Books and Stories

From 1940 San Francisco to first century Roman Britain … welcome to the worlds of crime fiction author Kelli Stanley.CoG-web-3D-199


←Miranda Corbie Series

Roman Noir Series→




Stand-Alone Fiction→

The Miranda Corbie Series:

CITY OF GHOSTS is the next book in the Miranda Corbie series, and releases in  2014.

Set in a richly textured and noir-styled 1940 San Francisco, and featuring a “great new dame in crime fiction” (Linda Fairstein), CITY OF DRAGONS is the first book of the series and debuted to overwhelming critical acclaim, won a Macavity Award for best historical novel of the year, was an Indie Next pick and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

CITY OF SECRETS, the second novel in the series, won the Golden Nugget Award for best mystery set in California. “Children’s Day” and “Memory Book” are short stories within the Miranda Corbie series, available respectively in the bestselling anthology FIRST THRILLS and as an e-book exclusive published by Macmillan.

The Roman Noir Series:

THE CURSE-MAKER—the highly anticipated sequel to NOX DORMIENDA—was published in 2011. Set in Aquae Sulis (Roman Bath), the novel is another “breath-taking adventure” (Gayle Lynds) featuring Arcturus, the private physician and sometime sleuth for Agricola, the governor of Britannia.

A fond homage to the hard-boiled style of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, NOX DORMIENDA (A Long Night for Sleeping) burst on the scene in 2008 as Kelli’s debut novel, eventually earning a Macavity Award nomination and winning the Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award for best historical mystery of 2008. Kelli is credited with founding the playfully-named Roman noir subgenre, and received a Certificate of Merit from the City and County of San Francisco for her literary innovation.

Both NOX and THE CURSE-MAKER are currently out of print in print editions, but NOX is available as an e-book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Smashwords, and through Diesel. Plans are afoot to release it in a trade paperback. THE CURSE-MAKER is still available as an e-book.

Kelli is planning more installments of her “Roman noir” series.

Stand-Alone/Non-Fiction Work

Kelli contributed a story to the first-ever charity-driven e-book SHAKEN: STORIES FOR JAPAN, available on Amazon, as well as a contemporary-set short story to the anthology SCOUNDRELS.

She was honored to write an essay about Agatha Christie’s MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS for the award-winning BOOKS TO DIE FOR compilation, and has contributed craft articles and exercises to NOW WRITE! MYSTERIES and MAKING STORY: TWENTY-ONE WRITERS ON HOW THEY PLOT.

She is currently developing new fiction projects, including a stand-alone thriller, a YA series and a graphic novel.