It’s Raining Reviews!

Early reviews are in for my eleventh novel, THE EX.

“Who cares?” you say? “I want to know what it’s about.”TheEx_hc c

Hey, thanks for asking.  It’s about Olivia Randall, a New York City defense attorney who has to face some old demons when her ex-fiance gets himself into some deep, deep trouble.

If your ex was in danger, how far would you go to save him or her?  That’s a theme I’ll be talking about a lot once the book’s out.

“Who cares what it’s about?” you say?  “Tell me about the reviews!”

Publishers Weekly calls it “gripping” with “an appealingly bold protagonist…Burke keeps the supsense high throughout, prying open mysteriest of relationships and perception.”  Kirkus agrees, saying it “features smooth, engaging writing; a sharp, funny edge; and characters worth investing in.  Burke has created some memorable female protagonists over the years, but Olivia might be the cream of the crop.”

The cream of the crop, people!  That’s some good cream.  Not that I read reviews or anything.

Learn more about THE EX here.  And while you’re at it, why not pre-order a copy?  Be sure to save your receipt, because my publisher will soon be unlocking the details of a fun pre-order promotion.  Yep, “unlock” was a clue.  Stay tuned for details!

Whole Lot of Book News!

Thanks, everyone!!  You made THE CINDERELLA MURDER by Mary Higgins Clark and me the #4 paperback seller last week. I love the jacket art, don’t you? If you haven’t read it yet, click here for the details!


The second book in our co-authored series, ALL DRESSED IN WHITE, will be out November 17, and features intrepid television producer Laurie Moran as she investigates the case of a missing bride.
Finally, I’m incredibly pleased to announce that my standalone novel THE EX will be published on January 26. Olivia Randall agrees to help her ex fiance’ who has been framed for murder, but begins to suspect that she is the one being manipulated.
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Lots of news to close the summer as we head into fall. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

We have a winner in the Baseball Contest!

IMG_0425Congratulations to Jennifer, who won signed copies of the ENTIRE Ellie Hatcher series: Dead Connection, Angel’s Tip, 212, Never Tell, and All Day and a Night.  Jennifer won by correctly guessing the significance of the number 58 on my jersey when I threw out a ceremonial first pitch at Yankee Stadium with #1 New York Times Bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark, the Queen of Suspense and my co-author on the Under Suspicion series.

Mary’s jersey was #40, representing her 40th year in publishing.

Mine was #58.  Why?  Some people guessed it was my birth year, which would make me 57 years old.  Some guessed it was my age, which would make me one year older.  Some thought it was my height, which would make me two inches taller.  A few thought it was an homage to the wonderful Mysterious Bookshop on 58 Warren Street.  Cute, my nope.

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Got it?  58.  Ellie Hatcher!  Congratulations, Jennifer.  That was sort of tricky.

My first choice of jersey number was 13, representing Ellie Hatcher’s 13th Precinct.  Unfortunately, some guy name A-Rod is using it.

Thank you, Yankees, for a truly remarkable evening and to Mary Higgins Clark for sharing it with me.  And thanks, all of you who entered.

The latest book in the Ellie Hatcher series, ALL DAY AND A NIGHT, is just out in paperback so don’t miss it!

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It’s a Baseball Mystery!

I know you love mysteries.  Here’s the set-up.  I had the honor of kicking off the Memorial Day Weekend by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before the New York Yankees’ game against the Texas Rangers with Mary Higgins Clark, my extraordinary co-author of THE CINDERELLA MURDER and the upcoming ALL DRESSED IN WHITE.  Mary could have launched a fastball from the mound, but I asked to be a little closer to home plate. Video of our epic pitches to come, but you can see from these photos that we had a grand time.

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Were my shoes  the first hot pink sneakers to touch MLB grass?  I wonder, but, no, that’s not much of a mystery.

So where’s the mystery?  Mary and I were each permitted to choose our jersey numbers.  Mary’s “40” celebrates her 40th year in publishing.  But what’s up with my “58”?  Enter your best guess here by June 12 for a chance to win signed copies of ALL FIVE BOOKS in the Ellie Hatcher series.  DO NOT enter your guesses in the comments below the blog.  CLICK ON THIS FORM to enter.

Good luck!  And stay tuned for video of the pitch!

Books and Food: What Could Be Better? Prizes!

I am absolutely delighted to report that I am now a professional chef!  Okay, that’s not true, but I am officially a published recipe author.

To benefit Mystery Writers of America, more than 100 mystery authors contributed recipes to The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook: Wickedly Good Meals and Deserts to Die For.  I’m so happy with the finished book that I’m giving away copies, with my recipe signed, to FIVE lucky readers on my Facebook page.  To enter, all you have to do is go to the contest post on my Facebook page, “like” the page itself, and then submit a comment in response to this question: “What food or drink would you like to enjoy with which literary character?”

On May 1, I’ll pick five lucky readers to win!

More about this terrific cookbook, edited by Kate White: The very first recipe is mine: “Ellie Hatcher’s Rum-Soaked Nutella French Toast.”  Doesn’t it look delicious?


The final one is Lee Child’s “Coffee, Pot of One.”  And in between, you’ll find things like Mary Higgins Clark’s Game Night Chili, Harlan Coben’s Crab Meat Dip, Scott Turow’s Innocent Frittata, Laura Lippman’s Aunt Effie’s Salmon Ball, and Kathy Reich’s Shrimp Scampi.  It’s a terrific collection!

Remember: head on over to Facebook to enter!  Or if you really, seriously, truly insist on not joining the fun at Facebook, you can enter by posting in the comments and joining my mailing list (see sign up link at top of website; this is so I can find you if you win).

Happy New Year! (from the dogs)

For our Christmas present (only one of many, we hope), the lady who feeds us (known to you as Alafair Burke) let us take over her blog.  Oh, and “us” means Frannie and Double Double and Frannie (correction by Double).  And since you are friends with the lady, you already know who we are.  Some people call us “her” dogs, but we don’t see the need for spec-ist labels.

Anyhoo, we were thankful this year to have found each other.  Even though we were both cool chillin’ on our own, we are totally boss as a combo since Frannie moved to NYC from Anguilla in April.  We plan ways to sneak on the sofa when no one is looking, wrestle 24/7, and absolutely rule at doggy daycare.  Proving our mad mutual respect, we even recognize each other’s food boundaries.  (Click on this adorable VIDEO for proof of how good we are.  We hope to go viral and be famous.)

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What else, what else?  Oh, we are also proud of the lady who feeds us for publishing TWO books in ONE year during 2014.  It’s the first time she has ever done that, and we think it’s because she now has the two of us.  ALL DAY AND A NIGHT is the fifth in her Ellie Hatcher series.  And THE CINDERELLA MURDER is co-authored with Queen of Suspense Mary Higgins Clark.  MHC called us adorable, so we really love her.


Now, the real reason we wanted to take over the newsletter.  We have outfits!  Don’t we look amazing?!  One step further in our efforts to be famous.  (Note from Frannie: Double is the only one who wants elaborate wardrobes and notoriety.  I prefer to be naked and unknown.)

Finally, we promised Alafair that we would wish you a happy, healthy, celebratory holiday season.  And to tell you how much she appreciates your support throughout the year.


Double and Frannie (and Alafair)

THE CINDERELLA MURDER is out November 18!

I’m delighted to report that my first co-authored novel, with Queen of Suspense Mary Higgins Clark, will be out November 18.

cinderellaMary and I had so much fun working together, and, according to early praise, we did a nice job:

“The snappy pace, layered characters, and many plot surprises will keep readers guessing in this fascinating mystery by two talented writers.”- Booklist

“The team behind Clark’s reality TV show Under Suspicion returns to dramatize—all right, solve—another cold case, with welcome help from co-author Alafair Burke…Burke brings a sharp legal eye to the proceedings. …[W]ill satisfy Clark’s legion of fans and may well win her some new ones.”- Kirkus Review

“A dynamic new author duo* adds new verve to a classic.”- Barnes & Noble

If you’re interested in purchasing a signed copy of the book, you can do so through Book Revue in Huntington.

You can also pre-order from your favorite retailer.

I can’t wait to hear what you guys think of The Cinderella Murder!

Dogs, books, and costumes!

The main October distraction for Frannie and Double from the usual cycle of wrestling, sleeping, and eating was for Halloween preparations.  Frannie may never forgive Double for this idea, but he was determined to have the best doggie-couple costume in New York City.  May the treats be with them.


When they are not causing trouble or dressing like movie characters, Double and Frannie are always up for a good book.  Here, Double (quite near sighted, isn’t he?) is reading THE CINDERELLA MURDER to Frannie, fresh off the presses.  This is the first book in a series co-authored with “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark.  The star of the series is Laurie Moran, the producer of “Under Suspicion,” a television show that reinvestigates cold cases.  If Double had thumbs that could turn pages, he’d tell you it was a real page turner!