Katia Lief Kate Pepper (Photo Credit: Sigrid Estrada)
Katia Lief is an American author of crime fiction, psychological thriller novels and literary fiction. She was born in France to American parents, but quickly moved back home to the East Coast of the United States where she grew up. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College, she would return to Paris. Months later, she returned to the U.S. to get a publishing job in New York (among other jobs) and then got her Master’s in literature and creative writing. She has written under her birth name of Katia Spiegelman, Kate Pepper and Katia Lief (which she appears to have settled on). She writes the Karin Schaeffer series.

Katia Lief became a published author in 1993 with the novel Peculiar Politics by Katia Spiegelman. The novel would later be re-issued as Peculiar Politics: Love, Sex and the Wrong Bride in 2005 and then re-published as Love, Sex & the Wrong Bride by Katia Lief. In 2004, she debuted her pen name Kate Pepper, with the novel Five Days in Summer. Since 2010, she has been writing as Katia Lief with the novel You Are Next. Below is a list of Katia Lief’s books in order of when they were first released:

Publication Order of Karin Schaeffer Books


You Are Next(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Next Time You See Me(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Vanishing Girls(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Gift(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Domino Killer(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Money Kill(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Chronological Order of Karin Schaeffer Books

The Domino Killer is a prequel short story to You Are Next.

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


Soul Catcher(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Peculiar Politics: Love, Sex & The Wrong Bride(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Five Days in Summer(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Seven Minutes to Noon(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
One Cold Night(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Here She Lies(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Rise and Fall of Rocky Love(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Waterbury(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Names of the Dead(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Watch You Die(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Stories


Heartbeat(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: The novels Five Days in Summer, Seven Minutes to Noon, One Cold Night and Here She Lies were originally written as Kate Pepper. Five Days in Summer was re-published as Five Days to Die by Katia Lief. Next Time You See Me was also published as Hide and Seek. Vanishing Girls was also published under the title of The 12th Victim. Love, Sex and the Wrong Bride was also published as Peculiar Politics: Love, Sex and the Wrong Bride by Katia Spiegelman. Soul Catcher was also published using her birth name of Katia Spiegelman. The Rise and Fall of Rocky Love was also published as Cartoons: The Rise and Fall of Rocky Love by Katia Spiegelman.

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Katia Lief Synopsis: In Names of the Dead by Katia Lief, Darcy Mayhew is grieving from her husband, who died in a car accident. She picks up and moves off to New York with her teenage son, but soon finds out that she has a stalker. Things are about to get worse for Darcy, including a possible revelation about her late husband’s death.

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  • JanH

    What about The 12th Victim? It isn’t mentioned?!?

    • Brandon

      It’s listed as The Vanishing Girl (see notes, which I admit are a little cumbersome).