Colleen J. Shogan has been reading mysteries since the age of six. She conceived of the plot of her first novel one morning while taking a walk in her suburban Washington, D.C. neighborhood. A political scientist by training, Colleen has taught American politics at numerous universities. She previously worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative staffer in the United States Senate and as a senior executive at the Library of Congress. Currently, she's the Senior Vice President at the White House Historical Association.
Colleen lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband Rob and their beagle mutt Conan. She is represented by Dawn Dowdle of the Blue Ridge Literary Agency. She is a member of Sisters in Crime.
"Stabbing in the Senate" was awarded the Next Generation Indie prize for Best Mystery in 2016. "Homicide in the House" was a 2017 finalist for the RONE Award for Best Mystery. “Calamity at the Continental Club” was a 2018 finalist in the “best cozy mystery” at Killer Nashville. "Larceny in the Library" won the 2021 IPPY Bronze Medal in the "Best Mystery Ebook" category.
Conan the dog, once voted Dog Most Likely to Succeed by Capitol Hill insiders, serves both as muse and cameo participant in the Washington Whodunit series. He is known better by fans of the Washington Whodunit series as Clarence.
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