Meet the Chicks

We’re seven mystery writers armed with laptops and a killer sense of humor. Join us every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for a little mayhem, malice and miscellaneous fun!

Lisa Q. Mathews
The Ladies Smythe & Westin Series

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Lisa has worked in the publishing world for longer than she’ll admit. She began her career at New American Library, where she edited mystery, romance, young adult, and male action adventure (!) books—and got to meet Stephen King. At her next job she edited multiple Nancy Drew lines and also became a writer on other kids’ series, including Mary-Kate and Ashley and The Lizzie McGuire Mysteries. Eventually she became Creative Director at Random House Children’s Books. Lisa now writes full-time from New Hampshire, and often imagines she’s poolside in sunny Florida, the setting for her first adult mystery series.  Learn more >

Kellye Garrett
Detective by Day Mystery Series

6Kellye Garrett spent 8 years working in Hollywood, including a stint writing for the CBS drama Cold Case. People were always surprised to learn what she did for a living—probably because she seemed way too happy to be brainstorming ways to murder people. A former magazine editor, Kellye holds a B.S. in magazine writing from Florida A&M and an MFA in screenwriting from USC’s famed film school. Having moved back to her native New Jersey, she spends her mornings commuting to Manhattan for her job at a leading media company—while still happily brainstorming ways to commit murder.  Learn more >


Ellen Byron
Cajun Country Mystery Series

11Ellen Byron is a native New Yorker who lives in Los Angeles and spends lots of time writing about Louisiana. She attributes this obsession to her college years at New Orleans’ Tulane University. Ellen’s TV credits include Wings and Just Shoot Me; she’s written over 200 magazine articles; her published plays include the award-winning, Graceland. Having set her first mystery series in a fabulous location that she “must visit to research,” she looks forward to pulling this off with future series.  Learn more >


Marla Cooper
The Kelsey McKenna Destination Wedding Mysteries

marlaMarla Cooper is the author of the Kelsey McKenna Destination Wedding Mysteries. As a freelance writer, Marla has written all sorts of things, from advertising copy to travel guidebooks to the occasional haiku, and it was while ghostwriting a guide to destination weddings that she found inspiration for her series. Originally hailing from Texas, Marla lives in Oakland, California, with her husband and her polydactyl tuxedo cat. Learn more >



Vickie Fee
Liv and Di in Dixie Mystery Series

vickieVickie Fee blesses hearts and makes Jack Daniels whiskey balls that’ll scorch your tonsils. The second book in her Liv and Di in Dixie cozy mystery series, It’s Your Party, Die If you Want To, just came out and is set at Halloween. It includes a plethora of parties, a passel of scandal, a prima donna celebrity ghost hunter – and of course, a dead body. Learn more >



Cynthia Kuhn 
Lila Maclean Academic Mystery Series

Cynthia Kuhn grew up reading Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, Phyllis Whitney, Agatha Christie, and any other mysteries featuring women sleuths that she could get her hands on. During grad school, she discovered and became instantly addicted to academic mysteries–and, lo these many years later, is thrilled to be writing the Lila Maclean Academic Mystery Series. She is also professor of English at MSU Denver and current president of Sisters in Crime-CO. Learn more >


Leslie Karst
Sally Solari Culinary Mysteries

Growing up an “academic brat,” Leslie Karst was fortunate to live in a variety of locales as a child, from Ohio, to Latin America, to England, to Southern California. As a result, she acquired the taste for pretty much any kind of food, be it barbecue, burritos, or bubble and squeak. Leslie now writes the Sally Solari Mysteries, a culinary series set in Santa Cruz, California. An ex-lawyer like her sleuth, she also has degrees in English literature and the culinary arts. She and her wife and their Jack Russell mix, Ziggy, split their time between Santa Cruz and Hilo, Hawai‘i. Learn more >

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