Mary Burton loves writing suspense, researching forensic and law enforcement procedures, 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 James Patterson,* Lisa Gardner, ** Lisa Jackson *** and Steig Larson. ***
Research is a favorite part of Mary’s work day. She never tires of learning more about police work and evidence collection 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-nine published novels and five novellas, including her contemporary women’s fiction written as Mary Ellen Taylor. Her latest books, Vulnerable, I’ll Never Let You Go, Be Afraid, and Cover Your Eyes are all set in Nashville and feature the Morgans, Music City’s preeminent law enforcement family. Her next new novel, The Shark, the first of her Forgotten Files titles goes on sale in May 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.