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Kristen Lepionka

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Kristen Lepionka grew up mostly in her local public library, where she could be found with a big stack of adult mysteries before she was out of middle school. In the name of writing research, she has gone on multiple police ride-alongs, taken a lock-picking class, trespassed through an abandoned granary, and hiked inside an Icelandic volcano. Her writing has been selected for McSweeneys Internet Tendency, Grift, and Black Elephant. She is also the editor of Betty Fedora, a semi-annual journal that publishes feminist crime fiction and lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her partner and two cats.

Genres: Mystery
Anthony Awards Best First Novel nominee (2018) : The Last Place You Look
Macavity Awards Best First Novel nominee (2018) : The Last Place You Look
Shamus Awards Best First Novel winner (2018) : The Last Place You Look
Shamus Awards Best Hardcover Novel winner (2019) : What You Want to See

Kristen Lepionka recommends
The Boy At the Door (2018)
Alex Dahl
"Suspenseful, vivid, and ice-cold, The Boy at the Door deftly shows that things are always messier than they appear."
Broken Ground (2018)
(Karen Pirie, book 5)
Val McDermid
"Val McDermid seamlessly weaves multiple mysteries, modern forensics, and old grudges into one story that practically trembles from the narrative tension. Broken Ground is another smart procedural from an expert of the form."
They All Fall Down (2019)
Rachel Howzell Hall
"Tense, clever, and timely...a brilliant, modern take on the classic locked-room mystery, full of intriguing characters and harrowing retribution. Hall sure knows how to write suspense."
Trace of Evil (2019)
(Natalie Lockhart, book 1)
Alice Blanchard
"Layered with old wounds, new secrets, and tension that starts on the first page and never lets up."
Derailed (2020)
(Kelly Pruett Mystery, book 1)
Mary Keliikoa
"DERAILED has it all: an engaging heroine, a twisty, twisted crime, and plenty of food for thought about families and their secrets. I loved this debut and can't wait to read about Kelly Pruett's next case."
Secret Identity (2022)
Alex Segura
"A cleverly-plotted mystery meets the vibrant setting of the 1970s New York comics scene in Secret Identity. Alex Segura's new novel explores the masks people wear in exquisite detail, and I loved everything about it."

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