Meet the Mystery Day Authors!

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Cara Black is the NYTimes and USAToday bestselling author of 15 books in the Private Investigator Aimée Leduc series, which is set in Paris. Cara has received numerous accolades for her novels, including multiple nominations for the prestigious 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 such noteworthy conferences as the Paris Polar Crime Festival and Left Coast Crime. With more than 400,000 books in print, the Aimée Leduc series has been translated into German, Norwegian, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian and Hebrew.



David Corbett is the award-winning author of five novels, the story collection Killing Yourself to Survive, and the writing guide The Art of Character. His short fiction has been selected twice for Best American Mystery Stories, and his non-fiction has appeared in the New York Times, Narrative, Writer’s Digest, and numerous other outlets.



Paul writes tightly-plotted, gritty modern thrillers that combine a well-crafted mystery whodunit with gripping psychology and relentless suspense. Each novel is an immersive roller coaster thrill ride, filled with twists that keep the reader guessing, right up until the last page.



Seth Harwood is the bestselling author of In Broad Daylight, Jack Wakes Up, and Young Junius as well as two collections of short stories. Originally from Boston, now living in San Francisco, he is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and teaches for Stanford, Harvard and CCSF.



Steve Hockensmith is the author of 14 books and dozens of short stories. His novel Dawn of the Dreadfuls, the prequel to the smash "mashup" Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, was a New York Times bestseller. His other books include two Edgar Award finalists: the mystery/Western, Holmes on the Range, and the science-adventure for kids, Nick and Tesla's Super-Cyborg Gadget Glove (written with "Science Bob" Pflugfelder).



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.



Catriona McPherson writes the Agatha, Macavity and Bruce Alexander winning Dandy Gilver series, set in her native Scotland in the 1920s. Her darker (that’s not difficult) standalones – latest: COME TO HARM – have won her an Anthony and been shortlisted for an Edgar. She lives near Davis with a black cat and a scientist and is the current president of Sisters in Crime.


As an entrepreneur and author, Keith Raffel has come across enough ambition, envy, and lucre to convince him Silicon Valley is a terrific setting for crime fiction. He began his lifelong patronage of Kepler’s long ago, when it was in a series of ramshackle buildings on the west side of El Camino. 



Janet Rudolph, aka the Mistress of Mystery, is the Editor of the Mystery Readers Journal. She blogs daily at and, has facilitated a weekly mystery book group for over 30 years, hosts Literary Salons with crime writers, is on the Board of two major Mystery organizations, and has been a committee member on many mystery conventions. She is the founder/writer of Murder on the Menu®, California’s first mystery event company. She’s also the President of TeamBuilding Unlimited®, a major national team building company. 



Terry Shames writes the best-selling Samuel Craddock series, Seventh Street Books. A Killing at Cotton Hill won the Macavity Award for Best First Mystery. The Last Death of Jack Harbin was in Library Journal's top five mysteries of 2014. A Deadly Affair at Bobtail Ridge came out in April, 2015.