Karen Kijewski (pronounced key-EFF-ski) (born 1943) is a writer of mystery novels, known for her Kat Colorado series. She was born in Berkeley, California, the daughter of a University of California, Berkeley professor, and received B.A. and M.A. degrees from UC-Berkeley. She was a high school English teacher in Massachusetts for almost a decade before dedicating herself to writing. A resident of Sacramento, California, she made a living tending a bar while establishing herself as a novelist. Her first novel, Katwalk, was published in 1989 and received an Anthony Award, for Best First Novel, and a Shamus Award, for Best First P.I. Novel. Kijewski is married and has two daughters.