About Us

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

Shawn Reilly Simmons is the author of The Red Carpet Catering Mysteries featuring Penelope Sutherland, an on-set movie caterer, and of several short stories appearing in various anthologies. Her most recent, “Burnt Orange,” appears in Passport to Murder: the 2017 Bouchercon Anthology (Down & Out Books), and “The Prodigy” appears in Mystery Tour, the Crime Writers’ Association Anthology (Orenda Books).  

Shawn is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and the Crime Writers’ Association in the U.K. Cooking behind the scenes on movie sets perfectly combined two of her great loves, movies and food, and provides the inspiration for her novels published by Henery Press.

verena picture 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. 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and her position as Grants Chair allows her to choose the recipients of the William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant for Unpublished Writers in the traditional mystery genre. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Crime Writers Association, Historical Writers of America, Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Historical Novel Society of the U.S.