Small-Press Lineup: Prospect Park Books

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-ColeenDunnBates

Colleen Dunn Bates, aka Colleen Bates, aka CDB


Patty O’Sullivan, partner-in-crime; Maggie Vlahovic, henchwoman

Criminal Record:

I started Prospect Park Books in 2006 (after years as a writer, editor, and author) by publishing an unusual guidebook to the city where I live, Pasadena. The book was a success and it grew from there. The early years saw only a few nonfiction titles; in 2010, I published a romantic comedy, Helen of Pasadena, which did very well and was so much fun to edit and publish, so I sought out more fiction. I’ve always been a mystery and crime reader (a few faves are Dorothy L. Sayers, Raymond Chandler, James M. Cain, Lisa Lutz, Kate Atkinson, Michael Connelly, Sue Grafton, and Carl Hiassen), and when I heard that Pasadena resident Naomi Hirahara, author of the Mas Arai series, wasn’t happy with her publisher, I got in touch and wooed her; I’d read Snakeskin Shamesin and loved it. We’ve since published two of her mysteries, with a third coming in 2016. Working with Naomi (who we adore) led to publishing more mystery and crime titles.

We also publish cookbooks and humor/gift titles—so for a small press, we have a wide range. My partner Patty, who joined me in 2011, calls us a “nano Random House.” We are distributed by Consortium, and our books are also available from Ingram and Baker & Taylor.

Previous Offenses:

Kruska-pardontheravensPardon the Ravens, by Alan Hruska (2015)

The Devil’s Interval, by Linda Lee Peterson (2013)

Edited to Death (new edition backlist), by Linda Lee Peterson (2013)

Strawberry Yellow, by Naomi Hirahara (2013)

Blood Hina (new edition backlist), by Naomi Hirahara (2013)

The Texas Twist, by John Vorhaus (2013)

Currently Plotting:MarryKissKill_cover

Marry, Kiss, Kill, by Anne Flett-Giordano (June 2015)

Crush, by Phoef Sutton (July 2015)

The Spy on the Tennessee Walker, by Linda Lee Peterson (October 2015)



About the Author:

Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of six books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Phantom Tower (2018). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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