Mary Burton loves writing suspense, researching forensic and
law enforcement procedure, 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, Alexandria, Austin and
Nashville that have been praised by readers and reviewers.
Her work has been compared to that of James Patterson*, Lisa
Gardner** and Lisa Jackson***.
Research is a favorite part of Mary’s work day. She never
tires of learning more about police work, evidence
collection and analysis, 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
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
thirty-one novels and five novellas, including her
contemporary women’s fiction written as Mary Ellen Taylor.
Her new book, The Dollmaker is the second of her The
Forgotten Files novels, which began with The Shark. The
third, The Hangman, will be published in early May 2017. Her
recent bestsellers, the popular Morgan Family novels
Vulnerable, I’ll Never Let You Go, Be Afraid and Cover Your
Eyes, feature Nashville's preeminent law enforcement family.
When not traveling for research or visiting with readers at
bookstores, book festivals and conferences, Mary is 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.