Someone Always Remembers ...


Every crime demands justice.  Virginia state trooper Riley Tatum’s past roars back to haunt her when a grisly murder and former FBI agent Clay Bowman force her to confront long buried memories.



Someone Always Remembers ...


A twisted killer.  Mutlilated women resembling life-size dolls.  Can pathologist Tessa McGowan and Agent Dakota Sharp put aside their past and track down the Dollmaker before the next deadly playdate?



Someone Always Remembers ...


Third in the Forgotten File Series


Coming Spring 2017


Price Alert–Merciless & I’ll Never Let You Go @ $1.99

MERCILESS and I’LL NEVER LET YOU GO are just $1.99 each on Apple, and Kobo, and Kindle! Grab an excerpt—Merciless and I’ll Never Let You Go.

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Mary in Print


“Mary Burton – petite and soft-spoken – makes her living murdering people.” That’s the first line of The Virginian Pilot story on New York Times bestselling author Mary Burton. Read the rest for more about Mary and to get the scoop on the Hampton Roads Writers Conference.


I’ll Never Let You Go $1.99 in September

I'LL NEVER LET YOU GO_finalMy Morgan Family novel, I’ll Never Let You Go, is a Kindle Monthly Deal in September—just $1.99 at Amazon.

I’ll Never Let You Go is Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Agent Alex Morgan and veterinarian Leah Carson’s story. Alex befriends Leah as part of his investigation into the death of an unidentified victim.


Stocking Stuffer Heads Up

Our First Christmas revised HI RESI love the holidays and all they entail, including stories centered on the spirit of Christmas. I’m happy to claim one as my own—A Ranger for Christmas. A novella, it’s featured in the USA Today bestseller, Our First Christmas, which is being published as a mass market original for the first time on September 27th.


Share a Shark Short Excerpt

Did you miss THE SHARK’s debut in May? Want to take a quick peek? Here’s a short THE SHARK excerpt to enjoy and, if you’d like, to share with friends.   “Shield is based near Quantico. We handle mostly high-end problems that our clients need dealt with quickly and quietly.”   “Such as?”   He traced a path through the condensation of his glass.   “Discretion is...


The Forgotten Files

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Mary Burton ImageMary Burton loves writing suspense, researching law enforcement and forensic procedures, baking, books, and tiny dachshunds. Not necessarily in that order.

She also enjoys hunting down serial killers, which she does in her New York Times and USA Today bestselling novels of suspense and romance.

“A sure bet for page-turning suspense coupled with titillating love scenes.”
Library Journal

“Burton’s romantic crime fiction is gritty and well plotted. She leaves the reader breathless.”
The Crime Warp

“[Mary Burton’s] books are right up there with the likes of James Patterson.”
Fresh Fiction

“A master storyteller.”
Book Reporter

“If there’s a category of ‘page-turner,’ Burton would always ends up on the top of that list.”
Suspense Magazine

“Burton’s trademark is providing the serial killer’s viewpoint without giving anything away.”
Publishers Weekly


Tiffany Snow’s Release Party

Tuesday,October 4, 6:30 – 6:45 Eastern

Tiffany Snow’s Follow Me is on sale 10/4 and I’m joining her at her FB Release Party. I pop in 6:30 – 6:45 pm Eastern Time. Let her know you’re coming or just join the party October 4! See you there!


James River Writers Conference

Friday, October 14 – Sunday, October 16

Greater Richmond Convention Center
403 North 3rd Street
Richmond, Virginia
Conference Details

Saturday, October 15

Voice Lessons: Creating Characters Whose Voices You Can Inhabit, 11:15 – Noon
Mary, Padma Venkatraman (A Time to Dance), James Scott (The Kept) and moderator Kristi Tuck Austin.

M is for Murder and Mood: Writing Gripping Crime Fiction, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Mary, Heather Weidner (Secret Lives and Private Eyes) and James Scott

Sunday, October 16

Tinker, Tailor, Spy—and Murder: How to Create Effective Suspense, 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Mary with Heather Weidner, Brad Parks (The Fraud) and moderator Melissa Powell Gay (When Are You Leaving)

Lunch & Table Discussions, 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

The Future is So Bright, 1:45 – 2:30 p.m.
Mary with Carrie Feron (Senior Vice President/Executive Editor Avon Books), James Scott, Gemma Cooper (The Bent Agency) and moderator Erica Orloff (I Dreams).


Sisters in Crime Central Virginia Meeting

Saturday, October 22

Sharp, Succinct, Suspenseful: Crafting the Mystery Story, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m

This latest craft session features Agatha, Anthony, MacCavity and Derringer Award recipient Art Taylor, whose novels and short stories include On the Road with Del and Louise, Storm Warning, The Odds Are Against Us and many more.

Twin Hickory Area Library
5001 Twin Hickory Road
Glen Allen, Virginia

Sisters in Crime Central Virginia


The Dollmaker Publication Day–November 15

Tuesday, November 15

November 15 is publication date for The Dollmaker, the second of The Forgotten Files, which began with The Shark.

Forensic pathologist Tessa McGowan, her estranged husband Virginia State Police Agent Dakota Sharp and Shield computer expert Garrett Andrews have one goal. They’re after a bizarre killer who changes victims’ appearances—permanently—so that they look like dolls. Perfect dolls.



Girls Night Out at Turn the Page, Boonsboro, Maryland

Thursday, November 16

Girls Night Out at Turn the Page Bookstore, 6:00 – 9 pm

Turn the Page Bookstore
18 N. Main Street,
Boonsboro, Maryland Save & Exit



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