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Kelli Stanley

Kelli Stanley

Kelli Stanley is an award-winning author of crime fiction (novels and short stories), and writes two series for Thomas Dunne/Minotaur—one set in 1940 San Francisco (CITY OF DRAGONS), the other in first century Roman Britain. She lives in San Francisco, which proudly claims the mantle of Noir City, and holds an MA in Classics. When she’s not writing, she can be found in bookstores, classic film festivals, speakeasies and anywhere the fog blows.

THE CURSE-MAKER—the sequel to Kelli’s debut "Roman noir" novel NOX DORMIENDA—releases on February 1st, 2011, from Thomas Dunne/Minotaur.

Arcturus—legionary physician and sometime investigator for Agricola, the governor of Britannia—has seen enough of war. But the half-native, half-Roman reluctant soldier faces another battle for his beloved wife's soul ...

It's the fall of 837 a.u.c. (84 AD), and Gwyna—Arcturus' headstrong and beautiful wife—is distant, troubled, disconnected. Agricola insists that Arcturus take her to Aquae Sulis (Bath), a fashionable health resort in the west of Britannia, where the hot springs and healthful atmosphere are sure to rejuvenate her.

Instead, they find the corpse of a curse-writer floating in the sacred spring of the goddess Sulis. Evil has taken root in the city, and something has corrupted any goodness from the goddess' waters. Something wicked beneath the reflection of the blue, bubbling spring ...

Wedding impeccably-researched history to prose and themes reminiscent of classic hard-boiled writers, THE CURSE-MAKER is a thrilling and suspenseful journey to a dark corner of Roman Britain.

Kelli’s second novel and the first book of the Miranda Corbie series, CITY OF DRAGONS, launched from Minotaur on February 2, 2010.

CITY OF DRAGONS was an Indie Next Pick for February, 2010, a Killer Book selection from the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association, a #2 bestseller from IMBA, a Top Pick from RT Book Reviews, an alternate selection of the Mystery Guild, and earned three starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist and Library Journal.

The novel is a finalist for the RT Reviewers Choice Award for best historical mystery, and made the list of the San Francisco Chronicle’s “Best Fiction by Bay Area Authors” for 2010. CITY OF DRAGONS was also declared one of the best crime fiction books of the year by influential critic Oline Cogdill in the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

It is currently available in hardcover, e-book, large print and audio. A paperback will be released in September, 2011.

CITY OF SECRETS, the tentative title for the sequel to CITY OF DRAGONS, will be published in September, 2011.

"Children's Day"—a short story prequel to CITY OF DRAGONS--is included in the International Thriller Writers anthology FIRST THRILLS: High Octane Stories from the Hottest Thriller Authors, published on June 22, 2010, and available in e-book, audio, and large print. A paperback will be released in June, 2011.

NOX DORMIENDA, Kelli's debut novel, won the Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award, and was nominated for a Macavity Award.
For more more information about Kelli and her work—including interactive, multimedia maps, videos, photos and ephemera—please visit her website at www.kellistanley.com.

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