CHANTELLE AIMÉE OSMAN is the editor of Agora, an imprint of Polis Books, which focuses on crime fiction with unique social and cultural themes. Books she has edited have been nominated for multiple Edgar, Anthony, Lefty, Macavity and Strand Critics awards. The former editor in chief of RT Book Reviews Magazine and a freelance editor for over ten years, she is also an instructor at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Authors at Large and LitReactor. Chantelle is the author of the non-fiction series on writing The Quick and Dirty Guides To… and has also published numerous works of short fiction, in addition to serving as editor for several anthologies, including Jewish Noir Vol. 2 from PM Press and Mystery ! from Down & Out Books. She was named a Publishers Weekly Rising Star honoree in 2020, and a guest of honor at Left Coast Crime in 2016. Find her online at chantelleaimee.com and on Twitter @SuspenseSiren.
Sung J. Woo has published a pair of novels in the last ten years, first by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's (Everything Asian, 2009), second by Soft Skull/Counterpoint (Love Love, 2015). Sung has also published a half a dozen personal essays in The New York Times, and a few months back, the weekly Modern Love podcast featured a performance of his piece by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, the folks behind the film The Big Sick: https: //www.nytimes.com/2018/02/14/style/modern-love-podcast-kumail-nanjiani-emily-gordon-the-big-sick.html. Sung was born in Seoul, South Korea and is married and lives in quiet Washington, New Jersey. Find him online at www.sungjwoo.com and on twitter @sjwoo.
Andrea J. Johnson is a freelance entertainment writer for the women's lifestyle website Popsugar. Her love for insider gossip has led her to take real-life headlines and turn them into mind-bending mysteries. Her cozy mystery novel, Poetic Justice, finds inspiration in Delaware's 2014 drug lab scandal and uses Andrea's background as a court reporter to explore what would happen if the trial's stenographer took the law into her own hands. In addition to being a writer, Andrea is a certified shorthand reporter for the State of California and a member of the National Court Reporters Association. She currently resides on the Delmarva Peninsula near the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays, which is the backdrop for her new series. She is also a member of Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and the Eastern Shore Writers Association. Moreover, she holds a copyediting certification from UC San Diego and an M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She has also written several articles on the craft of writing for such websites such as LitReactor, Funds for Writers, and DIY MFA. When Andrea isn't developing her stories, she enjoys cuddling up with a piping hot mug of ginger tea and poring over the latest supermarket tabloids. Find her online at www.ajthenovelist.com and on Twitter @ajthenovelist
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Korean-American adoptee Siobhan O'Brien has spent much of her life explaining her name and her family to strangers, but her more pressing problem is whether to carry on the PI agency that her dead boss unexpectedly left to her.
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