Books by Mary Jane Clark

Since her emergence on the media-thriller scene in 1998, Mary Jane has been praised for her ability to use insider knowledge of the news business to create action and intrigue in her novels. And an insider, she is. Mary Jane is a writer and producer at


THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC by Mary Jane Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 21, 2014

"Think Margaret Truman in the Big Easy with a recipe for beignets or a lesser Agatha Christie with an unusually imperiled heroine and just enough hints of voodoo for the tourist trade."
Piper Donovan travels to yet another notable vacation spot to bake yet another wedding cake and gets tossed into yet another series of murders. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"The behavior of both the killer and the hapless Levi, who falsely confesses to the murder but leaves behind a cryptic clue to the real miscreant, defy belief, but fans of Clark's more famous ex-mother-in-law will be pleased to see that the line distinguishing the two has virtually disappeared."
Actress/baker Piper Donovan (The Look of Love, 2012, etc.) travels to Sarasota for another homicide-laced wedding at the best beach in America. Read full book review >
THE LOOK OF LOVE by Mary Jane Clark
Released: Jan. 17, 2012

"In a manner strikingly reminiscent of the author's famous ex-mother-in-law, everything turns out in time for the diminished wedding party to enjoy a cake made from "the best pumpkin bread they have ever tasted.""
Whoever's trying to kill Jillian Abernathy certainly is making a hash of the job. Read full book review >
TO HAVE AND TO KILL by Mary Jane Clark
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 28, 2010

"Rated PG-13 for brief violence. But no sex, no language, no detection—not even Piper's FBI friend Jack Lombardi does himself proud—and only a single recipe, which you can find on dozens of online sites."
Clark abandons long-suffering TV newscaster Eliza Blake (Dying for Mercy, 2009, etc.) to launch her new Wedding Cake Mystery series with this glossy tale of premarital homicide. Read full book review >
DYING FOR MERCY by Mary Jane Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 28, 2009

"Clark lavishes all the pointless ingenuity of Who Killed the Robins Family? on a transparent mystery, except there's no cash prize for beating Eliza to the solution."
A penitential suicide opens the door to wholesale homicide in an exclusive suburban enclave. Read full book review >
WHEN DAY BREAKS by Mary Jane Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2007

Clark's tenth continues her decorous TV-land carnage by killing off the well-hated co-anchor of KEY to America as she prepares to jump ship for the competition. Read full book review >
DANCING IN THE DARK by Mary Jane Clark
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 12, 2005

"Though the characters consist mainly of fashionable (or pointedly unfashionable) attitudes toward homosexuality, corporate crime and eating disorders, Clark pulls off a nice surprise at the close."
Diane Mayfield, the latest in a long line of KEY News correspondents (Hide Yourself Away, 2004, etc.) whose idea of sleuthing is imperiling her family, checks out a series of PG-rated kidnappings at the Jersey shore. Read full book review >
HIDE YOURSELF AWAY by Mary Jane Clark
THRILLERS
Released: July 20, 2004

KEY News goes to Newport, where the exclusive estates are just as thickly strewn with corpses.

The first victim was heiress Charlotte Wagstaff Sloane, who went missing from Shepherd's Point 14 years ago, leaving behind a husband, a daughter, and an imperious sister. Read full book review >

NOWHERE TO RUN by Mary Jane Clark
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 11, 2003

"No detection—the vital clues all come flocking unbidden to Annabelle in the nick of time—but the dexterity in keeping so many guilty-looking characters afloat at once and the revelation of a truly surprising killer make Clark's sixth dispatch from KEY News her best."
A killer armed with a vial of anthrax and the will to use it stalks the corridors of the New York Broadcast Center of homicide-prone KEY News (Nobody Knows, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >
NOBODY KNOWS by Mary Jane Clark
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 29, 2002

"Despite her failure to identify the perp, an abused romantic who's only looking for love, Cassie ends up restored to her KEY eminence and deciding to cut back on her job to make her marriage work—in the season's most heartwarming search for a rapist."
Even when they're outside danger-prone New York, the fearless correspondents of the KEY News Network (Close to You, 2001, etc.) are still threatened by PG-rated psychos. Read full book review >
CLOSE TO YOU by Mary Jane Clark
THRILLERS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Eliza finally identifies the biggest nut in the final chapter. Shame on you if it takes you even half as long."
More low-impact peril among the felony-prone denizens of New York's KEY News network (Let Me Whisper in Your Ear, 2000, etc.), the victim this time the most thoroughly stalked news anchor in fiction. Read full book review >
LET ME WHISPER IN YOUR EAR by Mary Jane Clark
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

Everybody hates Gwyneth Gilpatric, and why not? Read full book review >

DO YOU PROMISE NOT TO TELL? by Mary Jane Clark
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

A second trip to KEY Evening Headlines (Do You Want to Know a Secret?, 1998) discloses another intrigue and an equally imperiled single career-woman. Read full book review >

DO YOU WANT TO KNOW A SECRET? by Mary Jane Clark
THRILLERS
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

No wonder this suspenser carries a recommendation from Mary Higgins Clark. Read full book review >