William D. Andrews moved to Maine in 1989 to become president of Westbrook College.  The college’s merger with the University of New England freed him to pursue his long held ambition to write.  He has since published three mysteries in the Julie Williams series, all with Islandport Press:  Stealing History (2006), Breaking Ground (2011), and Mapping Murder (2017). He earned a B.A. in English from the University of Pittsburgh, a Ph.D. in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from Penn’s Wharton School. He is the past president of the board of trustees of the Bethel Historical Society and a former director of the Mahoosuc Land Trust. He and his wife split their time between their home in Newry and condo in Portland. When he isn’t writing, he skis, snowshoes, bikes, boats, cooks and spends as much time as possible with his two-year old granddaughter. More

F. Lee BaileyF. Lee Bailey, the legendary criminal defense attorney, will present the 2018 Maine Crime Wave keynote address. Best known as part of the defense team in the O. J. Simpson murder trial, Bailey also played a part in the high-profile trials of the Boston Strangler and newspaper heiress Patty Hearst. Bailey made his name in 1966 when he argued before the U.S. Supreme Court that osteopathic physician Sam Sheppard—one of the inspirations for the 1960s television series The Fugitive—was not guilty, and won. Bailey is also the author of five books of nonfiction, as well as the 1978 novel Secrets.


BelskyR.G. Belsky is an author of crime fiction and a journalist in New York City. His newest mystery, Yesterday’s News, was published in May 2018 by Oceanview.  It is the first in a series featuring Clare Carlson, the news director for a New York City TV station. He previously wrote the Gil Malloy series for Atria about a tabloid newspaper reporter. Belsky himself has been a top editor at the New York Post (where he helped create the famous “Headless Body in Topless Bar” headline), the New York Daily News, Star magazine and NBC News. Two earlier Belsky thrillers that came out in the ‘90s—Loverboy and Playing Dead—were re-released by Harper Collins recently in ebook form for the first time. More


Millicent Bennett is an executive editor at Grand Central Publishing, where she edited Douglas Preston’s recent #1 nonfiction bestseller The Lost City of the Monkey God. Bennett acquires both literary and upmarket commercial fiction as well as narrative nonfiction. Previously, Bennett was a senior editor at Simon & Schuster, and has also worked at Random House, Ecco, and Knopf. Bennett’s authors won or been nominated for many awards, including the Man Asian Literary Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, the NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award, the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, the Rona Jaffe Award, the Guardian First Book Award, the Books for a Better Life Award, the Edgar Award, the Kirkus Award, the B&N Discover Award, the Giller Prize, and the Pushcart, among others. More

BloodJen Blood is the USA Today-bestselling author of the Erin Solomon Mysteries and the Flint K-9 Search and Rescue Mysteries, which have sold more than 100,000 copies since she self-published her first novel in 2012. Jen provides expert editing of plot-driven fiction for independent and traditionally published authors around the world through her business, Adian Editing, and has worked as a publishing and marketing consultant for authors for the past five years, as well as conducting workshops on self-publishing and book marketing at conferences throughout New England. She is a regular blogger on the Maine Crime Writers website, and her articles on writing, editing, and marketing for authors have been featured on award-winning websites including The Creative Penn, Crime Fiction Collective, and Fiction University. More

BoyleGerry Boyle is a crime novelist based in Maine. Boyle is the author of more than a dozen novels, including the acclaimed Jack McMorrow mystery series, featuring ex-New York Times reporter Jack McMorrow. The 11th book in the series, Straw Man, received the 2017 Maine Literary Award for crime fiction. He is hard at work at the 12th McMorrow novel, Random Act, to be published later this year by Islandport Press. The third entry in his second series, Port City Crossfire, featuring Portland rookie cop Brandon Blake, is in the publishing pipeline. A former newspaper reporter and columnist, Boyle also is the editor of the alumni magazine of Colby College, his alma mater. Colby drew him to Maine from away many years ago and he has spent decades wandering back roads and small towns, preferably ones where an interesting crime has been committed. He lives with his wife Mary in a small village on a lake. More

BuchananBrenda Buchanan is a former newspaper reporter with deep appreciation for local journalism. Her Joe Gale mysteries—Quick Pivot, Cover Story and Truth Beatfeature an old-school reporter with modern media savvy who covers the Maine crime beat. She’s currently working on a new series with a criminal defense lawyer protagonist whose clients lead her into trouble of her own. More


Bill Bushnell has been a professional book reviewer for twenty-four years, publishing more than 2700 book reviews in 35 magazines and newspapers. His reviews have appeared in Maine Times,  Civil War Magazine, Military History Magazine, the Maine Sunday Telegram, Brunswick Times Record, and the Sun newspapers. He currently writes regular reviews for two national magazines (Publishers Weekly and Military Officer) and his bi-weekly review column, “Bushnell on Books,” appears in the Kennebec Journal and Central Maine Morning Sentinel. He is a long-time member of the National Book Critics Circle and the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. He also teaches a class on book reviewing for the MWPA. Bill lives in Harpswell and firmly believes that “books are life, but television is just furniture.”

CassRichard Cass grew up in Boston, lived through the bussing years, and graduated from Boston Latin School, the oldest public school in the United States. He’s had the very good fortune to study with such superb writers and teachers as Thomas Williams Jr., Ernest Hebert, and Ursula K. LeGuin. He is the author of Solo Act, the first novel in the Elder Darrow Boston jazz mystery series, which he pitched as “an alcoholic walks into a dive bar and decides to buy it.” Solo Act was published in January of 2016 and was a finalist for the 2017 Maine Literary Awards in the Crime Fiction category. The prequel to Solo Act, In Solo Time, was published in September, 2017. Dick serves on the board of Mystery Writers of America’s New England Chapter and lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine More

CoffinBruce Robert Coffin is the bestselling author of the Detective Byron mystery series and former detective sergeant with more than twenty-seven years in law enforcement. At the time of his retirement, from the Portland, Maine police department, he supervised all homicide and violent crime investigations for Maine’s largest city. Following the terror attacks of September 11th, Bruce spent four years working counter-terrorism with the FBI, earning the Director’s Award, the highest honor a non-agent can receive. His short fiction appears in several anthologies, including The Best American Mystery Stories 2016.Bruce is a member of International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. He is a regular blog contributor to the Maine Crime Writers and Murder Books blogs. He lives and writes in Maine. More

FlemingA former military brat, New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist Julia Spencer-Fleming grew up in places as diverse as Montgomery, Rome, Stuttgart and Syracuse. A graduate of Ithaca College, George Washington University and the University of Maine School of Law, she took up writing while still a stay-at-home mother of two. During the time it took to finish her first novel, she got a full-time job at a Portland, Maine, law firm and had a third child. Julia didn’t want to write yet another lawyer-sleuth, so she used her army past and a keen eye for the goings-on at her Episcopal church to create Clare Fergusson, first female priest in the small Adirondack town of Millers Kill. The resulting series has won or been nominated for every American mystery award available, including the Edgar, the Anthony, and the Agatha. Her most recent book is Through the Evil Days. Now happily quit of the law, Julia lives in the Maine countryside with one husband, done high-schooler, and one millennial. More

Flora 2017Maine native and recovering attorney Kate Clark Flora writes true crime, strong women, and police procedurals. Led Astray is her latest Joe Burgess police procedural; Death Warmed Over is her latest Thea Kozak mystery. Her fascination with people’s bad behavior began in the Maine attorney general’s office chasing deadbeat dads and protecting battered children. In addition to her crime fiction, she’s written two true crimes and a memoir with public safety personnel, and most recently Shots Fired: The Misconceptions, Misunderstandings and Myths About Police-Involved Shootings, co-written with former Portland assistant chief Joseph Loughlin, and a story in a collection entitled, The Obama Inheritance. Flora has been an Edgar, Derringer, Agatha and Anthony finalist and twice won the Maine literary award for crime fiction. More

HandElizabeth Hand is the bestselling author of thirteen genre-spanning novels and four collections of short fiction. Her work has received the World Fantasy Award (four times), Nebula Award (twice), Shirley Jackson Award (twice), International Horror Guild Award (three times), the Mythopoeic Award, and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, among others, and several of her books have been New York Times and Washington Post Notable Books. Her recent, critically acclaimed novels featuring Cass Neary, “one of literature’s great noir anti-heroes” [Katherine Dunn] —Generation Loss, Available Dark and the forthcoming Hard Light—have been compared to those of Patricia Highsmith. She is a longtime critic and book reviewer whose work appears regularly in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Salon, the Boston Review, among many others, and writes a regular column for the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Her books and short fiction have been translated into numerous languages and have been optioned for film and television. More

HolmChris Holm is the author of the Collector trilogy, which blends crime and fantasy, and the Michael Hendricks thrillers. His first Hendricks novel, The Killing Kind, was named a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a Boston Globe Best Book of 2015, and Strand Magazine’s #1 Book of 2015. It won the 2016 Anthony Award for Best Novel, and was also nominated for a Barry, a Lefty, and a Macavity. His second Hendricks novel, Red Right Hand, was named a Boston Globe Best Book of 2016 and nominated for the 2017 Anthony Award for Best Novel. More

NiidasKatrina Niidas Holm is a freelance book reviewer who has contributed to Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Mystery Scene, Criminal Element, Crimespree Magazine, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. She also did time with The Life Sentence as an editor, reviewer, and social media maven. She lives in Portland, Maine with her husband, writer Chris Holm.

CeliaCelia Johnson is the Creative Director of Slice Literary, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit organization dedicated to bridging the gap between emerging writers and the professional publishing realm. Among other endeavors, Slice Literary publishes Slice magazine and hosts the annual Slice Literary Writers’ Conference. Celia worked as an acquisitions editor for over a decade at Random House and Grand Central Publishing before moving to Maine. Her projects included fiction and nonfiction by bestselling and award-winning authors. Johnson is also an author and her most recent book is Odd Type Writers: The Obsessive Habits and Quirky Techniques of Great Authors (Perigee/Penguin). Her articles have appeared in Poets & Writers, Writer’s Digest, Reader’s Digest, and the Huffington Post, among others. More

Barbara KellyBarbara Kelly has been a bookseller for more than thiry years and is now the owner of Kelly’s Books To Go. She is proud to be an independent bookseller who specializes in author events, conferences on any subject, and special orders. She is a member of the American Booksellers Association and the New England Independent Booksellers Association as well as the MWPA. Kelly also reviews books and is available to read works in progress. More

KirkShannon Kirk has been honored three times by the Faulkner Society in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition for her works The Extraordinary Journey of Vivienne Marshall (2012 finalist), Method 15/33 (2013 finalist), and Impossibility of Interplanetary Love (2014 short-list finalist). When not practicing law, Shannon writes in her free time. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and son. Shannon writes in several genres: literary fiction, suspense/thriller, and young adult. More

Gayle Lynds is a New York Times best-selling author and award-winning writer of international espionage novels, including The Assassins and The Book of Spies and The CoilPublishers Weekly lists her book Masquerade among the top ten spy novels of all time. The London Observer calls her a kick-ass thriller writer.  Her newest work, The Assassins, was published in June 2015. Gayle moved to Maine from California in 2011 to join her new husband, John C. Sheldon, a retired Maine judge. Thus far, she and John have collaborated on two short stories—“A Triumph of Logic,” published in A Study in Sherlock, and “A Card for Mother,” published in Ice Cold. Gayle’s novels have been People magazine Page-Turner of the Week and Beach Read of the Week. The Last Spymaster won the Novel of the Year prize given by the Military Writers Society of America and the Best Novel award by the American Association of Authors. With Robert Ludlum, she created the Covert-One series, one of which, The Hades Factor, was a CBS miniseries. A member of the Association for Former Intelligence Officers, she is cofounder (with David Morrell) and former co-president of International Thriller Writers. More

NeilyChased by moose, river otters, and mad mother partridges, Sandra Neily’s unsupervised childhood exploring Maine’s forests and streams grew into both her conservation career and her mystery/thriller, Deadly Trespass. The novel is infused with the drama of her diverse outdoor experiences and close encounters with dogs and wildlife. She’s been a whitewater river outfitter, licensed Maine Guide, co-founder of a coalition to protect the Penobscot River from a dam, and director of the Maine Conservation School. Sandra is a recipient of the Mystery Writers of America McCloy award, a national finalist in the Women’s Fiction Writers Association’s “Rising Star” competition, and she’s received Honorable Mention in Maine’s Joy of the Pen completion. She lives on Moosehead Lake (Maine) with her husband and Labradors and would rather be fly fishing, skiing, or paddling—unless she is writing new stories to help readers discover disappearing worlds. More

Daniel Palmer has written numerous critically acclaimed suspense novels, including three Michael Palmer medical thrillers. He published his first novel, Delirious, after a decade-long career in e-commerce, where he helped build major online retailers including barnesandnoble.com. A recording artist, accomplished blues harmonica player, and lifelong Red Sox fan, Daniel lives in New Hampshire with his wife and two children. More

preston 3New York Times #1 best-selling author Douglas Preston is one of the world’s foremost authors of nail-biting thrillers and nonfiction books of history and crime. Among his award-winning novels are Codex and The Kraken Project. He and his writing partner Lincoln Child created the immensely popular Pendergast series, which includes Relic, The Cabinet of Curiosities, and City of Endless Night. In addition to his novels, Preston has written a number of riveting nonfiction books. The Monster of Florence details his investigation into confounding serial murders in Italy. During research, Preston was threatened and thrown into jail by the same district attorney who tried Amanda Knox. In the film version of the book, George Clooney has signed on to play—no surprise—Preston. The most recent nonfiction book by this real-life Indiana Jones proved to be a dangerous adventure of a different kind: The Lost City of the Monkey God documents the three-year search and discovery of an ancient city in an unexplored mountain valley thick with jungle in Honduras. Although Preston and the crew escaped the venomous snakes, a parasitic disease struck many, with Preston and the others spending weeks in treatment. More

Barbara Ross is the author of six Maine Clambake Mysteries: Clammed Up, Boiled Over, Musseled Out, Fogged Inn, Iced Under, and Stowed Away. The seventh book in the series, Steamed Open, will be published on December 25, 2018. Her holiday novella featuring amateur sleuth Julia Snowden is included along with novellas by Leslie Meier and Lee Hollis in Eggnog Murder. A second collection, titled Yule Log Murder, is coming October 30, 2018. Barbara’s books have been nominated for multiple Agatha Awards for Best Contemporary Novel, and RT Books Reviewer’s Choice Awards, as well as shortlisted for the Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction. Barbara blogs with a wonderful group of Maine mystery authors at Maine Crime Writers and with a group of writers of New England-based cozy mysteries at Wicked Cozy Authors.  More

SmithFrank O Smith’s debut novel, Dream Singer, was a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for fiction that addresses issues of social justice, and was named a Notable Book of the Year in Literary Fiction in 2014 by Shelf Unbound. In addition to his fiction writing, he is a journalist, ghostwriter, writing coach, and regular reviewer for the Maine Sunday Telegram.

SouzaJoseph Souza’s award-winning short stories have been published in various literary journals throughout the country. Winner of the Andre Dubus Award for short fiction, he also won Honorable Mention for the Al Blanchard Award and the 2013 Maine Literary Award. His mystery, Unpaved Surfaces, was published by Kindle Press in 2015 and was an Amazon bestseller. Need To Find You, his crime thriller set in Portland, was the first novel to go direct-to-publish by Kindle Press. His new domestic thriller, The Neighbor (Kensington) will be published April 24, 2018. More

USA Today best-seller Lea Wait writes three mystery series (the Maine Murder series, under the name Cornelia Kidd, the Mainely Needlepoint series, and the Shadows Antique Print mystery series, and mysteries and Maine historicals for young people. Her Living and Writing on the Coast of Maine is a memoir which includes advice to writers. She lives in Edgecomb with her husband, artist Bob Thomas, and their black cat, Shadow. Lea writes: “When I was single I was an adoption advocate and adopted four daughters. Now I write mysteries and historical novels about people searching for love, acceptance, and a place to call home.” More

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