Author: Mary Burton

Mary Burton loves writing suspense, researching law enforcement procedures and forensics, 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. She’s tracked them down in stories set in her hometown of Richmond, Old Town Alexandria, Austin and Nashville that have been praised by readers and reviewers. Her work has been compared to that of Steig Larson,* Lisa Gardner ** and Lisa Jackson. ***

Research is a favorite part of Mary’s work day. She never tires of learning more about police work and evidence and doesn’t hesitate to take a hands-on approach, whether it means interviews with those working in the field, forensic seminars or lessons at the firing range.

A Richmond native, Mary has lived there for most of her life. She is a graduate of Virginia's Hollins University and worked in marketing before she began writing full time. Her first book was published in 2000 and now she’s the author of twenty-seven published novels and five novellas, including her contemporary women’s fiction written as Mary Ellen Taylor. Her latest books, I’ll Never Let You Go, Cover Your Eyes and Be Afraid are the first of four set in Nashville and feature the Morgans, Music City’s preeminent law enforcement family. Vulnerable completes the quartet in April 2016. She also writes contemporary women’s fiction as Mary Ellen Taylor. Her latest is the Old Town Alexandria set The View from Prince Street.

An avid baker and an accomplished cook, Mary’s known to escape to the kitchen when her writing hits a snag. Once there, she's working out dialogue, untangling plot lines and figuring out how to trap her killer before the oven even has a chance to preheat.

When not traveling for research or visiting with readers at bookstores, book festivals and conferences, Mary remains very much a homebody. She and her husband spend time alternately enjoying and lamenting their newly empty nest and spoiling their four legged babies Buddy, Bella and Tiki.

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

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Cut and Run - The Mary Burton Collection #3

Cut and Run
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: B07BDF7WKP
  • Release: 2018-10-09
  • Author: Mary Burton
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance
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Twin sisters separated by the past are reunited by unspeakable crimes in New York Times bestselling author Mary Burton’s throat-clutching novel of suspense…

Trauma victims are not new to medical examiner Faith McIntyre, but this one is different. The unconscious woman clinging to life after a hit and run is FBI agent Macy Crow. What the woman from Quantico was doing in a dark alley after midnight is just one mystery. The other is more unsettling: Macy is Faith’s mirror image—the twin sister she never knew she had.

Faith knew that she was adopted, but now she’s finding that her childhood concealed other secrets. Following the trail of clues Macy left behind, Faith and Texas Ranger Mitchell Hayden make a shocking discovery on an isolated country ranch—a burial ground for three women who disappeared thirty years before.

They weren’t the only victims in a killer’s twisted plot. And they won’t be the last.

As the missing pieces of Faith’s and Macy’s dark lives snap into place, Faith is becoming more terrified by what she sees—and by what she must do to save her sister and herself from the past.


The Last Move

The Last Move
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: B06XHK8WRL
  • Release: 2017-09-19
  • Author: Mary Burton
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance
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In this gripping stand-alone from bestselling author Mary Burton, an FBI agent must catch a copycat killer. The only difference this time: she’s the final victim.

Catching monsters helps FBI agent Kate Hayden keep her nightmares at bay. Now an urgent call brings her back to San Antonio, the scene of her violent past. A brutal new murder shows hallmarks of a serial killer nicknamed the Samaritan. Tricky part is, Kate already caught him.

Either Kate made a deadly error, or she’s got a copycat on her hands. Paired with homicide detective Theo Mazur, she quickly realizes this murder is more twisted than it first appeared. Then a second body is found, the mode of death identical to a different case that Kate thought she’d put behind her.

Now Kate and Detective Mazur aren’t just working a homicide; the investigative pair is facing a formidable enemy who knows Kate intimately. While Mazur is personally trying to protect Kate, the closer they are drawn to the killer, the clearer it becomes that in this terrifying game, there is only one rule: don’t believe everything you see…


The Shark - Forgotten Files, #1

The Shark
  • Number: 9781503934474
  • Release: 2016-05-24
  • Author: Mary Burton
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance
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At the grisly murder scene of a teen prostitute, Virginia state trooper Riley Tatum’s past roars back to haunt her. When she was a teenage runaway, she was kidnapped, drugged, and left unconscious on the streets. She has no memories of what happened, only strange recurring dreams of two men playing cards.

Former FBI agent Clay Bowman, Riley’s old flame, is Shield Security’s newest member. He’s plagued by the unsolved case of a serial killer nicknamed the Shark who murdered girls as part of a sadistic poker game. Only one girl survived. With the Shark now bent on evening that score, Clay has a chilling suspicion: Riley is the girl who escaped the Shark’s deadly amusement—and she is his next prey.

As the Shark gets ready to play his hand, can Riley and Clay stop him—or will this killer finally claim the one who got away?


I'll Never Let You Go - Morgans of Nashville, #3

I'll Never Let You Go
  • Number: 9781420132151
  • Release: 2015-10-27
  • Author: Mary Burton
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Action / Thriller
  • Publisher: Zebra Books
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LOVE HURTS

He promised to kill her. One night four years ago, Leah Carson’s husband almost succeeded. Philip stabbed her twenty-three times before fleeing. The police are sure he’s dead. But fear won’t let Leah believe it.

AND SOMETIMES

It starts with little things. Missing keys. A flat tire. Mysterious flowers. All easily explained away if the pattern wasn’t so terrifyingly familiar. Leah has a new veterinary practice and a new life with no ties to her nightmare. But Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agent Alex Morgan suspects something. And when another woman’s body is found, stabbed twenty-three times, Leah knows her past has found her.

IT KILLS

As Leah and Alex untangle the horrifying truth, he watches her, ready for the perfect moment. Until death—that was the vow they made. And a killer always keeps his word…


Be Afraid - Morgans of Nashville, #2

Be Afraid
  • Number: 9781420132137
  • Release: 2015-04-28
  • Author: Mary Burton
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Action / Thriller
  • Publisher: Zebra Books
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The Fear Is Terrifying

When police rescue five-year-old Jenna Thompson from the dark closet where she's been held captive for days, they tell her she's a lucky girl. Compared to the rest of her family, it's true. But even with their killer dead of an overdose, Jenna is still trying to find peace twenty-five years later.

But The Truth

On leave from her forensic artist job, Jenna returns to Nashville, the city where she lost so much. Instead of closure, she finds a new horror. Detective Rick Morgan needs Jenna's expertise in identifying the skeletal remains of a young child. The case jogs hazy half-buried memories--and a nagging dread that Jenna's ordeal hasn't ended.

Is Even Worse

Now other women are dying. And as the links between these brutal killings and Jenna's past becomes clear, she knows this time, a madman will leave no survivors. . .


Cover Your Eyes - Morgans of Nashville, #1

Cover Your Eyes
  • 3 Stars
  • Number: 9781420132113
  • Release: 2014-11-04
  • Author: Mary Burton
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Action / Thriller
  • Publisher: Zebra Books
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Don't Look

At first, they struggle to escape. Then a torrent of blows rains down upon their bodies until their eyes cloud over in final agony. The killer shows no remorse--just a twisted need to witness each victim's last terrified moments.

Don't Speak

Public defender Rachel Wainwright is struggling to reopen a decades-old case, convinced that the wrong man is in prison. Homicide detective Deke Morgan doesn't want to agree. But if Rachel's hunch is correct, whoever fatally bludgeoned young, beautiful Annie Dawson thirty years ago could be the source of a new string of brutal slayings.

Just Prepare To Die

Rachel's investigation is about to reveal answers--but at a price she never thought to pay. Now she's become the target of a rage honed by years of jealousy and madness. And a murderer is ready to show her just how vicious the truth can be. . .


Our First Christmas

Our First Christmas
  • Stars
  • Number: 9780758294180
  • Release: 2014-09-30
  • Authors: Lisa Jackson, Mary Burton, Cathy Lamb, Mary Carter
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Collections & Anthologies, Women's Fiction, Seasonal / Holiday
  • Publisher: Kensington Books
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Under the Mistletoe by Lisa Jackson: Megan Johnson's marriage is over-or so she thinks. When her husband Chris lands in the hospital, fighting for his life, she remembers the unexpected joy of their first Christmas together...A Ranger for Christmas by Mary Burton: The holidays bring painful memories for history professor Marissa Thompson. Agreeing to help Texas Ranger Lucas Cooper solve a case offers the perfect distraction. But as danger threatens, the joy of love has never been more tempting. A Southern Christmas by Mary Carter: Reporter Danielle Bright is heading home for the holidays to write up a feature story about Christmas down south -and possibly win back her ex. But Sawyer, the sexy photographer along for the ride, is determined to jingle her bells...Christmas in Montana by Cathy Lamb: Family is the ideal antidote to getting fired, but Laurel Kelly isn't prepared for the changes at home in Montana-or the fact that her college boyfriend Josh Reed now owns the family land. But a blue Christmas could be the perfect surprise for a holiday to remember.


You're Not Safe

You're Not Safe
  • Stars
  • Number: 9781420125078
  • Release: 2014-04-01
  • Author: Mary Burton
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense
  • Publisher: Zebra Books
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He Will Never Forget

The broken body hanging from a tree in Texas Hill Country. . .the frozen figure huddled in a meat locker. . .only at second glance does the truth become apparent. What seems like suicide is far more sinister, and the terror is only beginning...

Never Forgive

One devastating moment changed Greer Templeton's life and ended two others. Now, with a body found on her property and Texas Ranger Tec Bragg on her doorstep, Greer's nightmare has returned. With each new victim, her link to Tec's case grows, and soon it will be too late to run.

And Never Let Them Live. . .

Greer hoped the past was behind her, but an obsessed killer has never forgotten the bond that unites them. One by one, he will track down his victims, finish what was started--and make Greer's dying wish come true. . .


No Escape

No Escape
  • Stars
  • Number: 9781420125061
  • Release: 2013-10-29
  • Author: Mary Burton
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense
  • Publisher: Zebra Books
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He Was Taught How To Kill

Even behind bars, serial killer Harvey Lee Smith exudes menace. Psychologist Jolene Granger has agreed to hear his dying confession, vowing not to let the monster inside her head. And Harvey has secrets to share--about bodies that were never found, and about the apprentice who is continuing his grisly work...

And Now He'll Teach Them

He buries his victims alive the way his mentor Harvey did, relishing their final screams as the earth rains down. And as one last gift to the only father he knew, he'll make the most perfect kill of all.

How To Die

Everything about this investigation is unnerving Jo, from Harvey's fascination with her to the fact that she's working alongside Texas Ranger Brody Winchester, her ex-husband. Harvey's protégé is growing bolder and more vicious every day. And soon the trail of shallow graves will lead them to the last place Jo expected, and to the most terrifying truth of all...


The Seventh Victim

The Seventh Victim
  • Stars
  • Number: 9781420125054
  • Release: 2013-01-29
  • Author: Mary Burton
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense
  • Publisher: Zebra Books
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IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED

It’s been seven years since the Seattle Strangler terrorized the city. His victims were all young, pretty, their lifeless bodies found wrapped in a home-sewn white dress. But there was one who miraculously escaped death, just before the Strangler disappeared…

KILL

Lara Church has only hazy memories of her long-ago attack. What she does have is a home in Austin, a job, and a chance at a normal life at last. Then Texas Ranger James Beck arrives on her doorstep with shattering news: The Strangler is back. And this time, he’s in Austin…

AND KILL AGAIN…

He’s always craved her, even as he killed the others. For so long he’s been waiting to unleash the beast within. And this time, he’ll prove he holds her life in his hands—right before he ends it forever…


Merciless

Merciless
  • Stars
  • Number: 9781420110203
  • Release: 2011-01-25
  • Author: Mary Burton
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense
  • Publisher: Zebra Books
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Each skeleton is flawless - gleaming white and perfectly preserved, a testament to his skill. Every scrap of flesh has been removed to reveal the glistening bone beneath. And the collection is growing. When bleached human bones are identified as belonging to a former patient of Dr. Dillon Dixon, Detective Malcolm Kier suspects the worst. Dixon was recently acquitted of attempted murder, thanks to defence attorney Angie Carlson. But as the body count rises, Kier is convinced that Angie is now the target of a brutal, brilliant psychopath. Angie is no stranger to the dark side of human nature. But nothing has prepared her for the decades-long legacy of madness and murder about to be revealed - or a killer ready to claim her as his ultimate trophy.


Senseless

Senseless
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9781420110197
  • Release: 2010-12-28
  • Author: Mary Burton
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense
  • Publisher: Zebra Books
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The vicious burns scarring the victims' flesh reveal the agony of their last moments. Each woman was branded with a star, then stabbed through the heart. With every death, a vengeful killer finds a brief, blissful moment of calm. But soon it's time for the bloodshed to start again. Ten years ago, Eva Rayburn and her sorority sisters were celebrating the end of the school year. That party turned into a nightmare Eva can't forget. Now she's trying to start over in her Virginia hometown, but a new nightmare has begun. Every victim is linked to her. And Detective Deacon Garrison isn't sure whether this mysterious woman needs investigating - or protecting. Only Eva's death will bring peace. Only her tortured screams will silence the rage that has been building for ten long years. Because what started that night at the sorority can never be stopped - not until the last victim has been marked for death.


Dying Scream

Dying Scream
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9781420100280
  • Release: 2009-11-24
  • Author: Mary Burton
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense
  • Publisher: Kensington Books
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NO ONE WILL FIND YOU.

An aspiring artist.  A high-school senior.  A stripper.  Three women who seemed to have nothing in common except their sudden disappearance.  But one man knew them all.  Wealthy, privileged Craig Thornton even claimed to love them.  And for that, they paid the ultimate price.

NO ONE WILL SAVE YOU

When Adrianna Barrington receives an anniversary card from her husband Craig, she assumes it's a some crackpot's idea of a joke.  After all Craig is dead.  But then come phone calls, flowers, messages...all reminding her how much Craig misses her.  While Adrianna begins to doubt her sanity, grisly remains are found on the Thornton estate.  Detective Gage Hudson is convinced the bodies are linked to Craig.  But the biggest shocks are yet to come.

NO ONE WILL HEAR YOU SCREAM

A psychopath has taken up his chilling work again, each death a prelude to the moment when she is under his control at last.  And the only way for Gage and Adrianna to stop him is to uncover the truth about a family's dark past--and a twisted love that someone will kill for again and again