About Us

CELEBRATING 5 YEARS!

Seventh Street Books®—where fiction is a crime—is devoted to publishing quality mystery, thriller, and crime fiction. It is an imprint of Start SF.

Some of our award-winning titles include:

  • THE LIFE WE BURY by Allen Eskens was a 2015 Edgar® Award Finalist for Best First Novel
  • THE LIFE WE BURY won the Left Coast Crime Rosebud Award for Best Debut Mystery; and the Barry Award for Best Paperback Original and was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award for Best Genre Novel and the Anthony Award for Best First Novel
  • THE HEAVENS MAY FALL by Allen Eskens won the 2017 Minnesota Book Award for Best Genre Novel
  • A BRILLIANT DEATH by Robin Yocum was nominated for the Edgar® Award for Best Paperback Original in 2017
  • HEART OF STONE by James W. Ziskin was nominated for the Edgar® Award for Best Paperback Original in 2017
  • STONE COLD DEAD by James W. Ziskin was a finalist for the 2016 Anthony and Barry Awards for Best Paperback Original
  • WOMAN WITH A BLUE PENCIL by Gordon McAlpine was nominated for the Edgar® Award for Best Paperback Original in 2016
  • THE NECESSARY MURDER OF NONIE BLAKE by Terry Shames won the 2016 RT Book Review Contemporary Mystery Award
  • A KILLING AT COTTON HILL by Terry Shames won the 2014 Macavity Award for Best First Mystery
  • THE BLACK HOUR by Lori Rader-Day won the Anthony Award for Best First Novel, the 2015 Lovey Award For Best First Novel, and was a finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award, Macavity Award for Best First Mystery Novel, Left Coast Crime Rosebud Award – Best Debut Mystery, and Barry Award – Best Paperback Original
  • LITTLE PRETTY THINGS by Lori Rader-Day won the Mary Higgins Clark Award in 2016
  • THE SECRET LIFE OF ANNA BLANC by Jennifer Kincheloe won the Colorado Gold Award For Mystery and was a finalist for the Macavity Sue Feder Historical Mystery Award and the Left Coast Crime “Lefty” Award For Best Historical Mystery Novel
  • FEAR OF BEAUTY by Susan Froetschel was a finalist for the 2014 Mary Higgins Clark Award, the Love Is Murder Best Suspense Lovey, and was the 2nd Place Winner for the 2014 National Federation of Press Women Communications Best Novel for Adult Readers

The name Seventh Street Books® pays homage to the trailblazing influence of Edgar Allan Poe. Poe published “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”–considered by many to be the first detective story and an inspiration to later mystery fiction—while living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site there is located in a preserved home once rented by the author on North Seventh Street.