An Evening of Mystery: Crime Fiction Reading & Discussion with Murder on Ice

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What genre of crime and mystery stories will you find under that ubiquitous "mystery" spine sticker?

Local authors will provide answers and read selections of their work. Hear from Kathy Kaminiski about the difference between a traditional and a cozy mystery followed by a reading from her cozy. Lori Duffy Foster will read from her mystery. Susan Solomon will discuss and read from her paranormal mystery. Young adult author Jim Toner will read from his mystery for a teen audience, and Lissa Marie Redmond will discuss and read from her police procedural.

This talk is for you if you:

•    wonder what the difference is between a cozy and a traditional mystery
•    want to know how police procedurals differ from thrillers
•    want to know what types of books are "crime" stories
•    love to hear authors read their own work
•    are a reader or a writer!

Co-sponsored by Murder on Ice, the Western and Central New York Chapter of Sisters in Crime. The mission of Murder On Ice is to promote the ongoing advancement, recognition, and professional development of women crime writers and is open to all genders. Find out more about Murder On Ice at  Find out more about Sisters in Crime at

Lissa Marie Redmond was born and raised in Western New York. After spending twenty-two years in law enforcement, Lissa now writes the Cold Case Investigation series. A Parting Glass, her latest book in the series, is available for pre-order. She is also the author of a standalone, The Secrets They Left Behind, and her short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies, Down & Out: The Magazine and Mystery Tribune. Find out more at

Lori Duffy Foster, born and raised in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State, is a former crime reporter who writes fiction and nonfiction from the hills of Northern Pennsylvania. Her debut novel, A Dead Man’s Eyes, the first in the Lisa Jamison mystery/suspense series, has just been released. The first of her three standalone novels, Never Let Go, releases in December of 2022 from Level Best Books. Find out more at

Susan Solomon is the author of short stories and novels, including the Emlyn Goode Mysteries. A finalist in Chanticleer’s Mystery & Mayhem Novel Contest, and a finalist for the 2016 Book Excellence Award, her first Emlyn Goode novel, The Magic of Murder, received rave reviews. The second Emlyn Goode novel, Dead Again, was a finalist for both the 2017 McGrath House Indie Book of the Year and the 2018 Book Excellent Award. Writing is Murder, the third Emlyn Goode novel, was awarded First Place in the Chanticleer International Book Awards Mystery and Mayhem category. Find Solomon on Facebook at

Jim Toner is the author of young adult mysteries Under the Blood, the Purity Ring Murders and Summer Danger.

Kathy Kaminski, President of Murder on Ice, is a bookworm with a myriad of interests including art deco architecture and Victorian funerary art, not to mention mid 19th century Utopian societies, tea, and wine. A former police officer who currently works on the forensic unit of a psychiatric center, Kathy is the author of the blog Cozy Up with Kathy, which features author interviews, reviews, and other mysterious topics.

Kathy will read an excerpt from one of Barbara Early’s books. After several years living elsewhere, she and her husband moved back to her native Western New York State, where she enjoys cooking, crafts, classic movies and campy seventies television, board games, and posting pictures of her four cats on Facebook. She writes the Vintage Toyshop series and the Bridal Bouquet Shop Mysteries (as Beverly Allen). Find out more at