About Us

Crooked Lane Books was founded in 2014 to publish the highest quality crime fiction titles in both print and electronic editions. From editorial and production to promotion, distribution, and sales, we are a house that focuses on working with our authors to reach readers of mysteries, thrillers, and suspense.

Crooked Lane Books is distributed through Legato Publishers Group, a member of the Perseus Books Group. Legato is a boutique distributor focused on helping publishers reach their potential through a unique set of highly attentive strategic, marketing, and sales services.

Crooked Lane is also represented by Biagi Literary Management for subsidiary rights licensing in foreign and domestic markets, and our business relationships include some of the most respected companies in the industry, including Bookspan, home of the country’s largest book clubs, and Blackstone Audio, one of the nation’s largest independent audiobook publishers.

With our experienced staff, hands on approach, and innovative marketing techniques, Crooked Lane Books partners with our authors to publish the best possible books for fans of every kind of crime fiction.

Our Team

Matt Martz


Matt Martz began his publishing career in 2004. He joined Crooked Lane Books after eight years at Minotaur Books, the crime fiction imprint of St. Martin's Press. He publishes crime fiction, ranging from traditional mysteries to psychological suspense and high concept thrillers. He has published New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers, as well as Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalists and Barry Award nominees, among many other talented authors.

Chelsey Emmelhainz

Senior Acquisitions Editor

Chelsey Emmelhainz began her publishing career in Colorado with the Denver Publishing Institute at the University of Denver. She joined Crooked Lane Books in 2017 by way of HarperCollins where she had the pleasure of working with New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors and ITW award finalists. At CLB, her list focuses on contemporary upmarket suspense, mystery, and crime fiction featuring sophisticated writing and compelling, high-concept conflicts with crossover potential. Chelsey is especially interested in culturally diverse voices and concepts involving coming-of-age, family dysfunction, and toxic friendships. She loves all things dark, gritty, and macabre. With a special love for debut novelists, she is always on the hunt for upmarket mysteries and literary suspense with the power to make her miss her subway stop.

Faith Black Ross

Senior Acquisitions Editor

Faith began her publishing career at Cambridge University Press, after receiving her BA from Williams College, her MA from Rutgers University and studying at Oxford University. From Cambridge she moved to Avalon Books where she became head of the editorial department overseeing a mix of mysteries, romances, and historical fiction. Faith then joined the editorial department of the Berkley Publishing Group/Penguin Random House publishing mysteries and historical fiction and working with bestselling and award winning authors including Agatha Award winners and Edgar nominees. Faith then worked as an acquiring editor for Severn House in the UK before joining Crooked Lane in 2016.

Shannon Jamieson Vasquez

Senior Acquisitions Editor

Shannon Jamieson Vazquez started SJV Editorial in 2015 after more than fifteen years as an editor with Penguin Random House, most recently at The Berkley Publishing Group, where she acquired, edited, and developed award-­winning, national bestselling, and New York Times bestselling titles across a range of categories (specializing in mystery/suspense/thrillers, historical fiction, and narrative nonfiction including true crime).

Sarah Poppe

Marketing Associate

Sarah Poppe graduated from Pace University in 2015 with a combined BA in English and MS in Publishing. Before joining Crooked Lane, she had internships at Penguin, St. Martin's Press, and Marvel Comics. At Crooked Lane, she's found a renewed passion for mystery fiction, particularly when it keeps her wide-eyed and reading through the late night hours.

Jenny Chen

Editorial and Publishing Assistant

Jenny began her publishing career in 2014 while obtaining BA/MA degrees in English literature, interning for Touchstone at Simon & Schuster, and Berkley & NAL at Penguin Random House. Shortly thereafter, she joined Writers House for an intensive education about all things publishing before infiltrating the Crooked Lane team to work with books from the one genre that has made her an unapologetic binger of macabre stories.

Ashley Di Dio

Marketing and Editorial Assistant

Ashley earned her BA in Editing, Writing and Media at Florida State University, and is currently a graduate student (soon to be alumni) of New York University's Masters in Publishing program. During her schooling, she has interned for Open Road Integrated Media in their editorial department, and soon after joined the Crooked Lane Books team and has enjoyed reading a multitude of thrilling and suspenseful mystery ever since.

Linda Biagi

Subsidiary Rights Coordinator

Biagi Literary Management offers full domestic & international licensing coverage for Crooked Lane. Linda Biagi has worked behind the desks of several major corporate publishers as a rights director and an editor; she has the heart, the instincts, and the connections of both those specialties. Her allegiance is always to the integrity of the publishing process and the protection and monetization of the author's assets.

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