Susan Russo Anderson

About me

Susan Russo Anderson is a writer, a mother, a grandmother, a widow, a member of Sisters In Crime, a graduate of Marquette University. She has taught language arts and creative writing, worked for a publisher, an airline, an opera company. Like Faulkner’s Dilsey, she’s seen the best and the worst, the first and the last. Through it all, and to understand it somewhat, she writes.

DEATH OF A SERPENT, the first in the Serafina Florio series, published January 2012. It began as a painting of the Lower East Side, the landmark immigrant neighborhood in Manhattan, and wound up as a mystery story set in nineteenth-century Sicily. NO MORE BROTHERS, a novella, published May 2012, the second in the series. The third book, DEATH IN BAGHERIA, published in December. You can read excerpts on Amazon and on her websites, and writingsleuth.

From my website

Wives Longing to be Widows

In this scene from No More Brothers, Serafina is sleuthing, desperate to find Ugo’s killer. Arsenic was found on the dead man’s lips, so arsenic is on Serafina’s mind. After finishing her breakfast, Serafina folded the paper and watched Assunta clear the table. Was there evidence that Rodolfo had purchased arsenic, she wondered? She…

A Ride on the Petite Ceinture

From 1852 until its partial abandonment in 1934, the petite ceinture was a circular connection between Paris’s main railway stations within the fortified walls of the city. In 1874 when Serafina was sent to Paris to investigate the death of a countess, it was a good way to get around Paris, especially…

Brooklyn Mysteries Now in Print

The Fina Fitzgibbons Brooklyn mysteries are now in print. You can buy them on Amazon or from your favorite online bookseller. Here’s an excerpt from the first book in the series, Too Quiet in Brooklyn. In this scene, Fina finds a body in the middle of a busy sidewalk in the heart of…

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