About Mary


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Mary Burton enjoys hunting serial killers.  Mary Burton Cropped, Border 2-2015She’s tracked them down in her hometown of Richmond, Old Town Alexandria, Austin and Nashville in books that have brought acclaim and a loyal readership. Her contemporary romantic thrillers have been compared to the works of Steig Larson*, Lisa Gardner**, and Lisa Jackson***.

Mary’s been intrigued by investigative work and the people who do it since Virginia was stung by a string of serial killings spanning more than twenty years.  So, it’s not surprising that many of her stories are propelled by the acts of multiple killers and the people who pursue them. Her latest books, Cover Your Eyes and Be Afraid are the first of four set in Nashville featuring the Morgans, Music City’s preeminent law enforcement family. They are followed by I’ll Never Let You Go and Vulnerable.   Earlier novels include  Senseless, Merciless and Before She Dies, all set in Alexandria, and The Seventh Victim, No Escape and You’re Not Safe, featuring investigators from the Texas Rangers,  I’m Watching You, Dead Ringer and Dying Scream, set in Richmond, Virginia, her hometown.

Research is key to Mary’s writing. She never tires of learning more about forensics and police procedures and doesn’t hesitate to take a hands-on approach, whether it means interviews with law enforcement personnel, forensic seminars or lessons at the firing range.  A graduate of the Richmond FBI Citizen’s Academy and Virginia’s Henrico County Citizens Police Academy, she has attended Sisters in Crime’s Forensic University and participates annually in the nationally recognized Writers Police Academy, where the curriculum has includes everything from undercover work, autopsy procedures, and evidence collection to theories of why people kill.

The author of twenty-four published novels and four novellas, Mary is a member of International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime. She is also known for her highly regarded “Unraveling Romantic Suspense” workshop and her day-long program “Writing Your Book…The First Step.”

A Richmond native with family roots as deep as the nation’s, Mary has made her home there for most of her life.  She worked in marketing before committing to write full time. Her first manuscript, a romance, was published in 2000.

Mary has just finished work on Vulnerable and is working on her next suspense novel.  Meanwhile, she’s also celebrating the publication of her third contemporary women’s fiction title, At the Corner of King Street, written as Mary Ellen Taylor.