Small-Press Lineup: TouchWood Editions

Mystery Month 2015Some of the biggest crime fiction is perpetrated by some of the smallest players. We’re determined to shine the spotlight on them before they break out and wreak havoc across the whole country. Read them—before they publish again!



Legal Name and Alias:

mugshot-tarynboydTaryn Boyd, Crime Boss


Cailey Cavallin, Bullet Sharpener

Pete Kohut, Crime Scene Cover-up

Tori Elliott, Minion

Criminal Record:

TouchWood Editions publishes a wide variety of genres, but we first started the exciting journey of publishing mysteries in 2005. We learned pretty quickly to never get on the wrong side of our mystery authors or editors: they know how to hide a body.

We have more than 50 mystery titles in print, but here’s a quick glance of some of our top-selling series:

Cathy Ace’s Cait Morgan mystery series ( is a series of fun and witty cozy mysteries in which our eccentric female sleuth, Cait, uses her expertise as a criminologist to find murderers in crime scenes in various international destinations: Hawaii, Wales, France, Mexico, to name a few. What are people saying about it? “In the finest tradition of Agatha Christie, Ace brings us the closed-room drama, with a dollop of romantic suspense and historical intrigue.” —Library Journal2015_mystery-hashtag

Stephen Legault’s Red Rock Canyon mystery series ( is the perfect series for those who love conspiracies, especially those with an environmental slant. This one is set in the iconic desert landscape of the American Southwest, and literary references abound. In it, Silas Pearson’s wife goes missing while she is working on a conservation project in Utah’s red rock wilderness. When Silas sets out to find her, he uncovers a disturbing murderous plot. What are people saying about it? “Think Betty Webb for her passion for hot-button topics and Nevada Barr for the gripping challenges posed by the land.” —Library Journal

Our titles are distributed by PGW in the US and HGD in Canada, and they are readily available via wholesalers including Ingram and Baker & Taylor.

Previous Offenses:

ace-corpsewithsapphireeyesThe Corpse with the Sapphire Eyes, by Cathy Ace (2015)

Martini Regrets, by Phyllis Smallman (2014)

The Fourth Betrayal, by Bruce Burrows (2014)

Black Sun Descending, by Stephen Legault (2014)

A Quiet Kill, by Janet Brons (2014)

Dark Moon Walking, by R.J. McMillen (2014)

mcmillen-blacktiderisingCurrently Plotting:

Black Tide Rising, by R.J. McMillen (June 2015)

Same River Twice, by Stephen Legault (September 2015)

The Corpse with the Diamond Hand, by Cathy Ace (September 2015)


Twitter: @TouchWoodEd



About the Author:

Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix (2011). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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