Friday, April 12, 2019

Sneak Peek Excerpt & Giveaway

Hide and Seek
by Mary Burton
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Release Date: April 23, 2019

She’s hunting. He’s watching.
Special Agent Macy Crow is a survivor. After a vicious hit-and-run nearly kills her, she gets right back to work, and now she’s gunning for a spot on the FBI’s elite profiling team. As an audition, she offers to investigate the recently discovered bones of Tobi Turner, a high school girl who disappeared fifteen years ago.
While investigating with local sheriff Mike Nevada, a former colleague and onetime lover, Macy discovers a link between Tobi’s case and several others that occurred around the same time as her disappearance. As Macy interviews victims and examines old cases, she uncovers a sinister picture of a stalker who graduated to sexual assault—and then murder.
Macy and Nevada race to put this monster behind bars before he can come out of hiding. But the murderer’s had years to hone his skills, and soon Macy herself becomes a target. She’s no stranger to pain and terror, but will Macy’s first profiling case be her last?

EXCERPT ONE: Only by Accident

The man grew silent for a moment as his shoulders stiffened. Reality had chased away the pleasant last moments. Neither Macy nor Nevada spoke. Each knew the man needed to tell his story in his own time.
Turner cleared his throat. “Tobi had only been driving on her own for six months, and we got worried when she drove off by herself.” He shook his head. “But there comes a time when you have to let them grow up, right?”
“Tobi never made it to the high school, did she?” Macy asked.
“The cops found our van at a parking lot a mile from the school. Sheriff Greene interviewed all the kids at the study session, but they said Tobi never came into the school.”
“Was she dating anyone at the time?” Macy asked.
“She’d gone out a few times with a kid from the debate team, but he’d been in Ohio at a math competition when she went missing. The cops cleared him right away.”
“Are you sure there wasn’t anyone else?” Macy pressed.
“I’ve been asked that question a lot. And the answer is always no. Tobi was focused on school, not boys.”
Macy knew young girls could and did hide many things from their parents. “When did you know something was wrong?”
“We had given her an eleven p.m. curfew. At half past eleven, I called her friend Jenna Newsome,” he said. “They were close that last year.”
“And what did Jenna say?”
“She said she didn’t know anything,” Turner said. “Jenna still lives in town, but I don’t know the exact address.”
“Was there anyone else close with Tobi?” Macy asked.
“She was friendly with the kids in the band. But she didn’t have much time for socializing. Are you going to talk to Jenna?” he asked.
“I am.”
“Okay, you speak to Jenna, then what?” Turner demanded. “It’s been fifteen years, and the cops came up with nothing. My girl was only found by accident.”
Macy sidestepped the comment. “When did you call Mr. Greene?”
“It was past midnight.” He shook his head. “I should have called the sheriff five minutes after eleven. It wasn’t at all like Tobi to be late, but my wife said to give her a little more time.”
“And did the sheriff launch a search?”
“The sheriff didn’t sound worried, and I remember I lost my temper. He said he’d look into it.”
©2019 Mary Burton


Have you read any of Mary Burton's books? 

Do you enjoy trying to figure out the mystery in suspense novels before the big reveal? How often are you correct? 

One person who posts a comment before 11:00 PM, April 13, 2019 will receive a copy of Cut and Run by Mary Burton. (U.S. only) 

Cut and Run
by Mary Burton
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Release Date: October 9, 2018

Twin sisters separated by the past are reunited by unspeakable crimes in New York Timesbestselling author Mary Burton’s throat-clutching novel of suspense…

Trauma victims are not new to medical examiner Faith McIntyre, but this one is different. The unconscious woman clinging to life after a hit and run is FBI agent Macy Crow. What the woman from Quantico was doing in a dark alley after midnight is just one mystery. The other is more unsettling: Macy is Faith’s mirror image—the twin sister she never knew she had.
Faith knew that she was adopted, but now she’s finding that her childhood concealed other secrets. Following the trail of clues Macy left behind, Faith and Texas Ranger Mitchell Hayden make a shocking discovery on an isolated country ranch—a burial ground for three women who disappeared thirty years before.
They weren’t the only victims in a killer’s twisted plot. And they won’t be the last.
As the missing pieces of Faith’s and Macy’s dark lives snap into place, Faith is becoming more terrified by what she sees—and by what she must do to save her sister and herself from the past.


  1. Lately I've been reading Romantic Suspense and I'd like to read Mary Burton's books. The excerpt has me very interested. I'm off to the library later so I'll pick up a couple. Thanks for the post.
    Carol Luciano
    Lucky4750 at aol dot com

  2. Romantic suspense is captivating and is enthralling. I have read several of Mary Burton's books. Figuring out the mystery is always a puzzle. Thanks.

  3. I would enjoy Mary Burton's books as they would be an escape and an exciting one filled with thrills and suspense. Thanks for this feature which interests me greatly.

  4. I have read several of Mary Burton's books, loved The Hangman, The Shark and The Doll Maker. I love the suspense and trying to solve the puzzle, but have failed to do so. Love her books!

  5. I haven't read any of hers yet, but I do own a couple. I do try to figure out the mystery, but I'm not always able to. Romantic suspense is one of my favorite genres

  6. I recently came across two of this authors older romantic suspense books, Merciless and Senseless. They were well written and I was happy to have stumbled upon them. My success in guessing the ending often hinges on what clues I have been given and whether there is a twist near the end. But I am just happy to follow the progress of the investigation and enjoy the big reveal.

  7. Love her booms and I'm always trying to guess if I was right at the end..sometimes I am so
    Patricia Bennett Barber

  8. I have read Ms. Burton's books, but it has been a while. I really enjoy romantic suspense books. You get a HEA with twists and turns. Such fun.

  9. I love Mary Burton's books!I love trying to figure who done it, sometimes I'm right and sometimes I'm wrong!

  10. I've read Senseless and Merciless. Looking forward to reading more of her books.

  11. I do read suspense sometimes, but I have never read a book by Mary Burton. I am guilty of occasionally turning ahead a few pages when I reach a particularly suspenseful scene. Once I know that the main character is going to be okay, then I can go back and read the scene. What a chicken I am! LOL!

  12. Mary is a new-to-me author. I do enjoy reading a good mystery/suspense/thriller on occasion and this book sounds like an excellent story. I do try to figure out the whodunit before the ending, but I DO NOT CHEAT! I do not look to see. I like the endings that set me back and I say "I didn't see that coming"!

  13. I've enjoyed her stories. I always try but am rarely right lol. I think I like it better that way. Don't want it to be too easy but I hate trick endings (she's never done that). This sounds good!!