About Susan

"I don't remember a time when I wasn't writing or making up stories."

Susan Oleksiw writes the Anita Ray series featuring an Indian-American photographer living in South India at her aunt's tourist hotel. In the first book in the series, Under the Eye of Kali (2010), a guest disappears and another falls unconscious. In The Wrath of Shiva (2012) and For the Love of Parvati (2014) Anita solves crimes among her extended family. When Krishna Calls (2016) finds Anita and Auntie Meena facing the loss of their hotel and everything they care about.

Susan also writes the Mellingham series featuring Chief Joe Silva. The picturesque coastal town of Mellingham is home to a mix of people who are drawn to its sunny beaches and quiet neighborhoods but unable to shake their criminal passions. Introduced in Murder in Mellingham, Chief Joe Silva meets the love of his life in Family Album. In Last Call for Justice (2012), Joe confronts a long unsolved crime involving a member of his birth family. In Come About for Murder (2016), Joe teaches his stepson to sail, never suspecting the boy will soon be sailing to save his life.

Susan's short stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and numerous anthologies. She was co-founder of Level Best Books, which publishes an annual anthology of the best New England crime fiction. In addition, she published A Reader's Guide to the Classic British Mystery (G.K. Hall, 1988), and served as co-editor for The Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing (1999). She co-founded and edited The Larcom Review (1998-2003), part of The Larcom Press, which also published several mystery novels.

Susan lives and writes outside Boston, MA.