Meredith Cole grew up outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. She won the St. Martin’s Press/Malice Domestic Best Traditional First Mystery competition with her book “Posed for Murder” and it was published in 2009. The book was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Her second book, "Dead in the Water" came out in 2010, and continued the adventures of Lydia McKenzie in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Her short stories have appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and the anthology Murder New York Style. She is one of the featured authors in Making Story: Twenty-One Writers and How They Plot, which offers writing advice to aspiring authors.

She is a member of both Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. She teaches writing at the University of Virginia.

Meredith started her career as a filmmaker. She wrote and directed the dramatic feature, “Floating”, about a group of friends growing up and apart. It premiered at the New York Film and Video Festival in 1998, and received a Kodak Film grant. Her second feature, “Achilles’ Love”, was a romantic comedy shot on 35mm. It was released by Castle Hill in 2000 and was called “…a valentine to the warm ties of Pittsburgh’s Greek Americans and to the
bumpy road of love “ by the New York Times.

Meredith’s screenplays have placed in the finals the Chesterfield, as
well as other competitions. She was named a Playwriting/Screenwriting
fellow by the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2004.


Meredith Cole in WIlliamsburg, Brooklyn