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Publication Order of Edna Davies Books

Murder by Yew (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder by Proxy (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder by Mishap (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder by Christmas (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder by Arrangement (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder by Decay (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder by Stealth (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Fishen-Rodd Mystery Books

The Wrong Coat (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Suzanne Young is an American author that worked as a programmer before finally trying her hand at writing full-time.


Suzanne Young was born in providence. She eventually moved to Warwick and East Greenwich where she grew up. For Suzanne, childhood was interesting enough, with her days spent on a farm near Hope Valley.

Though Suzanne also took great pleasure in visiting the beaches in Narragansett where many of her outings took her. Even as a child, Suzanne loved to read. Everything about the written word fascinated her, and she was just as curious about figuring out the meanings behind the words.

It wasn’t that hard to notice Suzanne’s passion for books and words. After all, she was always one of those people that endeavored to use her words as accurately as possible, though she will deny that she was so obsessed as to continuously correct other people whenever they misspoke.

Reading wasn’t the only positive memory to come out of Suzanne’s childhood. She sometimes talks about all the times her father took her to Wickford and Galilee. It wasn’t the trips that stood out but, rather, the fish markets. Suzanne has fond memories of staring at all the tanks of the marine life and observing the lobsters and shellfish within.

Because of her love for books and words, it came as no surprise that Suzanne Young chose to study English in college. Her educational institute of choice was the University of Rhode Island and it was from there that she graduated with a degree in English.

With her studies done, Suzanne set her sights on travel. She got a VW Karmann Ghia and packed it with everything she owned. With less than $90 on hand, Suzanne hit the road.

She stopped to visit siblings along the way. Whether it was her destination or because she simply ran out of money at that point, Suzanne eventually came to a stop in Boulder, Colorado and began looking for work.

She was lucky enough to find a job with a public information officer at a consortium for higher education. Suzanne admits that her goal was initially to find her way to California.

However, leaving Colorado was no easy task for someone who was just starting out, and it took Suzanne four whole years before she was finally able to get back on the road to California. Though, by this time, the desert plains of the Rocky Mountains had become an integral part of Suzanne’s life.

You would have expected the author to forget California and immediately return to Colorado, and she did just that. However, Suzanne decided to stop in Boston and Cambridge on the way.

She found a place at M.I.T. Her work for a National Science Foundation grant revolved around the computerization of urban emergency services. Even though Suzanne’s role was primarily editorial in nature, she also did a bit of writing.

Some people might remember her contribution to a paper on the evolution of police performance measures in the United States. It was around this time that an interest in issues of public safety was sparked in Suzanne Young’s mind.

She grew curious about the lives of male and female police officers and the means with which they cope with the rigors of their work.

Suzanne Young began writing full-time in 2010. It was around this time that she retired from her software development work.

+Murder by Yew

Edna Davies is an amateur herbalist, and she is now the prime suspect in a murder case, specifically the poisoning of her handyman. Edna knows that she hasn’t made any poison and she definitely didn’t give it to her handyman.

However, her word is hardly enough, and no one seems keen on believing, not the police and definitely not the townsfolk who have shunned her. Edna cannot afford to rely on anything other than her own strength.

This Suzanne Young novel has a classic feel to it, and, like many classic mysteries, Suzanne actually delivers a thought-provoking mystery, one that readers are unlikely to figure out until the very end.

Suzanne is more than happy to keep her readers busy by providing them with plenty of clues to ponder. Edna, the book’s hero, is easy to relate to. She isn’t anything special. There are no extraordinary investigative skills waiting to manifest as the story progresses.

Edna is just a herbalist married to a retired doctor and living in a small town on Rhode Island. She should be enjoying her golden years. However, while her husband is away, Edna is beset with problems. A man dies and everyone blames her for the crime.

However, Edna isn’t completely helpless. The time she has spent as a mother and a gardener has armed her with skills and a strong will. Hardly helpless, Edna begins working to clear her name by finding the real killer.

+Murder by Proxy

Edna Davies wasn’t looking for trouble in Colorado. But that is what she got when a private detective challenged her to solve a crime. Anita Collier is supposed to be missing, but everything about her life suggests otherwise.

Not only are her bills paid but she always seems to answer her phone. Then it is revealed that everything about Anita’s life has been automated and that no living being has actually laid eyes on her for a long time, this excluding Edna’s son.

But he isn’t in a cooperative mood. So Edna begins working the case and soon stumbles upon a murder.

Suzanne Young’s second book brings Edna back onto the scene. The book finds her visiting her son and new daughter-in-law. Grant, her son, becomes cagey when a private investigator begins asking questions about a friend of his who is missing. Edna has no choice but to get involved in the unfolding situation, especially when Grant persists in his silence over the issue.

Edna is a great protagonist because she is relatable. She is just like everyone else. And like everyone else, she keeps making bad decisions; they are not stupid decisions. Edna isn’t dumb. However, she can be just as illogical as everyone else and that makes her more fun to explore.

Some people will complain about the sexism in the book and which Edna keeps putting up with.

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