Miss Demeanors is a group of mystery and suspense writers who– when not killing off characters–let their better angels share tidbits about writing, reading and research.

Who are the Miss Demeanors?

D.A. BARTLEY has been a mystery lover for as long as she can remember. Before dreaming up murders of her own, she worked as a lawyer and political scientist. Her debut novel, Blessed be the Wicked, was published by Crooked Lane Books in August 2018, and was longlisted in the fiction category for the Reading the West Book Awards. The second novel in the Abish Taylor mystery series, Death in the Covenant, is scheduled to be released in August 2019. A member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Bartley traces her family history to the early days of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When she isn’t writing, she can often be found in the kitchen trying out new popcorn flavors. She and her family divide their time between the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Upstate New York.

SUSAN BREEN is the author of the Maggie Dove mysteries. The first, Maggie Dove, was published by a digital imprint of Penguin Random House on June 14, 2016. The sequel, Maggie Dove’s Detective Agency, came out on October. 18, 2016. Susan’s short stories and essays have appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, American Literary Review and anderbo.com, among other publications. One of her stories was selected for inclusion in Best American NonRequired Reading. She is also a proud finalist in the Writer’s Policy Academy Golden Donut story competition. Susan’s first novel, The Fiction Class, won a Washington Irving Award from the Westchester Library Association. Susan teaches creative writing at Gotham Writers in Manhattan. She’s also on the faculty of the New York Pitch Conference and New York Writers Workshop. She lives in a small village in the Hudson Valley with her husband, two dogs (cockapoos) and a cat. Her three grown children are flourishing elsewhere.

C. “MICHELE” DORSEY is the author of the acclaimed Sabrina Salter mysteries set on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. No Virgin Island, the first in the series, was published by Crooked Lane Books in 2015. Permanent Sunset, the second in the series, released in October 2016 and received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly. Michele is also a lawyer, mediator and adjunct professor of law, who finds inspiration and serenity on the island of St. John and on Cape Cod, where she and her husband divide their time. Michele is the Vice-President of Mystery Writers of New England, Co-Chair of the New England Crime Bake, and served for many years on the board of Sisters in Crime New England.

ALEXIA GORDON is the author of paranormal mysteries starring Gethsemane Brown, an African-American classical musician, stranded in Ireland. The first in the series, Murder in G Major, was published in Sept. 2016. Alexia won her first writing prize in the 6th grade. She continued writing through college but put literary endeavors on hold to finish medical school and Family Medicine residency training. She established her medical career then returned to writing fiction. Raised in the southeast, schooled in the northeast, she relocated to the west where she completed Southern Methodist University’s Writer’s Path program. She admits Texas brisket is as good as Carolina pulled pork. She practices medicine in El Paso. She enjoys the symphony, art collecting, embroidery, and ghost stories.

TRACEE DE HAHN is the author of the Agnes Lüthi Mysteries published by St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books. The first in the series, Swiss Vendetta, will be released in February 2017. The setting was inspired by an historic ice storm that ravaged Geneva. Tracee was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and spent most of her youth in Kentucky. After receiving degrees in Architecture and European history from the University of Kentucky she moved to Switzerland with her husband. Currently they and their two Jack Russell terriers live in Virginia.​

CATHERINE “CATE” HOLAHAN is the acclaimed author of Lies She Told, The Widower’s Wife (Crooked Lane Books, 2016), which was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2016, and Dark Turns (Crooked Lane Books, 2015). Formerly an award winning journalist, she covered technology at BusinessWeek. Her articles have appeared in BusinessWeek, The Boston Globe, The Record and on web sites for CBS, MSN Money, NorthJersey.com, BusinessWeek.com, and CNBC, where she also worked behind the scenes as a television producer. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, two daughters, ages 7 and 5, and dog.

ROBIN C. STUART is a veteran cyber crime investigator and contributing author to the NorCal Sisters in Crime short story anthology, Fault Lines, coming March 2019. Her non-fiction work includes contributing to Handbook for Information Security (John Wiley & Sons, 2006). She consults on all things cyber security for Fortune 100 companies, screenwriters, media outlets including BBC and NowThis News, and appears on panels at writers’ conferences including Left Coast Crime and Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference. Robin was a significant contributor to the Tech Museum of Innovation’s acclaimed Cyber Detectives interactive installation, one of the museum’s most popular permanent exhibits, which earned praise from the Obama Administration. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.