author of 10 international espionage novels, including The Assassins and The Book of Spies. Publishers Weekly lists Masquerade among the Top 10 spy novels. With Robert Ludlum, she created the Covert-One series. A member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, she is cofounder (with David Morrell) of ITW.

Kendel Lynn (Editor)
Kendel Lynn is a Southern California native who now parks her flip-flops in Dallas, TX. Her debut novel, Board Stiff, was an Agatha Award nominee for Best First Novel. Kendel is Editorial Director of Henery Press, President of Sisters in Crime, and Vice Chair of Bouchercon Dallas. She spends her days editing, designing, and encouraging the staff to eat In-N-Out for lunch.

Gina Maccoby (Agent)
Gina Maccoby is a NY literary agent representing authors of literary and commercial fiction and narrative nonfiction for adults and children, including NYT bestselling and award-winning titles. She is captured by an engaging narrative voice; she is seeking strong storytelling & fresh perspectives. In fiction, she is looking for upmarket novels, mysteries, & thrillers, MG & YA.

Edith Maxwell (Panelist)
Agatha-nominated and best-selling author Edith Maxwell writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries, the Local Foods Mysteries, and award-winning short crime fiction. As Maddie Day she writes the Country Store Mysteries and the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries. She’s president of Sisters in Crime New England, lives north of Boston, and blogs at WickedCozyAuthors.com and elsewhere.

Amy Moore-Benson (Agent)
With over 20 years of publishing experience, Amy Moore-Benson focuses on commercial women’s fiction, crime fiction, and commercial literary fiction, as well as narrative non-fiction. At Meridian Artists, she works closely with colleagues in film and television representation to leverage all creative opportunities for clients across the publishing and entertainment industries.

Paula Munier (Agent)
Paula Munier is an agent and author of the bestselling Plot Perfect, The Writer’s Guide to Beginnings, Writing with Quiet Hands, and acclaimed memoir Fixing Freddie. The first in her mystery series, Spare These Stones, debuts from Minotaur in 2018. In her fab day job as Senior Literary Agent and Content Strategist for Talcott Notch Literary, she reps many great crime writers.

Kimiko Nakamura (Agent)
Kimiko Nakamura worked within Shambhala Publications and Harvard Common Press before becoming a literary agent with Lee Mura Literary. She loves projects that reimagine what’s possible, characters with something (or nothing) to lose, unique viewpoints, trailblazing heroines, and anything with elements of magical realism.

Kameel Nasr (Ask the Expert)
Kameel Nasr’s first book about global bicycling came out in 1990. He’s the author of a Boston-based cultural mystery series featuring The Museum Heist and The Symphony Heist. He has a public access TV program called “New England Authors with Kameel Nasr,” carried on many local stations. He also has a grant for video productions on “Local Initiatives to Combat Climate Change.”

Karen Olson (Panelist)
Karen E. Olson is the award-winning and Shamus-nominated author of the Black Hat thrillers and the Annie Seymour and Tattoo Shop mysteries. She lives in Connecticut.

Katherine Hall Page (Panelist)
Katherine Hall Page, recipient of Malice Domestic’s Lifetime Achievement Award, has received Agathas for Best First, Best Novel, and Best SS with nominations for Agathas, an Edgar, Macavity, Mary Higgins Clark and the Maine Literary Award. The Body in the Casket (Morrow, Nov 2017) is the 24th in her Faith Fairchild series. Have Faith in Your Kitchen is the series cookbook.

Daniel Palmer (Panelist)
Daniel Palmer has written nine critically acclaimed suspense novels, including a number of Michael Palmer medical thrillers. He published his first novel, Delirious, after a decade-long career in e-commerce. Daniel lives in New Hampshire with his wife and two children.

Gina Panettieri (Agent)
Gina Panettieri is the founder of Milford, CT-based Talcott Notch Literary. Clients include Tier One thriller series creators Andrews & Wilson; Tony Hillerman Prize winner Kevin Wolf; and A Borrowing of Bones author Paula Munier. Gina is currently looking for all types of YA and adult crime fiction and compelling nonfiction. She’s drawn to flawed characters and dark stories.

Leigh Perry (Panelist)
Leigh Perry writes the Family Skeleton mysteries about adjunct professor Georgia Thackery and her pal Sid, an ambulatory skeleton. The Skeleton Paints a Picture came out in October. As Toni L.P. Kelner, she co-edited paranormal anthologies with Charlaine Harris; authored eleven mystery novels; and won an Agatha Award and received multiple award nominations for short fiction.

Susan Reynolds (Panelist)
Susan Reynolds has authored or edited more than 45 fiction and nonfiction books. Her latest books include Fire Up Your Writing Brain and Train Your Brain to Get Happy. She blogs on fireupyourwritingbrain.com and on Psychologytoday.com, and is currently writing a novel. She also helps writers perfect their craft and become the writers they were born to be.

Stephen D. Rogers (Panelist)
Stephen D. Rogers is the author of Shot to Death and more than 800 shorter works. His website, www.StephenDRogers.com, includes a list of new and upcoming titles as well as other timely information.

Barbara Ross (Panelist)
Barbara Ross is the author of the Maine Clambake Mysteries: Clammed Up, Boiled Over, Musseled Out, Fogged Inn, and Iced Under. Stowed Away will be released December 26, 2017. Barbara’s books have been nominated for multiple Agatha Awards for Best Contemporary Novel, and RT Books Reviewer’s Choice Awards, as well as the Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction.

Hank Phillippi Ryan (Panelist)
Hank Phillippi Ryan is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s WHDH-TV, winning 34 EMMYs and many journalism honors. As the best-selling author of 9 mysteries, she has won 5 Agathas, 2 Anthonys, 2 Macavitys, the Daphne, and Mary Higgins Clark Award. Her books are Library Journal’s Best of 2014, 2015, & 2016, & Say No More is an Agatha & Mary Higgins Clark Award nominee.

Rebecca Scherer (Agent)
Rebecca Scherer began her publishing career as an intern at JRA while earning a BA in English literature, political science, and German from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter. Upon joining the team full-time in 2012, Rebecca had the opportunity to work her way through each department and gain the sort of comprehensive perspective on career management that JRA is known for.

Alec Shane (Agent)
Alec Shane moved to LA to be a pro stunt man & quickly realized he preferred books to breakaway glass. He’s an agent at Writers House Literary Agency & is looking for mystery, thrillers, suspense, horror, historical, literary, & MG & YA geared towards boys. In nonfiction – humor, biography, history (particularly military history), true crime, “guy” reads, and all things sports.

Clea Simon (Panelist)
After three nonfiction books and 22 mysteries with cats in them, Clea Simon returns to her rock & roll past this fall with World Enough (Severn), an edgy urban noir. The Boston Globe-bestselling author’s most recent cat mysteries are As Dark As My Fur in the Blackie & Care series (Severn) and When Bunnies Go Bad, a Pru Marlowe pet noir (Poisoned Pen).

Melissa Singer (Editor)
Senior Editor Melissa Ann Singer has worked at Tor/Forge Books for more than thirty years, following a stint at the Berkley Publishing Group. She has edited almost every type of category fiction and is very interested in non-traditional settings, diverse characters, and under-represented voices. A native of NYC, she loves art museums and the theater.

Victoria Skurnick (Agent)
Victoria Skurnick is an agent at LGR. Before that, she was editor-in-chief of The Book-of-the-Month Club and was an editor at St. Martin’s Press and Pocket Books. She has co-authored seven novels. She represents authors from Senator Tom Daschle to Susan Elia MacNeal & Alice LaPlante, and has a fondness for literary fiction, suspense fiction, & political & historical nonfiction.

Robin Stuart (Ask the Expert)
Robin C. Stuart is a contributing author to Handbook for Information Security & consults on all things cyber crime for Fortune 100 companies, TV shows, & media outlets. She was a significant contributor to the Tech Museum of Innovation’s acclaimed Cyber Detectives interactive installation. When not fighting crime, she’s writing about it. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

Lea Wait (Panelist)
Maine author Lea Wait writes the Mainely Needlepoint and Shadows Antique Print mystery series. Twice an Agatha finalist and a USA TODAY best-seller, Lea adopted her 4 daughters when she was single. Now she writes about people searching for love, acceptance, and a place to call home. Read free prequels to her books (linked to her website) & friend her on Facebook and Goodreads.

Leslie Wheeler (Panelist)
An award-winning author of biographies and books about American history, Leslie has written three Miranda Lewis “living history” mysteries. Her mystery shorts have appeared in various anthologies, including the Best New England Crime Stories series, published by Level Best Books.