September 2, 2014
Cover reveal of Stone Cold Dead, the third Ellie Stone Mystery. Coming May 12, 2015, from Seventh Street Books.
December 21, 1960, the shortest day of the year: Fifteen-year-old Darleen Hicks slips away from her school bus as it idles in the junior high parking lot, waiting to depart. Moments later the bus rumbles away without her, and she is never seen again.
Stone Cold Dead takes Ellie Stone on a chilling journey to a place of uncertainty, loss, teenage passion, and vulnerability—a place where Ellie’s questions are unwanted and her life is in danger.

August 21, 2014
imageReview of No Stone Unturned in MONSTERS & CRITICS
“Second of the Ellie Stone Mystery series, this thoroughly enjoyable whodunit shows how much our society has changed in the last fifty years while delivering a solid story. Ellie’s character is flawed just enough to add credibility without overshadowing the often twisted storyline. It is nice to see that even in the face of determined opposition from all sides, Ellie is committed to discovering the truth behind Jordan’s untimely death. As details about Jordan’s life are revealed, she becomes a more compelling figure. Naturally there are no shortage of suspects and it is a treat watching Ellie follow the breadcrumb trail through to the bitter end.
This is an evenly paced, well thought out tale that is sure to garner Ziskin a strong following.”

July 14, 2014
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A nice mention for Styx & Stone and other great debuts from the ITW Debut Authors Breakfast in New York on Saturday, July 12.

“There’s a killer loose at Columbia University, and he’s already targeting Ellie Stone’s father. So naturally Ellie’s on the case, never mind that Sixties girls aren’t supposed to be detectives. “I’m six-two, I weigh 210 pounds, and I write like a girl,” said Ziskin genially. He has his reasons: “I wanted to show a woman making it in man’s world.” Ziskin is a linguist by training currently associated with New York University’s Casa Italiana, so the academic part comes easily. No Stone Unturned appeared in June 2014. “Engrossing and fascinatingly complex” (LJ).”

July 2, 2014
LIB4840No Stone Unturned reading and signing at the Amsterdam (NY) Free Library on Monday, July 7, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. Don’t miss it!

Amsterdam Free Library, 28 Church Street, Amsterdam, NY.

June 20, 2014
Book signing at the Open Door Bookstore in Schenectady, NY, on Sunday, June 29, at 11:00 a.m.

June 16, 2014
EXAMINER.COM Four-Star Review
James W. Ziskin has created a solid plot that takes the reader on a 1960 mystery adventure through the eyes of Ellie Stone. The descriptions of 1960 gadgets and life, everything from typewriters instead of computers to rotary phones to phone booths, all help to immerse the reader in that era. Ellie is a well developed, likable person, with her fair share of character flaws that make her a realistic character. The descriptions of upstate NY and New Holland make the reader feel they are right there with Ellie cheering her on to make sure she leaves “No Stone Unturned.”
— Terry Ambrose

June 6, 2014
Portland Book Review
“An intriguing mystery set in simpler times, this stylish story is immensely enjoyable. The author has captured the attitudes and setting of the ’60’s perfectly, and the people come to life on the pages, bringing readers to worry about Ellie’s safety, and to fear the murderer will not be caught.”

May 28, 2014
CLICK HERE to read the first chapter of No Stone Unturned.

May 26, 2014
Review of NO STONE UNTURNED in the Durango Herald, Murder Ink.

“This one will surely put him (Ziskin) on the map. It’s a murder mystery featuring a cub reporter for a small upstate New York newspaper, Ellie Stone, whose zeal propels her ahead of the police with her investigation of the killing of a powerful judge’s beguiling daughter and embroils her in small-town conspiracies trying to pin the murder on a hapless peeping Tom who, Ellie believes, only witnessed what happened at the Mohawk motel. It’s a great read with stunning characterizations and will surely position Ziskin in the upper echelon of crime fiction writers.”

May 24, 2014
Library Journal
Starred Review, June 1, 2014

VERDICT Ziskin’s sophomore entry (after Styx & Stone) rolls along energetically, and his smart and aggressive protagonist has real personality. The author’s touch for academic politics coupled with his clear observations of the early years of the 1960s is superb. Don’t miss this series.

May 8, 2014
Random House ad in Booklist Magazine. Very exciting.
Booklist RH AD2

May 7, 2014
A nice review of No Stone Unturned from Kirkus Reviews:image
“You can’t help rooting for tenacious Ellie, who has the grit to know when she’s right and the grace to admit when she’s wrong.”
May 1, 2014
A four-star rating from RT Reviews for No Stone Unturned.
by James W. Ziskin
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery
**** FOUR STARS RT Rating

Ziskin successfully depicts a young reporter’s struggle with forensic evidence, recalcitrant witnesses and violence. Careful plotting leads the authorities to a suspect who might not be the real killer. Ellie is sometimes cavalier about her own safety, which keeps the action exciting.

April 15, 2014
Mys Galaxy
Reading and signing of No Stone Unturned. Saturday, June 14, at 2:30 p.m. at Mysterious Galaxy Books,
2810 Artesia Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90278 ~ 310-542-6000. SEE MAP.

April 14, 2014
No Stone Unturned comes out June 10, and here’s the very first review from Publishers Weekly.

April 9, 2014
From the Lynnfield Library (Massachusetts) Spring Newsletter
Fiction Spotlight
Styx & Stone: An Ellie Stone Mystery
by James W. Ziskin

Reviewed by Katherine
I was drawn in by the author’s writing style, particularly the development of the characters and the descriptions of the setting. Even while addressing some serious and unexpected topics, the novel remained interesting, fun, and hard to put down. Fans of Agatha Christie, P.D. James, Ruth Rendell, and other great mystery/suspense writers will enjoy this debut novel from James W. Ziskin.

Lynnfield Library, 18 Summer Street, Lynnfield, MA 01940

March 27, 2014
LIB4840No Stone Unturned reading and signing at the Amsterdam (NY) Free Library on Monday, July 7, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. Don’t miss it!

March 26, 2014
No Stone Unturned advance reading copy. This is what is sent to early reviewers. It’s “uncorrected” and “not for sale.” The final for-sale edition will have nicer paper and cover. But this is pretty close. Launch date is June 10, 2014.

March 17, 2014
Enter to win one of five free copies of No Stone Unturned on Goodreads. CLICK HERE. Giveaway ends June 10, 2014.

March 12, 2014
Last week, I accepted an offer on the third book in the Ellie Stone series, Stone Cold Dead. Coming in 2015 from Seventh Street Books.

Stone Cold Dead.
A child’s life is precious. Unless she comes from the wrong side of the tracks.

December 21, 1960, the shortest day of the year:
Fifteen-year-old Darleen Hicks slips away from her school bus as it idles in the junior high parking lot, waiting to depart. Moments later the bus rumbles away without her, and she is never seen again.

See more here: Stone Cold Dead.

February 7, 2014
Nice review of Styx & Stone.

January 1, 2014
Happy New Year!
Styx & Stone is among Adventures Fantastic’s Standouts of 2013. Look at the bottom; the list is alphabetical by author. Click here.

December 30, 2013
Ending the year on a high note. Great review from Gumshoes, Gats, and Gams. Keith West really gets it!

December 13, 2013
I have the great privilege of being represented by William Reiss of John Hawkins & Associates, the oldest literary agency in the country. John Hawkins & Associates represent many Pulitzer Prize-winning and best-selling authors. To see my book listed with those of Tasha Alexander, Gail Godwin, Adam Johnson, Joyce Carol Oates, Jess Walter, et alia, is a huge thrill. Have a look HERE.

December 11, 2013
Photos from the Mysterious Galaxy Christmas Party. Thanks to Juan Tallo for his great photographs. Books in store

JWZ Bookstore

December 10, 2013
Signing books at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in Redondo Beach, CA, December 8, 2013. Photo by Juan Tallo, JuanTallo.com.

December 9, 2013
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“Ziskin manages to explore the casual racism and sexism of the early 1960s, but thankfully doesn’t overdo the effect. His balancing act provides readers with a strong protagonist with equally strong detecting skills, and the ability to address cultural and political issues in new books going forward.

…This may be an author to watch for in the future.” —Mark Rose, Bookgasm.com

December 8, 2013
I’ll be participating in the Mysterious Galaxy bookstore holiday party on Sunday, December 8. Come out, meet some authors, and support independent bookstores.
Holiday party.

November 24, 2013
Thoughtful review of Styx & Stone on Reviewing the Evidence website.

November 21, 2013
See my guest piece on Chuck Sambuchino’s blog at Writer’s Digest. Writing across Gender.

November 5, 2013
Let’s start the countdown for the No Stone Unturned release. See the Big Day counter to the right. Ellie Stone returns to investigate the murder of Jordan Shaw on June 10, 2014.

October 29, 2013
Click here for the video of the official launch of Styx & Stone. NYU’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò on October 21.

October 25, 2013
I found this comment on the crimespace.ning.com review of Styx & Stone. Maybe this should be a blurb on the front cover.
Comment by Dan L. Coleman 10 hours ago
Well, the cover has these sexy librarian legs. I would bang this woman in a minute.(Oh, the imagery). And I don’t mean that in a sexist or crude way. I don’t care what she might look like otherwise. She gets my vote. So if I saw this cover on a rack, I’d take a look. I love women and sex, and I don’t apologize for either. So shoot me. LOL!

October 18, 2013
Upcoming events for launch of Styx & Stone:

Mon. Oct. 21, 2013
6:00 PM
Book launch forStyx & Stone
Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò-NYU
24 West 12th Street
New York, NY 10011

Thu. Oct. 24, 2013
8:30 AM
James W. Ziskin Styx & Stone Radio Interview
The Bob Cudmore Morning Show
Lite 104.7 FM and 1570AM WVTL
Streaming audio at http://www.wvtlfm.com

Thu. Oct. 24, 2013
6:00-7:30 PM
Book reading at Amsterdam Free Library
Amsterdam Free Library
28 Church Street
Amsterdam, NY 12010
Styx & Stone by James W. Ziskin

Sat. Oct. 26, 2013
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Book Signing Styx & Stone
The Open Door Bookstore
128 Jay Street
Schenectady, NY 12305

Sat. Nov. 2, 2013
2:00-4:00 PM Los Angeles, CA
Book signing for Styx & Stone
Chevaliers Bookstore
126 North Larchmont Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90004

October 17, 2013
A couple of brief reviews of Styx & Stone.
Styx & Stone Will Appeal to Italian Art and Literature Buffs

Toronto Star Mini Reviews

October 15, 2013
Styx & Stone is out.

October 14, 2013
Styx & Stone releasing tomorrow: October 15, 2013. Available in bookstores and ALL online portals in trade paperback and e-versions.

October 13, 2013
Very nice review of Styx & Stone from the Kings River Life magazine. CLICK HERE.

October 12, 2013
Somehow my friend Francesco got a bookstore to sell him Styx & Stone three days before the release date. Furbo!
October 2, 2013
Styx & Stone is one of ten Barnes and Noble Jules’s Mystery Picks for the month. CLICK HERE.

October 1, 2013
As the release date approaches, more news on Styx & Stone. It’s pretty exciting. Here’s an interview The Big Thrill did with me about Styx & Stone CLICK HERE.

September 29, 2013
Styx & Stone is listed among My Bookish Ways’ Must Reads for October 2013. CLICK HERE.

September 24, 2013
Just three weeks to go until Styx & Stone debuts. Seventh Street Books has posted the entire first chapter on their site as a sneak peak. Read it here first.

September 18, 2013
No Stone Unturned is now listed on Amazon. Publication date is June 10, 2014.

September 14, 2013
Official book launch of Styx & Stone at NYU’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, Monday, October 21, 2013 at six p.m.

September 9, 2013
Library Journal says “Don’t miss James W. Ziskin (Styx & Stone) and Patricia Hall (Dressed To Kill), who both use early 1960s scenarios to showcase villains who haven’t yet lain (sic) to rest their World War II agendas.” http://reviews.libraryjournal.com/2013/09/books/genre-fiction/mystery/mystery-reviews-september-2013/

September 5, 2013
Styx & Stone is featured on page 181 of Random House’s Fall Debut Fiction Sampler.
RH Sampler

September 2, 2013
Win a free copy of Styx & Stone.
Click here for Goodreads giveaway of Styx & Stone

August 29, 2013
Library Journal Review of Styx & Stone
The prodigal daughter, journalist Eleonora (“Ellie”) Stone, rushes to her father’s New York City hospital bed after he’s savagely beaten in his apartment. Abraham Stone, Dante professor and scholar, is mostly beloved by his colleagues, but an underlying tension within the department makes a curious—and angry—Ellie investigate. Not only is her father near death, but also his most recent manuscript is missing from his torn-up study. Then, horrifyingly, another professor dies in a scenario meant to look like a suicide. While grappling with her own identity and grief, Ellie pieces together the clues she’s amassed from what’s been left in the study and from conversations with others. When she catches a whiff of anti-Semitism, the case is clarified for her, and DS Jimmo McKeever wisely listens.
VERDICT This is an engrossing debut in what promises to be a fascinatingly complex series set in the 1960s. With abundant academic flair and somber references to the Holocaust and World War II, Ziskin successfully pulls off a nuanced plot sure to appeal to both fans of academia and Mad Men.
Link to Library Journal

August 17, 2013
Styx & Stone out in less than two months (October 15). Read the opening passage HERE.

August 13, 2013
Cover art for No Stone Unturned, publication date June 10, 2014, from Seventh Street Books.
August 8, 2013
Walmart is undercutting even Amazon on pricing. http://www.walmart.com/ip/Styx-Stone-An-Ellie-Stone-Novel/23256057

August 7, 2013
Publishers Weekly review of Styx & Stone. First review. http://reviews.publishersweekly.com/978-1-61614-819-5

August 6, 2013
Seventh Street Books Forthcoming Titles. http://www.seventhstreetbooks.com/forthcoming.html

July 11, 2013
First blurb for Styx & Stone

Styx & Stone is a knockout! Vivid period detail, a clever plot revolving around a stolen academic manuscript, and a memorable protagonist add up to one of the year’s best mystery debuts. Readers will want to see a lot more of Ellie Stone, a reporter who can hold her own with the boys—even when it messes with her heart—at the start of the ‘Swinging Sixties.’”
—Lynne Raimondo, author of Dante’s Wood

June 24, 2013
News from Seventh Street Books about Styx & Stone’s upcoming release. Styx & Stone and Mad Men.

June 12, 2013
Styx & Stone is listed on Random House’s Random Revelations of The Most Important Titles of the Fall 2013 Season

May 31, 2013
Ellie Stone’s world on Pinterest

April 19, 2013
I’ve added a page for the second Ellie Stone mystery, No Stone Unturned, which will come out in June 2014. Have a look.

April 17, 2013
Styx & Stone on Goodreads

April 1, 2013
Today I signed the contract for the second Ellie Stone mystery, No Stone Unturned, which will be published by Seventh Street Books. Publication date is June 2014.

Stone Cold Dead, the third Ellie Stone book, is in progress.

This is not an April Fool’s joke either!

March 26, 2013
Styx & Stone cover art is ready.
Styx Cover

March 4, 2013


My dear friend Juan Tallo had the yeoman’s task of making one decent photograph of me to use for a Styx & Stone publicity shot. Actually, he managed to catch me not looking stupid (or with my eyes closed) a few other times as well, and I’ve sent those to my publisher. And for 75, I think I look pretty good. Thank you, Juan!

Photo by Juan Tallo

Photo by Juan Tallo

Please visit his website. He’s an amazingly talented artist.


February 6, 2013
Styx & Stone is now listed on Random House Books. October 15 release date. Cover art coming soon.
February 5, 2013
Styx & Stone is now listed on Barnes & Noble. October 15 release date. Cover art coming soon.

February 1, 2013
Styx & Stone is listed on Amazon. October 15 release date. Cover art coming soon.

January 16, 2013
I’ve signed the contract for Styx & Stone with Seventh Street Books. Publication set for October 2013.

January 14, 2013
Prometheus Books signs distribution deal with Random House Publisher Services

December 20, 2012
The first Ellie Stone novel, Styx & Stone, will be published in October 2013 by Seventh Street Books, an imprint of Prometheus Books.

Watch for No Stone Unturned and Stone Cold Dead in 2014.

Seventh Street Books


5 comments on “News

  1. All the best :)

  2. Looking forward to reading your books! Congratulations from upstate- Kim (Miller) LaCelle :)

  3. Congratulations Jim! Looking forward to reading your book! Good Luck with the launch!! Sheeza and Asif

  4. Looks like lots of great reading ahead. I am very excited about your work. Rock on Jim!!!

  5. This is awesome! Will be recommending No Stone Unturned to my book club!

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