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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

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."
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."

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