Stacy Woodson


Stacy Woodson writes romantic suspense and crime fiction. She is a U.S. Army veteran and memories of her time in the military are often a source of inspiration for her stories. A California native, who now lives in the DC area, she misses good Mexican food.

Stacy made her crime fiction debut with “Duty, Honor, Hammett” in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine’s Department of First Stories and won the 2018 Readers Award. Her story, “Armadillo by Morning,” was a shortlisted finalist for the Bill Crider Prize for Short Fiction in 2019, and “The Hail Mary Play” was featured on the cover of Mystery Weekly Magazine’s July 2019 issue. She is a Daphne du Maurier award winner and a Killer Nashville Claymore finalist.

Currently, she is a Publishers Weekly contributor and a member of The Authors Guild of America, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Sisters in Crime, and the Short Mystery Fiction Society. When she’s not writing, she works as background talent for movies and television. Past projects include Showtime’s Homeland, Amazon’s Jack Ryan, AMC’s The Walking Dead: World Beyond, and Wonder Woman 1984. She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild.

A former psychological operations officer, Stacy supported the special operations community during her ten years in the military deploying to Iraq and other locations in the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia. She is both Jumpmaster and Pathfinder qualified.

After the Army, she worked as a government contractor and rose to the rank of Executive Vice President before returning to government service supporting the Joint Staff, J3 in the Pentagon.

She is represented by John Talbot of the Talbot Fortune Agency.


Short Stories

“Killer Sushi”

Mickey Finn: 21st Century Noir, Down and Out Books, December 2020

Two heartbroken soldiers go to their favorite sushi joint to drown in their sorrows and get more than they bargained for in this twisted, culinary tale.

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“Fleece Navidad”

Mystery Weekly Magazine, December 2020

When a float at Pottsville’s annual Christmas parade is vandalized, it’s up to you and Mabel to identify the culprit and the motives behind this holiday crashing crime.

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Chesapeake Crimes: Invitation to Murder, Wildside Press, 2020

Wiseguy turned rat, Mickey “Two Guns” Baldino, moves into a Florida retirement home and finds himself face-to-face with the hitman he’s spent his life trying to avoid.

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“Butter Late Than Never”

Woman’s World, On Sale: September 17-23, 2020

A high school homecoming prank nearly takes the cake until Mabel comes to the rescue. See if you can follow the clues and figure out what gave it away.

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“Mary Poppins Didn’t Have Tattoos”

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Jul/Aug 2020

A simple babysitting gig turns deadly when Marcella and her young niece face off with a killer.

“Metal Without A Cause”

Woman’s World, On Sale: July 16-22, 2020

Has Prospect Pete finally located lost British treasure in Pottsville’s Park? You and Mabel must decide.

“Game of Gnomes”

Woman’s World, On Sale: May 28-June 3, 2020

During Pottsville’s pride of ownership competition, a contestant’s yard is sabotaged. Mabel must use her puzzle solving skills to identify the culprit in this cozy Solve-it-yourself mystery.


The Beat of Black Wings: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Joni Mitchell, Untreed Reads, 2020

A disillusioned soldier returns to the States to bury two fallen comrades and must choose between honor and loyalty.

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“The Crust of the Matter”

Woman’s World, On Sale: January 9-15, 2020

When a bakery owner and fellow Pottsville Puzzler is robbed, Mabel must use her puzzle solving skills to identify the thief and locate a binder filled with stolen recipes in this cozy Solve-it-yourself mystery.

“The Retirement Plan”

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Sep/Oct 2019

An army veteran faces off with a widowed winemaker in a heist that turns deadly.

“The Hail Mary Play”

Mystery Weekly Magazine, July 2019

In a last-ditch effort to avoid getting expelled from military school, a cadet comes up with a plan—something that’s guaranteed to impress the school’s superintendent. Unfortunately, it involves kidnapping and a goat.

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“The Secret Blend”

Malice Domestic 14: Mystery Most Edible, Wildside Press, 2019

Jilly’s declining restaurant is being sabotaged by a competitor—their recent move, stealing her Valentine’s Day menu and advertising it as their own. It’s up to Jilly to stop the saboteur and deliver a new, transformative menu by Valentine’s Day in order to save her family’s business and the jobs of the people who work for her.

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“The Final Course”

Flash Bang Mysteries, Spring 2019

Sibling rivalry takes a dark turn in this flash fiction piece about a holiday dinner that goes bad.

“Duty, Honor, Hammett”

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Nov/Dec 2018

A soldier and tomb guard at Arlington National Cemetery must choose between protecting his family’s legacy and protecting the secret buried in Dashiell Hammett’s grave.

Upcoming Short Fiction

“Two Tamales, One Tokarev, and a Lifetime of Broken Promises”

Guns and Tacos Season 3, Down and Out Books, 2021

An ex-con turned prison minister must risk her new life to save her brother from the Chicago mob.

“The Rose”

Jukes and Honks, Down and Out Books, April 2021

Destroying a honky-tonk should have been just another ordinary job. The place and the patrons, however, are anything but ordinary, and a fixer has a crisis of conscience—a professional liability he can’t afford.

“The Final Fall”

Mickey Finn: 21st Century Noir Vol 2, Down and Out Books, 2021

Emotions run high when a soldier is forced to team up with his wife’s lover to win a parachute competition.

“The Midnight Show”

Chesapeake Crimes: Magic is Murder, Wildside Press, 2022

A soldier returns from Afghanistan to seek forgiveness from his dying father and is prepared to go to any lengths to get it, even stealing priceless movie memorabilia. Will the magic of the movies be enough to repair their broken relationship?

“Last Rites”

Black Cat Mystery Magazine, TBP

Confined to his bed at a military hospital, a brigade commander is desperate to figure out if his men are dying from combat related-injuries or if they are victims of a serial killer.

“Desperate Letters”

Mystery Weekly Magazine, TBP

When her friend and fellow Pottsville Puzzler goes missing, Mabel must use her puzzle solving skills to locate Stan and identify a mafia hitman in this cozy You-solve-it mystery.


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News & Events


December 2020

Sister’s in Crime Chessie Chapter’s second Mystery Author Extravaganza held virtually at the Reston Regional Library which recaps my stories for 2020.
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November 2020

Washington Independent Review of Books includes Mickey Finn 21st Century Noir in their list of Holiday Crime Fiction Reads.
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October 2020

Malice Domestic 14: Mystery Most Edible wins the Anthony Award for Best Anthology.
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June 2020

Malice Domestic 14: Mystery Most Edible, which includes “The Secret Blend,” is nominated for an Anthony Award.
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May 2020

Noir-At-The-Bar and “The Final Course.”
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May 2020

BOLO Books Review highlights “The River” from The Beat of Black Wings.
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April 2020

“The Retirement Plan” named Top 10 finalist for the 2019 EQMM Readers Award.
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October 2019

“Armadillo by Morning,” Short-Listed Finalist for the Bill Crider Prize.
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August 2019

BOLO Books Review: Noir-At-The-Bar and “The Final Course.”
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May 2019

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine May podcast features, “Duty, Honor, Hammett.”
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April 2019

“Duty, Honor, Hammett” wins the 2018 EQMM Readers Award.
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November 2018

Interview with DIY MFA founder and instigator, Gabriela Pereira.
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September 2017

Honored to be interviewed by the amazing D.A. Bartley at Miss Demeanors. We talked about writing, life, and lessons learned along the way.
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