Susan Oleksiw is the author of the Mellingham series featuring Chief of Police Joe Silva, and the Anita Ray series, a Hindu-American photographer living in India. Her Reader's Guide to the Classic British Mystery is considered a standard reference work. Along with two other writers, she is co-founder of Level Best Books, which publishes an annual anthology of crime stories by New England writers. She was also co-editor for the Oxford Companion for Crime and Mystery Writing. In past years she has been a freelance writer and social worker, and sometimes, when the stars are properly aligned, she has made a living as a writer.