Friday, December 10, 2010

Do you have an appetite for suspense—and cookies?? Author Mary Burton

Not only can Mary Burton feed your appetite for suspense, but also for sweets! Once again she is happy to share with you her annual holiday recipe, this time with her original recipe, “Old Town Holiday Cookies” inspired by her upcoming release of SENSELESS (February) and MERCILESS (January), both set in and around Alexandria, VA, including the city’s famous Old Town section.

Mary takes a classic oatmeal cookie recipe and throws in a new twist, corn flakes—which means, for all you cookie fanatics out there, you have the perfect excuse to have cookies for breakfast! Whether you’re sharing them with loved ones, leaving them for Santa, or savoring them with your morning coffee, we hope you’ll enjoy Mary Burton’s "Old Town Holiday Cookies."

Old Town Holiday Cookies

2 sticks of butter
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 cups of All Purpose flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon salt
4 cups corn flakes
1 cup chocolate chips
White Chocolate

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Cream softened butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar. Mix in eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Slowly blend dry ingredients into the butter/sugar mixture. Fold in corn flakes and chocolate chips. Drop rounded tablespoons onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

When cooled, drizzle with melted white chocolate.
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“Steig Larsson fans will find a lot to like in Burton’s taut, well-paced novel…Burton (Dead Ringer) surrounds her appealing protagonist with a strong supporting cast.” –Publishers Weekly on Senseless

After keeping the murder rate soaring in her hometown of Richmond, Virginia with Dying Scream, Dead Ringer, and I’m Watching You, Mary Burton has Alexandria on her radar and the homicide rate is about to climb. In SENSELESS and MERCILESS, Detectives Deacon Garrison and Kier Malcom, convicted felon Eva Rayburn, and Angie Carlson, Eva’s half-sister and a high-profile, high priced criminal attorney, are thrust center stage in Burton’s stories of murder and secret obsessions. Long buried secrets lie at the heart of the suspense as both Eva and Angie struggle with deception and a shared legacy to find the strength needed to survive.

I couldn’t put it down!”—Lisa Jackson on Dying Scream

“Keep the lights on for this one.”—RT Book Reviews (4 ½ stars) on Dying Scream

“Mary Burton never ceases to amaze me…anything written by Burton is a winner.”

—Book Reviews R Us on Dying Scream

“A taut race… enhanced with a dash of sexual tension.”—Publishers Weekly on Dead Ringer “Compelling, compulsive reading.”—Charlottesville Daily Progress (VA) on Dead Ringer

“I’m Watching You gives readers plenty of action and intrigue.”—The Free Lance-Star


When an explosion and fire destroys Hannah’s House, the homeless shelter where Eva Rayburn works as a night attendant the body of a tortured woman is discovered in the yard. She has been branded. Four pointed stars encircle her navel, a hallmark dating from the Sorority House Murder, a decade-old case that ended Eva’s life as she knew it. Charged for the killing of Josiah Cross, the man who raped her, she bears a star branded on her shoulder, as well as a memory that fails to recall what happened that fateful night, and the legacy of a ten year prison sentence.

Detective Deacon Garrison is sure the murder at Hannah’s House has something to do with Eva, who, is not only under scrutiny by the Alexandria police force, she is also back in the media spotlight, thanks to journalist James Dillon who branded her as a jealous and enraged ex-girlfriend when he wrote about the Sorority House Murders. After another killing, Garrison isn’t the only one who wants answers, Eva does too. She’s ready to do whatever it takes. She’s ready to fight—even die, to find out what happened that night ten years ago.


Detective Kier Malcolm and high-profile criminal attorney Angie Carlson come up against a brutal and brilliant psychopath who leaves behind only the gleaming white and perfectly preserved bones of his victims. Kier—and most of the Alexandria law enforcement—believe the murderer is Dr. James Dixon. Angie recently defended Dr. Dixon in an earlier murder trial—and won. With the entire police force blaming her for Dixon’s freedom, she too has doubts as to whether he was in fact innocent, and is becoming more and more convinced that the police may be right—she helped let loose a killer.

As lead after lead dead-ends, a young man claiming to be Eva Rayburn’s half-brother shows up, bringing with him the diary of her dead father. Suddenly, two things become shockingly clear—the killer has always intended to make Angie his ultimate victim, and the madness has roots going back to the Sorority House Murder over a decade ago.


A Virginia native whose family’s Richmond roots run as deep as the nation’s, New Your Times and USA Today bestselling author Mary Burton has only resided in one other place—Alexandria, Virginia, where she lived for a few years and which is now the setting for her novels SENSELESS (January 2011) and MERCILESS (February 2011). She graduated from Virginia’s Hollins University and began a career in marketing. After a decade she left her job and began writing. Her first novel, a romance, was published in 2000. It was also the first manuscript she completed.

Following that book, Burton wrote several novels for Harlequin and Silhouette before entering the dark world of multiple murderers and their motives with Senseless, Merciless, Dying Scream, Dead Ringer and I’m Watching You, as well as her novella Christmas Past, which appears in the 2008 New York Times best selling holiday anthology Silver Bells.

Her commitment to realism has led to eye-opening interviews with local law enforcement, to forensic seminars and to the firing range. She is a graduate of the Henrico County Citizens Police Academy and the Richmond FBI Citizen’s Academy, and has participated in the Sisters in Crime’s Forensic University program and, recently, the Writers Police Academy in Jamestown, North Carolina. There she attended seminars on autopsies, undercover work and why people kill.

To read a Q&A about Mary Burton and for a chance to win a book, stop over at Romance Author Buzz.

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