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Leslie  Budewitz writes the Spice Shop mysteries set in Seattle’s Pike Place Market and Food Lovers’ Village mysteries, set in NW Montana. She also writes stand-alone suspense as Alicia Beckman. A three-time Agatha-Award winner, a past president of Sisters in Crime, and a current board member of Mystery Writers of America, she lives in NW Montana.

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Leslie Budewitz blends her passion for food, great mysteries, and the Northwest in two cozy mystery series, the Spice Shop mysteries set in Seattle’s Pike Place Market, and the Food Lovers’ Village mysteries, set in NW Montana. She’ll make her suspense debut with BITTERROOT LAKE, written as Alicia Beckman, in April 2021. A three-time Agatha-Award winner (2011, Best Nonfiction; 2013, Best First Novel; 2018, Best Short Story), she is a past president of Sisters in Crime and a current board member of Mystery Writers of America. She lives and cooks in NW Montana.

Suspense Magazine calls her books “pure enjoyment.” Library Journal reviewer Lesa Holstine calls them “a treat for the senses.”

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Leslie Budewitz blends her passion for food, great mysteries, and the Northwest in two light-hearted mystery series, the Spice Shop mysteries set in Seattle’s Pike Place Market, and the Food Lovers’ Village mysteries, set in NW Montana. She’ll make her suspense debut with BITTERROOT LAKE, written as Alicia Beckman, in April 2021. A three-time Agatha-Award winner (2011, Best Nonfiction; 2013, Best First Novel; 2018, Best Short Story), she is a past president of Sisters in Crime and a current board member of Mystery Writers of America. She lives and cooks in NW Montana.

A practicing lawyer, she’s written a guide for writers, BOOKS, CROOKS & COUNSELORS: HOW TO WRITE ACCURATELY ABOUT CRIMINAL LAW AND COURTROOM PROCEDURE, winner of the 2011 Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction, making her the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction.

Leslie’s short stories have been published in Ellery Queen, Alfred Hitchcock, and elsewhere, and recognized in Best American Mystery Stories of 2009.

A native Montanan, she lives at the foot of the Rocky Mountains with her husband, Don Beans, a musician and doctor of natural medicine, and their gray tuxedo cat, an avid birdwatcher.

Suspense Magazine calls her books “pure enjoyment.” Library Journal reviewer Lesa Holstine calls them “a treat for the senses.”

All cover art and photos on these pages may be used with a book review or an article about Leslie; please credit photos to Leslie except where otherwise noted.

See the About Leslie page for Q&A sure to whet your readers’ appetites! 

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Photo credit: Brenda Ahearn

Malice 2011 leslie budewitz agatha award winnerAgatha winner photo

Photo credit: Elizabeth Zelvin

leslie budewitz agatha award winner 2013

Malice 2013 Agatha winner photo

Photo credit: Deborah Lacy

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My kitten, my supervisor
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The novels, in order: 
The Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries:
Death al Dente (#1, 2013)
Crime Rib (#2, 2014)
Butter Off Dead (#3, 2015) (#1-3, Berkley Prime Crime/Penguin Random House)
Treble at the Jam Fest (#4, 2017, Midnight Ink)
As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles (#5, 2018, Midnight Ink)

Carried to the Grave and other stories: A Food Lovers’ Village Collection, coming 2021

The Spice Shop Mysteries:
Assault and Pepper (#1, 2015)
Guilty as Cinnamon (#2, 2015)
Killing Thyme (#3, 2016) (#1-3, Berkley Prime Crime/Penguin Random House)
Chai Another Day (#4, 2019, Seventh St. Books)
The Solace of Bay Leaves (#5, 2020, Seventh St. Books)

The Spice Shop Mysteries and the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries
Editor: Thomas Colgan, Editorial Director, Berkley Group
Publicity: Roxanne Jones, Publicity Assistant
Berkley Prime Crime/Penguin Random House

The Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries, books 4 & 5
Terri Bischoff, Acquisitions Editor
Midnight Ink
Midnight Ink/Llewellyn Publications

The Spice Shop Mysteries, books 4 & 5
Dan Mayer, Acquisitions Editor
Seventh St. Books

Books, Crooks & Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law & Courtroom Procedure
Editor: Kent Sorsky
Quill Driver Books
Publicity: Jaguar Bennett 

Literary Representation:
John Talbot
Talbot Fortune Agency
www.talbotfortuneagency.com