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Who's Who of CrimeSpree Magazine...

Who are we? Collectively we are mystery fans from all over. We share a love of the mystery crime genre and it has drawn us together.

Jon and Ruth JordanJon and Ruth Jordan are fans of the mystery genre going WAY back, they met each other at a mystery convention in 1999. Since becoming a couple they have taken the love of all thing mystery to new levels and have each hosted a Bouchercon, Ruth in 2008 with Judy Bobalik in Baltimore and Jon in 2011 in St. Louis. They also help organize the annual Murder and Mayhem in Muskego held each November. When not running things Crimespree related, they like movies, live music and travel, though these things usually end up being related to crime fiction as well. Both are on twitter. @crimespreejon, @mrscrimespree, and on face book Ruth Jordan, and crimespreecats.

Amy AlessioAmy Alessio is a teen librarian for the Schaumburg Twnshp. Library in Illinois and has presented nationally on young adult library services. Her new co-authored title, A Year of Programs for Teens 2, is published by American Library Association Editions. Her book Mind Bending Mysteries for Teens will be published in 201l. Her first young adult mystery, The High Ground, will be published in 2013. Learn about more mysteries and cookbooks she loves at or

Reed Farrel ColemanCalled a hard-boiled poet and the noir poet laureate, Reed Farrel Coleman is the author of thirteen novels including TOWER, co-written with Ken Bruen. He is a three-time winner of the Shamus Award and a two-time Edgar nominee. He has also won the Macavity, Barry, and Anthony Awards. He was the editor of the HARD-BOILED BROOKLYN anthology and is co-editor of THE LINEUP, Poems on Crime. Reed is an adjunct professor of English at Hofstra University.

Jen  ForbusA former high school English teacher who never lost her love for talking about books. Jen Forbus maintains the crime fiction book blog Jen's Book Thoughts when she isn't working to keep a roof over the heads of her cats and dogs. Accidentally dropped by the stork in Ohio, Jen has been promising ever since to move to a warmer climate. Jen also has the largest collection of ninja throwing stars in the Midwest.

Maxim JakubowskiMaxim Jakubowski is a London-based British writer and editor who, following a career in book publishing, opened Murder One, the UK's main mystery bookshop, which he owned and ran for 20 years. He now writes full-time when not twiddling his thumbs. He edits two annual volumes in the Mammoth series of Best Erotica and Best British crime and pens a novel from time to time. His last one was I WAS WAITING FOR YOU and the next one, gestating now, will be EKATERINA AND THE NIGHT, due in October 2011, but which is not a crime book, as he is wont to desert the noir shores for frequent incursions into the sea of unbridled sex! For which he has never apologized!

Jennifer JordanJennifer Jordan is an enigma, with interests in just about everything. For Crimespree she is the fiction editor, meaing she reads all the short story submissions to choose the very best for you. (this is a task now being aided by Steven Torres) She also does special features and has also begun to work on the layout. Jen has edited two anthologies, EXPLETIVE DELETED and UNCAGE ME!. She can be found on twitter - @lovingshiva

Jeremy LynchSt. Paul native Jeremy Lynch has had a myriad array of jobs, including radio DJ and jewelry repair. Being an avid fan of music and movies he was of course a natural choice as entertainment editor. He and his wife Jill also review some books, though when they find time is anyone's guess, this is one busy couple! Jeremy is also the brain behind the Crimespree Magazine blog - , on twitter: @MysterLynch

Ali KarimAli Karim is Assistant Editor at Shots eZine, a contributing editor at January Magazine & The Rap Sheet and writes for Crimespree magazine, Deadly Pleasures and Mystery Readers International and is an associate member of both The Crime Writers Association [CWA], International Thriller Writers [ITW] and the Private Eye Writers of America [PWA]. Karim contributed to 'Dissecting Hannibal Lecter' ed. Benjamin Szumskyj [McFarland Press] a critical examination of the works of Thomas Harris; The Greenwood Encyclopedia of British Crime Fiction [ed. Barry Forshaw] and ITW 100 Thriller Novels ed David Morrell and Hank Hagner [Oceanview Publishing].

Michael ListerMichael Lister is an award-winning author of several books: Power in the Blood, Blood of the Lamb, Flesh and Blood, North Florida Noir, Double Exposure, Thunder Beach, The Body and the Blood, Florida Heat Wave, and the forthcoming The Big Goodbye and Separation Anxiety. He writes a popular weekly column on art and meaning titled Of Font and Film His website is: When he's not writing, he teaches, operates a charity and a community theater.

Austin LugarAustin Lugar worked at The Mystery Company in Carmel, Indiana for several years before it sadly closed. During that time he co-edited two books with Jim Haung: Mystery Muses and Organizing Crime. One of them won the Anthony and Macavity Award, not the other one though…While he's a student at Ball State he also writes movie reviews for The Film Yap and schedules the mystery conference Magna cum Murder. He prefers apples to oranges, his favorite number is 42, and is pretty sure pocket watches are going to come back in style. You can also find him at his blog,

Craig McDonald

Craig McDonald, author of the internationally acclaimed Hector Lassiter series, is an award-winning journalist, editor and fiction writer. His short fiction has appeared in literary magazines and anthologies. His fiction and nonfiction have earned him nominations for the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity and Gumshoe awards. He resides in Ohio. Craig can be found on the web at

Ayo OnatadeAyo Onatade~ "By day she works within the judicial system in the highest court in the United Kingdom, by night and when she has free time she indulges her love of crime fiction which shows her eclectic taste which ranges from historical to hard-boiled, short stories and noir films. If there are any hours left then she spends it reviewing crime fiction and writing articles on various aspects of crime and mystery genre. She is also known as the family library within her family."

Gerald SoGerald So reviews DVDs, TV, and the occasional in-theaters movie for Crimespree. He is a founding co-editor of The Lineup: Poems on Crime, former fiction editor for The Thrilling Detective Web Site, and past president of The Short Mystery Fiction Society. He lives on Long Island.