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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Mary Burton enjoys hunting serial killers. She’s tracked them down in her hometown of Richmond, Old Town Alexandria, Austin and Nashville in books that have brought her 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 in November 2015 and 2016’s Vulnerable.

Her admiration for real life police and investigative work and the skills, insight and tools it requires is even evident in her early novels, such as 2005’s In Dark Waters, a romance that veers into the suspense genre when the Sheriff’s office is called upon to solve a murder in rural Virginia.

With her romantic suspense novel I’m Watching You, Mary began connecting characters over several books, taking individuals from the same police department or law enforcement agency of one book and giving them their own story in another. In that book she created a homicide unit for Richmond, defined its strengths, weaknesses, people and resources, and kept those people and elements in place through two additional stand-alone books, Dead Ringer and Dying Scream.

Mary enjoys multi-book story arcs saying it allows several additional creative options and not only for character development. She enjoys the shift in point of view and being able to dig deeper into the dynamics between protagonists. Her other “connected” books also 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.

Research is key to Mary. She never tires of learning more about forensics and 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. She is 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 program and participates annually in the nationally recognized Writers Police Academy, where the curriculum has included everything from undercover work, autopsy procedures, and evidence collection to theories of why people kill.

Despite this emphasis on hard facts, 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? She says the answers are as critical to her plot as they are to detectives working a case.

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 novel was published in 2000.

The author of twenty-six published novels and five novellas, Mary is a member of Thriller Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime. She travels frequently for signings, book club visits, and speaking engagements at conferences, book festivals, book stores 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 pursued her Baking & Pastry Arts Certificate at the University of Richmond’s Culinary Arts Program, completing it in June 2014 and is now pursuing her Culinary Arts Certificate. She’s also involved in adoption issues 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.

Mary has just finished work on Vulnerable and is looking forward to the start 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.

*Publishers Weekly, **Library Journal, ***Library Journal

 


MARY IN BRIEF (168 words) – Download TextDownload PDF

New York Times and USA Today bestselling suspense author Mary Burton’s work has been compared to the works of Steig Larson*, Lisa Gardner**, and Lisa Jackson***. 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. Her earlier, highly praised novels include Senseless, Merciless, Before She Dies, The Seventh Victim, No Escape, You’re Not Safe, I’m Watching You, Dead Ringer and Dying Scream.

The author of twenty-six published novels and five novellas, Mary is a member of Thriller Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, International Thriller Writers 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 is also writes contemporary women’s fiction as Mary Ellen Taylor.

*Publishers Weekly, **Library Journal, ***Library Journal

 


MARY IN BRIEF (120 words)Download textDownload PDF

New York Times and USA Today bestselling suspense author Mary Burton’s books have been highly praised. Her latest, Cover Your Eyes and Be Afraid are the first of four featuring the Morgans, Nashville’s preeminent law enforcement family. Earlier novels include Senseless, Merciless, Before She Dies, The Seventh Victim, No Escape, You’re Not Safe, I’m Watching You, Dead Ringer and Dying Scream.

The author of twenty-six published novels and five novellas, Mary is a member of International Thriller Writers, Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

A Richmond native, Mary has made her home there for most of her life. She is also the author of three contemporary women’s fiction titles written as Mary Ellen Taylor.

 


MARY IN BRIEF (46 words)Download TextDownload PDF

New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist Mary Burton is the highly praised author of twenty-six published romance and suspense novels and five novellas. Among them are her latest, Cover Your Eyes, Be Afraid, The Seventh Victim, No Escape and You’re Not Safe.

 

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