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 Penguin Random House Publisher Services. They are committed to providing the highest level of sales and distribution services to independent publishers, and unparalleled access to information, new technologies, a leading supply chain, and the benefits and reach of the Penguin Random House sales force.

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.

Terri Bischoff

Senior Acquisitions Editor

Terri began her life in books as a bookseller at Kramerbooks in Washington, DC. After moving home to the Midwest, she worked at a feminist bookstore before purchasing and operating Booked for Murder in Madison, WI. She spent 10 years at Midnight Ink as their acquiring editor and published 36-40 books a year. Terri has a wealth of experience and knowledge in both mysteries and in bookselling, particularly as a book buyer and reviewer. Terri’s interests lie in mainstream suspense, thrillers, quirky and humorous cozies, LGBTQIA, and diverse characters/storylines.

Jenny Chen

Associate Editor

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. Jenny has worked with New York Times bestselling, national bestselling, and award-winning authors at Crooked Lane and is now on the hunt for raw stories that challenge and explore the resiliency of the human spirit. She is particularly interested in the fraught natures of intimate relationships, especially of those between parent and child, and siblings. Jenny’s list focuses on small town/rural mysteries (and the secrets that corrupt them) and domestic thrillers, with particular attention to family dynamics, serial killers, and the wilderness.

Ashley Di Dio

Marketing and Editorial Assistant

Ashley earned her BA in Editing, Writing and Media at Florida State University, and graduated New York University's Masters in Publishing program in 2018. 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.

Melissa Rechter

Publishing Assistant

Melissa Rechter graduated with a BA in English Literary Studies from York College of Pennsylvania and is currently obtaining her MS in Publishing from Pace University. During her schooling, she interned for Entangled Publishing, Foundry Literary + Media, and Pippin Properties. In her last semester of her graduate studies, she joined Crooked Lane Books where she is able to read all the thriller and suspense novels her heart desires.

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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