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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. As Alicia Beckman, she writes moody suspense, beginning with BITTERROOT LAKE and continuing with BLIND FAITH (October 2022). A three-time Agatha-Award winner (for Best Nonfiction, Best First Novel, and Best Short Story), she is a past president of Sisters in Crime and a current board member of Mystery Writers of America. She lives in NW Montana.

Leslie’s books are “pure enjoyment” (Suspense Magazine) and “a treat for the senses” (Library Journal).

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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 made her suspense debut with BITTERROOT LAKE, written as Alicia Beckman, continuing with BLIND FAITH (October 2022). A three-time Agatha-Award winner (Best Nonfiction, Best First Novel, and 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.

Also a 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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Mr. Kitten, my supervisor
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My desk 

The novels, in order: 

The Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries:
Death al Dente (#1, 2013)
Crime Rib (#2, 2014)
Butter Off Dead (#3, 2015)
Treble at the Jam Fest (#4, 2017; reissued March 2021)
As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles (#5, 2018; reissued November 2021)
Carried to the Grave and Other Stories (#6, May 2021)

Erin and the Villagers also star in “A Picture of Guilt,” in Murder in the Mountains: A Destination Murders Short Story Collection (February 2022) 

The Spice Shop Mysteries:
Assault and Pepper (#1, 2015)
Guilty as Cinnamon (#2, 2015)
Killing Thyme (#3, 2016)
Chai Another Day (#4, 2019)
The Solace of Bay Leaves (#5, 2020)
Peppermint Barked (#6, July 19, 2022)
To be continued!

Written as Alicia Beckman:

Bitterroot Lake (April 2021)
Blind Faith (coming October 11, 2022)

The Spice Shop Mysteries and the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries (books 1-3)
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 and up 
Bill Harris, Publisher/Editorial Director
Beyond the Page Publishing 

The Spice Shop Mysteries, books 4 and up 
Dan Mayer, Acquisitions Editor
Seventh St. Books

Bitterroot Lake & Blind Faith
Terri Bischoff, Acquiring Editor
Madeline Rathle, Marketing Director
Crooked Lane Books

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