Mary Burton Books In Order – Complete List

Last Updated on September 8, 2023

Reading the Mary Burton books takes us across a wonderful world of romantic-suspense mysteries, with series such as Senseless, Texas Rangers, Morgans of Nashville (my favorite series), Forgotten Files, Criminal Profiler, and the Montana series filling our bookshelves. The author has also written numerous standalone romantic suspense novels.

Here are the Mary Burton books in order for her romantic suspense novels under her name. The publication order is usually the same with the reading order.

New Mary Burton Books

Richmond Books in Publication Order

Senseless Books In Publication Order

  1. Senseless, 2011
  2. Merciless, 2011
  3. Before She Dies, 2012
  4. Christmas Past, 2013 (book #3.5)

Texas Rangers Books In Publication Order

  1. The 7th Victim, 2013
  2. No Escape, 2013
  3. You’re Not Safe, 2014

Morgans Of Nashville Books In Publication Order

  1. Cover Your Eyes, 2014
  2. Be Afraid, 2015
  3. I’ll Never Let You Go, 2015
  4. Vulnerable, 2016

Forgotten Files Books In Publication Order

  1. The Shark, 2016
  2. The Dollmaker, 2016
  3. The Hangman, 2017

Criminal Profiler Books in Publication Order

  1. The Last Move, 2017
  2. Her Last Word 2018
  3. Cut and Run, 2018
  4. Hide and Seek, 2019
  5. I see You, 2019
  6. Never Look Back, 2020

Montana Books in Publication Order

  1. Burn You Twice, 2020
  2. Near You, 2021

Short Stories and Story Collections

Anthologies Edited

Standalone Mary Burton Books

Mary Burton Biography – About the Author

Mary Burton grew up in Richmond, Virginia, and graduated from Virginia’s Hollins University. She also lived in Alexandria for four years.

Her first main job, before becoming a writer, was in sales, marketing, and public relations. She knew, however, that the tales buzzing around in her mind had to be told on paper.

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Mary Burton was raised up in a family of storytellers. Her grandfather would always tell stories and her mother was gifted as such as well.

When she left her career in marketing, she and her husband had a 20-month-old  and they had just adopted a 5-month-old little Russian girl. Mary Burton needed to stay home to take care of the kids, so being always at home, she found easy to start writing books. She would spend 3-4 hours a day writing and attend writers’ meetings on weekends.

When she started to write full-time, she first wrote a historical romance manuscript which she sold to Harlequin Historicals. Her first book was published in 2000 as A Bride for McCain. Her second books, The Colorado Bride, another historical, was published in 2001.

Overall, Mary Burton wrote 12 historical romances (with the first one published in 2000), however, not long after, she transitioned to writing romantic suspense books, which in my personal opinion contain a bit more searing suspense and thrill than romance. She did the switch on a very strict schedule since she had two babies at home to also take care of (a 6-month-old baby adopted from Russia and a 19-month-old baby of her own).

All Mary Burton’s books of suspense deal with horrific crimes done by serial killers and the hunt for these ruthless monsters. In order to give the most realistic image of such monsters to her readers, Mary Burton attended and graduated from the Henrico County Citizens Police Academy and the Richmond FBI Citizen’s Academy. She also took part in the Sisters in Crime’s Forensic University program.

She did undercover work with police officers and attended seminars involving various aspects of the police business, including forensic autopsies.

Mary Burton is a member of various book organizations including that of Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. Under the pseudonym Mary Ellen Taylor she writes contemporary novels.

Over the years her books have received several awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Washington Romance Writers.

When not writing books, Mary Burton loves staying and home, while cooking and baking.

I started reading Mary Burton’s books from the very first one I got my hands on maybe some 10 years back when I couldn’t get enough of the the genre. I remember the book was called In Dark Waters.

I couldn’t get tired of learning about new authors in this genre – one that I first got to learn about and love from Sandra Brown, and one thing led to the other, and I was introduced to the wonderful work of Mary Burton.

The Hangman, published in 2017, is a romantic suspense thriller series with lots of gore and turning your head away moments.

The Last Move, also published in 2017, is the first in the Criminal Profiler series, which features an FBI’s elite profiling team as they come head-to-head with some of the most worst killers America has to offer. The first book features Theo Mazur, a detective in San Antonio who comes across an eerily familiar crime scene which gives him pause because it reminds him of some older cases solved by FBI agent, Kate Hayden. So now Theo and Kate have to investigate those latest copycat killler cases because if Kate had arrested the wrong guy, the original serial killer might be loose and going after new targets.

A second book in the series by Mary Burton was published May 2018 with the title Her Last Word. It is yet another psychological suspense novel, this time featuring Kaitlin Roe who once witnessed her cousin, Gina, being taken away, while she ran away in cowardice. She has been always feeling guilty about it and now, as a grown woman, she desperately wants to find out what happened back then with Gina.

When one of the witnesses she interviews ends up dead, Kaitlin is afraid that she’s stumbled into a very stingy hornet’s nest. Detective John Adler, who is investigating the cases, knows that keeping Kaitlin alive and protecting her is extremely important to him.

Cut and Run, published in 2018, is a bit more thriller than romantic suspense. Faith McIntyre is the active medical examiner examining a man’s body. After the examination, Faith tries to contact the person’s family, Macy Crow. This leads to a hit and run, and to a very likeness of Faith to the victim, not to mention attracting the attention of the killer.

It was followed by Hide and Seek, I See You, and Never Look Back.

All suspense novels by Mary Burton are focusing on serial killers, on gruesome crime scenes and on dedicated detectives or FBI agents who want nothing more than catching those killers before they do more harm. And if some passions ignite between the various officers of the law during their investigations, well, that’s why the books are in the romantic-suspense genre, after all.

Her books involve shifting points of view and allow for a deeper exploration of the dynamics among her main characters, while they also focus on various modern various forensic and detective procedures that are employed these days by the police in their inquiries. To keep up to date, Mary Burton at times takes shooting lessons at the firing range, goes to forensic seminars and interviews police personnel.

The Mary Burton series should be read in proper chronological and publication order, however, her standalone novels can be read in any order you choose. They are all page turner stories worth reading.

Besides the romance and romantic suspense novels, Mary Burton has also written a non-fiction book titled The Insider’s Guide to Direct Marketing, which aims to help businesses generate leads, get new clients and keep the existing ones.

The author Mary Burton is also writing under the pseudonym Mary Ellen Taylor, where she focuses on women’s fiction. As Mary Taylor she writes the Union Street Bakery books, a chick-lit/cozy series, and the Alexandria books, a historical/chick-lit series.

Some of Mary Burton’s hobbies include loves writing suspense, researching law enforcement and forensic procedures, taking long morning walks, baking, reading books, and tiny dachshunds.

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  1. I love your books so much!! I can’t wait for more. I have been reading one a week…even with four sons and a full time job. I’m getting sad because I am running out your books to read. Please keep writing! I get attached to all the characters.

  2. I just wanted to say I think you are such an amazing author. Once I start a book of yours I am barely able to put it down until it’s finished. I have stage four Cancer so reading takes my mind off of alot of things. Thank you and many blessings to you and keep up the great writing.

  3. I absolutely love your books. I have read the Morgan’s of Nashville and enjoyed them so much that I am not listening to the on audio books. Can you tell me if there will be another book in that series? I really hope so!

  4. i am a die hard reader.i found mary burton by accident im catching up but i love the books so much that i like to read it a couple of times,just a little note, my daughter went to hollins college for a year but decided michigan state university suited her better,thank you for hours of wonderful reading i especially liked the books that feature the texas rangers.all the best.

  5. I just finishes your forgotten files. I swear I thought a 4th book was going to come out about Dr. Kinkaid and Andrews. I saw the momentary spark. Is this in the works or in another series?

    I am going to check out your other series as well. I enjoyed this one. The stories were so intriguing and I could put the books down. Thank you for your wonderful writing!

  6. I have read almost all of your Mary Burton books, all of your series books including the latest Hide And Seek.
    I,be read the last three of your stand all ne books. I always watch to see when you have a new one published. I like the mix of mystery and romance and not knowing who the bad guy is until the end. Keep writing, A Fan

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