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Los Angeles native JERI WESTERSON was born the same day the first nuclear bomb was tested…though not the same year, so she isn’t responsible. She muddled around in life, first thinking to become an actress, woke up during a real world audition and said, “Nope, Nerp. Not doing THIS the rest of my life,” and instead, embarked on a successful career as a graphic designer. But instead of staying there, she made a lateral move to becoming a writer and found herself the author of fifteen Crispin Guest Medieval Noir novels, a series nominated for 13 national awards from the Agatha to the Shamus. However, she is still the Susan Lucci of mystery awards, awaiting her turn.
Her first in the series, VEIL OF LIES was named Editor’s Choice by the Historical Novel Society Review, her third THE DEMON’S PARCHMENT and her fifteenth THE DEADLIEST SIN both received coveted starred reviews by Library Journal, and her sixth, SHADOW OF THE ALCHEMIST, was named Best of 2013 by Suspense Magazine. Also in 2013, her fifth novel BLOOD LANCE was named one of the Ten Hot Crime Novels for Colder Days by Kirkus Reviews. She also self-published some standalone historicals from her “vault”: THOUGH HEAVEN FALL, ROSES IN THE TEMPEST, and NATIVE SPIRIT (under the pen name Anne Castelle).
And then she decided to try her hand at an old favorite genre of hers, fantasy. Romantic Times Magazine gave BOOKE OF THE HIDDEN, Jeri’s first urban fantasy series released in 2017, Five Stars and called it “…A flawless tale of adventure, mystery and saucy romance. The page reverberates with passion, and absolutely no wrong can come from vivid characters and a hero to die for.” It finaled for the Seal of Excellence from RT Reviews. It may or may not be noteworthy that Romantic Times Reviews went out of business right after giving her that sterling review. She takes no blame for that either. The series is complete with four novels.
Her gaslamp-steampunk fantasy trilogy, the ENCHANTER CHRONICLES is also complete at three novels with such titles as LIBRARY OF THE DAMNED…which still cracks her up. Jeri is easily amused. Her other paranormal series, MOONRISER: A Werewolf Mystery, is a spin-off from the Booke of the Hidden series, funny as heck and sexy.
Jeri also wrote her humorous SKYLER FOXE LGBTQ MYSTERIES (adult content) under the pen name Haley Walsh. The series is complete with seven novels and three novellas.
She has also written short stories for several mystery anthologies, including the newly released South Central Noir edited by Gary Phillips for the Akashic Noir series, with my story “The Last Time I Died” right in there.
She is also embarking on THREE new historical mystery series. The first (to be published in January 2023) is her King’s Fool Mysteries COURTING DRAGONS, with Will Somers, Henry VIII’s real court jester, as the reluctant sleuth, for which the NEW YORK TIMES gave it a nice mention in their pre-summer review During the Dog Days, Escape to the Old Days. Then her second new series, An Irregular Detective Mystery, where one of Sherlock Holmes’ Baker Street Irregulars is all grown-up and opens his own consulting detective agency…with mixed results dropped in June 2023. That first in a series is called THE ISOLATED SEANCE. OSWALD THE THIEF, her Medieval Caper series–a sort of Ocean’s 11 for the Middle Ages–was published earlier in 2022 and, due to popular demand, the sequel, OSWALD THE GAMBLER, will release 2025. Also, be looking in the future for a second set of three books of The Enchanter Chronicles exploring the further adventures of magician Leopold Kazsmer and his supernatural friends, in the years to come.
And get this: Jeri was featured on two local NPR shows, ‘My Awesome Empire” and “KVCR-Arts”. She has served two terms as president of the Southern California Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, as vice president for the Los Angeles Chapter of Sisters in Crime, and twice president of the Orange County Chapter of Sisters in Crime. Boy, does she sound important! She’s also a founding member of the Los Angeles chapter of the Historical Novel Society, if you’re counting. Jeri has guest-lectured on medieval history at local colleges and museums, and lives a simple life in southern California with her home-brewing husband, a complacent desert tortoise, and a polite gray kitty. If you don’t believe all that, see more at her Wikipedia page and on Jeri’s hilarious YouTube Channel. She forgot to mention she’s very modest.
WHERE TO BUY BOOKS
You can always go to Amazon, of course, but you can also order them from your local indies or Barnes & Noble. Tell them the title, author, and publisher and they should be able to order them for you. You can also patronize some of MY favorite places where I’ve toured over the years to order by phone or from their websites:
- Vroman’s Bookstore 695 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101 Website or call (626) 449-5320
- Book Carnival 348 S. Tustin Street, Orange, CA 92866 Website or call 714.538.3210
- Book Barn 640 Clovis Ave, Clovis, CA 93612 Website or call (559) 297-9052
- Book People 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703 Website or call (512) 472-5050
- Murder by the Book 2342 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005 Website or call 713-524-8597
- Learned Owl Bookshop 204 N Main St, Hudson, OH 44236 Website or call (330) 653-2252
- Poisoned Pen Bookstore 4014 N Goldwater Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 Website or call (480) 947-2974
- Mostly Books 6208 E. Speedway Blvd Tucson AZ 85712 Website or call 520-571-0110
- Mystery Loves Company 202 S. Morris Street, Oxford, MD 21601 Website or call 800-538-0042
- McIntyre’s Fine Books 2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro, NC 27312 Website or call (919)542-2121
I’d be happy to send you signed bookplates. Just email me at email@example.com
Above photo for journalistic use.
I’m a librarian! I can take off my glasses and suddenly become sexier! Or…at least a library steward, because I have a Little Free Library outside my house chock full of books to lend to the community. It’s got children’s books, romances, mysteries—all sorts of things. People leave a book and take a book. Happy reading, everyone. You can find out more about Little Free Libraries here.