Beehives: A Suspense Novel. Jamie and her fiance are hoping for a peaceful weekend at a state park to plan their upcoming wedding. Instead, they find the body of a woman. Something strange and sinister is afoot in the park. To save her fiance-and herself-Jamie will have to unravel the ties between the mysterious death of the recluse and her mother's first love, and also determine what truth lies behind tall tales of gangster's loot, ghosts snd secret affairs.

Fantastic News:

I am a FINALIST in the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards!

My first mystery, COBWEBS, is a finalist in the First Book category.

Also, my second mystery, ANT DENS, is a finalist in the Mystery/Suspense category.

Winners will be announced at a Nov. 20 banquet in Albuquerque New Mexico!

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I'm a lifelong writer, and if you are a writer, too, or love to read books with a little, or a lot of mystery in them, you've come to the right place!

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Soon, there will be two new books on this expanded home page, as well as information about purchasing them. Check back frequently!

My first mystery, Cobwebs: A Suspense Novel, was selected as the Young Adult winner for the 2015 Creative Women of Oklahoma Award. I want to thank the International Society of Delta Kappa Gamma, Gamma State, for this honor. I accepted the award at their annual conference in Oklahoma City on June 12. Woo hoo!


Book News!

Beehives - A Suspense Novel (Book 3 in the Family Secret Series) will be available soon through Amazon or the publisher, Wheatmark, Tucson, AZ. Watch for it in early December. 

Ant Dens - A Suspense Novel(Book 2 in the Family Secret Series) Available through or the publisher, Wheatmark.  

"Rebecca Aldrich had a history of disappearing. But this time is different. The spirited college freshman simply vanishes, like several other young women in Las Vegas, New Mexico. When Jamie Aldrich embarks on a desperate hunt for her missing stepdaughter, she discovers that the surrounding grasslands and foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains are full of secrets, and that her recently deceased husband left behind a life enshrouded in mystery."

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Cobwebs - A Suspense Novel, (Book 1 in the Family Secret Series and an Award winner.)  Available through or Wheatmark.

"When Jamie Aldrich was eleven years old, she and her siblings spent the summer with her great aunt Elizabeth. She doesn't remember what happened during that visit, and she's avoided Pawhuska, Oklahoma ever since. But when Elizabeth calls her, thirty years later, begging her to come, Jamie arrives to find her great aunt frail and agitated, inexplicably claiming her entire life was a sham.

"Now Elizabeth lies in a coma after what looks like an attempt on her life. Although Jamie has no idea who wants to harm her aunt, it's clear the danger hasn't passed. Will Jamie be able to discover the truth before both she and Elizabeth are silenced forever?"

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Cobwebs - A Suspense Novel is a story of deception, personal vendettas and family secrets, set in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, the capital of the Osage Nation, and site of the infamous "Reign of Terror," the first murders investigated by the newly commissioned Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) in the 1920s.

Ant Dens: A Suspense Novel is a story of secrets long hidden, secrets that, if they had been confessed, would have prevented misery and stopped a decades-old criminal enterprise. Can Jamie Aldrich dig beneath the layers of her deceased husband's life in time to save his daughter from his past?" 

Mary Coley