Kris Neri writes the Magical Mystery series, HIGH CRIMES ON THE MAGICAL PLANE and MAGICAL ALIENATION, which feature fake psychic Samantha Brennan and genuine Celtic goddess/FBI agent Annabelle Haggery. NYT Bestselling author, Diana Gabaldon has described HIGH CRIMES ON THE MAGICAL PLANE as "delicious; a funny, pell-mell romp of an adventure rife with psychics, FBI agents and clowns.” And Allyson James, National bestselling author of Stormwalker, writes of MAGICAL ALIENATION: “…a hilarious tangle of gods and goddesses…a winner!” HIGH CRIMES ON THE MAGICAL PLANE was a 2010 Lefty Award-nominee.
Kris Neri was the first and only small press author to have ever been honored with Agatha, Anthony and Macavity Award nominations, the triple-crown of mystery fiction awards, for her first novel, REVENGE OF THE GYPSY QUEEN. This debut Tracy Eaton mystery also won outstanding reader support and great critical acclaim. "A real treat," is how Library Journal describes it. "The ending is ingenious and unpredictable…needs to be read in one sitting. Don't miss it," quotes The Charlotte Austin Review. And author Carolyn Hart calls Revenge of the Gypsy Queen "a hilarious debut," and describes it as: "an intricately plotted, surprise-in-your-face, don't-put-it-down mystery."
Kris followed up the success of REVENGE OF THE GYPSY QUEEN with the equally well received, DEM BONES’ REVENGE, the second book in this laugh-out-loud mystery series. Romantic Times describes DEM BONES’ REVENGE as: "…a witty, madcap screwball comedy of a mystery, told with warmth and charm." And Mystery News writes: "Kris Neri and Tracy Eaton will be favorites in the mystery field for quite a long time." Bestselling author Laura Lippman sums it up with: "Kris Neri has written another winner."
The two novels of the Tracy Eaton Mystery Series won the Samantha Award for 2001 for the Best Mystery Series from Hutton Book Reviews.
The latest book in the Tracy Eaton mystery series is REVENGE FOR OLD TIMES’ SAKE, a Lefty Award nominee, which Hank Phillippi Ryan, author of DRIVE TIME, describes as, "Wacky, witty, wise and wonderful," and of which Bill Fitzhugh, author of PEST CONTROL, writes, "The clever plot twists and vivid characters bring to mind what might result from the unholy coupling of Mel Brooks and Janet Evanovich. But I’ll take Tracy Eaton over Stephanie Plum any day of the week.”
She has also published two standalone thrillers, NEVER SAY DIE and DEVIL’S GAMBIT – DEVIL’S DUE. NEVER SAY DIE features edgy triathlete, Zoey Morgan, of which William Kent Krueger, bestselling author of MERCY FALLS, says: "Never Say Die delivers everything a discerning fan of the genre could desire: a tough, engaging heroine, plenty of suspense and romance, and a complex mystery that stubbornly refuses to be solved until the final pages. Add to that a fascinating insider's view of the grueling sport of the triathlon and it's clear that Kris Neri has penned a winner."
Kris has published some sixty-plus short stories in such publications as Blue Murder Magazine, Murderous Intent Mystery Magazine, Woman's World, Mystery Time, Futures and many others, as well as some well-received anthologies in the U.S. and overseas. Two of her short stories, "L.A. Justice," the story in which the characters of her Tracy Eaton mysteries debuted, and the darkly, original "Capital Justice," which appeared in the premier issue of Blue Murder Magazine, won the Derringer Award for Best Short Story. Another two of her stories were nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
Some of her stories have been collected in THE ROSE IN THE SNOW: TALES OF MISCHIEF AND MAYHEM, a short story collection. Andrew McAleer, author of Mystery Writing in a Nutshell writes of it: "Derringer Award-winner Kris Neri's The Rose in the Snow: Tales of Mischief and Mayhem is as enjoyable as it is deadly! Murder, humor, and suspense are packed in snug as burglarious tools on a black bag job. An impressive volume worthy of Neri's superb talent."
Kris teaches crime writing online for the prestigious Writers' Program of the UCLA Extension School in Los Angeles. T2G Productions in Los Angeles has released a 3-DVD writing course, WRITING KILLER MYSTERIES WITH KRIS NERI, which is based on her popular Writers' Program classes.
Kris is a member of Sisters in Crime, and is a past president of the Los Angeles chapter, currently a member of the Desert Sleuths chapter in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Mystery Writers of America. She is also a member of the American Crime Writes League, as well as Arizona Authors and the Society of Southwest Authors.
On the promotional front, she is a member of the Femmes Fatales, a well-established collection of female mystery authors who are the subject of theme-related newsletters sent semi-annually to thousands of mystery fans. Email Kris to be added to the Femmes newsletter circulation. And here's the Femmes Fatales blog.
Kris's media kit contains cover art and bios of various lengths.