Where I’ll be:
Like most of you, I’ll be staying home this winter and spring, writing, reading, and doing my best to stay positive, creative, and connected. I’ll be doing some online library and bookstore events this spring, to celebrate the launch of BITTERROOT LAKE; stay tuned for details.
Sisters in Crime members can catch me on the SinC YouTube channel, sharing a SINC-UP writing tip, and also watch my archived webinar on Common Mistakes Writers Make About the Law.
Let’s Zoom! Or visit via FaceTime! If you’d like me to visit your library or book club, or speak to your writers’ group or service club, drop me a line.
The only drawback to online book club meetings? You have to bring your own snacks!
It’s such a treat to visit libraries, booksellers, and book clubs across the Treasure State. No town is too small—I learned quickly when my first mystery came out that the smaller the town, the bigger the welcome. And boy, can you people cook! From Whitefish to Superior, to Dillon and Billings—so much fun.
I hope to catch up with you somewhere soon!
Remember you can find me sharing recipes and talking food on Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen on the 1st, 3d, and 5th Tuesdays. Visit my blog for insights about the writing process, weekly quotes for writers and other creative folks, and tidbits about my books and other bookish stuff. And if you’re on Facebook, join me on my Author page for book talk, giveaways, recommendations, and more.
Where I’ve been:
Spice Up Fall!—online library event
7 pm Mtn
Mon Nov 16
Bozeman Public Library
The mystery and cooking clubs meet together to cook up some serious fun!
Building Character—online workshop
7 pm E/5 pm Mtn
Thursday, November 12
Low Country chapter, Sisters in Crime
Bigfork Art & Cultural Center
3 pm, Sat, Oct 24
Book launch talk & signing
Socially-distanced fun in the heart of the Village!
Common Mistakes Writers Make About the Law
Sisters in Crime online webinar
7:00 pm E/5:00 pm Mountain, Tuesday, October 20, 2020
SinC members can access the recording from the SinC webinar archive.
2020: What a lovely way to end a difficult year, seeing The Solace of Bay Leaves on librarian, reviewer, and book goddess Lesa Holstine’s list of her Favorite Books of 2020. And what amazing company!
Mystery Writers of America is the country’s oldest organization devoted to serving mystery and crime writers, both fiction and nonfiction. I’m pleased to have been elected to a second two-year term, for 2021-22. I chair the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, whose purpose is to guide MWA’s efforts to seek and welcome writers from marginalized and under-represented communities into the organization, to advocate for equity and inclusion within the industry, and to support our members when related issues arise.
You love short stories, right? Watch for the Jan-Feb issue of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and my short story, “Coming Clean,” the third “Stagecoach Mary” Fields story, a followup to last year’s Derringer-nominated “Miss Starr’s Good-bye” and “All God’s Sparrows,” the winner of the 2018 Agatha Award for Best Short Story.
And in September, Library Journal gave The Solace of Bay Leaves a starred review, calling it “a complex, well-developed mystery,” and saying “Readers attracted to unusual settings and mature, introspective amateur sleuths will appreciate this intricately plotted story depicting the impact of murder on the family and community.”
If you’re a writer, check out my Law & Fiction blog for updates on using the law in your fiction.
2018 BLOG TOUR, celebrating AS THE CHRISTMAS COOKIE CRUMBLES:
Writers Who Kill – interview
Jungle Red Writers – Season’s Greetings! But what season is it?
Trace Evidence — the story behind All God’s Sparrows, my first historical short story, in Alfred Hitchock Mystery Magazine
Cozy Wednesday – Escape with Dollycas — The Great Christmas Cookie Debate
Cinnamon & Sugar and a Little Bit of Murder — an illustrated guide to making Fudge Ecstasies!
Dru’s Book Musings – An interview with Erin
A Blue Million Books – interview
Carole’s Books – One Bell, Two Bells, Three Bells, Four — On Christmas Collecting
Cozy Up with Kathy – Why Writing a Book is Like Being on a Diet
Island Confidential – interview
Storey Book Reviews — Culinary Time Travel
Mysteries with Character — Behind the Story
Brooke Blogs — For Better or Worse, But for a New Kitchen, Too?
Under Cover of Midnight — the authors of Midnight Ink
The Kill Zone — an interview on writing the cozy
2017 BLOG TOUR — Celebrating TREBLE AT THE JAM FEST:
Cozy Wednesday at Escape with DollyCas — The musical inspiration behind Treble at the Jam Fest
Mysteristas – A fun interview
Dru’s Book Musings – A Day in the Life — Meet Gabby Drake, a musical prodigy and a bit of a mystery herself!
Fangirl Nation – Interview & CD review
Kings River Life – review + interview
Brooke Blogs — Every Recipe Tells a Story
Books Direct – Researching the Truth
Deal Sharing Aunt – Interview
Cassidy’s Bookshelves – On the Job Training
A Blue Million Books – Interview
2016 BLOG TOURS:
Fall 2016 Tour — Celebrating KILLING THYME:
Dru’s Book Musings — A Day in the Life of Louis Adams
Fresh Fiction — The Scent of Memory
The Big Thrill — the International Thriller Writers interview!
Jungle Red Writers –– To Cozy? Or Too Cozy? My theory of this much-loved and sometimes maligned subgenre
Club Hen House — Finding Readers Outside the Bookstore
Cozy Food Friday at Lisa K’s Book Thoughts — a recipe and excerpt from KILLING THYME
Map Your Mystery — interview on a blog as obsessed with place as I am!
Winter-Spring Tour — Celebrating the joys of writing:
Femmes Fatales — Spinetingling Poetry
Writers Read — My unexpected reading theme of 2015 (armchair travel involved!)
Mochas, Mysteries and Meows — fun with our four-footed friends, as Mudpie the Cat interviews Arf the Dog, from the Spice Shop Mysteries
Club Hen House — When What You’ve Always Done Doesn’t Work
Something’s About to Happen (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine) — Sisters in Crime and ‘A Currency of Generosity’
2015 BLOG TOUR:
Fall-Winter tour — Celebrating GUILTY AS CINNAMON:
Mayhem and Magic –– a peek inside the weird place that is my mind (aka an interview)
CE Lawrence/Carole Bugge’ blog — Are my characters me? Yes, and no!
The Big Thrill, the International Thriller Writers magazine — interview
Jungle Red Writers — What Marks Your Spot? An elegy on bookmarks and other treasures found in old books
Wicked Cozy Authors — interview about Sisters in Crime
Lori’s Reading Corner — Spice Trivia
Club Henhouse –– Writing with my Inner Interior Designer
Auntie M Writes — Seattle on film and me
Gotta Write Network — No Chance of a Ghost, by Pepper Reece
Dru’s Book Musings — A Day in the Life, and Kitchen, of Alex Howard
Blog Critics — Winter Holiday Fireside Moments — a peek at the holidays at our house
2015 Summer tour — Celebrating BUTTER OFF DEAD:
Writers Read — A few favorite recent reads — or more precisely, recent listens
The Page 69 Test — Just what it sounds, featuring BUTTER OFF DEAD
The same post also appears on the blog Campaign for the American Reader
Mystery Playground — the Interview!
Fresh Fiction — Collecting can be murder!
Lori’s Reading Corner — A Vocabulary of My Ownest — making up words to put in my characters’ mouths!
Escape with Dollycas — Killing Christine, or how my victim chose me!
Fresh Fiction — The Family Business
Dru’s Book Musings — A Day in the Life of Tracy McCann
Gotta Write Network — The Family Business
2015 Winter Tour — Celebrating ASSAULT & PEPPER:
Killer Nashville: Creating Emotion on the Page
Elizabeth Spann Craig: Randomization and Revision
Penguin Random House, From the Author’s Desk: Building Character
Cozy up with Kathy: So Many Doorsteps: how murder affects our characters
Writers Who Kill: Interview with E.B. Davis
Jungle Red Writers: To Market, To Market…
International Thriller Writers: Interview with Dawn Ius
Fresh Fiction: Rural or Urban – the Two Lives of a Cozy Setting
Cats, Books, More Cats: Interview with Toni LoTiempo
Mystery Playground: The Mystery of the Salty Oat Cookies
Books-N-Kisses: Judging a Book By Its Cover (and a review)
Marie’s Cozy Corner: Victoria, Phyllis, tax law, and me (and a review)
Dru’s Book Musings: “A Day In The Life” of Pepper Reece (and a review)
Lori’s Reading Corner: The Nose Knows
Examiner.com: Interview with Terry Ambrose
Crime Writers Chronicle: The courtroom or the kitchen?
Creatures ‘n Crooks/Buried Under Books: Where Do you get your ideas?
Wicked Cozy: Interview with Barbara Ross
And a bonus: A Cup of Tea and a Cozy Mystery: lovely photos of ASSAULT & PEPPER in a most cozy setting!
2014 Blog Tour — Celebrating CRIME RIB:
Suite T, the Southern Writers blog: Cozying Up to Mystery
Wicked Cozy Authors: Interview
Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen: Ice Cream with Cabernet-chocolate sauce
Lisa K’s Book Reviews: Interview
Killer Characters: Crime Rib excerpt
Debutante Ball: The Deb Interview
Jungle Red Writers: The Food Lovers’ Bookshelf
Shelley’s Book Case: Naming Names
Fresh Fiction: “Where Do You Get Your Ideas?”
Books N Kisses: Another Weekend, Another Festival – and Another Body
Janet Fisher, Author: “Ink & Magic”
Cozy Mystery Book Reviews – Cozy Cooking: Erin’s Two Bean & Pesto Salad
Mystery Playground “Drinks with Reads”: Crime Rib and the Huckleberry Martini
Marie’s Cozy Corner: Happily Ever—When?
Lori’s Reading Corner: A Visit to Montana in Crime Rib
Mochas, Mysteries & Meows: Ready for his Close-up
Writers Who Kill: Interview
Dru’s Book Musing: A Day in the Life of Erin Murphy
Shelley’s Book Case: Book Trivia
Escape with Dollycas: The Last Best Place to Die
Cozy Up With Kathy: Interview
2013 Blog Tour — Celebrating my debut novel, DEATH AL DENTE:
A Prairie Girl Reads: Top 5 Places to Visit in a Cozy Town
Seattle Mystery Bookstore: Leslie Budewitz Shares a Secret
Fresh Fiction: On Going Home
Mystery Lovers Kitchen: Hail to the Shrimp Salad
Dying for Chocolate: Hu-Huckle, Bu-Buckle, Huckleberry Chocolate Mousse
Jungle Red Writers: From fact to fiction
Notes from Dru Ann Love: A Day in the Life of Erin Murphy
Jenny Milchman/Suspense Your Disbelief: My “Made-it moment”
Poe’s Deadly Daughters: Writers read: the influence of a book club
Sarah Glenn: “What’s a cozy?”
Wicked Cozy: Interview with Leslie
Mochas, Mysteries & More: Whiskers Behind the Words: the Cat in the Book Club
Writers Space: Do You Really Live There?
Crime Writers Chronicle: A Toast to SpellCheck
Writers Who Kill: Interview with Leslie
Murder She Writes: One Writer’s Office
If you’re a blogger interested in a guest post or interview, contact me at:
leslie AT lesliebudewitz DOT com (no spaces)
2019 News: In what I’m calling “Leslie’s Lucky Week,” my short stories took the stage: First, “With My Eyes” (Suspense Magazine, Jan-Feb 2018) won the 2018 Derringer Award, given by the Short Mystery Fiction Society, in the long story category. A Seattle banker falls for a beautiful Greek woman and sees what he wants to see, until he takes an eye-opening trip to Athens. See the list of nominees and winners here.
Then, “All God’s Sparrows” (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, May-June 2018), won the 2018 Agatha Award for Best Short Story. In Montana Territory in 1885, real-life historical figure “Stagecoach Mary” Fields and a young Ursuline sister meet a young half-breed woman and her daughter in desperate straits and devise an inspired solution. Nominees and winners here.
And “A Death in Yelapa: A Food Lovers’ Village Short Story” appears in the new anthology Mystery Most Edible: Malice Domestic 14 (Malice Domestic/Wildside Press), published in May 2019.
Crime Reads asked the Agatha Award nominees to gather for a round-table conversation about our genre, the traditional mystery.
“All God’s Sparrows,” my first historical short story, is nominated for the 2018 Agatha Award for Best Short Story! You can read it through the link on my home page. See the full list of nominees, including links to the other short story nominees, on the Malice Domestic website.
2018 News: In January 2019, I’ll be joining the national board of Mystery Writers of America as a member-at-large.
And my second Mary Fields short story, “Miss Starr’s Goodbye,” will appear in Alfred Hitchcock in mid 2019.
Assault & Pepper, the first Seattle Spice Shop Mystery, is featured in the American Library Association’s Book Club Central’s “Mystery Across America” summer reads! And it also got a shout-out in a recap of mysteries set in Seattle, light and dark, by Jim Thomsen, written for the Sleuthsayers blog.
My first historical short story, “All God’s Sparrows,” appeared in the May-June issue of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. (My name even made the cover!) Set in 1885 in territorial Montana, it features a real-life woman named Mary Fields, known as Stagecoach Mary and Black Mary, who encounters a bleak situation on the prairie, and finds a crafty but humane resolution. Read a brief review here.
My short story, With My Eyes, appeared in the Jan-Feb issue of Suspense Magazine (subscription only). It’s set in Seattle and Athens, and was inspired ages ago by our honeymoon trip to Athens. The Greek gods and goddesses were often tricksters, and if one still roamed the earth, she might be called Melina…
That trip inspired an earlier story as well, “The End of the Line,” published in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine in 2006. In 2015, I recorded a podcast of the story—I read, followed by a short interview with AHMM editor Linda Landrigan. (Free download.) My husband and I were walking the paths between the stone houses of Vathia, on the Mani Peninsula of Greece, overlooking the Mediterranean. I glanced down, and saw a spent shotgun shell. How did it get there?
I’ve been re-elected to serve a second year as the Montana representative to the board of the Rocky Mountain chapter of Mystery Writers of America. 2017 was the first year for state reps to the board, which has typically been filled with Denver-area members, since most meetings and events occur there. We celebrated in Montana with a popular panel at the Montana Book Festival in Missoula in September, featuring Montana authors Gwen Florio and Christine Carbo, Denver author and chapter president Mark Stephens, and me.
The smaller the library, the bigger the welcome. What a great time at the Mineral County Library in Superior — we even made the front page of the local paper!
I’ve joined the board on the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, as the Montana representative. You’ve got to love MWA’s motto: “Making crime pay since 1945!”
2016 news: What fun it was to wrap up the year by chatting with Wendy Kendall and Julie Cooper, about writing, reading, Sisters in Crime, and more. Listen free via Sound Cloud: Kendall & Cooper Talk Mysteries with Leslie Budewitz
I was beyond thrilled to be featured in the Seattle University alumni magazine! (flip to pp. 42-43)
All three Spice Shop mysteries make the October bestsellers’ list at Seattle Mystery Bookshop! And Killing Thyme stays on the list in November.
Laura Brennan and I have a lovely conversation about mysteries and more on Destination Mystery.
I’m on the radio! Stream my archived interview on Birds on A Wire, on Whitefish Community Radio.
Audio book lovers! Tantor Audio will publish audio versions of the Seattle Spice Shop Mysteries! ASSAULT AND PEPPER will be available June 7, 2016, and GUILTY AS CINNAMON on July 12. The audio of KILLING THYME will be released simultaneously with the paperback and electronic editions, on October 4, 2016.
The Montana Talking Books Project, formerly the State Library for the Blind, will record DEATH AL DENTE this summer.
Great news for the new year: ASSAULT AND PEPPER tops the 2015 Bestsellers list at Seattle Mystery Bookshop! Thank you, Seattle readers!
2015 News: GUILTY AS CINNAMON joins its sibling, ASSAULT AND PEPPER, as a national bestseller. Thank you, lovely readers! And Wheeler Publishing will publish the large-print edition in August, 2016.
I’m pleased to be one of the authors reviewer Oline Cogdill says, in the December 2015 issue of Mystery Scene Magazine, “know how to integrate humor in a light mystery without sacrificing the seriousness of the genre.” It’s a tricky balance, but one I work hard at.
I’m delighted with this profile in the Montana Lawyer, the state bar magazine, “Montana lawyer turned author serves up delicious stories in a pair of mystery series.” (Turn to page 18)
The Big Thrill, the International Thriller Writers’ monthly, includes a fun interview with me in its December 2015 issue.
In October 2015, at Bouchercon, I became president of Sisters in Crime. And in November 2015, Mystery Writers of America announced that Sisters in Crime will receive MWA’s Raven Award for outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside the realm of creative writing.
The Cut Bank Pioneer Press highlighted my October 2015 visit to the Glacier County Library and their cookbook sale, raising funds for the library with an amazing sale of donated cookbooks!
The bloggers of the Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen are featured in Mystery Readers Journal’s Culinary Crimes issues. Here’s part 1, featuring Sheila Connolly, Peg Cochran, Victoria Abbott, and me, sharing a recipe and dishing on why we write mysteries with food.
So wonderful when a reviewer likes his second taste of your work even more than the first! The Billings (Montana) Outpost reviewer calls BUTTER OFF DEAD “a tasty treat,” in the paper’s annual book issue.
My short story, The End of the Line, first published in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine in December 2006, is now available in a free podcast. I read, followed by a short interview with AHMM editor Linda Landrigan. My husband and I were walking the paths between the stone houses of Vathia, on the Mani Peninsula of Greece, overlooking the Mediterranean. I glanced down, and saw a spent shotgun shell. How did it get there? This story is my answer.
The Bigfork Eagle reports on the third annual Bigfork in Paint and Print exhibit, in June 2015, at the Frame of Reference Gallery, and the opening night party and book signing.
In June, ASSAULT & PEPPER topped the Seattle Mystery Bookshop’s mass market paperback bestseller list for the fourth month in a row! Thank you, Seattle readers!
Lawyer and radio host George Yates interviewed me on his weekly show, Justice for All. We talked about the law and crime fiction, my book, BOOKS, CROOKS, AND COUNSELORS, my advice for writers, and more.
I’m delighted to be a contributor to two new cookbooks: THE COZY COOKBOOK Berkley Prime Crime, April 2015) and MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA COOKBOOK (Quirk Books, March 2015), which received this delicious review in Paste Magazine, quoting me on the role of food in mysteries.
ASSAULT AND PEPPER is officially a national best-seller, reaching # 32 on B&N’s mass market paperback fiction list! (That’s among all fiction, not just mystery.) And in regional news, it topped the March, April, and May mass market best-seller list at Seattle Mystery Bookshop! The Seattle Times shared the news. Thank you, readers!
The Billings Outpost ran a fun interview with mystery writer Tracy Weber and me, celebrating our return to our shared hometown for a terrific afternoon at B&N, a reporter Steven Dow reviewed ASSAULT AND PEPPER, finding “Little to fault in ‘ASSAULT.’ Read the interview and review here: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4.
Thorndike Press will publish a large-print edition of ASSAULT AND PEPPER in June 2015.
In January 2015, Leslie joined the crew at Mystery Lovers Kitchen. Eight mystery writers cooking up crimes … and recipes!
2014 News: In November, 2014, Leslie was elected Vice President of Sisters in Crime.
“Making Murder Palatable” – feature interview, Daily Inter Lake, January 2015
“Murder Most Tasty” – Missoulian feature article celebrating Crime Rib
“Award Winning Mystery from Bigfork” – Flathead Beacon feature
Listen to Leslie on The Write Question, a program of KUFM, Montana Public Radio