About Mary Coley

A native of Oklahoma, Mary Coley has always been a writer. She received her degree in Zoology/Communications from Oklahoma State University, as well as a Masters in Environmental Education/Curriculum Development. Throughout the years she has been employeed as a naturalist, a park planner, a newspaper reporter, a communications director for a health facility, an environmental educator, an education director for a nonprofit, and a communications officer. She now writes full time, and is at work on her fifth mystery. She and her husband split their time between Tulsa, OK and Santa Fe, NM, where they are often found hiking with their rescue dog, Trixie.

Mary Coley’s Books

Blood on the Cimarron

WINNER of the TONY HILLERMAN AWARD presented by the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards, 2018. Claire Northcutt discovers she and her family are caught in the crosshairs of a vengeance-seeking murderer after she finds wild mustang rescue ranch owner J.B. Floren slashed to death on his Cimarron River ranch. The bloody scene reactivates her post-traumatic stress;… [Read More]

Chrysalis: A Race to Death

FINALIST for the SILVER FALCHION AWARD in suspense, Killer Nashville Mystery Writers Conference 2019. A murdered actor-a disinterred body-a ghost. Someone has a vendetta against Sam Mazie, and it includes the destruction of everything, and everyone, he holds dear.

Cobwebs: A Suspense Novel

(Mary Coley was selected as a 2015 Creative Woman of Oklahoma in YA Literature for Cobwebs: A Suspense Novel) When Jamie Aldrich was eleven years old, she and her siblings spent the summer with her great aunt Elizabeth. She doesn’t remember what happened during that visit, and she’s avoided Pawhuska, Oklahoma, ever since. But when… [Read More]

Beehives: A Suspense Novel

Jamie Aldrich is ready to begin the next chapter of her life. After dealing with a series of discomfiting events that began with the loss of her husband two year ago, she’s taking a well-earned vacation with her fiance, Sam Mazie, in Oklahoma’s Osage Hills State Park. But her new-found serenity is disrupted when she… [Read More]

Ant Dens

Rebecca Aldrich has a history of disappearing. But this time is different. The spirited college freshman simply vanishes, like several other young women in Las Vegas, New Mexico. When Jamie Aldrich embarks on a desperate hunt for her missing stepdaughter, she discovers that the surrounding grasslands and foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains are… [Read More]

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