Mary Anne Edwards: One of the Top Ten Mystery Writers You Need To Be Reading
May 21, 2020
She listened to the voices in her head and began writing her own series of traditional mysteries.
Born in Mercedes, Texas, Mary Anne has lived in Georgia for most of her life. A life-long fan of authors such as Agatha Christie, Anne Perry, Caroline Graham, and Elizabeth Peters, it wasn’t until a few years ago that Mary Anne listened to the voices in her head and began writing her own series of traditional mysteries featuring Detective Charlie McClung.
The first book in the series, Brilliant Disguise, was released to critical acclaim in January 2014. The next three in the series, A Good Girl, Criminal Kind, and Sins of my Youth were released soon afterward. The fifth book in the series, Flirting with Time, was released on June 30, 2017. Mary Anne released the sixth book, How Deep is the Darkness, on December 2, 2019, with at least three more to follow.
Although Mary Anne is a middle-aged woman, she believes no matter how old you are you should have fun. Don’t let anyone steal your joy by telling you you’re too old. The main female protagonist in the Charlie McClung Mysteries is an interesting snapshot of the author’s sensibilities.
Mary Anne and her husband of 39 years live in Smyrna, Georgia, with an ill-tempered Tuxedo cat named Gertrude. Mary Anne is active in the Sisters in Crime and sits on the advisory board of Rockdale Cares, a non-profit advocacy group for the developmentally challenged.
For Charlie McClung, going home to Virginia with Marian was supposed to be a joyous occasion, but upon arrival at his childhood home, he’s met with a note instead of his family.
“Don’t worry, Love, we’re all okay. Come to the shop. A dead girl was found in an armoire delivered just now. Huggies, Ma”
Charlie is quickly recruited to help solve the murder of a young girl who was on the path to becoming a nun.
The suspects begin to mount as Charlie delves deep into the girl’s life, revealing a sordid and ugly side of the town’s good girl.
Where can you hide when you’re trapped on a cruise ship with a killer?
Detective Charlie McClung had planned on a relaxing honeymoon cruise with his new bride. Finding a dead woman in the cabin next door was not on the itinerary.
Like it or not, McClung is pulled into an investigation that has plenty of suspects and a murder weapon he’s never seen before.
To make matters even worse, it looks as though the killer may have identified McClung’s new bride as his next target.
Trapped together on the high seas, it’s now a matter of survival and a race against time.
Do you know what it’s like to feel someone stalking you, shadowing every move you make?
For months now, Detective Charlie McClung and his wife have been tormented by an elusive figure, toying with them, almost daring the detective to catch him.
Any hopes that this is the work of a harmless prankster vanish when an innocent man is found brutally murdered.
McClung will go to any lengths to protect his family, but how far is too far?
Menacing bullies. A vengeful killer. When someone’s had enough, the solution is murder.
Lyman County, Georgia, 1983. Police Chief Charlie McClung struggles to preserve his wife’s fragile state of mind after a devastating miscarriage.
But when one of the area’s most hated men is found drowned, the experienced detective is forced to focus on his job. And when the victim turns out to be his spouse’s nemesis, McClung’s heart sinks when he learns she was the first person at the scene of the crime.
Worse still, the town’s BB gun-toting, elderly bully is murdered the next day, and McClung knows just about everyone has a motive.
Grappling with a community full of suspects, a serial killer with a grudge, and a wife who’s unraveling, he races to catch the culprit before another victim falls.
With time running out, can McClung hold it together and prevent the body count from rising?