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Victoria Thompson began her writing career as the bestselling author of 20 historical romance novels, which gave her great admiration for life in the 19th Century. She now writes the USA Today bestselling historical Gaslight Mysteries series, which has been nominated for six Agatha Awards, an Edgar® Award, and a Bruce Alexander Award. The Gaslight Mysteries follow midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy as they solve murder mysteries in turn-of-the-century New York City.

Thompson also writes the historical Counterfeit Lady series, which was nominated for the Sue Grafton Memorial Award by Mystery Writers of America. The series features Elizabeth Miles, a young con woman who finds herself embroiled in intrigue in turn-of-the-century New York City.

A graduate of the University of Maryland, Thompson currently teaches in the Writing Popular Fiction MFA program at Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania, where she earned an MFA herself. She taught in the Continuing Education Department at Penn State University and is a frequent speaker at writers’ conferences across the country. In 2012, she received a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times magazine.

Thompson lives in a suburb of Chicago, IL with her husband. They have two grown daughters who are both writers. Thompson’s proudest achievement is having three wonderful grandchildren.

"I became enchanted by New York City, and Greenwich Village in particular, while one of my daughters attended NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. After reading many books about the Village, and spending many pleasant hours dining, shopping, and just wandering the streets, I was permanently hooked on New York City!"

Awards & Achievements

2019 Sue Grafton Memorial Award Finalist: City of Secrets

2018 Agatha Award Finalist, Best Historical Novel: Murder on Union Square

2016 Guest of Honor, Malice Domestic

2016 Agatha Award Finalist, Best Historical Novel: Murder in Morningside Heights

2015 Agatha Award Finalist, Best Historical Novel: Murder on Amsterdam Avenue

2014 Agatha Award Finalist, Best Historical Novel: Murder in Murray Hill

2013 Agatha Award Finalist, Best Historical Novel: Murder in Chelsea

2012 Romantic Times Career Achievement Award

2012 Agatha Award Finalist, Best Historical Novel: Murder on Fifth Avenue

2005 Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award Finalist: Murder on Marble Row

2001 Edgar® Award Finalist, Best Paperback Original: Murder on St. Mark’s Place

1999 First Mystery Award Nominee, Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Awards: Murder on Astor Place


Member, Mystery Writers of America

Member, Sisters in Crime

Founding Member and Past President, Novelists, Inc.

Co-founder and Past President, Pennwriters

Co-founder and First President, New Jersey Romance Writers

Past Board Member, Romance Writers of America

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