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About Mary Anne Edwards
Born in Mercedes, Texas, Mary Anne has lived in Georgia for most of her life. A lifelong 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. She released the next three in the series, A Good Girl, Criminal Kind, and Sins of my Youth, 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, and is working on book seven, Complex Kid, 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 that you’re too old. The main female protagonist in the Charlie McClung Mysteries is an exciting snapshot of the author’s sensibilities.
Mary Anne and her husband of 40+ years live in Canton, GA, with an ill-tempered tuxedo cat named Gertrude. Mary Anne volunteers at MUST Ministries and sits on the advisory board of Rockdale Cares, a non-profit advocacy group for the developmentally challenged.
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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?
How Deep is the Darkness is the chilling sixth book in The Charlie McClung Mysteries series. If you like dry humor, traditional whodunits, and pressure-cooker conflicts, then you’ll love Mary Anne Edwards’ enthralling tale.
Buy How Deep is the Darkness to end the torment today!
What people are saying about How Deep is the Darkness
“Nefarious crimes lurk under the most genteel of surfaces in Edwards' sixth mystery, which continues the story of Chief Charlie McClung. Smartly plotted and filled with characters worth rooting for, How Deep is the Darkness is a police procedural for readers who like their mystery seasoned with a heart.”
~Tina Whittle, Derringer-nominated author of the Tai Randolph/Trey Seaver series
“You’ll love Marian and Charlie. The talented Edwards weaves an entertaining tale of small-town deceit. Happy readers will eagerly await the next page-turning puzzle.”
~Hank Phillippi Ryan, Anthony, Agatha, Mary Higgins Clark, and Macavity winning mystery author. Emmy-winning journalist.
“With twists and turns you'll never see coming, How Deep is the Darkness shines. An edge-of-your-seat mystery.”
~Gretchen Archer, Bestselling author of the Davis Way Crime Capers
"I’ve been a fan of Mary Anne Edwards’ Charlie McClung novels for years, starting with the first book in the series, Brilliant Disguise, back in 2014. I feel as if I’ve grown with protagonists, Charlie McClung and Marian, over the years. But if How Deep is the Darkness is your introduction to the series, you shouldn’t fret: I feel as if Mary Anne Edwards has grown as an author too over the years. This book is, by far, the strongest in the series.
Ms Edwards has constructed a story that is large and small at the same time: there is murder, blackmail and off-screen violence, but there is cosy domesticity too. Charlie McClung needs to determine if there’s a murderer behind the deaths in town, and figure out who the murderer is—not an easy task when it’s the most hated people in town that are turni
Do you think you could tell the difference between murder and suicide?
Detective Charlie McClung has had a long, successful career in the police force, but he wants more from life than crime and death. He moves to a small town for a simpler life. It turns out his first case is the most complicated of his career.
A young woman is killed, and the chief of police rules it suicide without an investigation. But the dead woman's beautiful neighbor and his gut tell him something entirely different.
As McClung discovers secrets never meant to be found, he quickly finds himself with more trouble than ever imagined. Can he solve the case before he loses everything important to him, his life and his new found love?
What are fans saying about Brilliant Disguise!
"I'm a big mystery fan and found this one very refreshing." ~Gretchen Archer, USA Today Bestselling Author of the Davis Way Crime Capers.
"Brilliant Disguise is a first-rate mystery that harkens you back to the days of Agatha Christie. You'll feel a sense of nostalgia as you immerse yourself in the story, investigating alongside Det. McClung and eagerly awaiting clues at every turn. It's an edge-of-your-seat whodunit!" ~Monique Michelle Mason, Author of Moving at the Speed of Single.
"So glad I found this author! Kept me on the edge of my seat. Could not put it down!" ~Book Reviewer.
"Loved this book! It was suspenseful, exciting, AND had romance... not much more you can ask for from a great story! It was also so well written. I can't wait to read the rest of the series!!" ~Lindsay R.
"I'm a huge mystery buff. I laughed, was puzzled, cheered on Charlie and Marian, and can't wait to read the next book in this series. If you enjoy a good whodunit, mystery, suspense, a touch of romance, clean read, you'll absolutely love this mystery. Kudos to Mary Anne and her brilliant storytelling!" ~M. Gray.
What would you do if murder showed up for your family reunion?
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 mount as Charlie delves deep into the girl’s life, revealing a sordid and ugly side of the town’s good girl.
Will the killer go after the next good girl in town, Charlie's new love, Marian?
What People are Saying
“Is there anything more fun to read than a book that’s equal parts captivating mystery and charming romance? A GOOD GIRL will keep you on the edge of your seat guessing and will warm you to your bones as Marian and Charlie, meant for each other, race to the end. I couldn’t put it down.” ~Gretchen Archer ~ USA Today Bestselling author of the Davis Way Crime Capers
“This fast-paced mystery is so captivating and well written it draws you in from the beginning! Strong, vibrant characters, and a gripping plot will keep you wanting more and reading until the very end. I’m eagerly awaiting the next book in this terrific series.” ~Shelley’s Book Case
“A heart–tugging thriller laced with suspense, mystery and romance all packed into one. Edwards masterfully entwines a murder mystery in a remote small town. With its chilling tale of surprising twist, turns and loads of humor that will delight you to the end. A real page-turner, this book was hard to put down.” ~Tabitha Jones ~ A Closet Full of Books
“A Good Girl should go at the top of your reading list. An intriguing whodunit with a warm romance running through it, A Good Girl features memorable characters and a charming setting, with enough clues to keep you guessing until the end. Get to know Detective Charlie McClung, his Irish clan, and Marian, his true love—you’ll be happy to make their acquaintance.” ~Tina Whittle ~ Author of the Tai Randolph/Trey Seaver Mysteries
“A Good Girl is the element of an Irish treasure trove. The Charlie McClung Mystery series, is a twist of romance, mystery, suspenseful "whodunit" pot of gold.” ~Marie Nicoll ~ Destinys Book
Detective Charlie McClung finds his wife’s best friend standing over a dead body, bloody knife clutched in her hand. He can’t believe she’s guilty but it’s hard to believe she’s innocent with the victim’s blood dripping on her shoes.
Torn between his sense of duty and his devotion to his wife, each road he travels down seems to fork into ten directions.
What people are saying about Sins of My Youth
"What do you do when the evidence points to your best friend? You drop everything. Newlywed Marion McClung’s search for the truth follows the twisted branches of a tortured family tree in Sins of My Youth. A must read.” — Gretchen Archer, author of the USA Today Bestselling Davis Way Crime Capers
“Sins of My Youth is a wonderful crime story tied up with family and friends everyone wants to protect. The kind of story that make you dive into the pages and not come out until all the threads are pulled together at the end. A first-rate mystery and superb ending that will have you remembering all the clues you should have caught along the way.” — Ritter Ames, author of the USA Today Bestselling Organized Mysteries and the Bodies of Art Mysteries
"Edwards deftly reveals layers of secrets and lies in this page-turner. Charlie McClung fans will gobble it up." — LynDee Walker, Agatha Award-Nominated author of Cover Shot
“Mary Anne Edwards manages to captivate the reader in her latest book, Sins of My Youth,, written in painstakingly intricate detail, helping the reader clearly envision the various settings and the characters involved. Edwards has a gift for taming the written word into works of literary genius that play on human emotions, while inserting a sense of humor, combined with realism. Readers are strung along like puppets as new twists and turns are infused into the storyline, culminating in an ending that will leave you breathless!” — Jennifer L. Roche, author of the bestselling book Healing Ties Book One in the Ties Series & CEO of Rainbows of Happiness LLC
The Charlie McClung Mysteries have another heart racing, page turning, I can't stop reading this book with Sins of My Youth. I look forward to reading the next book with Charlie and Marian and the McClung clan. — Shelby Culbertson, Book Reviewer
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?
What people are saying about Flirting With Time
“Haunting, but in a good way. Twisty, turny, and full of heart."~Gretchen Archer - author of the USA Today Bestselling Davis Way Crime Capers
“Fans of Nick and Nora, fans of Tracy and Hepburn—rejoice. You’ll love Marian and Charlie. The talented Mary Anne Edwards weaves a charming, entertaining and delightfully romantic tale of small-town deceit. It’s as if Agatha Christie wrote Hart to Hart—and happy readers will eagerly await the next page-turning puzzle.”~Hank Phillippi Ryan - Anthony, Agatha, Mary Higgins Clark, and Macavity winning mystery author. Emmy-winning journalist.
“Mary Anne Edwards has written a classic whodunit, but the deeper mystery at its heart is who and how we love. Tender, fast-paced, and rich in character, Flirting With Time delivers malice and warmth in equal measure.”~Tina Whittle—Bestselling author of the Tai Randolph Mysteries
Where can you hide when you’re trapped on land and sea with a killer?
Detective Charlie McClung had planned on a relaxing honeymoon cruise with his new bride. Warm Caribbean breezes. Sweet romance. Passionate nights. 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 in his lengthy career in solving crime. To make matters even worse, it looks as though the killer may have identified McClung’s wife as his next target.
Trapped together on the high seas, it’s now a matter of survival and a race against time. Buy this page-turning traditional mystery today to discover who the devious killer is!
What people are saying about Criminal Kind
“Marian and Charlie McClung are the best crime-fighting couple since Jennifer and Jonathan Hart. CRIMINAL KIND, the third in this wonderful series, is like taking a vacation. A vacation with murder. The setting is gorgeous, the mystery masterful, and if you think you know whodunit, you'll never guess how. I'm a huge fan.” ~ Gretchen Archer ~ Author of the USA Today Bestselling Davis Way Crime Caper Series
"Oh, the shenanigans! Charlie and Marian's honeymoon with a touch of murder kept me entertained to the very last page. Kick back, pour an umbrella drink, and tag along with the delightful McClungs as they track down an ingenious cruise ship killer." ~ Alice Loweecey ~ Author of the Giulia Driscoll mysteries
“The story leads you through a maze not of who done it, but of who would have. Marian and Charlie do it again ... balancing their love for each other while hunting down a truly creative and diabolical killer.” ~ Marlene Patterson ~ A Cozy Girl Reads