Meet the Mystery Day Authors!



New York Times bestselling crime writer Laurie R. King writes both series and standalone novels. She became the first novelist since Patricia Cornwell to win prizes for Best First Crime Novel on both sides of the Atlantic with the publication of her debut thriller, A Grave Talent. She is the bestselling author of the Kate Martinelli series, the Mary Russell mysteries, and the bestselling novels Touchstone, A Darker Place, Folly, and Keeping Watch.  

King grew up reading her way through libraries like a termite through balsa before going on to become a mother, builder, world traveler, and theologian. She has now settled into a genteel life of crime, back in her native northern California.



Barry Eisler spent three years in a covert position with the CIA's Directorate of Operations, then worked as a technology lawyer and startup executive in Silicon Valley and Japan, earning his black belt at the Kodokan International Judo Center along the way.  Eisler's bestselling thrillers have won the Barry Award and the Gumshoe Award for Best Thriller of the Year, have been included in numerous "Best Of" lists, have been translated into nearly twenty languages, and include the #1 bestseller The Detachment.  Eisler lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and, when he's not writing novels, blogs about torture, civil liberties, and the rule of law. 



Keith Raffel began his lifelong patronage of Kepler’s when it was in a series of connected, ramshackle buildings on the other side of El Camino.  Before turning to writing full-time, he watched over the CIA, supported himself at the racetrack, founded a software company, taught writing to Harvard freshmen, ran for Congress, and sold DNA sequencing. Keith’s latest novel, A Fine and Dangerous Season, is a bestselling thriller set during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. 



Catriona McPherson, a recovering academic, is the multi-award-winning author of eight preposterous 1920s mysteries, set in her native Scotland and featuring the gently-born but rather kick-ass DANDY GILVER. Her first contemporary stand-alone - AS SHE LEFT IT - was a Kirkus top 20 pick for 2013 and was shortlisted for the Calamari at Left Coast Crime, Monterey. Catriona is the current vice-president of Sisters in Crime and lives near Davis with two black cats and a scientist.   


Cara Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 14 books in the Private Investigator Aimée Leduc series, which is set in Paris. Cara has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, a Washington Post Book World Book of the Year citation, the Médaille de la Ville de Paris—the Paris City Medal, which is awarded in recognition of contribution to international culture—and invitations to be the Guest of Honor at conferences such as the Paris Polar Crime Festival and Left Coast Crime.  



ALAN JACOBSON is the National Bestselling Author of several critically acclaimed thrillers. His 20 years of research and training with the FBI’s profiling unit, DEA, Scotland Yard, US Marshals Service, SWAT, and the US military bring unparalleled realism to his stories and characters. Alan’s thrillers have made numerous “Top 10 Best Books of the Year” lists, they’ve been sold in a dozen countries, and five have been optioned by Hollywood. Website: Facebook: Twitter: @JacobsonAlan.



Sheldon Siegel is the best-selling author of seven critically acclaimed legal thrillers featuring San Francisco criminal defense attorneys Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez. He is also the author of the thriller novel The Terrorist Next Door featuring Chicago homicide detectives David Gold and A.C. Battle. His books have been translated into a dozen languages and sold millions of copies worldwide. 



Gillian Roberts is the Anthony-award winning author of the fourteen books in the Amanda Pepper series, two mysteries about Northern California sleuths, You Can Write a Mystery, and a short story collection. Judith Greber has been adjunct faculty at USF’s MFA program, taught numerous classes elsewhere and had three contemporary novels and one historical published. She lives in Marin with her husband and Goldendoodle and is working on a book unlike any of the above. 



John Billheimer, a native West Virginian, lives in Portola Valley, California. He holds an engineering Ph. D. from Stanford University and for thirty years was Vice President of a small consulting firm specializing in transportation research. Over the years, he investigated such diverse topics as commuter lane performance, mobile phone safety, drunk driving countermeasures, DMV service, video surveillance, and motorcycle safety. An early research project took him back to the coalfields of his native state, where he observed the poverty, independence, and resourcefulness that mark the characters of his first novel, THE CONTRARY BLUES. 



Terry Shames is the best-selling author of A Killing at Cotton Hill and The Last Death of Jack Harbin, (Seventh Street Books). Her books are set in small-town Texas and feature ex-chief of police Samuel Craddock. Terry lives in Berkeley, CA with her husband and two rowdy terriers. She is Vice President of Norcal Sisters in Crime and on the board of MWA Norcal. For more information, please visit her