APPEARANCES: 2018 EVENTS
If you’d like to invite me to attend your book club or speak to your service club, drop me a line at Leslie at LeslieBudewitz dot com. In Western Montana, I’ll come in person; anywhere else, we can connect through Skype.
Where I’ll be:
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park
Talking food & mystery — some of my favorite things!
Saturday, June 9, 2018
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Bigfork Art & Cultural Center
Celebrating the new book in the real Jewel Bay!
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Augusta branch, Lewis & Clark Library
Tea and cookies and talk about mystery, in a classic Montana town!
Friday, June 15, 2018
This House of Books
224 N Broadway, Billings
Reading & signing in the old home town! And yes, there will be cookies…
Sunday, June 17, 2018
Barnes & Noble, Gallatin Valley
Talking & signing in Bozeman!
Wednesday, July 18
North Lake County Library, Polson
Heading down the East Shore to chat mystery!
Wednesday, July 25
Fact & Fiction, Missoula
Christmas in July!
August 4-5, 2018
Bigfork Festival of the Arts
The arts take over the streets of my village!
Where I’ve been:
Oh, I’ve been so many places, seen so many faces! In recent months, I’ve been to Malice Domestic, the annual convention celebrating the traditional mystery, and been a featured speaker at the Montana Library Association annual meeting. I’ve visited book clubs in homes and libraries. Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention, held last fall in Toronto. The Montana Book Festival in Missoula. Towns small, large, and in-between — I love them all!
I hope to catch up with you somewhere soon!
For NEWS, scroll down past the blog tours. And if you spot a broken link, please drop me a line at leslie @ lesliebudewitz dot com.
If you’re a writer, check out my Law & Fiction blog for updates on using the law in your fiction.
Watch for my 2018 BLOG TOUR, celebrating AS THE CHRISTMAS COOKIE CRUMBLES (officially out June 8).
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)
2018 news: 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