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Watch for The Murderer’s Maid: a Novel of Lizzie Borden, coming in October 2017. It’s told from the point of view of Bridget Sullivan, the family’s Irish maid, and the only other person in the house besides Lizzie and the murder victims. It also tells the story of Brooke, a modern-day barista whose mother was murdered; she fears she’s next. The two storylines converge in an unexpected way in this novel about immigrants, belonging and whether to keep or tell secrets.

The Witch’s Trinity was a San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book of 2007 and a Bram Stoker Award finalist. It tells the story of Gude, a woman accused of witchcraft by her own daughter-in-law. Set in medieval Germany, the novel explores hysteria, religion and scapegoating in a world where, if found guilty, the price is one’s life.

Read the San Francisco Chronicle review here. Read Erika’s Chicago Tribune op-ed on witchcraft here.

Woman of Ill Fame, about a Gold Rush prostitute stalked by a serial killer, was a Pushcart Press Editor’s Book Award nominee. An audio book will appear in Fall 2017 from Tantor Media. Diana Gabaldon said, “I loved Woman of Ill Fame. Nora Simms is hilarious, heartbreaking, tough, perceptive, and one of the most engaging characters I’ve ever met between the pages of a book. Wonderful story, great setting, and really good writing made this one of the best books I’ve read in a long time!”

Praise for The Witch’s Trinity:

“A well-constructed novel and a gripping, well-told story of faith and truth.”
- Khaled Hosseini, international bestselling author of The Kite Runner

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“A linguistic enchantress has arrived among us, gifted in transmogrifying the mundanities of historical fiction into tableaux of indelible terror and abiding beauty.”
-James Morrow, author of The Last Witchfinder

“Evocative and engrossing…a frightening tale of both the weakness and strength of the human soul. I was gripped immediately by the story; it reminded me of Year of Wonders and I read it in nearly one sitting.”
-Robert Alexander, national bestselling author of The Kitchen Boy and Rasputin’s Daughter

“Powerful and thought-provoking, The Witch’s Trinity questions the nature of truth while bringing to vivid life the power men’s fear has over women’s lives. Haunting and unforgettable.”
-India Edghill, author of Wisdom’s Daughter

“Surprising and engrossing, The Witch’s Trinity draws you in and then keeps you gripped till the very last page.”
-Martin Davies, author of The Conjurer’s Bird

“The Witch’s Trinity is one of those mind-bending histories that make you wonder how many women in the 16th century hid in fear of being condemned for their healing powers. Erika Mailman superbly re-creates the terror of the women who lost, and the hope of those who managed to survive, the most egregious war of the sexes.”
-Holly Payne, author of The Virgin’s Knot and The Sound of Blue

“A Gothic horror story-starvation, superstition and persecution, if you believe in witches-this is a disturbing and compelling read.”
-Tobsha Learner, author of The Witch of Cologne