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About Me:
Book Fiend!

The first book in my new series, Thistle & Twigg, is about two little old ladies, one British and one Southern, who save an uncut forest and take on a bunch of well-armed paramilitary bullies. It's something like Miss Marple only with assault rifles. Very cozy. It came out in April 2007 from St. Martin's Minotaur. Mighty Old Bones, second in the series, came out in May 2008.

I post occasionally on the Femmes Fatales blog site at along with Donna Andrews, Dana Cameron, Charlaine Harris, Toni Kelner, Kris Neri, Elaine Viets, and Hank Phillipi Ryan.

I'm currently serving on the board of Sisters In Crime, and as vice-president of the Southeast chapter of Mystery Writers of America.
I Am A:
Reader, Writer
Books And Authors I Like:
Ken Bruen, Colin Cotterill, Olen Steinhauer, Eliot Pattison, Dean Koontz, Michael Chabon, Lee Child, Stephen Booth, John Hart, PG Wodehouse, Liz Evans, Louise Penny, Donna Andrews, Dorothy Cannell, Donna Moore, Joan Hess, Reginald Hill, Peter Lovesey, Donald Westlake, Daniel Woodrell ... on and on...
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Black Books, Dr. Who, Buffy, Firefly, Keeping Mum, anything with Bette Davis, Margaret Rutherford as Miss Marple
New News ......

THISTLE & TWIGG is a nominee for the 2008 SIBA Book Award for Fiction!!! Unbelievable. Books in all categories are nominated and voted on by bookstore members of the Southeastern Independent Booksellers Association. Thank you, SIBA folks!
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The mass-market paperback of THISTLE & TWIGG, released in February, entered the IMBA Paperback Bestsellers list at #3 for the month of February!! Thanks to all Independent Mystery Booksellers for making this possible.
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MIGHTY OLD BONES, the second adventure for Jane and Phoebe, comes out in hardcover in May 2008.

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At 7:04am on April 20, 2009, Glen C. Allison said…
Finally back in Crimespace. Thanks for the response about the Mac McAnally article. It was well received in the March/April issue of MISSISSIPPI magazine. I'm trying to make a trip up to Nashville soon. I'll let you know.
At 12:05am on April 1, 2009, Timothy Hallinan said…
Mary --

GREAT photo -- I mean, you with the cig and the bottle, although the cats are nice, too. Looking forward to seeing all in Nashville again. Right now, I'm in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and it's one hundred million degrees outside.
At 2:16pm on March 31, 2009, Jaden Terrell said…
Hello, Mary. Nice to see you here on Crimespace. I'm still finding my way around here. There doesn't seem to be a way to send a message other than on the wall (unlike Facebook, which also has an internal email function. I've been enjoying the forum discussions, though, mostly as a lurker.
At 2:51am on August 19, 2008, Allan E. Ansorge said…
Thanks for signing BONES at Killer. Read it on the plane stayed up to finish it. I may have to adopt you so I am sure to get a copy of the next book ASAP. Jane wants to know what color you would like your room.
At 7:43am on March 1, 2008, Joan Hiller said…
I hope you are almost finished with a new book. I think I gave you plenty of time. My sis' name is Emily Anne and she is doing well. Are you going to go to Baltimore? We both are going. I so enjoyed talking to you, you are a doll.
At 1:10pm on February 28, 2008, Beth Groundwater said…
Thanks for the congrats on the Agatha Award nomination, Mary! I'm looking forward to seeing you at Malice again, too.
At 5:49am on February 20, 2008, The Rural Writer said…
Just had to tell you I fully enjoyed a) your profile pic-fantastic! b) lates book trailer- Im hooked!
At 3:13am on February 5, 2008, Beth Groundwater said…
Thanks for the friend invite!
- Beth
At 9:30am on December 30, 2007, Jennie Bentley/Bente Gallagher said…
Hiya, Mary! I'm actually at the SinC meetings every so often, just under a different name. Jennie Bentley is a pseudonym. The publisher required that I use one, and that's the one I chose. Anyway, I was there for Chris Grabenstein's talk in November, and hung out for dinner afterwards. Guess we've just never been properly introduced. I'm hoping to get there for the party, and maybe we can hook up then.

On another note, did you happen to catch HOGFATHER on TV last weekend? Wow!
At 10:11pm on November 30, 2007, Glen C. Allison said…
Smokahontas! I'm thinking that I never told you how much I enjoyed TNT. Can't wait for book number two (so just send me the galleys; I promise I won't tell anyone I read it first). Go, Jane and Phoebe! (Now that I think of it, I should be angling to write a review or two on TNT...hmmmm)

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