The Editors

The current editors of Level Best Books are Shawn Reilly Simmons, Verena Rose, and Harriette Sackler collectively known as The Dames of Detection.

Author Photo 1Shawn Reilly Simmons is the author of The Red Carpet Catering Mysteries featuring Penelope Sutherland, an on-set movie caterer, published by Henery Press. Her first published short story “A Gathering of Great Detectives” appeared in Malice Domestic 11: Murder Most Conventional (Wildside Press). Shawn has served on the Board of Malice Domestic since 2003, is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime and the Crime Writers’ Association in the UK. 

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Verena Rose is the Agatha Award nominated co-editor of Not Everyone’s Cup of Tea, An Interesting and Entertaining History of Malice Domestic’s First 25 Years and the Managing Editor of the anthology Malice Domestic 11: Murder Most Conventional. In addition to serving as Chair of Malice Domestic, Verena writes short stories and is conducting research for a historical mystery series.



Harriette Sackler is a multi-published, Agatha Award-nominated short story writer whose work has appeared in numerous anthologies of mystery fiction. She is a past Agatha Award Nominee in the Best Short Story category for “Mother Love,” published in Chesapeake Crimes II.  Harriette has served on the Malice Domestic Board of Directors for many years and her position as Grants Chair allows her to choose the recipients of the William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant for Unpublished Writers in the traditional mystery genre.