After law school, Angela Gerst moved from New York to Massachusetts and worked at journals. As a suburban desk reporter, she covered local happenings for the Newton Times and the Boston Globe, with a detour as press secretary for a Boston cultural organization. Her interest in local issues became a passion for campaigning and political consulting—which led inexorably to this first Susan Callisto mystery novel. Using her experience in magazine sales and marketing, she has helped define and set up Meadowlark Media. She and her husband live near Boston.