Civil Blood is  Elly Kirsten's first cozy mystery, but she’s been a fan since reading the classic British cozies of Josephine Tey, Ngaio Marsh, and Dorothy L. Sayers. She grew up in New England, so that seemed a natural choice for a setting for her own mysteries. 

As Elisabeth Kidd, she has written ten historical romances, seven of them Regencies. She is the newsletter editor for her local chapter of Sisters in Crime as well as a freelance copyeditor and an instructor for a correspondence school for writers.