The Dollmaker—New Excerpt Up Now

The cover of Mary Burton's book The Dollmaker

You’re invited to enjoy the latest sneak peek from The Dollmaker.  A new excerpt is up now.  In it, Virginia State Police Agent Dakota Sharp receives an unexpected call from his estranged wife, pathologist Tessa McGowan. He’s in for a surprise. Actually several. I hope you’ll have a chance to take a look.








Before She Dies Debuts a New Look

BEFORE SHE DIES cover image reissue 9-2016 hi res

Before She Dies is in the spotlight again.

Kensington has recently re-released it with a bit of fanfare and a new cover as they reach out to readers new to my books and those who simply haven’t had a chance to read this one yet. Publishers Weekly’s starred review says Before She Dies “will have readers sleeping with the lights on.” So, if you haven’t met Alexandria Homicide Detectives Daniel Rokov, Malcolm Kier and Deacon Garrison or Angie Carlson and Charlotte Wellington,  the high-powered attorney who becomes Rokov’s love interest, I hope you will soon.

And apologies in advance for any lost sleep.




Stocking Stuffer Heads Up

Our First Christmas revised HI RES

I 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 has just been published in a mass market edition for the first time.  It features stories from authors Lisa Jackson (Under the Mistletoe), Mary Carter (A Southern Christmas) and Cathy Lamb (Christmas in Montana).

Ready for some holiday romance?


Mary Makes Headlines in Her Home State


“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.


Readers Talk About The Shark


I can’t resist a quick share of reader response via to The Shark, the first of my The Forgotten Files novels.  “Outstanding!! . . . Mary Burton’s books are so full of suspense they are hard to put down.”

“Will keep you on your toes from the first page to the last. The end . . . was a real shock.”
(Joan J)

“Didn’t want to put this book down. A love story but with mystery, intrigue and more.”
(Diane P)

THANK YOU to all who have shared your response to my books on Amazon, Goodreads, among friends and elsewhere.  I always appreciate the support and the outreach to other readers.  The Dollmaker is next in The Forgotten Files and is out on November 15.

The Dollmaker is On Its Way

Mary Burton THE DOLLMAKER cover image hi-res 5-4-16

Early reader copies of THE DOLLMAKER have arrived! I’m delighted to have the book in my hands and to know it’s only a few months until I hear what readers think of forensic pathologist Tessa McGowan, Virginia State Police Agent Dakota Sharp, Shield computer expert Garrett Andrews and newcomer Jacob McLean, and the (I think) frightening killer they’re desperate to stop.

The Dollmaker goes on sale 11/15/16.