Mary Keenan

My novel, SNOWED, was longlisted for the 2023 Debut Dagger Award from The Crime Writers' Association, and won the 2023 Best Unpublished Novel Award from Crime Writers of Canada.

A modern Miss Marple recruits two young neighbours as she solves the murder of her nemesis in small-town New England before the investigating officer can uncover her own unconventional sideline in blackmail. This almost 80-year-old widow swaps her silence for home repair: her late husband left the house to the local historical society, which gets possession if she lets the maintenance slip to a single peel of paint. SNOWED plays with cosy mystery tropes and puts a fresh spin on the meddling old lady sleuth in the form of Daisy Hinchley, who is as resourceful as she is resilient.

Want to know more? I'm always happy to chat!

The Canadians
Killin' Time In San Diego
an anthology from Bouchercon 2023
to be released in August 2023

He's No Gary Cooper
Entertainment To Die For
an anthology from Sisters in Crime Los Angeles
Write Choice Ink, 2023

The Thrill of the Chase
Going Out With A Bang: A Crime and Mystery Collection
by the Ladies' Killing Circle
RendezVous Crime
ISBN 978-1-894917-73-5

Mamma's Girl
Blood on the Holly: An Anthology of Christmas Mysteries
edited by Caro Soles
(a Crime Writers of Canada Collection)
Baskerville Books
ISBN 978-0-9686776-7-4

Tee'd Off
Fit to Die
by The Ladies' Killing Circle
RendezVous Crime
ISBN 0-020141-87-3

Knitting for Love
KnitLit: Sweaters and Their Stories
edited by Linda Roghaar and Molly Wolf
Three Rivers Press
ISBN 0-609-80824-9 

I'm a writer with a weakness for classic movies, social history, and textiles. I also like to paint and doodle very small pieces of art. And I'm a fan of a good sandwich, especially if it can be had with a cup of tea. 

My focus is on short and novel-length upmarket mysteries, usually with a comedic bent. I love to explore the unlikely alliances that form in the wake of a crime. I've also been known to write knitting patterns, all of which are available via my blog, Hugs For Your Head, at no cost. 

Feel free to write me and say Hello!

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