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

Don Tigro’s Backstory

This is part of Don Tigro’s story. He is the villain in Death of a Serpent, the first Serafina Florio historical mystery.  The story takes place in a fictional town outside of Palermo, Sicily, six years after Garibaldi’s campaign began Italian Unification. Here is the excerpt: October 1866 In her…

Dorset: A Lost Child

Dorset in the Dark begins with a crazed woman slumped over on a park bench. Later we learn she’s been drugged. Her ten-year-old daughter, Dorset is missing. But this post is not about the events of the mystery. It is about Dorset and what drew me to her when she…

Dorset in the Dark

Dorset in the Dark is Fina’s latest book. It’s a mystery, although from the opening chapter it’s evident who two of the villains are. But knowing only part of the truth is worse than being clueless, as Fina is fond of saying, and I think there’s a surprise at the end,…

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