Leslie Budewitz blends her passion for food, great mysteries, and the Northwest in two light-hearted mystery series: the Spice Shop Mysteries, set in Seattle, and the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries, set in northwest Montana. Her books focus on strong women who share her passions, and have a talent for finding trouble!
Leslie is a three-time Agatha Award winner and her work has won or been nominated for Derringer, Anthony, and Macavity awards.
A Montana native, Leslie graduated from Seattle University and Notre Dame Law School. After practicing in Seattle for several years—and shopping and eating her way through the Pike Place Market regularly—she returned to Montana, where she still practices law part-time. Her practice focuses on civil litigation and employment law, with an unhealthy dose of criminal law. Killing people—on the page—is more fun.
Leslie served as president of Sisters in Crime (SinC) in 2015-16, and is a founding member of the Guppies, the SinC chapter for new and unpublished writers. She currently sits on the national board of Mystery Writers of America, and is also a member of the Authors of the Flathead and Montana Women Writers.
Leslie loves to cook, eat, hike, travel, garden, and paint—not necessarily in that order. She lives in northwest Montana with her husband, Don Beans, a singer-songwriter and doctor of natural medicine, and their gray Tuxedo, officially named Squirt but usually called Mr. Kitten. Because what else would you call a 15-year-old, 17-pound killer and cuddler who always dresses in formal attire?