P.M. Carlson with Nero Wolfe.

P.M. Carlson at Santa Maria della Concezione (the "bone church") in Rome

P.M. Carlson in Leipzig

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P.M. Carlson taught psychology and statistics at Cornell University before deciding that mystery writing was more fun. She has published twelve mystery novels and a collection of mystery short stories. Her novels have been nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award, the Macavity Award, and twice for the Anthony Awards given at the World Mystery Convention (Bouchercon). Two short stories were finalists for the Agatha Christie award. She edited the Mystery Writers Annual for Mystery Writers of America for several years, and served as President of the international organization Sisters in Crime. She lived in southern Indiana for seven years. Besides reading mysteries, she enjoys working on her Victorian house and traveling. Currently she lives in New York with her husband and a Belgian sheepdog named Nero Wolfe.


Mystery novels

Maggie Ryan and Nick O’Connor series (amateur sleuth):

AUDITION FOR MURDER, The Mystery Company/​Crum Creek Press trade paperback and Ebook, 2012, ISBN-10: 1-932325-21-2, ISBN-13: 978-1-932325-21-8 (Original edition Avon paperback, 1985, ISBN 0-380-89538-2); Japanese edition Sankei Shuppan, 1989; German edition titled Vorspiel zum Mord, Ariadne Krimi, Argument Verlag, 1990.

MURDER IS ACADEMIC, The Mystery Company/​Crum Creek Press trade paperback and Ebook, 2012, ISBN-10: 1-932325-23-9, ISBN-13: 978-1-932325-23-2 (Original edition Avon paperback, 1985, ISBN 0-380-89738-5); French edition titled Folie Douce, Editions Gérard de Villiers, 1990; Japanese edition, Sankei Shuppan, 2002; German edition titled Sicher ist nur Mord, Ariadne Krimi, Argument Verlag, 1991;
*****finalist for Anthony Award, Best Paperback Original of 1986

MURDER IS PATHOLOGICAL, The Mystery Company/​Crum Creek Press trade paperback and Ebook, May 1013, ISBN-13: 978-1-932325-27-0
(Original edition Avon paperback, 1986; ISBN 0-380-75071-6); German edition titled Versuch mit Mord, Ariadne Krimi, Argument Verlag, 1992;

MURDER UNRENOVATED, The Mystery Company/​Crum Creek Press trade paperback and Ebook, June 2013, ISBN-13: 978-1-932325-28-7 (Original edition Bantam paperback, January 1988; ISBN 0-553-26989-5); reissued Bantam, December 1990; ISBN 0-553-18552-5; German edition titled Makler und Mord, Ariadne Krimi, Argument Verlag, 1994;
*****finalist for Macavity Award for Best Mystery of 1988
*****finalist for Anthony Award, Best Paperback Original of 1988

REHEARSAL FOR MURDER, Bantam paperback, July 1988; ISBN 0-553-27234-9; German edition titled Bühne frei für Mord, Ariadne Krimi, Argument Verlag, 1995.

MURDER IN THE DOG DAYS, Bantam paperback, January 1991; ISBN 0-553-27778-2; Japanese edition Sankei Shuppan, 1993; German edition titled Heiss genug für Mord, Ariadne Krimi, Argument Verlag, 1995.
*****finalist for Edgar Award, Best Paperback Original of 1991

MURDER MISREAD, Doubleday Crime Club hardcover, December 1990, ISBN 0-385-41642-3; Bantam paperback December 1991, ISBN 0-553-29374-5; German edition titled Studie mit Mord, Ariadne Krimi, Argument Verlag, 1996.
*****Chosen for Drood Review Editor’s Choice of ten best mysteries of 1990.

BAD BLOOD, Doubleday Perfect Crime hardcover, December 1991, ISBN 0-385-42122-2; German edition titled Blut ist dicker als Mord, Ariadne Krimi, Argument Verlag, 1998.

Marty Hopkins series (police procedural)

GRAVESTONE, Pocket Books hardcover, June 1993, ISBN 0-671-76974-X; Pocket Books paperback June 1994, ISBN 0-671-76975-8; Japanese edition Hayakawa 1994; German edition titled Grabes Stimme, Ariadne Krimi, Argument Verlag March 1996; French edition titled Fin de Carriere, Le Masque-Hachette, 1998; Croatian edition titled Grob U Kamenu, Mozaik Knjiga, 2003.

BLOODSTREAM, Pocket Books hardcover, June 1995, ISBN 0-671-76977-4; Pocket Books paperback 1996, ISBN 0-671-76978-2; German edition titled Blutstrom, Ariadne Krimi, Argument Verlag, 1997; German edition titled Knochenstrom, Scherz Taschenbuch, S. Fischer Verlag, 2004; French edition titled La Riviere assassine, Le Masque-Hachett, 1999.

DEATHWIND, Severn House hardcover, November 2004 (UK), February 2005 (USA), ISBN 0-7278-6175-1; German edition titled Todes Hauch, Ariadne Krimi, Argument Verlag 1998; German edition titled Todes Hauch, Scherz Taschenbuch, S. Fischer Verlag, 2004.

CROSSFIRE, Severn House hardcover, September 2006 (UK),December 2006 (USA), ISBN 978 0 7278 6388 1.

Mystery short stories

Bridget Mooney short story collection (historical)

RENOWNED BE THY GRAVE; or, THE MURDEROUS MISS MOONEY, Crippen & Landru 1998; ISBN 1-885941-23-4; German edition titled Miss Mooney, Ariadne Krimi, Argument Verlag,2001.

Academic writings under name Patricia Carlson:

(with Moshe Anisfeld) “Some Observations on the Linguistic Competence of a Two-Year-Old Child,” in Stewart Cohen, editor, Child Development: A Study of Growth Processes, F.E. Peacock, 1971

(Dissertation as Patricia M. Carlson) An exploratory study of the effects of discourse structure on comprehension (1974), Cornell Library Number: Thesis 1974 C284

(with Marion Potts, Rodney Cocking, and Carol Copple)

(with Richard Darlington) BEHAVIORAL STATISTICS: LOGIC AND METHODS, Free Press, 1987; ISBN 0-02-907860-1


AUDITION FOR MURDER (Maggie Ryan 1967)-- "Very literate, sprinkled with surprises and starring that rarity of rarities -- fully fleshed out characters." -- Los Angeles Daily News
MURDER IS ACADEMIC (Maggie Ryan 1968)-- “treats violation of truth in tandem with assault and rape—true violations of person, mind, and body—and presents a cogent case for the inviolability both of persons and truth.” — The Armchair Detective
MURDER IS PATHOLOGICAL (Maggie Ryan 1969) “The vandal is elusive. When at last the mystery is solved, the conclusion is stunning.” –– The Armchair Detective
MURDER UNRENOVATED (Maggie Ryan 1972) "Terrific characters, funny incidents, genuine suspense, and an absolutely right sense of period and place." -- The Purloined Letter
REHEARSAL FOR MURDER (Maggie Ryan 1973)-- “A tightly woven thriller, warm and beautifully paced with a bittersweet finale. This show must go on!” -- Dorothy Salisbury Davis, MWA Grand Master
MURDER IN THE DOG DAYS (Maggie Ryan 1975)-- "An ingeniously plotted, fair-play, locked-room mystery, one of the best we've encountered." -- The Denver Post
MURDER MISREAD (Maggie Ryan 1977)-- "A tasty blend of irreverence and sincerity... [Maggie] conducts her crime-busting with quiet panache.” –– Entertainment Weekly
GRAVESTONE --- "Chock full of everything a mystery reader loves: fully drawn characters, a strong sense of place, keen pacing." Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
BLOODSTREAM --- "Carlson's characters are sharp and strong, and the story's unexpected twists and turns will leave you reeling." New Woman
DEATHWIND --- "A genuinely shocking climax. Believable characters and an unusual setting close the deal: this one's a winner." Booklist
CROSSFIRE --- "Deputy Marty Hopkins lands in the middle of an arson case that forces her to confront her own terrifying memories.... A virtuoso climax." Kirkus
RENOWNED BE THY GRAVE --- "The final word on Bridget is that she's full of verve, meets fascinating people, and we hope to encounter her often again." The Drood Review
P.M. Carlsons Krimis in deutscher Übersetzung
Roman Patricije M. Carlson na hrvatskom jeziku