Sunday, August 17, 2014

Mary Anne Edwards, Author of the Charlie McClung Mysteries

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 have been married for 33 years to the most practically perfect man, Jeff.  We enjoy traveling and watching mysteries on TV.  We are also a part of the drama team at our church.  Funny thing, he writes all the skits, I just act.  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.  I have had short stories published in Evangel and The Associate Reformed Presbyterian magazines.  I have published a collection of eclectic short stories titled, My Favorite Work of Art.

My first manuscript, Useless Beauty, is waiting for me to breathe life into it.  It was put on hold because my second manuscript, Brilliant Disguise, was begging to be written.  It is the first in the Detective Charlie McClung mysteries.  Brilliant Disguise was released on January 21, 2014.  The second book, A Good Girl, will be released in September 23, 2014. There are eight more to follow in the series.
The Detective Charlie McClung mysteries are gripping yet tender novels. The books are set in the early 1980's, a time without cell phones or laptop computers making life more simple but solving crime more difficult.  The plots are filled with twists and turns. The characters are believable yet complex. They are people you know or want to know.

Brilliant Disguise (Charlie McClung Mystery Series #1)


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In Brilliant Disguise, Detective Charlie McClung no longer finds his job fulfilling and has given up finding that "someone" his granny promised he would find.  So he leaves behind the big city and his close-knit family and takes a job in a small town police department in Georgia, resigned to live a quiet life in solitude.

Things change when he meets Marian Selby while investigating the mysterious death of her best friend.  But Marian swore never to love again after the death of her husband 11 years ago.  What seems to be a suicide turns into a tangled web of deceit, corruption, and complicated shadows.

Can the two of them come to grips with their feelings for each other before the killer closes in on them?