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Mary Burton enjoys hunting serial killers. A New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist, she’s tracked them down in her hometown of Richmond, Alexandria, Austin and Nashville in books that have brought her acclaim and a loyal, ever growing readership.

 

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 novels, for which she’s been compared to James Patterson*, Lisa Gardner**, Lisa Jackson*** and Stieg Larson, **** are propelled by the acts of multiple killers and those who pursue them. Her latest, Vulnerable, follows suit and is the fourth and final of her stories set in Nashville featuring the Morgans, Music City’s preeminent law enforcement family. Cover Your Eyes was the first in the quartet, followed by Be Afraid and I’ll Never Let You Go.

 

Mary’s admiration for real life police and investigative work and the skills, insights and tools they require, is evidenced in her books and by her commitment to researching procedures and forensic details. Annually, she attends the nationally recognized Writers Police Academy, where the curriculum has included undercover work, autopsies, and theories of why people commit murder. She is also a graduate of the Richmond FBI Citizen’s Academy and the Henrico County Citizens Police Academy. She has attended Sisters in Crime’s Forensic University program.

 

Despite her emphasis on hard facts in the crimes she portrays, Mary’s approach to each new novel is psychological. To begin her story she needs answers to three questions about her killers—why do they kill? What demons drive them? And how do they choose their victims? The answers are as critical to her plot, she says, just as they are to detectives solving a murder.

 

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

 

Mary is the author of twenty-nine published novels and five novellas. In addition to her books featuring the Morgan family, Mary’s other “connected” stories include The Seventh Victim, No Escape and You’re Not Safe, featuring investigators from the Texas Rangers. Senseless, Merciless and Before She Dies, all set in Alexandria. Her new short story, The Keepsake, is featured along with those by Jeffrey Deaver, Anne Perry and others in the anthology Killer Nashville Noir: Cold Blooded.

 

She is a member of International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Novelists Inc. and Romance Writers of America. She travels frequently for signings, book club visits, and speaking engagements at conferences, book festivals, bookstores and libraries. She is also known for her highly regarded “Unraveling Romantic Suspense” workshop and her day-long program “Writing Your Book . . . The First Step.”

 

An avid baker and an accomplished cook, Mary’s discovered that the creativity of the kitchen entwines with her professional routine in unanticipated ways. It’s her ideal retreat when the writing hits a rough spot. Once there, she’s working out dialogue, untangling plot lines and figuring out how to trap a killer before the oven has a chance to preheat.

 

When not committing murder, Mary, completed her Baking & Pastry Arts Certificate at the University of Richmond’s Culinary Arts Program. She is now pursuing her Culinary Arts Certificate. Mary, whose daughter and grandmother were both adopted, is also involved in issues facing adoptees and their families, and has made appearances on behalf of Coordinators2inc, a lifetime adoption resource organization. She and her husband spend time alternately enjoying and lamenting their newly empty nest and spoiling their miniature dachshunds Buddy, Bella and Tiki. She is also writes contemporary women’s fiction as Mary Ellen Taylor.

 

Mary is currently anticipating the May 24, 2016 debut of her new suspense novel, The Shark, the first of her Forgotten Files titles.

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MARY IN BRIEF (206 words) – Download TextDownload PDF

 

New York Times and USA Today bestselling suspense author Mary Burton’s writing has been compared to the works of James Patterson, * Lisa Gardner**, Lisa Jackson*** and Steig Larson.****Her latest bestsellers, the just published Vulnerable, I’ll Never Let You Go, Cover Your Eyes and Be Afraid, are set in Nashville and feature the Morgans, Music City’s preeminent law enforcement family. Her next new novel, The Shark, debuts in May 2016 and is the first of her Forgotten Files novels.

 

Mary is the author of twenty-nine published novels and five novellas. In addition “Morgan Family” books, Mary’s other “connected” stories include The Seventh Victim, No Escape  and You’re Not Safe, featuring investigators from the Texas Rangers and Senseless, Merciless and Before She Dies, all set in Alexandria, Virginia. Her short story, The Keepsake, is featured along with those by Jeffrey Deaver, Anne Perry and others in the recently published anthology Killer Nashville Noir: Cold Blooded.

 

A Richmond native with family roots as deep as the nation’s, Mary has made her home there for most of her life. She is also writes contemporary women’s fiction as Mary Ellen Taylor. Her next new novel, The Shark, debuts in May 2016 and is the first of her Forgotten Files novels.

*Fresh Fiction **Library Journal ***Library Journal ****Publishers Weekly

 

 


MARY IN BRIEF (132 words)Download textDownload PDF

 

New York Times and USA Today bestselling suspense author Mary Burton’s work has been compared to the works of James Patterson, * Lisa Gardner**, Lisa Jackson*** and Steig Larson.**** Her latest bestsellers, the just published Vulnerable, I’ll Never Let You Go, Cover Your Eyes, and Be Afraid, all feature Nashville’s preeminent law enforcement family, the Morgan’s. 2016’s Vulnerable completes the quartet. Her earlier, highly praised novels include The Seventh Victim, No Escape and You’re Not Safe. Her next novel, The Shark, debuts in May 2016 and is the first of her Forgotten Files novels.

 

The author of twenty-nine published novels and five novellas, Mary is a member of International Thriller Writers, Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Novelists, Inc., and Romance Writers of America.
A Richmond native, Mary has made her home there for most of her life. She is also writes contemporary women’s fiction as Mary Ellen Taylor.

 

*Fresh Fiction **Library Journal ***Library Journal ****Publishers Weekly

 

 


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New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist Mary Burton is the highly praised author of twenty-nine published romance and suspense novels and five novellas. They include the just published Vulnerable, I’ll Never Let You Go, Be Afraid, Cover Your Eyes, The Seventh Victim, No Escape and You’re Not Safe. Her next novel, The Shark, the first of her Forgotten Files novels, debuts in May 2016.

 

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