Three-time Derringer Award and three-time Agatha Award nominee for Best Short Story, Amazon bestselling historical novelist, author of the Bruce Kohler Mysteries and the Mendoza Family Saga, editor of anthologies Me Too Short Stories and
Where Crime Never Sleeps
The latest from Liz: Liz's short story, "The Island," in the November/December 2019 issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine.
"Of the fifteen short stories in this collection, amazingly there wasn't a single one which I felt was a dud. In fact the collection is refreshingly varied - perhaps unsurprising as the authors include a doctor, a lawyer, a crime writer, a police officer, a scientist, a therapist and a teacher. Most importantly, the stories, although all in some way involving sexual abuse by men against women, are really about survival, overcoming the abuse, fighting back. What shines through in each case is the courage of the women, the solidarity of family and friends, the emotional intelligence and ingenuity of the writers. Strongly recommended."
Praise from bestselling authors:
"Elizabeth Zelvin has put together a strong collection that reminds us how the daily lives of women can be affected. The characters in these stories will challenge, surprise, and inspire you." - Alafair Burke
"A soul-satisfying anthology of justice and revenge, expertly edited by Elizabeth Zelvin." - Jenny Milchman
"This anthology is a treasure. Empowering, inspirational, and sometimes wickedly funny." - Hank Phillippi Ryan
Liz's story, Liz's short story, "The Island," will appear in the November/December 2019 issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. Her new historical mystery, "A Unicorn in the Harem," is in Black Cat Mystery Magazine #5.
Liz was interviewed about her work and her journey as a writer on The Writer's Dream, hosted by mystery author Linda Frank on LTV in the Hamptons and eastern Long Island.
Read the Bruce Kohler mystery series in a unified e-edition.Death Will Get You Sober and three more novels, a novella, and five previously published mystery stories featuring recovering alcoholic Bruce Kohler (a New Yorker with a smart mouth and an ill-concealed heart of gold), world-class codependent Barbara (addicted to helping and minding other people's business), and terminal geek Jimmy (won't come out from behind his computer for anything less than murder). More mysteries about Bruce and his friends, lately including his NYPD detective girlfriend Cindy, continue to appear in magazines and anthologies.
The Mendoza Family Saga includes Liz's two historical novels, Voyage of Strangers and its sequel, Journey of Strangers, and a number of stories. Voyage tells the story of the second voyage of Columbus and the destruction of the Taino through the eyes of young Jewish
sailor Diego Mendoza and his sister Rachel. Journey follows Diego and Rachel back to Europe and then to Istanbul. In paperback and e-book formats. Short stories include the prequel "The Green Cross," about Diego and Admiral Columbus on the Santa Maria in 1492. "A Disturbance in the Harem," "A Unicorn in the Harem," and more stories to come are mysteries that feature Rachel in the 1520s, in the Golden Age of the Ottoman Empire under Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent.
Book blogger Stephanie M. Hopkins on Layered Pages called Voyage of Strangers "an amazing read...entertaining and exciting."
Breaches & Betrayals: Collected Stories is an e-collection that brings together some of Liz's best non-series short crime fiction from Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, four e-zines, and a military mystery anthology.
Don't miss Death Will Pay Your Debts, the book-length Bruce Kohler mystery in which Jimmy runs into money trouble just when Barbara, about to turn forty, is ready for a wedding and a baby.
Reviewers called it "a laugh-out-loud, profoundly compassionate page-turner," "delivering laughs along with a solid mystery." "[The] characters and their surroundings come to life as they sleuth their way through another dangerous mystery."
Liz's short story, "A Breach of Trust," was listed among the "Other Distinguished Mystery Stories of 2014" in Otto Penzler's Best American Mystery Stories 2014, guest editor, Laura Lippman, making it one of the year's top fifty mystery short stories. I'm in august company and proud to be included.
The Historical Novel Society called Rachel Mendoza "an enchanting protagonist, courageous, outspoken, and wise" and Voyage of Strangers "captivating...vibrant and well-researched ...enjoyable and thought-provoking."
Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine called the book "engaging and well researched."