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I hope you pull up a chair and stay for a while. 


You’ll find information about what I write, what I’m working on, and how to contact me or find me on social media. My goal with this website and my writing is the same—to give you an enriching, immersive, and unforgettable experience.


“Beautifully imagined and beautifully written …”

Lee Child

“Stanley … knows how to bring the past to life.”

Tom Nolan, San Francisco Chronicle

“Author Kelli Stanley has her eye on greatness.”

George Pelecanos


Kelli Stanley is the critically acclaimed and multiple-award winning bestselling author of the Miranda Corbie literary noir series set in 1940 San Francisco, including City of Dragons, City of Secrets, City of Ghosts, and City of Sharks.

Her other works include historical mysteries set in Roman Britain and numerous short stories and essays. A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist, her proudest achievements have been her inclusion as a literary heir of Dashiell Hammett by his granddaughter in Publisher’s Weekly, and her founding of Nasty Woman Press on November 9th, 2016.

Her next novel, THE RECKONING, is set in 1985 in Humboldt County, California.


Kelli will be teaching at the BOOK PASSAGE MYSTERY CONFERENCE in Marin County, California, from Friday, August 5th through Sunday, August 7. Register here. For more upcoming events, follow Kelli on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.