Although I was born in Mercedes, Texas, I have lived in Georgia most of my life which has been filled with a variety of experiences. Some were great and some, well let's just say I have learned many lessons the hard way.
I am active in Sisters in Crime Atlanta Chapter and sit on the advisory board of Rockdale Cares, Inc., a non-profit advocacy group for the developmentally challenged.
I began writing in high school but not seriously until 1999. I write traditional mysteries and my biggest influences are Agatha Christie, Anne Perry, Caroline Graham, Elizabeth Peters, and my family.
Brilliant Disguise is the first book in the Detective Charlie McClung Mysteries. The second book, A Good Girl, is in the making and there are eight more to follow in the series. I hope you enjoy reading my books. Please visit my website, www.maryanneedwards.com, and send me note. I love hearing from you. Thank you to all of my readers.
Excerpt from Brilliant Disguise
Marian saw three manila folders spread out on the coffee table and one picture to the side, the picture of the crescents. She plopped down, grabbing the picture. She handed it back to Charlie and rubbed away the goose bumps treading across her forearms. “That’s it. The same as my backyard.”
She fumbled with the small package of photos, spilling its contents onto the floor. She grabbed one of the many she had taken of the mud stains. Wide eyed, she compared it with the crime scene photo. “Look, Charlie, look it’s the same.”
He stared at the photos then looked at Marian. She was pale and trembling.
“Oh, God, the killer used my backyard to get to Dianne.” Marian’s breathing began to quicken.
Charlie took her hands. “Now, look at me.”
She focused on his face.
“Take some long deep breaths. Don’t want you to hyperventilate.” He began to breathe with her. “Good girl, slow and steady.” Reaching for the wine glass, he held it to her lips.
She drank it almost to the bottom in one gulp. Then she walked to the kitchen returning with the bottle of plum wine and poured more into her glass. “Would you like more?”
“No, I have to drive home.”
“No you don’t.”
Thrown off guard, Charlie stammered in disbelief, “What?”
What readers are saying about Brilliant Disguise.
LDE says “Watch out, Scarpeta! Your high tech connections have nothing on relentless amateur sleuth Marian Selby and her new love, Detective Charlie McClung! In this fun, old-fashioned whodunnit, "Scarecrow & Mrs King" meets Agatha Christie to give the readers a suburban murder mystery with brave, principled heros, a memorable supporting cast, and twists and thrills in all the right places! Can't wait to follow them on their next adventure!
AAV says “Just finished this book and can't wait for the next one! Loved the characters and how the story builds. This is a must read for anyone who likes a good murder mystery. I'm ready to cast the characters for the movie! But note to author--please include the recipe for Kahlua brownies!
Ayla says "Brilliant Disguise was a wonderful book. Although not typically a mystery book reader this book has just the right amount of Romance, too. Mary Anne Edwards is a terrific writer. I love all the details that she puts into the book it makes it seem like I were right there helping look for the clues. I am so happy to have read a book with older characters and adored Marian and Charlie falling in love. The suspense, mystery and love made this a 5 star review for me. I cannot wait for the next book."
ATR says "I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and cannot wait for the next one in the series. I love murder mysteries, especially with a romantic twist. This was a very fun and engaging read and I had a hard time putting it down!"
JC says "Brilliant Disguise is a very easy book to read with great character development and a fantastic ending. I look forward to reading the next book in the series."
GS says "I'm a big mystery reader and found this one very refreshing. I enjoyed the third-person point of view, love how clean-cut Brilliant Disguise is, really enjoyed the romance, and liked it being set in the early 80s. All in all, a fresh, sweet read. Marian Selby, who lost her husband eleven years earlier, meets up with Detective Charlie McClung, who's the new guy on the force, and possibly the only good guy on the force, trouble is very afoot (by way of a dead, dead body), and these two work together to solve the mystery and track down the killer. Unless the killer tracks them down first. Wonder what this great team will get into next."
CMR says "Brilliant Disguise is a well-executed detective story with all of the necessary elements, details, and clues to make for an enjoyable book. The characters are developed enough to give great mental images through their thoughts, dialogue, and actions. You get a sense of their heart too. Part of the book's appeal is the addition of just enough romance to the story. For me the setting was amazingly familiar and believable too. I learned to genuinely like Charlie and Marian, so I look forward to reading the next Charlie McClung Mystery."
DME says "This is an excellent example of how the evidence points to different characters at different turns in the story. Mrs. Edwards has written an interesting mystery that has me anxiously awaiting the next book in the series. A good read for mystery lovers!"
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