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Ellen Byron


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aka Maria DiRico

Ellen Byron is a television writer, playwright, and freelance journalist. Shes also an author; Her debut novel, Plantation Shudders: A Cajun Country Mystery, will be published in Fall 2015 by Crooked Lane Books. She is also a recipient of a William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant from the Malice Domestic Conference.

TV credits include Wings, Still Standing, and Just Shoot Me, as well as network and cable pilots. As a journalist, she's written over 200 magazine articles for national publications. She recently served on the Editorial Board for the UCLA Writers Program's books, Cut to the Chase and Inside the Room. Her plays, published by Dramatists Play Service, include the popular Graceland and Asleep on the Wind.

A graduate of Tulane University, Ellen lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband, daughter, and the familys spoiled rescue dogs, which they describe as a corgi-jack-huahua and a cherrier. A native New Yorker, Ellen still misses her hometown and still drives like a New York cabbie.
 

Awards: Agatha (2021)  see all

Genres: Cozy Mystery
 
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Death by Demo (2023)
(Home Renovation Mystery, book 1)
Callie Carpenter
"Callie Carpenter nails it with this delightful debut in her Home Renovation Mystery series, introducing an intrepid contractor heroine who proves equally adept at solving mysteries and bringing new life to old homes. I can't think of a more enjoyable way to take a break from HGTV!"
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A Man of Lies (2023)
Ben Crane
"With razor-sharp writing, a plot that twists and turns without ever veering off course, and an anti-hero protagonist who proves resourceful and sympathetic, Ben Crane claims a spot on the bookshelf next to Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen."
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Final Cut (2023)
(Hollywood Mystery, book 1)
Marjorie McCown
"A must-read movie mystery packed with juicy details from a Hollywood insider, Final Cut gets my nomination for best debut."

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Awards
2023 Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery Novel : Bayou Book Thief
2021 Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery Novel : Murder in the Bayou Boneyard
2021 Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel : Cajun Kiss of Death
2018 Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery Novel : A Cajun Christmas Killing
2018 Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel : Mardi Gras Murder
2017 Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery Novel : Body on the Bayou

Award nominations
2023 Anthony Award for Best Humorous Novel (nominee) : Bayou Book Thief
2023 Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel (nominee) : Wined and Died in New Orleans
2022 Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery Novel (nominee) : Cajun Kiss of Death
2022 Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel (nominee) : Bayou Book Thief
2020 Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery Novel (nominee) : Fatal Cajun Festival
2020 Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel (nominee) : Murder in the Bayou Boneyard
2019 Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery Novel (nominee) : Mardi Gras Murder
2019 Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel (nominee) : Fatal Cajun Festival
2017 Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel (nominee) : A Cajun Christmas Killing
2016 Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery Novel (nominee) : Plantation Shudders
2016 Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel (nominee) : Body on the Bayou
2015 Agatha Award for Best First Novel (nominee) : Plantation Shudders


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