Meet Vanessa Westermann. Vanessa’s debut mystery, An Excuse for Murder, was published in 2019 by The Wild Rose Press, New York. Vanessa is a former Arthur Ellis Awards judge, and has given a talk on the evolution of women’s crime writing, at the Toronto Chapter of Sisters in Crime. Her book review column entitled “Vanessa’s Picks” was published in Sleuth of Baker Street Mystery Bookstore’s monthly newsletter, from 2012 to 2016. The column was developed into a blog, featuring crime fiction reviews and literary interviews. While living in Germany, Vanessa earned an M.A. in English Literature and went on to teach creative writing. Vanessa currently lives in the Havelock area and is working on her next novel, while drinking copious amounts of tea.