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Publication Order of Heavenly Horse Books

The Heavenly Horse from the Outermost West (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Piper at the Gate (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Hemlock Falls Mysteries Books

as Claudia Bishop
A Taste for Murder (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Dash of Death (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Pinch of Poison (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder Well-Done (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Dines Out (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Touch of the Grape (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Steak in Murder (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Marinade for Murder (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Just Desserts (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fried by Jury (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Puree of Poison (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Buried by Breakfast (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Dinner to Die For (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ground to a Halt (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Carol for a Corpse (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Plateful of Murder (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Toast Mortem (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dread on Arrival (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Fete Worse Than Death (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Magical Mysteries Books

My Aunt, the Monster (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
White Magic (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Next Door Witch (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Unicorns Of Balinor Books

The Road to Balinor (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sunchaser's Quest (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Valley of Fear (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
By Fire, By Moonlight (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Search for the Star (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Secrets of the Scepter (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night of the Shifter's Moon (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shadows Over Balinor (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unicorns of Balinor (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Casebook Of Dr. McKenzie Books

as Claudia Bishop
The Case of the Roasted Onion (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Tough-Talking Turkey (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Ill-Gotten Goat (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Beaufort & Company Mysteries Books

Defending Angels (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Angel's Advocate (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Avenging Angels (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Angel's Verdict (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Angel Condemned (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

From Selma to Sorrow: The Life and Death of Viola Liuzzo (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of To Have and To Hold Books

Gilded Spring (By: Jenny Bates) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Where The Heart Is (As:Claudia Bishop) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Conquer the Memories (By: Jeanne Grant) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sunburst (By: Jeanne Grant) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trouble in Paradise (By: Jeanne Grant) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
That Champagne Feeling (As:Claudia Bishop) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fortune's Smile (By: Cassie Miles) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deeper Than Desire (By: Jacqueline Topaz) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cupid's Confederates (By: Jeanne Grant) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Death Dines at 8:30(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Dines In(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Kudzu Christmas(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Merry Band of Murderers(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon

About Mary Stanton:

Mary Stanton came to professional writing in “middle age” after a variety of job experiences and a failed first marriage. She has been a prolific author, with nearly forty titles in her résumé. Mystery fantasy and crime novels are her specialties. She splits her writing between two personas, with almost half her output under the nom de plume, Claudia Bishop

Mary Stanton was born in 1947, spending her early years in Hawaii and Japan. She came to the continental United States in the late 1960s, graduating with a B.A. in Philosophy from Minnesota University. She did not complete her post graduate law and rehabilitation therapy studies and worked in a number of different jobs after leaving university.

Married in 1967, the relationship ended in divorce in 1973. Her second marriage lasted longer, from 1974 to 1999 and she has three step-children from that relationship.

First Writing

After beginning work as a copywriter in the mid-1980s, Mary Stanton wrote her first novel, The Heavenly Horse from the Outermost West, in 1984. The sequel, Piper at the Gate, was released in 1989. She turned to professional fiction writing in 1994 when she left the copywriting industry and at this time began to write as her alter ego, Claudia Bishop; to-date penning sixteen mystery novels under that pseudonym, the best known being the Hemlock Falls Series of murder mysteries

The Unicorns of Balinor

Mary Stanton is best known for her young reader’s mystery series, The Unicorns of Balinor, which she began in 1999, with The Road to Balinor being the first in the series. 1999-2000 was the most prolific period in her writing career with the entire Balinor series of eight volumes being completed by the end of the year 2000.

The series revolves around a young girl named Ari who runs away from her foster home with her horse Sunchaser and her favorite Collie, Lincoln. After suffering an illness, Arianna’s horse Chase (Sunchaser) is leant to a cruel girl named Lori who mistreats the horse. Arianna learns of this and determines to take Chase to safety by running away.

The mystery begins when the group falls through the Gap, a pathway between worlds. They are deposited in Balinor, a magical land of unicorns, where they encounter the evil entity Shifter. Ari discovers that she is really the missing princess of Balinor, Arianna, and heiress to the throne. Sunchaser is revealed as a special unicorn, the Lord of the Animals of Balinor.

Their mission, with the help of some friendly locals, is to restore Sunchaser’s broken horn and the Royal Scepter, to enable the defeat of the evil Shifter and the restoration of balance to the kingdom.

Arianna, Princess of Balinor

The story begins with Arianna aged thirteen, living with her foster parents. Ari suffers from amnesia and is unaware of her royal heritage. The series revolves around the question as to whether she can regain her memory in time to save the kingdom from the evil forces of the Shifter.

Arianna and Sunchaser face many tests and obstacles as they battle to regain the kingdom. The bond between the two is strained to breaking point as Arianna has both her legs broken in an accident and suffers significant memory loss, while Sunchaser loses both his horn and his ability to communicate with his human master. As a consequence all the animals of Balinor begin to lose their ability to speak and Shifter’s evil forces take control.

Arianna is not a natural heroine; she often struggles with her royal role and yearns for a return to a more simple life. Her character changes as the series progresses. Starting as a meek and mild thirteen year-old girl, Arianna matures into her birthright role as the heiress to the royal throne of Balinor.

Beaufort and Company

Known as “thrill and chill mysteries” of the paranormal genre, Mary Stanton excels with these tales of the ethereal. Brianna (Bree) Winston Beaufort is a lawyer extraordinary; a lawyer for the dead, the dead who need her help to achieve the justice denied to them while they were alive.

The first volume in the series, Defending Angels, features a dead businessman who is determined to find his murderer and to clear himself of celestial charges of greed. Stanton has penned a tale that keeps the reader in suspense to the end, with many surprises and twists along the way. The key to holding the experienced mystery reader to the end is to ensure that the reader does not anticipate what is coming next and Stanton achieves this with aplomb throughout the series.

Stanton develops interesting and engaging characters, ones who are believable whether epitomes of evil or model former citizens. She writes in a lively and fast-paced fashion and effortlessly engages the reader of the paranormal. Many of her themes are thought-provoking and discussion starters amongst fans of the series.

The Present and the Future

Mary Stanton lives part of the year on her goat farm in upstate New York and the remainder in West Palm Beach, Florida. Her interests away from writing include her goats, horse riding, gourmet cooking which she claims to be not very good at, and gardening.

Her writing career has not just involved mystery and crime novels. She has written on wide-ranging subjects such as veterinary surgery, history, biography, medicine and current affairs. She has penned an educational writing program for young writers, which has been well-received within American educational circles.

Mary is a long-standing member of the Mystery Writers Association of America and as Claudia Bishop she is a valued member of The Sisters in Crime,an organization to foster the development of female crime fiction writers in the United States.

Mary claims she is a most reluctant writer who struggles at times at the task. All of us who so love her works are so grateful that she has persisted throughout the years. She states that she strives in each of her writing tasks to make herself laugh at least once, gasp with shock or horror at least once, and reflect at least twice at how clever she is.

Clever she certainly is and the mystery and crime genres are richer for the sterling contribution she has made over the last twenty years. Let us hope that her enthusiasm for writing remains and that numerous new projects are in the pipeline.

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One Response to “Mary Stanton”

  1. Harold C. Ford: 1 year ago

    A message for Mary Stanton: In 1965, I was 18-years-old, living in Flint, MI. The black and white images of what was happening in Selma and Montgomery moved me and eight other young adults from Flint to pile into two cars and travel to Alabama to participate in the Selma-Montgovery March. After the march, I and my companions were on that same ribbon of highway upon which Vi Liuzzo was killed, before we turned northward on route I-65 back north. I shall never forget the radio report within the hour about her death; we were all crestfallen. My son gifted me “From Selma to Sorrow” a few days ago; I’m nearly 100 pages in and will finish it soon. Thank you so much for your work on this subject. Harold Ford, still in Flint


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