I write historical mysteries. My first series, the award-winning Lucy Campion Mysteries, is set in 17th century London. My second series, the award-nominated Speakeasy Mysteries, is set in a Prohibition-Era Chicago speakeasy.
I hold a PhD in history and work at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Born and raised in Philadelphia, I live in the Chicago area with my husband and two sons.
I am also the immediate past president of the Sisters in Crime Chicagoland Chapter.
In the News...
My next Lucy Campion mystery, DEATH AMONG THE RUINS, will be out June 6, 2023!!!!
The Cry of the Hangman was nominated for a Lefty for Best Historical in 2022!!!
The Cry of the Hangman was an Editor's Pick and was mentioned in Mike Ripley's Getting Away with Murder.
The paperback edition of THE SIGN OF THE GALLOWS is out!
THE FATE OF THE FLAPPER was nominated for the
Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original!
Agatha Award for Best Historical Mystery!!!!
Bruce Alexander Historical Mystery Award (Lefty)!!!
My first Lucy Campion mystery, A MURDER AT ROSAMUND'S GATE, was listed as one of "Twelve Enthralling Historical Mysteries that Take Place in England"!
I'm so honored that my fourth Lucy Campion mystery, A DEATH ALONG THE RIVER FLEET, is on display at the Museum of London Docklands Exhibit! What a thrill!
Workshops, Talks & Teaching
Please contact me about speaking to your group. I have extensive experience in teaching and public speaking. I have run many workshops (especially around writing historical fiction/mysteries, doing research, and providing effective critiques) for libraries, universities, book clubs and writers' groups.
My workshop is in the news! Nice mention of a recent workshop I did on world-building for Northwestern's Summer Writers' Conference in Chicago!
E-mail me at s (dot) calkins (dot)nu (at) gmail (dot) com, "like" my author page on facebook (at) authorSusannaCalkins or find me on Twitter (at) scalkins3.
I am represented by David Hale Smith at Inkwell Management.