Kate Flora returns to the 2019 CFA as Mystery Night emcee! Kate is the author of nineteen books and more than twenty short stories, and has been a finalist for the Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, and Derringer awards. She won the Public Safety Writers Association award for nonfiction. She’s a five time finalist, and twice won the Maine Literary Award for crime fiction. Her latest fiction includes, Death Warmed Over, her 8thThea Kozak mystery, was a finalist for the Maine Literary Award, and Careful What You Wish For, a collection of crime stories.


Connie Hambleys short stories, Giving Voice and Black Ice won acceptance in Best New England Crime Stories: Windward (2016) and Snowbound (2017), respectively, published by Level Best Books, and The Brew was published by Mystery Weekly magazine. The third book in The Jessica Trilogy, The Wake, joins The Charity and The Troubles. Connie is a two-time winner of Best English Fiction literary award at the EQUUS International Film Festival in New York City. 


Elisabeth Elo grew up in Boston, attended Brown University, and earned a PhD in American Literature at Brandeis University. She has published scholarly articles on subjects as diverse as Walt Whitman and Cinderella, and her essays and Pushcart-nominated short stories have appeared in a variety of publications. Elisabeth worked as a magazine editor, a high-tech product manager, and a halfway house counselor before beginning to write fiction.


Tilia Klebenov Jacobs is the author of the mysteries Wrong Place, Wrong Time, winner of the Beverly Hills Book Award for Best Thriller and an Amazon bestseller, and Second Helpings at the Serve You Right Café, which won Honorable Mention in the London Book Festival and was ranked in the top 10% of all books by Kindle readers. Tilia’s most recent book, Casper and Jasper and the Terrible Tyrant, placed second in the New York Book Festival. Tilia holds a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard and a secondary school teaching certification from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.