Guest of Honor

Cara Black

Cara Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 19 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.

Workshop Presenters

Elizabeth Murray

Dr. Beth Murray is a Professor at Mount St. Joseph University. Dr. Murray is certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology and has participated in hundreds of forensic cases in southwest Ohio and Kentucky, as well as in national and international investigations.  For the past decade, Dr. Murray has worked in cold case identification, including with the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.  Away from her teaching, she writes science books for the young adult market, and has filmed two forensic science series for The Great Courses.

Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman is a full-time entrepreneur (since 2014) and has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry. She is the co-founder of The Hot Sheet, the essential publishing industry newsletter for authors, which was named 2020 Media Outlet of the Year by Digital Book World. Learn more at

Our Panelists

S.A. Cosby

In addition to crime writing, Cosby also writes fantasy and horror. His latest title is Blacktop Wasteland.

Deborah Crombie

Crombie is the best-selling author of the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma Craven series. Her latest title is A Bitter Feast.

Jeffrey Deaver

Award-winning thriller writer Deaver’s latest book is The Final Twist (available May 2021).

Rachel Howzell Hall

Hall has written numerous thrillers. Her most recent title is And Now She’s Gone.

Naomi Hirahara

Hirahara is best known for her series featuring Mas Arai. Her latest title is Clark and Division.

Ausma Zehanat Kahn

Kahn writes the Khattak/Getty Series, with A Deadly Divide being the most recent title.

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Isabella Maldonado

Maldonado writes the Agent Guerrera and the Detective Cruz series. Her latest title is The Cypher.

Toby Neal

Neal is the author of the Paradise Crime series, set in Hawaii. Her latest title is Shark Cove.

Anne Perry

Perry is the prize-winning author of several Victorian series. Death with a Double Edge is the latest.

Faye Snowden

Snowden writes the Dr. Kendra Hamilton series and her newest, featuring Raven Burns, A Killing Fire.

Victoria Thompson

Thompson writes two Victorian series. Her latest title is City of Schemes.

Pamela Samuels Young

Young writes legal thrillers. Her latest title is Failure to Protect.

Our Moderators

Bannon is the author of the Old Los Angeles series, with Death of the Chinese Field Hands as her latest title

Bernstein writes the Dr. Hannah Kline series. Her latest title is Murder is a Nightmare

Kaye is an entertainment and publishing attorney, and an award-winning director of audiobooks.

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