Susan McBride: Author of the Cougar Club and young adult, women's fiction and mystery novels


Susan McBride - Say Yes to the Death CoverHooray, hooray, Say Yes to the Death is available now!  It's the sixth of my Debutante Dropout Mysteries from HarperCollins, and it's been a long time coming. The fifth in the series, Too Pretty to Die (which I was writing during my breast cancer diagnosis), came out in 2008. I didn't realize how much I'd missed Andy and Cissy until I had the chance to hang out with them again. I love how their relationship has grown through the books, and they still make me chuckle like they did in Blue Blood. If you're new to the series... no worries!  You can read Say Yes without having read the previous five books. I just hope it makes you want to get them all when you're done! Find links to order the paperback, e-book, or audiobook on my Books page or order directly from HarperCollins.

Visit Dru's Book Musing before October 7 at midnight and leave a comment for a chance to win a signed paperback copy of Say Yes to the Death. If you're in the St. Louis area, come see me, Angie Fox, and Lynn Cahoon at the Kirkwood Public Library on Sunday, October 4 at 1:30 PM for a rollicking discussion of mystery writing and publishing insanity, plus birthday cake!  Yes, Lynn and I both are October babies so we're celebrating at the KPL. The Novel Neighbor will be selling books for us to sign so you can always contact them if you want a signed copy shipped directly to you!

If you'd like a chance to win a full set of Debutante Dropout Mysteries in paperback as well as the three current River Road Mysteries (aka the "Helen" books), email me at by 12 AM Central Time on October 16, and I'll randomly draw one winner. Consider it a reverse birthday gift!

On the other books front (because, yes, there are always other books!), I'm working on the fourth Helen mystery now. It's called Come Helen High Water and revolves around a flood in River Bend and a body discovered when the Mississippi finally goes down. It's got a June 2016 release date from HarperCollins.  I have more exciting book news as well, but I can't share it just yet!  So keep checking back because, sooner or later, I'm going to be allowed to squeal.

Emily and SusanAs for Miss Emily, she's doing fab and has started taking tap and ballet class, which she loves. She also enjoys swinging, climbing, and running around so we hit nearby parks every chance we get. Oh, yeah, and she loves Fruit Shredz, just in case you're wondering what she's eating in the photo.  ;-)

For up-to-date news on releases and contests, please, like Susan McBride Books and/or friend me on my personal page at Facebook (where you'll find lots of pics of Miss Emily!). Happy October, Happy Halloween, and Happy Reading!

Cheers, Susan

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Come Helen High Water
June 2016